Last Updated on January 13, 2019
Japanese camera maker Olympus has unveiled the Olympus Tough TG-5, a camera that is just as its name suggests: tough. Built for adventure, the camera – available this June – makes the perfect summer companion for documenting all types of activities you plan on doing. Whether you intend to capture scenes while in the water or just want to record that grueling hike up a mountain, the Tough TG-5 is built to suit various conditions.
Olympus Tough TG-5 Design and Features
An even more powerful model than its predecessor, the TG-4, the TG-5 features a better sensor, an improved processor, and the capability to shoot 4K all packed into a body that is crushproof, dustproof, freezeproof, shockproof, and waterproof. It’s a camera that can take all sorts of abuse while still able to produce stunning visuals.
The Tough TG-5 sports a 12MP CMOS sensor and a 25-100mm f/2.0 lens, features that enhance the image quality regardless of the condition.
Even better, the camera is powered by Oympus’ TruePic VIII image processor (used on the OM-D E-M1 Mark II), which makes it faster and able to handle more advanced shooting. With this processor in place, the camera is capable of producing limited noise to ensure sharp photos for different kinds of lighting conditions. Coupled with the f/2.0 lens, the TG-5 is capable of capturing fast-moving subjects without blur. On top of that, the camera can also support continuous shooting up to 20 frames per second in full res RAW.
Marketed by Oympus as a camera “built for adventure,” the Japanese camera giant made sure the TG-5 can sustain all sorts of abuse wherever it is taken for an adventure. Olympus claims that the camera can survive a fall from 2.1 meters; can withstand a 100kg force; and can still function at temperatures as low as -10 degree Celsius.
Adding to the image of toughness is the TG-5’s waterproof feature. It can be brought into waters as deep as 15 meters without the need for special underwater housing. The camera can be brought even further to 45 meters with the special PT-058 underwater casing, which is a separate purchase.
Olympus designed the TG-5 to survive the changing of temperatures: the camera’s lens features Anti-Fog Dual Pane Protective Glass to prevent moisture from getting in. On top of that, controls are also designed to be easy to use even when you have heavy gloves on.
The Olympus Tough TG-5 also features a built-in Field Sensor System (comprised of a compass, GPS sensor, manometer, and temperature sensor) which tracks movement and environmental data.
Adventure seekers who enjoy dabbling in all sorts of outdoor pursuits, be it biking, climbing, kayaking, or surfing, will find features in the TG-5 that enable them not only to preserve memories of their adventures but also capture them in great detail.
Like many modern cameras these days, the TG-5 also has built-in WiFi which allows it to be connected to a smartphone where settings can be controlled, images can be composed, and remote shooting can be accomplished.
The Olympus TG-5 will be available in June and will cost $450.
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