OM System Tough TG-7 review: indestructable camera, impressive results

Yes, that's a camera in a glass of water. The OM System Tough TG-7 really is tough enough to handle anything

A red OM System Tough TG-7
(Image: © James Artaius)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The OM System Tough TG-7 is by far the best tough camera on the market. The specs, however, are very deja vu, making this feel more like an update and less of an upgrade. Almost everything is as it was on the TG-6, so if you already own the previous version there's really nothing new to see here. But being so similar to the TG-6 is no bad thing, since it's such a great device – and one that is no longer on sale. For anyone who needs a near-indestructible new camera, this is the one to go for.


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    Virtually indestructible

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    GPS & field sensor functions

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    RAW images, 4K 30p video


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    Virtually identical to the TG-6

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Yeah, that picture above? That's the OM System Tough TG-7 sitting in a glass of water. With a cat taking a drink, just for good measure. Why? Well, why not

After all, the camera is waterproof. I mean, seriously waterproof. Not waterproof like an iPhone, where you're scared to actually take it into water because it can get damaged by anything from the pressure in a shower head to the salt in seawater. No, the OM System Tough TG-7 is properly waterproof. So, there it is – just chilling in a glass of water while I write this review.

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Image sensor12MP 1/2.33'' CMOS
ProcessorTruePic VIII
Lens25-100mm (full frame equivalent) f/2.0-4/9
AutofocusTTL iESP contrast detect
StabilizationElectronic (Movie IS)
ISO100 - 12,800
Burst shooting20fps (Pro Capture 10fps)
BufferRAW 46 / JPEG 74
Video4K 30p, FullHD 120p, HD 240p, SD 480p (29m59s limit)
Vertical videoYes
Screen3.0 inch LCD, 1.04m-dot
BatteryLI-92B Lithium-ion Battery
Weight249g (including battery and memory card)
Size113.9 x 32.7 x 65.8mm

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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.