Olympus - Tough TG-5 12.0-Megapixel Water-Resistant Digital Camera - Red

Shoot daring outdoor scenes confidently with this 12-megapixel Olympus Tough digital camera. Its TruePic VIII image processor keeps images optimally bright and sharp, and it lets you record videos with up to 4K resolution for a stunning Ultra HD output. This Olympus Tough digital camera withstands water immersion, freezing temperatures and tough drops to keep up with your adventures.

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  • Olympus Tough TG-5 12.0-Megapixel Water-Resistant Digital Camera
  • Li-ion battery (LI-92B)
  • Battery charger (F-5AC)
  • USB cable
  • Hand strap
  • Warranty card
  • Owner's manual

Ratings & Reviews

Overall Customer Rating:
92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (66 out of 72)

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3" color LCD display

Provides clear viewing and easy navigation.

12.0-megapixel 1/2.3" BSI CMOS sensor

Captures high-quality images in up to 4000 x 3000 resolution.

4x optical zoom

Through a built-in lens for precise zooming and accuracy.

4K Ultra HD video mode

Records video in spectacular detail just as you remember it – the colors in a sunset, the coral on a reef, a skier carving a mountainside.

TruePic VIII™ image processor

Delivers vibrant colors, subtle contrast, razor-sharp images, and fine picture detail while minimizing noise for true-to-life pictures.

Sensor-shift image-stabilization system

Reduces image blur caused by camera shake and vibration. ISO up to 12800 for improved image capture in low-light conditions.

Wide selection of shooting modes

Features Intelligent Auto, Program Auto, Aperture Priority, two Custom Modes, Underwater, Microscope mode and more.

Burst shooting mode

Captures up to 20 fps in RAW for fast-action shots.

Built-in flash

Enhances the angle of illumination for close flash photos without a lens shadow.

Built-in Wi-Fi

Makes it easy to share stored files across your devices.

Art Filters

Choose your color preferences for various shooting conditions. Live Composite, HDR, and Underwater modes are also provided.

25-point CMOS Contrast Detection AF System

Comes with manual focus assist option; Microscope Control mode provides magnification in precise steps up to 44x and focuses as close as 0.39" for clear photos up close.

Olympus Image Track app

Makes photographing on your journeys even more enjoyable. Provides easy export for stills and videos to share your adventures.

Multicard slot supports Secure Digital, SDHC and SDXC cards

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Expert rating




  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Go ahead, try to break it

    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I'm off on a once in a life time sort of vacation soon and while my phone has a great camera in it, I'll be doing a lot of snorkeling and I just wasn't confident in the various ZipLock bags that are sold for using a phone underwater, so I prowled around for a sturdy camera to take to the wet places. The TG-5 is waterproof to 50 feet - way deeper than I'm likely to go, so that's perfect. It's also shock resistant, and crush resistant - though I'm hoping not to test those out :) Unlike most new cameras, it does not have a touch screen which is the most common criticism I've seen of it, but those critics don't seem to be aware that touch screens don't work very well - if at all - under water. All of the controls on the TG-5 are physical and work above and below the surface. I also picked up a flash diffuser for use underwater, and the telephoto lens kit, both of which are also waterproof - though I doubt I'll risk changing lenses in the middle of the south Pacific :) I've only been practicing with the camera so don't have any particularly notable photos to share that aren't of my dining room table. The attached was taken in the alley behind my house, late in the day when the sky was a pretty striking shade of pink. The only change to the file was exporting it from Olympus' native raw format (OPF) to a JPEG to upload. I will say that I don't much care for the Olympus Viewer 3 software. So far it's the only thing I've found which can export the OPF files, but I haven't looked too hard and I'm sure someone's got a plugin for Photoshop.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Would be perfect if it was actually waterproof.

    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    We did a ton of searching, and the TG-4 was no longer being sold. This came out 3 days before our cruise. I purchased the camera and paid the additional one day shipping. We took some normal pictures and they turned out wonderful (really great for a 12 megapixel camera). The reason for the 1 star is that I triple checked and made sure all seals were shut / locked. We were about to get about 5 - 8 underwater pictures which were absolutely stunning. About 5 minutes into our snorkeling trip it quit working. 0 water came out of the 2 compartments (battery / SD card, and where you plug the power in). We got back to the cruise ship and still no water came out but then the screen was fogged over and you could tell that somehow water had gotten into the unit. I returned it for the full refund and if I thought the next one would truly be waterproof I would have had it replaced. However, it was 500.00 that was wasted on a Disney cruise. Thankfully I still brought our go pro and got pictures, but sadly they're not as good as these could have been. One side note is that when I took the camera back I had assumed the SD card was bad too, but I did ask them to check since I forgot. The geek squad wanted to charge me 100.00 to grab the 13 pictures that managed to stay on it before it quit working. I had to run home, grab my laptop and upload them there at the store (a whole 30 seconds worth of work). I cannot believe that they wanted to charge 100.00 for less than 30 seconds worth of work especially when I explained the situation and took pictures on my iPhone of the screen fog after it quit working. That type of customer service is one reason I typically shop Amazon but they had not started shipping this model yet.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good camera, great macro, bad battery, poor zoom

