Olympus TG5... Pleasantly surprised!

Started Aug 28, 2018 | User reviews thread
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Yannis1976 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,128
Olympus TG5... Pleasantly surprised!


This is my full review after using the camera for 10 days in the Greek islands. Initially I wasn't expecting much after having tried and returned the TG4 a year ago. This summer, I decided to give the TG series another try combining it also with the fish-eye lens.


1) UW AW balance and colors are most of the times very good, better than myself editing the RAW!!

2) The fish-eye lens is a must for UW photography compromising the small sensor low resolution vs a larger sensor camera (e.g. the RX100/3 I also had with me).

3) Ergonomics are great and definitely better than any larger sensor camera due to the smaller size (again mainly vs my RX100/3)

4) When in UW wide mode, you seldom miss a higher shutter speed, despite not having an S mode.

5) RAW files do give you some space to play despite the small sensor (look samples later)

6) Macro modes are great. Focus in camera stacking works great!

7) Light painting is SUPER easy with this one!

8) Well built


1) IQ and especially details are not that good while pixel peeping.

2) there are times that you will miss the S mode

3) Lens, especially with the fish-eye, is extremely prone to sun flares

Some samples:

Edited in LR

Edited in LR

UW macro mode and edited in LR

Edited in LR

Overall, I would give a 4 stars to the TG5 mainly for what is allows you to shoot (UW, sports etc) with acceptable IQ and great ergonomics vs other solutions.

 Yannis1976's gear list:Yannis1976's gear list
Olympus TG-5 Canon G5 X II Fujifilm XF 35mm F1.4 R Fujifilm XF 16-80mm F4
Olympus Tough TG-5
12 megapixels • 3 screen • 25 – 100 mm (4×)
Announced: May 17, 2017
Yannis1976's score
Average community score
bad for good for
Kids / pets
Action / sports
Landscapes / scenery
Low light (without flash)
Flash photography (social)
Studio / still life
= community average
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