The best Olympus Tough TG-5 deals in August 2018

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Look no further for the best Olympus Tough TG-5 deals the internet has to offer. We’ve searched high and low to dig out the biggest bargains from all the major retailers so you can rest assured that you’re getting the cheapest Olympus Tough TG-5 prices, anywhere. Read on for today’s best Olympus Tough TG-5 camera deals.

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Olympus Tough TG-5 deals

A strengthened waterproof digital camera able to deal with all the rough and tumble active families can throw at it

Type: Compact | Sensor: 1/2.3in | Megapixels: 12MP | Lens: 25-100mm (equiv) f/2-4.9 | Screen: 3in LCD, 460K dots | Viewfinder: As above | Max burst speed: 20fps | Max video resolution: 4K | User level: Beginner/Enthusiast

4K video recording
Raw shooting
Underwater depth not best in class
460k-dot LCD screen

Ready for the rough stuff of photographic life is Olympus’s most recent robustly fashioned Tough camera. The Olympus Tough TG-5 has a 1/2.3in sensor at its heart, providing a 12MP effective resolution. Interestingly, on this model Olympus has actually brought the resolution down compared with the previous 16MP TG-4 model, with the aim of improving image quality. 

The thinking is that the pixels aren’t packed in quite as densely on a small chip, so there should be, for example, less image noise or grain visible when shooting in lower light without flash – a brave move for any manufacturer, when most consumers are still swayed by the ‘more megapixels is better’ argument.

Toughened up

As the Olympus TG-5 is a toughened model, it offers features including two glass panel layers to prevent the camera from fogging up in extreme conditions. It also comes with the likes of built-in GPS, a thermometer, barometer, and a compass, which record respective bits of data when the camera’s in use that can be later shared. This is the same Field Sensor system as found in the same company’s TG-Tracker model, and the data gathered can be displayed with images and videos using the Olympus Image Track app.

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We also get the other usual toughened camera features, such as the ability of the Olympus TG-5 to withstand underwater use to depths of 15m, as well as drops from heights of 2.1m and temperatures as low as -10°C. In addition, it can withstand crushing weights up to 100kg.

The zoom lens in use here sports a 35mm equivalent range of a modest 25-100mm, with an impressive f/2 maximum aperture at the wide end, dropping down to a less impressive f/4.9 at maximum telephoto. Nevertheless, we do get a TruePic VIII processor, as found in Olympus’s OM-D E-M1 Mark II, and the Olympus Tough TG-5 can now capture 4K video at 30fps, or shoot Full HD clips at high speed 120fps. 

A great travel camera

All of the above suggests not only a useful camera for taking shots in situations that you might feel are too risky for your smartphone, but the Olympus Tough TG-5 is also a capable travel camera, with the ability to shoot Raw files as well as the standard JPEGs.

Finally, it’s worth noting that the camera is available in either glossy red or black finishes, for those who like to coordinate with their ski gear or wetsuit/surfboard. Additional housings, conversion lenses and adapters – including those for underwater use – ensure that this is more of a base for an expandable system, rather than just a standalone tough camera.

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Similar cameras: Ricoh WG-50, Nikon COOLPIX W300, Sony RX0

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