Red alert: Olympus Tough TG-6 red variant is a John Lewis exclusive in the UK

Red alert: Olympus Tough TG-6 red variant is a John Lewis exclusive in the UK
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The Olympus Tough TG-6, the latest in the company's highly regarded line of outdoor cameras, is available soon – and the fire-alarm red version will be a John Lewis exclusive in the United Kingdom.

The latest Tough is available in black as standard, but the bold red colorway – which makes the camera much easier to see and find in extreme locations such as underwater or in the snow – is only available from John Lewis. 

Olympus Tough TG-6 Red Edition (John Lewis exclusive, UK)

Despite some similarities with its predecessor, we came away highly impressed by the incredibly robust camera. 

"At first glance – and even second and third glance – the Olympus Tough TG-6 seems indistinguishable from the TG-5," we wrote in our Olympus Tough TG-6 review. "However, with a screen that's double the resolution, high speed video options and a new underwater mode, the TG-6 packs some worthwhile new features. 

"… if you're looking for an outdoor camera that can go in the sea, get covered in sand, be dropped onto concrete, and still take pictures and video even in freezing temperatures, this is the best everything-proof camera out there."

The red version of the Olympus Tough TG-6 is exclusive to John Lewis in the UK

The red version of the Olympus Tough TG-6 is exclusive to John Lewis in the UK (Image credit: Olympus)

The TG-6 features a 12MP backlit 1/2.3" sensor that performs very well in low light conditions, including underwater. It shoots great 4K video at 30fps, 1080p at 120fps, and if you shoot at lower resolutions you can achieve super slow-mo of 480fps. 

It's waterproof to 15m / 50ft, dustproof, shockproof1 to 2.1m / 7ft, crushproof up to 100kg / 220lbs, and freezeproof to -10°C / 14°F, and boasts some innovative new underwater modes that take advantage of its weather sealing.

The real star of the show, however, may well be its fantastic macro modes, with a ridiculous close focusing distance of 1cm – we could still focus on subjects as they were hitting the screen!  

If you're looking for a great family friendly, all-weather and kid-proof camera, the Tough TG-6 is well worth investigating. 

Read more:

Olympus Tough TG-6 review
The 10 best waterproof cameras 
Best cameras for kids: child-friendly family cameras

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.