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Olympus TG-5 Tough Camera - Black
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- Tough: Waterproof, Shockproof, Freeze proof, Crushproof
- Best In Class - Field Sensor System
- f2 Bright Lens & Trupic VIII Processor for outstanding photos
- 4k Movie
- TG-5 Camera, Strap, Li-92 Lithium Ion Battery, F-5AC USB/AC Adapter, CB-USB12 UB Cable
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With the TG-5, Olympus announces their latest flagship Tough! camera, and it comes with some serious enhancements. The class leading super bright 25-100mm* 1:2.0 lens is married to an all new sensor and the latest TruePic VIII image processor that deliver significant improvements in speed and still image quality in all conditions, while video now boasts 4K and 120FPS Full HD high-speed movies for better slow motion quality. Added to this are new easy to access controls and dual pane anti-fog glass. As Tough's tend to be used when the elements are at their harshest, this matters, so for all those who want to share spectacular evidence of their exploits
TG-5 Camera, Strap, Li-92 Lithium Ion Battery, F-5AC USB/AC Adapter, CB-USB12 UB Cable
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The ultimate partner for your most challenging adventures.
Best-in-class Image Quality
Ultimate adventures often involve the most challenging lighting conditions. From arctic twilight to the undersea world, the ability to deal with low light in particular is the key to a great image. A new image sensor with superb high-speed and high-sensitivity performance combined with the latest TruePic VIII image processor taken from our flagship system camera gives better image quality than before with enhanced dynamic range and improved response time.
Reliable Tough Performance
The dual-pane protective glass is just one new addition to the other proven tough capabilities, you can keep shooting whatever nature throws at you. Extreme shifts in temperature can cause condensation on lenses. The TG-5 prevents this with dual-pane protective glass, meaning you can keep shooting regardless.
Capture even more of the action
Making great moves look amazing means capturing every detail at just the right moment.The TG-5’s cutting-edge image technology makes that easier than ever. It’s high-speed TruePic VIII processor allows you to record in incredible 4K resolution and create full-HD sized, 120fps slow-motion movies.See the dynamism in every single movement or record beautiful scenery in stunningly high definition.
Get right up close
Ever wanted to shoot tiny subjects you can’t see with the naked eye in superb detail?
The maximum 7x* image magnification of the TG-5’s advanced, four-mode Variable Macro System (with Microscope, Microscope Control, Focus Bracketing and Focus Stacking Mode) makes this possible.In Microscope mode, the camera can capture subjects as close as 1cm.In Microscope Control mode the display magnification factor can be changed to a maximum of 44.4x with the zoom lever.
Relive the moment in full
Capture wonderful experiences in 4K and slow motion video, along with tracking info and share them with ease.
Import field sensor data like compass, manometer and temperature and images taken on the camera to a smartphone via the TG-5’s built-in Wi-Fi and OI.Share capability, then link them to create videos with a tracking data overlay in the free Olympus Image Track (OI.Track) app.
Share your experience with friends just as you remember it.
More stuff for your Tough!
The TG-5’s huge range of accessories opens up a world of creativity when you’re capturing the action.
From carrying cases to the LED Light Guide and flashes, fisheye and tele converters to the Underwater Case.
Unleash your creativity and get the very most from recording your amazing experiences.
The newly developed image sensor used in the TG-5 delivers high-speed performance and superb high-sensitivity. It gives better image quality than before with less noise and improved image detail and delivers natural-looking, high-resolution movies.
The TG-5 features the latest TruePicVIII image processor taken from the Olympus Pro flagship system camera OM-D E-M1 Mark II. It’s improved image processing algorithm is even more powerful to deliver higher image resolution in low-contrast areas especially when shooting at low ISO sensitivity.
4x Zoom Lens
Whether for bird’s-eye view shots of scenic vistas at wide-angle settings (35mm equivalent: 25mm) or zoomed-in shots of faraway objects at telephoto settings (35mm equivalent: 100mm) the 4x zoom lens delivers photos that match your intentions.
Art Filters let you give your photos a choice of classic effects. Explore your creativity using 14 popular options. Art Filters provide an expanded range of photo expressions for even more photo fun.
