Olympus TG-5 Brief Review



  • Other Features : Zero Lag Pro Capture Mode, Night TIme Live Composite Mode, Microscopic Modes
  • Weight : 8.72 ounces
  • Battery : Li-ion rated at 340 photos
  • Weather Sealing : Waterproof to 50 feet, shockproof to 7 feet, crushproof to 220 lbf, freezeproof to 14 degrees F, dustproof
  • Screen : 3" LCD
  • GPS : GPS, compass, manometer, temperature sensor, accelerometer
  • Wi-Fi : Yes
  • Flash : Built-in with TTL and Manual
  • Video : 4K at 30 fps
  • RAW : Yes
  • Image Stabilization : Sensor shift
  • Autofocus System : Contrast detection
  • Autofocus Points : 25
  • Burst Speed : 5 fps, 20 fps with electronic shutter
  • Zoom : 4x
  • Aperture : f/2.0-4.9
  • Shutter Speed : 1/2 to 1/2000 (up to 4 seconds in Night Mode)
  • ISO : 100-12800
  • Processor : TruPic VIII
  • Sensor : 12 megapixel 1/2.3" backlit CMOS sensor
  • Release Date: 2017-06-16
  • Final Grade: 94 4.7 Star Rating: Recommended

Tracking sensors arrive to Olympus' top waterproof compact, the TG-5
Olympus' TG line has always been a popular choice for waterproof compacts, but the camera is getting even better with tracking sensors, new modes and enhanced low-light capabilities.
By Digital Admin, Last updated on: 9/9/2017

Olympus' single-digit TG Tough cameras have long been a popular choice because of a bright lens and excellent macro mode and the company is continuing the tradition with the new TG-5. Like earlier models, the TG-5 features a waterproof design, a bright lens, RAW shooting, and excellent macro, but Olympus is adding extra features with an array of sensors, new modes and an enhanced sensor.

The Olympus TG-5 is the first still camera from the manufacturer to integrate the same sensors found on their action camera, the Tracker. With not just a GPS but a compass, manometer, temperature sensor and accelerometer, each photo (or video) is tagged with details on the shot like how deep the dive was or how high the climb was, what temperatures you fought through to get there, and, for videos, how fast you were moving. Using a smartphone app, that data can be added to overlays, or graphics that put the information on an easy-to-read format right over the image.

That additional data is paired with a number of new shooting modes, including a Zero-Lag Pro Capture mode that uses the electronic shutter to start recording before and after the shot, upping the chances of getting the right timing for action shots. Images can be taken up to 20 fps with the electronic shutter, which tends to produce more noise than a physical shutter, or the traditional shutter at 5 fps. Night Composite modes as well as Microscopic Modes for macro photography are also included.

Noise is the reason behind the TG-5's updated sensor. The megapixel count actually drops from the TG-4, down to 12 megapixels. Why? On cameras with small sensors like the ones in most compact cameras, more megapixels may mean a higher resolution, but tends to step down the low light quality by introducing more noise at higher ISOs. With the 12 megapixels, expect 4,000 pixel files with a bit better quality in low light.

Low light is one of the reasons the line has been the choice for pro photographers that don't want to wreck their fancy cameras in the water. Like earlier models, the TG-5 uses a bright f/2.0-4.9 lens that's better for shooting with limited light, a big perk for cameras designed to dive far away from the sun. The camera's reputation is also built on a solid macro mode for close-ups, which is continued here as well.

Don't let the lower megapixel count fool you -- the TG-5 packs a punch for underwater photography and, short of buying a big case for a DSLR, offers solid images pretty much anywhere you can imagine going. If the sensors and lower megapixels don't intrigue you, watch for price drops on the TG-4.

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Olympus is a long-time camera manufacturer, but lately they've been offering innovative, compact imaging options that are well worth a look. While Olympus doesn't have a camera in every category like Nikon or Sony, their focus on the cameras they offer shows.

Olympus' main, and best, cameras are their mirrorless line. The OM-D line offers mirrorless cameras that rival professional results while their PEN options offer the most portability and affordability. Most of their mirrorless cameras have simple, retro designs that work really well. Their kit lenses are often a bit higher quality than most. The Olympus mirrorless cameras we've been able to test have shown excellent image quality and usability.

While most of Olympus' focus seems to be on their excellent mirrorless line, we haven't been disappointed with any of their compacts we've put through our tests either. The TG-3 and TG-4 are among the best waterproof compacts on the market. And when we put the super zoom SP-100 to the test, we were quite happy with the image quality and performance.

Olympus may not have a camera in each and every category, but they've really put a lot into their existing cameras, making them excellent options.

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