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Olympus Tough TG-5 Review - Performance

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Olympus Tough TG-5 Performance

The performance section is where we look at the image quality performance of the camera. Additional sample photos and product shots are available in the Equipment Database, where you can add your own review, photos and product ratings.

Speed - We took a number of shots to test the camera's responsiveness, from switch on to first photo, shot to shot, focusing speed etc. We take a number of shots and then use the average to ensure accurate and consistent tests, making it easy to compare with other cameras.

Shutter Response <0.05secs
Wide - Focus / Shutter Response 0.175secs
Full zoom - Focus / Shutter Response  0.175secs
Switch on Time to Taking a Photo 1.0secs
Shot to Shot without Flash 0.4secs
Shot to Shot with Flash 2.0secs
Continuous Shooting - JPEG
(shots before slow down)
12-13fps (LF - LN, first 13 shots)
Continuous Shooting - Flash N/A
Continuous Shooting - RAW 13fps (first 13 shots)

We were unable to get the camera to shoot at the promised 20fps, but we were able to shoot at 12 to 13fps when shooting JPEG or raw images. After the first 13 shots, the camera would slow to around 4fps when shooting raw, and around 6fps when shooting JPEG images. 


Olympus Tough TG-5 Sample Photos

Sample Photos - The camera gives excellent colour straight from the camera, and images look bright and punchy. The flash performs well with almost no sign of red-eye, and skin tones were good. Exposure is reliable, and the camera records good levels of dynamic range on default settings. For additional dynamic range, the Backlight HDR mode does a good job to recover bright areas, which would normally be overexposed.


Olympus Tough TG-5 Lens test images

Lens Performance - Detail is good for a waterproof camera, although there is some chromatic aberration visible in areas with high levels of contrast, and this becomes more noticeable towards the corners of the image. Macro modes include: microscope, focus stacking, focus bracketing, and microscope control, with the last option using digital zoom. You can zoom into the subject, using the full 4x optical zoom, and still focus on subjects just 1cm away from the front of the camera. This gives excellent photos, but you'll also need to be aware that the area in focus can be quite narrow, and here focus stacking helps, producing a 12-megapixel image in-camera with more of the subject in focus. Focus was reliable, and the camera's built-in image stabilisation helps keep shots steady and sharp when shooting in low-light at slower shutter speeds. 


Olympus Tough TG-5 ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance - Noise is at its lowest when shooting at ISO100, with good levels of detail. Detail remains good as the ISO speed is increased to ISO200 and ISO400. There's a slight drop in detail at ISO800, as noise increases. Noise increases again at ISO1600, but colour remains good. ISO3200 may still provide useful results if you resize the image. Colour saturation drops off noticeably at ISO6400 and above, and it's at this setting that you probably want to avoid. Some purple fringing is visible around the white text and squares in the images at the lower ISO speeds.


Olympus Tough TG-5 White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - AWB options include "Keep Warm Colour" On and Off, and when this is switched to off, you get excellent white balance results, which is great for product shots. Under normal conditions, you get a warm result under Tungsten lighting. The camera's AWB performs very well under mixed light, as well as under fluorescent light. The tungsten and fluorescent presets give a slight colour cast. 


Olympus Tough TG-5 Digital filters

Digital Filters - There are numerous scene modes, plus a number of Art Filters, which can be applied in most modes. Art Filters: Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Colour, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pin Hole, Diorama, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia, Dramatic Tone, Key Line, Water colour, Vintage, Partial Colour. Almost all of these have additional options, for example, Dramatic Tone is labelled I and II, with the second one being black and white. When shooting in JPEG+raw, the camera will also save the original raw file, so that you have an original image to go back to if you don't like the effect (or if you've accidentally left an Art filter switched on). The panoramic mode takes 3 shots and stitches them together, producing a fairly low-resolution image. Live composite mode is another feature first found in Olympus OM-D cameras, and lets you see the image developing on the screen, and is particularly useful for light-painting or night photography.


Video - 4K (UHD) 3840x2160 video is recorded with a frame rate of 30fps, or 25fps, and a compression data rate of 102Mbps. Video compression options are Super Fine, Fine and Normal for FullHD video recording (excluding high-speed video). High-speed video available includes: 120fps at FullHD, 240fps at 720p, and 480fps at 640x360. Video quality is good, with image stabilisation helping keep video more stable. Additional videos can be found on the ePHOTOzine YouTube Channel.


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