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The beauty of this camera is you dare to take it out during the worst conditions and she got some cracking shots and none of her fellow trekers had taken any. So come on Olympus & Adobe and sort the RAWs out
I am taking a holiday in September where diving and snorkeling will play a major part; and its distant enough that i likely wont be going back. To record my memories I wanted something with 4k video recording; as well as good stills capability. I could have gone with a gopro and zoomed with my flippers but the TG-5 (to a camera lover) is a more familiar object. There are lots of other benefits over the gopros like the TG5 has optical image stabilisation which works far better than digital stabilisation that sacrifices some resolution to reduce jitter doesn't have a fisheye lens so video and photos are less distorted, 4xzoom, at your fingers settings control and as i have a drawer of them that the TG5 uses SD cards rather than microsd was also a bonus.
Taking the camera out of the box the camera looks a bit transformers-esque and espises the retro looks of a lot of cameras at the mometn. There are a lot of lines and texture and material changes all over the camera. I got the black one the red looking a bit gaudey to me. The grip surfaces are textured though and it grips well in your hand so some of the lines take some getting used to. The camera is small (not tiny like a gopro; but small for someone used to using an SLR); it easily fits into one of my pockets. That small size does result in controls that are all small too. If you dive with gloves that will be a problem for you. There is a seperate dive case for the camera that allows you to dive deeper and has proper controls - but you might be better getting a 1" sensor and a bespoke case.
Using the Camera mode on the TG5 was a glorious surprise; the quality of the 12 megapixel images is really good (im guessing not going for 20 or more megapixels helped a lot here.) The photos arent compact camera good - they are good; nicely exposed even on auto settings and the overall images are sharp with nice color. The TG-5 is the first rugged compact I have used that can take raw photos; these give you the ultimate control for editing the photo after taking it and aren't compressed at all (so use more space to store) . You can adjust the ISO and up to 1600 (maybe 3200) the picture looks very good; at 3200 the subject and movement begin to have an impact.
If editing sounds like hard work the JPGs look really good - and the Olympus processing in the camera results in nice sharp images with surprisingly little noise even in shadows. The colors in the JPG's (example images attached from a cloudy day) show a camera with a good white balance choice and when there is a bright day the photos look a big jump ahead of the last rugged camera I have from a few years ago. There is less compression noise, less purple fringing in the contrasting areas and less noise all over the photo in bright and dark.
When playing with the settings the video modes choices surprised me; when I bought it I was looking for 4k video in a compact rugged camera. The TG5 does this well at 25 or 30 frames per second using 102Mbs to record the file so it doesn't eat your memory cards either. You can take 1080p at 25,30, 50 or 60. I haven't tried it but looking at the settings you can take short 120fps to full HD slow motion video too. The video quality at 4k is acceptable; though the built in microphones pick up a LOT of external noise and playing with test video i had to drop the audio considerably. There are also timelapse modes that will output 4k Timelapse video (taking 5fps)
At the time of writing I havent managed to drain the battery down so can't comment fully on its battery life. Learning the controls walking around Leicester I took 130 photos and about 15 minutes of video at various settings and came home with half the battery left so it seems pretty good for most purposes. Being able to recharge it from a phone battery charger is a big plus and likely stops you needing a second battery for most occasions.
I think after a rave review my intiial rating of 4* is probably unfair; and for what it is the camera is a huge step forward from the pentax this replaces. I wish someone made a compact rugged 1" camera so i can use it in yet lower light. For the reefs that await this is just the ticket though.
The 1/2.3" CMOS sensor has 12Mpixels arranged as 3000 lines of 4000 pixels under the usual colour filter mask, so the effective full-colour resolution is approximately half of these figures (but most of the time on non-critical images it looks better than this). It has a rolling shutter much like a GoPro does so there are some odd image distortions when fast movement happens in shot.
The viewfinder/monitor is difficult to see in bright sunlight, and the camera is too small to have an additional effective reflex or parallax optical viewfinder. I tend to leave the Info option on the second screen to keep the levelling indicators active, this can save a lot of effort later when editing.
The lens has an optical zoom from 4.5mm to 18mm ( ie equivalent to 25mm to 100mm for a 35mm film format) with the aperture varying from f2.0 to f4.9, which is OK, but I think this and the small sensor are the main weaknesses of the camera.
