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Olympus Tough TG-5 Review - Verdict

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Olympus Tough TG 5 Underwater
Olympus Tough TG-5 Underwater

Value For Money

The Olympus Tough TG-5 is available for £399, making it one of the more expensive waterproof cameras available. Some of the alternatives to look at can be found below: 

Olympus Tough TG-5, 12mp, 4x optical zoom, 4K video, £399
Olympus Tough TG-4, 16mp, 4x optical zoom, FullHD video, £349
Nikon Coolpix W300, 16mp, 5x optical zoom, 4K video, £339
Fujifilm FinePix XP120, 16mp, 5x optical zoom, FullHD video, £149

Have a look at more waterproof cameras in our Top 10 Waterproof Cameras. You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.


Olympus Tough TG-5 Verdict

The Olympus Tough TG-5 builds on the TG-4 before it, adding a new 12mp sensor, that not only improves noise performance, but in combination with a new image processor, offers high-speed shooting, 4K video, and improved image quality. You can also record high-speed video, with FullHD video recording at 120fps possible. The camera offers a bright f/2.0 lens, making it more suited to underwater photography compared to other waterproof cameras, as there is less light underwater.

If you're in the market for a tough waterproof camera, then the Olympus Tough TG-5 offers a big step up from other waterproof cameras, including the earlier TG-4. It provides everything you could want from an underwater camera, including GPS logging, and action tracking. Wi-Fi also lets you quickly transfer images, or remotely control the camera, although it's worth noting that Wi-Fi often doesn't work underwater. There's a wide range of accessories available for the camera including a ring-flash adapter, wide-angle converter and telephoto adapter, thanks to the unique detachable ring on the front. 

Olympus Tough TG-5 Pros

  • Lower resolution 12mp sensor means better noise performance
  • Brighter than normal f/2.0 lens (wide-angle)
  • Excellent colour reproduction
  • 4K video recording
  • High-speed FullHD video
  • In-camera focus stacking
  • Live composite

Olympus Tough TG-5 Cons

  • Panoramic mode could be better
  • Full manual controls would be nice
  • Some purple fringing visible

Overall Verdict

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