Olympus Tough TG-5 Detailed Review

Olympus Tough TG-5

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In additional Tough TG-5 was introduced by Olympus in May 2017. It belongs to the outdoor and action cams category.

Olympus is well-known and shouldn't require further introduction, please see our manufacturer's page for more digital cameras by Olympus.

CategoryOutdoor & Action

Olympus Tough TG-5 has environmental sealing and different protection features. Let's see in the list below:

Waterproof15.00 meter
Drop from height2.10 meter
Temp. range from-10.00 °C
Sensor Properties

Also Tough TG-5's image sensor has an effective resolution of around 12 megapixel. The resolution is somewhat below average but will be sufficient for most purposes. Photos with this resolution can easily be printed to A3 size.

The Olympus supports taking images in RAW. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computer, using software like Adobe Lightroom or Olympus's RAW converter. This involves one extra processing step but almost always results in superior image quality. Some filters, like converting to monochrome (black and white) will only yield decent results when used with RAW images.

Resolution12.00 Megapixel
Continuous20 FPS
RAW support
Focal length (min)25mm
Focal length (max)100mm
Aperture (max)2.0
Aperture (min)4.9

The Tough TG-5's shutter speed varies from 1/2000s to 4s.

The highest shutter speed of the Olympus is just 1/2000s. That's no longer state of the art and may cause problems in challenging light conditions.

Max. shutter speed1/2000s
Min. shutter speed4s
Sensitivity Properties

The Tough TG-5's sensitivity goes from 100 ISO und 12800 ISO, a very useful and practical range.

Min. sensitivity100 ISO
Max. sensitivity12800 ISO
Exposure Modes

The Tough TG-5 supports all general exposure modes.

The Olympus allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Center weight
Flash Specs

The Tough TG-5 features a built-in flash with a range of up to 8m (26 ft.). That range will work for most situations.

A hotshoe is missing from the Olympus.

(26 ft.)
Hot shoe
Display Specs
Tough TG-5 display

The Tough TG-5 features a monitor with a diagonal of 76.00mm (3.0 in.) and a resolution of c. 0.46 megapixel. That rather low resolution is no longer state of the art and will make it difficult to evaluate images on the display.

Unfortunately, the Tough TG-5's monitor is not articulated. That can make it tricky to frame your subject in some situations, e.g. when taking selfies.

The Tough TG-5 does not feature a touch screen.

Display characteristics at a glance:

Size76.00mm (diagonal)
(3.0 in.)
Resolution0.46 megapixel
Touch screen
Video Specs

Tough TG-5 video supported the resolution with 3840 x 2160 pixel.

ACamera is not equipped with an external microphone.

Olympus Tough TG-5 Video parameters:

Max. resolution3840 x 2160 pixel
...with frame rates25 frames/second
30 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

The Tough TG-5 has Wi-fi connection. You can transfer photos to a mobile or laptop using wi-fi.

Connect the Olympus to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

The Olympus supports USB 2.0.

Connection parameters:

Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini

The camera supports SD HC and SD XC cards.

Memory cards characteristics:

Memory cardsSD

The Olympus Tough TG-5 has a LI-92B LiIon battery. The battery provides a shooting life of 300 shots. It`s enough for one day or more.

The battery can be charged over USB while in camera. Very useful, especially on vacation when most people bring a USB charger for their smartphone anyway.

The Tough TG-5's battery battery parameters:

TypeLI-92B LiIon
In-camera charging
Battery life300 photos

The Olympus Tough TG-5's dimensions are 113 x 66 x 31.9mm³. (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.3"). This includes the lens. The camera's weight is only 250 grams (8.1 oz.), lens included.

Here is front and top view of the Tough TG-5:

Olympus Tough TG-5 Dimensions (Width / Height)
Olympus Tough TG-5 Dimensions (Width / Depth)
Dimensions Comparison

To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a typical ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).

The Tough TG-5 is not much bigger:

Olympus Tough TG-5 size comparison

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