The ISO rating is from 100 to 12800 and can be Auto or Manual, with many other options as well including noise reduction which could be useful for the higher speeds. The auto flash works well and has a good range, but I normally turn flash off and only use it when necessary.
Exposure and focus have many options including field, spot, bracket focus, as well as multi-depth exposure in close-up macro (Microscope) mode to build a depth of field image. I'm not convinced by the 'Image Stabilizer' and while it does appear to reduce blur on stills, it does not seem to do much to combat shaky hands on video (compared with some of my much older cameras with optical steady).
The camera works equally well as for stills or movies, and the 4000pixels per line mean that it makes a reasonable 4k video camera. However holding it still enough for video is difficult with something this small, and a tripod or very steady hand is essential for pictures that other people might want to watch.
The USB interface works with a PC for image transfers, updates, charging, etc – select the function required from the menu shown on the display. The micro HDMI (lead not supplied) allows the camera to playback into a monitor, but not take pictures or be powered from USB at the same time. I would rather just take the chip out and use the PC to process the images, it would be quicker and less hassle, but on those odd occasions when this is not possible, then the facility is useful.
I've used a 32GB SDHC class10 chip and the default claimed capacity is 9523 pictures (jpeg best quality, my typical file size on about a hundred pics is between 2.2MB and 3.3MB), but this depends on the coding quality selected and could be many more with lesser quality or smaller images, or much fewer if RAW is also selected. The camera claimed the brand new chip had an error. However, after formatting it in the camera the error message went away.
The battery is 1350mAh, and the charger supplies an output of 1.5A at 5V on the USB A connector to feed the camera on the USB micro connector via the supplied USB lead. It seems to last for maybe a hundred pictures (no flash), but this could be much less if the GPS is left on and the screen is lit for long periods. This battery life is significantly less good than any of my other stills cameras.
It ran out of battery (after about half an hour) before I could fill the chip with HD video (about 4GB in three files), and I considered using an external boost battery to recharge on the USB while filming, but then discovered that plugging anything active into the USB turns off the rest of the usual camera functions - no picture taking. At least it works on the internal battery, and that is what matters.
Interesting novel features include GPS. This allows a compass and tracking system or 'Log' to be enabled. Press 'Info' while the camera is 'Off' and other things happen, such as this, also temperature, atmospheric pressure, altitude and the time. The compass only works properly if the camera is held upright in front of one looking to the horizon, and not as one might normally read a compass lying horizontal on a map.
The one feature I've not tried is the wifi link to a Smart phone (which needs the Olympus app apparently), and I could not make it talk to my domestic wifi or a laptop even though it is the usual IEEE802.11b/g/n. If I do succeed I'll add the method here.
It has a few useful options that can be added to the kit at extra cost, such as a fish-eye lens, a telephoto lens (x1.7 magnifier), and a UV filter/lens protector, all requiring an adaptor ring offering a 40.5mm thread. And of course it will be necessary to have a spare battery if the camera is going to be used a lot. These items are all quite expensive if one has to pay full list.
FCON-T01 Fish eye
PRF-D40.5 Lens protection filter
CLA-T01 Converter ring
Li-92B Lithium-ion battery
Care instructions are novel, and include swishing it about in a bucket of clean water if it becomes salty or dirty!
I would have preferred the lens to be better protected, and also more pixels on the sensor, and a brighter viewfinder in sunlight, but I am still pleased that Vine offered me this as it will be very useful for snaps and action shots when skiing and swimming.
Addendum. 11th September 2017
After a fortnight of use on a couple of trips away from home I've noticed an inconvenience in the filing system. All the images are stored in a flat folder with a date-code and the shot number as the name. In the camera, its overview displays the images grouped on separate calendar dates, which is useful for a quick review. However the flat file system makes finding the most recent sets before final transfer to a more powerful picture editor slightly more complicated. All the other cameras I have use a new sub-folder for each day, which makes transfers to the PC etc a lot simpler - just choose the relevant sub-folders.
Addendum 2. 18th September 2017.
It has now taken more than three hundred pictures, most of which seem to be between 2.2MB and 3.1MB, and the results are generally good. However the battery has needed to be recharged roughly every seventy pictures, not flat but down to the last bar in the indicator; this is inconvenient when compared with my old Pentax K5 DSLR which typically saves about five hundred pictures in 10MB files before requesting a recharge.
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