Olympus TG-5 Field Test Part I

Megapixel sanity meets enthusiast features

by Dave Pardue |

What a bold move by Olympus, going against the grain in the Great Megapixel Race with the 12mp TG-5. Yes, Sony did it with the full frame A7S series at 12mp, but they shielded themselves to a degree by the fact that buyers had choices for higher resolutions from them in the A7 and A7R lines as well. For Olympus, this is their only shot at luring potential buyers out there to invest in a tough camera, in an age where smartphones have already taken away so much of the compact camera market. A big gamble indeed.

We at IR have been very vocal about applauding any move away from the megapixel insanity, especially as relates to smaller sensor sizes. Complain all day if you want about how small a 1/2.3" sensor is, but the same crowd would complain a lot louder if the camera got too bulky as a result of a larger sensor. After all, these things also need room for protective seals and gaskets to keep the lethal water out, yet still fit snugly into a pocket, pouch or other water-bound carry-all. The Olympus TG-5 aims to be a complete waterproof, rugged solution for both novices and enthusiasts, and in addition to the healthy trimming down on the pixel count, it also comes sporting a number of rather interesting upgrades to the TG line.

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