Olympus TG-5 Field Test Part II: A solid waterproof camera with improved image quality & performance


posted Friday, August 31, 2018 at 4:30 PM EST

Click here to read my Olympus TG-5 Field Test Part II


While the Olympus Tough TG-5 camera may be over a year old, we wanted to give you additional hands-on reporting with the camera, as it remains a very intriguing option in the compact tough camera market. In fact, by going from a 16-megapixel sensor to a 12-megapixel sensor, the TG-5 offers a lot of advantages over its predecessor, the TG-4, while continuing to outduel much of the competition.

There are some similarities between the TG-5 and the TG-4, including the 25-100mm equivalent built-in lens, but there are important changes beyond the lower megapixel count. The TG-5 offers the same image processing unit as Olympus’ flagship Micro Four Thirds cameras, which allows the TG-5 to continuously shoot RAW images, something the TG-4 cannot do, and deliver better all-around performance.

The TG-5 retains the same ruggedness as its predecessor but improves the overall handling and usability. In my recent Field Test, I found that the camera was generally enjoyable to use, but its user interface does have some cumbersome aspects. The TG-5 doesn’t offer a ton of control or shooting features, but it does make it quite easy to capture stills and video – including 4K/30p footage – in any condition. Rain or shine, the TG-5 is a compact and capable camera. Read more about in our newest Field Test, linked below, and be sure to read Dave Pardue's first Field Test if you have yet to do so. Stay tuned to Imaging Resource for more on the TG-5, including a third Field Test in the coming weeks. 

4.5mm (25mm equiv.), f/2.8, 1/125s, ISO 100.

Olympus TG-5 Field Test Part II