By Richard Harpham
The new generation of Olympus Tough Cameras retain their photographic pedigree and roots whilst providing a host of useful and technical features. The Olympus TG5 camera has a solid and rugged feel whilst retaining an aesthetically pleasing piece of kit. The TG5 is the best outdoor camera I have ever used and takes bright sharp pictures and video.
Already during our test we have used this camera on the canoeing the River Spey, on expedition in Canada and during the Muskoka River X race. In a little over four months it has had almost daily use with incredible pictures, crystal clear video and front cover images within magazines (Paddler October issue). Whilst there may be smaller and cheaper cameras on the market, none boast the quality of picture and features of the Olympus T5. The T5 fits easily into most buoyancy aid pockets and jackets and is light enough to fit on mini tripods and mounts for POV action shots.
One of the best features of the camera is the 4K HD video quality making it a fantastic action camera to work alongside POV cameras or a sole camera for adventure filming projects. It can provide up to 120fps for slow motion filming. For expeditions, coaching and paddling trips this camera ticks all the boxes and avoids the need to carry larger cameras.
Accessorizing your Tough TG5
The TG-5’s huge range of accessories opens up a world of creativity when you’re capturing the action. From carrying cases to the LED light guide and flashes, fisheye and tele converters to the underwater case. Olympus also offer a free registration lost and found service for your trusty camera.
It has quickly become a trusted piece of equipment within our paddling kit allowing us to capture the action with high quality images and video. If you are looking for a camera for action sports, travel and the great outdoors then this is the best on the market in its class by far.
- GPS tracking (can be turned off to save battery)
- 4K video mode HD up to 120fps in slow
- 4 X optical zoom (25-100mm f2-4.9 lens
- Up to 12Mega Pixel CMOS sensor with RAW facility
- Programmed modes for different environments
- Macro setting for close up work 7 X equivalent
- Waterproof to 15 metres
- Built in flash
Weight and size: 5
Value for money: 5
Prices online from: £399