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Olympus - Tough TG-5 12.0-Megapixel Water-Resistant Digital Camera - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 133 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good camera but could be better

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    Nottoughenough
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    Overall this is a pretty good little camera. After using it for nearly a year it has been used underwater in both pools and the ocean, on beaches with incredibly fine sand, downhill skiing, in the desert and on a three week trip through the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River. The three week trip was the next to last straw though. In that area there wasn’t a place that was dust free to be able to charge it or change to a new battery so not only did the dust creep in under buttons and dials, it also got in the battery and cord compartments. It still worked, but none of the dials moved and the screen was covered in scratches. That’s why I purchased the protection plan for the year, though even that didn’t work out the way I had thought it would. But that’s a whole different review once that mess is straightened out. Other than that, so long as you’re careful to fully rinse it in clean water after using it in the water and dusty environments, there shouldn’t be a problem from that end. That includes removing that covers the front of the camera lens. This is important because there are screws under it that will corrode. Pros * The macro settings are phenomenal. When I was just messing around with it when I first got it, I set the lens down on my jeans and took a picture. It was incredibly sharp and detailed. My DSLR can’t focus when that close to the object. *It worked very well underwater. It was used first in a pool to test the effectiveness of the waterproofing before our vacation. On both of these instances, it was taken down to 10 feet and set on the bottom of the pool while my husband swam laps. No problems at all. The pictures taken in the pool look there isn’t even water there. On our trip, we went snorkeling in the Caribbean. It was taken down to a depth of about 20 feet with no problems. The photos came out nice and clear and we even got some of the kids swimming with a sea turtle while I was a fair distance away. My only complaint is that the screen is not super easy to see when under water. *The photos in general turn out great. The few that I haven’t been happy with were because I was taking a picture out the car window or had used the wrong setting. Cons: * No printed manual and the manual that is available on the Olympus website is not very clear. It should not be necessary to look up YouTube videos showing how to use a point and shoot camera. I have used many cameras in the past 25 years from a very basic film camera to a Nikon d610. This is hands down the most difficult to figure out, both because of the lack of a good manual and because of the way the controls are set up. * The RAW setting is next to useless if you want to use anything other than the software recommended by Olympus. Why wouldn’t the company make it so photos could be edited in one of the programs that the majority of people actually use? Anyway, for whatever reason, it is next to impossible to get a well edited RAW photo from this camera using Adobe products, without basically creating a whole new image and spending an insane amount of time. * The lack of a full manual mode- if you’re going to take the time to have P, S, and A modes, add in full manual as well. There are still people out there that like the control, myself included. * Geotagging... yes the camera does it. The problem is that it drains the battery incredibly fast and (unless I am missing something) is only available to view on the Olympus tracking app. It is one of the worst apps I have seen. What I had envisioned was the ability to use the wifi settings to transfer pictures to my phone, have them pop up in my photos (which it does nicely via yet another app), AND have the locations pop up on the map that shows where pictures were taken with my phone. This is the part that doesn’t happen. The locations show up on a GPS list in the app. No map anywhere, at least as of when I tried to use it in March. In total, there are 3 Olympus apps that are needed when one is all you should need. And they are all far more confusing than they need to be. * Not as tough as they make it out to be. Yes, it was used in an area not many people are going. However, if it’s going to be advertised as dust proof, make it dust proof. The sand it was exposed to in both the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon and the beaches was more like powdered sugar and closer to dust than sand. After that Grand Canyon trip, if it was supposed to move on the camera, it didn’t. In order to get the memory card out, I had to use a butter knife to pry open the lock switch and then do the same for the open switch. The “zoom” dial and the dial to change settings didn’t move at all. Best guess is that there are far too many dials to actually be dust proof. And the LCD screen was covered in scratches, to the point where I couldn’t really see what I was taking a picture of. I had kept it in a case when not being used, so it’s not like it was being mistreated.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Go ahead, try to break it

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    akaTwoSheds
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    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Investment

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    SoCalGirl
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    I bought this camera because I didn't want to buy the disposable underwater cameras anymore. I am happy I bought this one before our last snorkeling trip. It takes good pictures on land as well as underwater. Although it does take practice. There are four underwater modes, and you need to select one for the photos you want. I had stayed on the underwater snapshot mode mainly. I found out that zooming in this mode caused the pictures to come out blurry. I also tried the underwater wide and underwater HDR modes. I got some good photos with the wide, the HDR ones didn't come out as well. This may have been a result of my movements and the movements of those around me. It also lives up to the name "Tough". I had put the strap on the camera, but it wasn't as secure as I thought. At one point the camera fell off the strap, falling about 2 feet to the cement. The camera didn't get a scratch on it. I still wouldn't test it and purposefully drop it from a higher height. Just good to know that it works fine after a fall. I also used the app to upload the photos to my phone. Worked just fine, I have an iPhone 6S.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Would be perfect if it was actually waterproof.

