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06-11-2018, 08:00 AM   #1
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Contemplating an Olympus TG-5

Like many people who post on Pentax Forums, I have a problem. At present I have two Pentax film bodies, a K-1, a Q, a Q 7 and a Sigma with the Foveon sensor. Even so, I am contemplating buying an Olympus TG 5 to have when I am in or near the water. Does anyone have any experience with this camera, and if so, any useful observations about it?

I'd be grateful for any thoughts.


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I have this camera. It’s small and works great in the water. I really like it for under water. Although I haven’t had any time to really use it yet, the water in Maine is still cold.

If you don’t mind playing with the features, it’s fun. I’m hoping to use live composite feature that adds only the new light. I think it will be fun with portraits or even astrophotography with city lights.

It’s not as good as a dedicated macro but still fun.

And because it’s “tough” I didn’t mind loaning it to my son when he went to Europe and I knew the camera would be in his pocket the whole time.
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QuoteOriginally posted by PancakeFlipper Quote
I have this camera. Itís small and works great in the water. I really like it for under water. Although I havenít had any time to really use it yet, the water in Maine is still cold.

If you donít mind playing with the features, itís fun. Iím hoping to use live composite feature that adds only the new light. I think it will be fun with portraits or even astrophotography with city lights.

Itís not as good as a dedicated macro but still fun.

And because itís ďtoughĒ I didnít mind loaning it to my son when he went to Europe and I knew the camera would be in his pocket the whole time.
Thanks,, PF!
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My step-dad has a Nikon 7xxxx series APSC camera and a Pentax WG-50 (or maybe an earlier model) and he loves it. He uses his when travelling where he will be in the water a lot. The images are fine outside of the water as well but not enough to stop him from taking the DSLR when water isn't a huge part of the plan.

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I used the TG-5 on a recent snorkeling trip and it worked really well with the underwater case. IMO it's a great choice for this type of shooting.

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We have had both the Olympus and the Optio. They are good cameras but if you want to use them for an action shot they are very slow and you will be disappointed. I kayak and wanted to get whitewater kayakers doing crazy stuff and the lag from pushing the button to getting the shot was too long. If you don't need that then you will be happy.
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The TG5 has loads of good features and the accessories make it special!

However,the recently announced Panasonic has an EVF,so it has an advantage.

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I personally really like the Olympus TG-860/870 series. It doesn't have 4k and I believe slightly lower resolution (20 vs 16), but it does have wi-fi... and the best part about it is that it has a flip-screen (pretty sure the only one that can do this). I find that to be extremely helpful, especially underwater. It's also about $100-150 cheaper...

I personally own the TG-860, and think it is the best, in terms of quality and function

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Thanks for observations and advice! I bought the TG-5 and am enjoying it.
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The second shot really brings the water proof theme home. The third shot has a great quality about it. Glad you found your camera to your liking.
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