    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Overall, the Olympus Tough TG5 is a decent point-and-shoot waterproof camera. However, the camera died 3 weeks after purchase while I was on vacation. The battery failed to recharge, and, upon further investigation, it measured zero volts, indicating a defective battery, not necessarily a defective camera. Unfortunately, Best Buy does not carry batteries for this camera, so I wasn't able to buy a spare during the initial purchase and, even worse, I had to return the entire camera and order a new one, just to get a new battery. Other than that, my only other complaint is that the zoom is not very powerful and produces quite soft photos when zoomed in. This shortfall is made up for, though, by its extremely good "microscope" macro setting. If you tend to shoot a lot of close-ups, this camera excels! Speaking of excelling, the Best Buy customer service desk was excellent! They took the camera back with no questions asked. I told them I would be glad to accept just a new battery, but they ordered me an entire new outfit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice, but video autofocus is a deal killer

    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Nice little camera with a bazillion features. The auto focus for still photo is ok and there are plenty of workarounds. However, the video autofocus becomes an real issue. About 20% of my video was ruined waiting for the autofocus to correct depite how I used it and what setting I used. Zooming in was the biggest problem as the autofocus would be 4 seconds behind ( so your zoomed frame is now out of focus) or it would go in an out of focus once zoomed in despite having the center weighted focus aimed at the subject. Distant shots ( over 150') would still produce confusing for the auto focus. I tried several settings for the auto focus and gave up. Also, when zooming in or out the mechanism makes a winding noise that is overwhelming in the audio of the video playback. I bought this to take the place of a mid-level still camera and a video camera and it wont fit that bill. I'm just as good off with my iPhone and a go pro.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    This camera is extremely rugged

    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    This is one tough camera. I have dropped it on concrete & asphalt several times already and it really stands up to it. This camera is great for regular close up pictures. The 4x optical zoom just doesn't cut it if you need to zoom in on anything that is over 75ft away. You need to buy the accessories zoom lense for that. Not practical for a ruggedized camera if you ask me. Especially with the way technology is, there is no reason it couldn't have 5x optical and 4x or even 5x digital zoom built in. Because of this I don't recommend this product if you need a ruggedized camera for work purposes like I do. As a person use product I would recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Camera for both in the water and out!

    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    We have, over the years, tried a number of different brands of water camera. The majority took entirely too long between shots and had only mediocre photo quality. This is our second Olympus water camera. They are easily the best cameras we have ever owned! The picture quality easily rivals some of our older SLR cameras. We have used these cameras for the beach, paddle boarding, hiking, and other activities that would kill most cameras! On a three day trip into the Grand Canyon, with hiking, waterfalls, and swimming, this camera, floaty strap, and spare batteries were all that we needed! Of every water camera I’ve ever owned, this line of cameras is the only one that I would ever recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great camera for bicycle and motorcycle touring

    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I have had two previous models of this camera and have used them extensively in backpacking, bicycle touring, motorcycle touring, and cross-country skiing adventures. They have all (including the "5") been exposed to rain, snow, swimming in salt and fresh water, extreme vibration in tank and handle bar bags on bicycles and motorcycles, and even a few dips in hot springs. None have ever failed me and the old ones have been passed on to other family members and continue to take great photos. The new menu system takes a bit of getting accustomed to if your are familiar with the previous versions, but all of the great functions are still there if you search for them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not a tough Camera


    This is my second "Olympus Tough" camera. First was the TG4, which broke within about 3 months of use. Due to time restrictions I needed a new camera that day and went with a TG5 as a replacement. I dropped it today, 5/31/2018 at about 3'. Keep in mind the camera is rated for a 7' drop. It says it clearly on the face of the camera. The LCD screen is now black. These camera are not "tough" they're junk!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

What experts are saying

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars with 10 reviews

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  • Tom's GuideRating, 4 out of 5Terry Sullivan on November 6, 2017
    Olympus Tough TG-5 Review: The New Underwater Camera King
    Although it's very pricey for a point-and-shoot, the rugged-and-waterproof Olympus Tough TG-5 provides exceptional features that almost any photography enthusiast would appreciate, yet it includes easy-to-use auto and scene modes that will helpFull Review
  • PCMagRating, 4 out of 5Jim Fisher on August 16, 2017
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    The Olympus Tough TG-5 is a go-anywhere camera with a fast lens, speedy response, and 4K video, but it's more expensive than previous iterations.Full Review
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