Olympus Tough TG-6 review

The ultimate everything-proof outdoor and family camera gets a light but welcome update

Olympus Tough TG-6 review

Digital Camera World Verdict

While the TG-6 packs some fun new features, they won't warrant an upgrade if you already own the TG-5. However, if you have an older Tough or you're looking for a 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.


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    Takes a licking, keeps on ticking

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    4K and high-speed video

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    Brilliant Microscope mode


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    … but a piece did break off!

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    Only 12MP image resolution

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    No fully manual control

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The Olympus Tough TG-6 continues the brand's tradition of best-in-class waterproof, impact-proof, kid-proof, everything-proof cameras – though in truth it's only a modest refresh of 2017's TG-5. 

Which isn't a bad thing, since we rate the TG-5 as the best waterproof camera, one of the best cameras for kids, and also as the the best camera with GPS. So as they say, if it ain't broke then don't fix it – and you'd really have to go some way to break this camera, as you can see in our video review below. 

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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.