The Olympus TG-5 is a brand-new rugged small digital camera that was developed to capture photographs in environments that are extremely difficult to work in. The new TG-5 is the successor to the TG-4 and features a 12-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor, an improved 25-100mm (eq.) f/2.0-4.9 lens with a new Anti-Fog Lens Cover Glass, a GPS sensor, a manometer, a compass, and a temperature sensor, as well as integrated WiFi. Additionally, the TG-5 has a temperature sensor. The TG5 camera is dustproof, waterproof up to depths of 50 feet (15 meters), crushproof up to 220 pounds of force (100 kilograms of force), shockproof from 7 feet (2.1 meters), freezeproof down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 degrees Celsius), and freezeproof down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit. For slow-motion playback, the Olympus TG-5 is capable of recording 4K films at 30 frames per second or Full HD movies at up to 120 frames per second. The Olympus TG-5 may be purchased for a price of £399.99 (or $449.99).
Olympus Tough TG-5 Price in USA
As an illustration of how long it often takes for one generation of a camera to be replaced by the next, we conducted a review of the Olympus TG-4, the camera that served as the basis for the development of the new, more rugged Olympus TG-5, in July of 2015. Once upon a time, a gap of two years between updates was unheard of; in fact, it was lengthy enough for everyone who was paying attention to assume that the series had been put on indefinite hold. This is a sign of the market possibly slowing down, but it is also an indicator of the fact that technology has improved to the point where changes made to existing products are now subtle enhancements rather than revolutionary overhauls. This is a more positive sign of the fact that technology has advanced. To put it another way, the performance of the vast majority of digital cameras is already adequate for the task that they were designed to accomplish. What, then, has Olympus done to separate the ruggedized TG-5 from its predecessor, the TG-4, which we reviewed two years ago and gave a decent score of four out of five (generous for us, for what is essentially a point-and-shoot compact at heart)?
The new version, which has a solid feel to it and is available in either an eye-catching red or a sophisticated-looking black, now captures 4K video and can record 120 frames per second in Full HD, but it costs £50 more than its predecessor did when it was first released. The TG-5 has a manufacturer’s UK asking price of £399.99. According to Olympus, we also have a new sensor and processor this time around. The latter is a TruePic VIII. However, curiously, the headline resolution has been dropped from the 16 megapixels of its predecessor to 12MP this time around. This was probably done to limit the appearance of image noise or grain when the ISO was set to a higher value. Obviously, the only reason you’re going to be thinking about purchasing this is so that you can create images that would never otherwise be possible (unless you didn’t mind the possibility of damaging your camera or smartphone), so the fact that it has fewer pixels than the TG-5 isn’t going to stop you from buying it, despite the fact that it is an interesting move.
Olympus is hoping that the breadth of capabilities included in the upgraded camera will guarantee that it is appealing to a variety of customers and not only those who are interested in extreme sports like snowboarding and water rafting. For instance, in addition to the typical protection against adverse weather conditions, water, and destruction, it has helpful (at least on paper) features such as a bright and fast f2 lens for low light photography (the TG-4 also had this feature), as well as an anti-fog filter, which is humorously marketed as “double glazing” for the camera. The TG-5 is shock-proofed to endure fall from heights of up to 2.1 meters, crush-proofed to bear weights of up to 100 kilograms, and capable of operation in temperatures as low as minus 10 degrees Celsius. These capabilities are included in its destruction proof capabilities. Additionally there is dust proofing.
Olympus Tough TG-5 Specifications
|Max resolution||4000 x 3000|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||12 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1/2.3″ (6.17 x 4.55 mm)|
|Boosted ISO (minimum)||100|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||12800|
|White balance presets||8|
|Custom white balance||Yes (4 slots)|
|Image stabilization notes||Up to 2.5 stops|
|JPEG quality levels||Super fine, fine, normal, basic|
|Focal length (equiv.)||25–100 mm|
|Autofocus||Contrast Detect (sensor)Multi-areaCenterTrackingSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View|
|Digital zoom||Yes (2X-4X)|
|Normal focus range||10 cm (3.94″)|
|Macro focus range||1 cm (0.39″)|
|Number of focus points||25|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Minimum shutter speed||4 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/2000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||No|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Flash modes||Auto, redeye reduction, slow sync, redeye slow sync, fill, manual, off|
|Continuous drive||20.0 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom)|
|Exposure compensation||±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)|
|Modes||3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 25p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 50p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1920 x 1080 @ 25p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1280 x 720 @ 120p / 25 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1280 x 720 @ 30p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM1280 x 720 @ 25p / 52 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I compatible)|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (micro HDMI)|
|Remote control||Yes (via smartphone)|
|Battery description||LI-92B lithium-ion battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||340|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||250 g (0.55 lb / 8.82 oz)|
|Dimensions||113 x 66 x 32 mm (4.45 x 2.6 x 1.26″)|
|GPS notes||GPS, compass, manometer, thermometer|
It is easiest to think of the Olympus TG-5 as a combination travel and action camera because it can go anywhere and shoot anything. Olympus has, for the most part, at least, taken the old ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ approach to this latest generation of ‘toughened’ model, which features mostly identical specification, give or take, to its TG-4 model from a couple of years earlier, whereas the newer model adds £50 to the original price tag. This latest generation of ‘toughened’ model features mostly identical specification, give or take, to its predecessor, which Although it is still a capable camera of its kind and should be investigated if you are not already the owner of an Olympus Tough model, we don’t really understand why current owners would want to apply here, even though this new model is, in our opinion, fractionally faster in terms of its operational response times. There is no question that its CPU is of the newest generation, which is responsible for some of this.
- Robust and watertight construction.
- Excellent macro capabilities.
- Wide aperture lens.
- Focus really quickly.
- A burst rate of 20 frames per second.
- 4K video capture.
- Simple assistance.
- GPS and Wi-Fi.b
- Omits complete manual mode.
- The 4K footage has been trimmed.
- Scratches are possible to get on the rear window.
- 460k-dot LCD.