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    Mike
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    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

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    photog
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    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: 1 out of 5 stars

    Light Use, Faulty Camera

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    Chase
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    My partner and I decided upon this camera last Christmas with the obvious expectation of it being 'Tough.' After our first vacation however, the camera simply turned off and was never able to turn back on. No drops, no scratches, no issues with it whatsoever up until this point of no return. I submitted the camera to Olympus while still under warranty. After nearly two months waiting to hear back from Olympus, I receive an emailed bill for $140.13 without any explanation of the actual issues (which should have been none regardless besides them initially providing a faulty product). Prior to all this, I would have given the camera two stars due to it's decent under water quality pics. With some gained perspective, I now have no gold stars to give this camera.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Well priced-Great quality-Eeasy to use-UNDERWATER

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    ShaBou79
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    This was a perfect camera we were not afraid to use on our Honeymoon to Jamaica. We went less than 48 hours prior to leaving on our trip to find a great underwater camera that was reasonably priced and wouldn't take a lot of knowledge to use right out of the box. This checked all of our boxes! We ordered a bunch of batteries and memory cards for it and this was the easiest point and shoot underwater camera we've ever used. The quality so far is amazing as well (purchased mid-Sept 2018). I hope this camera lasts for years and many more trips around the world as we travel!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice, but video autofocus is a deal killer

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    Chipset
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    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: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent Camera for Underwater

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    Mari
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    On the exterior, the design looks super durable and sturdy and has an appealing look. It’s conveniently sized and comes with a strap for easy carry. With bright lighting It takes really nice pictures. The digital zoom isn’t really the best. If you have to zoom in for anything, you have to accept that the image will be very grainy and poor. If the lighting is just a bit dim, expect It to be grainy or fuzzy as well. Underwater image quality is decent. The zoom becomes a major issue because It loses so much quality with just a little bit of zoom. I’m not a camera expert at all, so perhaps there might’ve been some setting to address the poor image of quality with poor lighting or zoom. I would rather do some more research and find a camera that meets all my expectations.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    This camera is extremely rugged

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    Canadianguy
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    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Camera

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    Cdupont
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    THis Camera is Awesome.. I use it for Work, and while I'm out on the boat or in the woods. The GPS is great for work. No longer need to have extra equipment with me. THe GPS logs Everything for me. This thing is tough too, have dropped it multiple times and it still works. The only Problem with this camera is the 4x optical zoom. Thats it, just not enough zoom power, now reason there couldn't be atleat 5x digital zoom if not more. if you want more zoom you need to buy the attachment plus the special ring, which is plastic. Thinking about getting the Nikon version to see if its better... But I would recommend this camera otherwise. The microscope function is cool.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Rain or shine - fits into your pocket.

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    lawrose
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    The Olympus Tough TG-5 has one feature set that is hard to beat, literally. This pocket-sized camera is weather sealed, waterproof and shock resistant. It is the one to take with you when your activities are more important than your equipment. If you are taking wedding portraits or Ansel Adams shots of Yosemite, you might want to bring something else, but then again, you might be surprised at the quality of this 12MP camera and its 25-100mm (35mm equivalent) zoom lens and 4K video. Plenty of digital features, too, from focus peaking to face recognition. There are many point and shoot cameras that also allow creative control, but this camera is the one to set the standard.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Camera for both in the water and out!

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    lola13th
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    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Nice Camera

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    RonCA
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    I bought this for my wife for our trip to Todos Santos Mexico over winter break. I wanted to get her something she could take to the beach and to go snorkeling with. Overall the camera performed very well both in the water and on the beach. The pictures were generally very clear- although some of the underwater shots were a little blurry- that could be user error though. We took underwater movies when snorkeling with whale sharks and the videos came out beautifully. I was originally considering a GoPro but I am glad I decided to get this camera- so much more for the money!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great camera for bicycle and motorcycle touring

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    BRANman
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    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

    condensation, no service

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    shery
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    great pictures but some condensation when taking underwater shots (had camera about a week) Best Buy would not let me exchange it for the same model because it was after the two week return policy (was 17 days after purchase , which included the trip). I will have to contact Olympus directly. I have been very pleased with Olympic products in the past and was willing to try a identical model-but I prefer the ease of taking it to the store where I bought it at. Why shop Best Buy if there is no service???

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great pocket sized camera

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    dpatte35
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    I bought this for its underwater performance, but it is a great all around travel camera too. The underwater pictures look awesome when swimming in clear water. The night shots are vibrant with color, but use a stand to get clear shots. The daylight pictures are crisp. The camera's many features allow taking pictures in many different ways and places.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not a tough Camera

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    Kallen

    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome waterproof camera

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    Marie
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    I bought this camera to take on a vacation to Florida. On the first day the kids had it in the pool. At the end of the week long vacation I had over 3,500 pics. (Most taken by the kids underwater.) The pics are amazing but the under water pics are mind blowing!!! They are crystal clear. I love this camera. Very easy to use. Can download pics to app on phone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great outdoors camera

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    Angela
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    I love this camera! I bought it for my trip to Alaska and I returned with some very nice pictures. I took it everywhere, dropped it a few times and it’s still in great condition. I really appreciated the ability to transfer pictures over Bluetooth to my phone. I did want a cap on my lense, but you have to buy an adapter in order to do that. I would consider myself a novice, but I am using this camera to delve a little bit deeper into better photography, such as shooting raw format

    I would recommend this to a friend