Olympus Tough TG-5 Review

Overall 47
Imaging 15
Features 54
Size 84
Price 0

Main Features

  • 12.0 MP 1/2.3" BSI-CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 12800 (Expands to 100 - 12800)
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 20.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 113 x 66 x 32 mm
  • Weight: 250 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: Yes
  • Replaced Olympus TG-4.

Olympus Tough TG-5 Summary

This review is devoted to Tough TG-5 that Olympus has first introduced to the public in May 17, 2017. This model is a Waterproof camera with a resolution of 12.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

This is an upgraded model that Olympus released to replace their older product TG-4.

In Waterproof cameras (Top 10 Waterproof Cameras) this model has taken rank #2 out of 73. Its Overall Score has reached 47/100 and it takes a rank of #187 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Olympus Tough TG-5 Compared to other Waterproof Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Olympus Tough TG-5 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Max Aperture: F2.0-4.9
  • Max Native Iso: 12800
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: No
  • Continuous Shooting: 20.0 fps
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Weight: 196 g
  • Battery Life: 340 shots

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 12.0 MP
  • Number Of Focus Points: 25
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Olympus Tough TG-5 With Other Cameras in Waterproof Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Olympus Tough TG-5. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Waterproof cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Olympus Tough TG-5

Olympus Tough TG-5 has the following external dimensions 113 x 113 x 32 mm (44.49 x 25.98 x 12.6″) with the weight of 250 g.

The typical weight for average Waterproof type cameras is 196g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Olympus Tough TG-5, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Olympus Tough TG-5 is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 32mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Olympus Tough TG-5 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Olympus Tough TG-5 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Olympus Tough TG-5 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Olympus Tough TG-5 — 340 shots
Min: 150 shots
Average: 274 shots
Max: 380 shots

Thickness

Olympus Tough TG-5 — 32 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 28 mm
Max: 89 mm

Weight

Olympus Tough TG-5 — 250 g
Min: 110 g
Average: 196 g
Max: 307 g

Olympus Tough TG-5‘s body is protected from external threats with its high-quality dustproof and waterproof features.

Olympus Tough TG-5 Photo and Sensor Features

Olympus Tough TG-5 comes with TruePic VIII processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 12.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

The base of Olympus Tough TG-5 has the following ISO range 100 - 12800 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 100 - 12800.

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Olympus Tough TG-5 features a 12.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Olympus Tough TG-5 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Olympus Tough TG-5 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Olympus Tough TG-5

LCD and ViewFinder

Olympus Tough TG-5 is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 460k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Olympus Tough TG-5 are its 20.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Tough TG-5 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Focusing

In addition, Tough TG-5 has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Focus Stacking

Without a doubt, macro shooting is an interesting branch of photography. If this is something you are interested in, then you should love the way Olympus Tough TG-5 handles such tasks. This model has a smart Focus Stacking feature that brings macro shooting to an entirely new level. How does it work? When you enable this feature, the camera uses focus bracketing automatically compounds multiple pictures taken at different focal lengths to unite them in a single shot that has a maximum depth of field.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Olympus Tough TG-5, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 3840 x 2160 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Olympus Tough TG-5 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats.

Olympus Tough TG-5 supports 4K (Ultra-HD) video. This is the highest available resolution as for today . Thus, opting for this model, you will be dazed by the video’s crispness and the quality of details when watching it on a 4K screen.

Such impressive resolution stats make this model stand out against the previous model, which provides a max video resolution of only. Thus, in case you are planning to update your old camera and would love to have a possibility to shoot lots of high-quality videos, high resolution is a significant advantage of Tough TG-5.

Olympus Tough TG-5 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Olympus Tough TG-5 is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, Tough TG-5 is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect Tough TG-5 with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Olympus Tough TG-5 provides a shooting life of 340, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 274 shots.

Compared to all models in the Waterproof category, Olympus Tough TG-5 offers the highest battery life that reaches 340 shots.

How Good is Olympus Tough TG-5 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Olympus Tough TG-5’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Olympus Tough TG-5’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Tough TG-5 to the average Waterproof camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Olympus Tough TG-5 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Tough TG-5 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 40. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Tough TG-5 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Olympus Tough TG-5 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Tough TG-5 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 36. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Tough TG-5 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (113 x 66 x 32 mm)
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Olympus Tough TG-5 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Tough TG-5 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 80. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Tough TG-5 can be called a 80 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Fast Continuous Shooting (20.0 fps)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (25)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (12800)
  • Small battery life (340 shots)
  • Small size (113 x 66 x 32 mm)

Olympus Tough TG-5 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Tough TG-5 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 43. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Tough TG-5 can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (250 g)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Olympus Tough TG-5 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Olympus Tough TG-5 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 74. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Olympus Tough TG-5 can be called a 74 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (12 MP)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (12800)

Olympus Tough TG-5 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Olympus
Model Tough TG-5
Announced May 17, 2017
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 1
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 460k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 4 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 20.0 fps
Shutter Priority No
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode No
Exposure Compensation No
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range
Flash Modes Auto, redeye reduction, slow sync, redeye slow sync, fill, manual
External Flash No
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Sensor Area 28.07 mm2
Sensor Resolution 12.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4000 x 3000
Max Native ISO 12,800
Max Boosted ISO 12,800
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective No
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 25
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Max Video Resolution 3840 x 2160
Video Formats MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof Yes
Dust Proof Yes
Shock Proof Yes
Crush Proof Yes
Freeze Proof Yes
Weight 250 g
Physical Dimensions 113 x 66 x 32 mm
Battery Life 340 shots
Battery Type 340 shots
Battery Model LI-92B
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS Built-in
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I compatible)
Storage Slots 1

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