Olympus Tough TG-5

Olympus Tough TG-5

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The 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

Being a typical action cam the Olympus Tough TG-5 is environmentally sealed and features dedicated protection against the elements.

Water proof15.00 meter
Drop test2.10 meter
Temp. range from-10.00 °C

The 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

The Tough TG-5 has a built-in lens that can not be changed.

The Olympus's focal length goes from 25mm to 100mm, a zoom range of 4x. The aperture varies from F2.0 at the short or wide-angle end, to F4.9.

Focal length (min)25mm
Focal length (max)100mm
Aperture (max)2.0
Aperture (min)4.9

The Tough TG-5's shutter speeds range 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

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

The Tough TG-5 supports all common metering modes.

The Olympus will also allow spot metering, a must for challenging motives.

Center weight

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
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

When recording videos with the Tough TG-5, the highest supported resolution is 3840 x 2160 pixel, in other words 4K Video.

A connector for an external microphone is missing from the Olympus. A built-in mike will usually record everything in front and to the sides of the camera which is not always what the film maker wants. Internal microphones also tend to record camera sounds like focus beeps.

Videos with the Olympus Tough TG-5 at a glance:

Max. resolution3840 x 2160 pixel
...with frame rates25 frames/second
30 frames/second
External microphone

The Tough TG-5 has Wifi connectivity already built-in. Use Wifi to transfer images to a smartphone or computer and to remote control the camera.

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

The Olympus connects to your PC over USB 2.0.

The Olympus's connectivity at a glance:

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

What memory cards can be used with the Olympus Tough TG-5?

The camera will accept all common SD HC and SD XC cards.

With an average image size of 5 megabytes (JPEG, fine) a 32 GByte memory card would hold up to 6400 images.

Supported memory cards at a glance:

Memory cardsSD

Let's have a look at some other features of the Olympus Tough TG-5:

GPS is already built into the Tough TG-5; that will make it easy to categorize and tag photos afterwards. However, using the GPS receiver can reduce battery life considerably.

The Tough TG-5 features a built-in stabilizer. With a 4x zoom a good thing to have.

A nice addition is the Olympus's electronic level. The camera displays an indicator on the monitor that makes it super-easy to level the camera horizontally, very useful when doing architectural photography.

The camera has a built-in function to facilitate creating panoramas: While panning the Olympus over the scene, the camera takes a sequence of images which are then automatically assembled to form a panorama.

The camera can create HDRs automatically. That saves you from manually creating sequences of images with variying exposure values.

The Tough TG-5 is environmentally sealed against dust and moisture; a very useful feature when you take the camera places.

The Olympus's features in a handy table:

Image stabilizer
Level indicator

The Olympus Tough TG-5 works with a LI-92B LiIon battery. The battery lifetime is a generous 300 shots. Usually enough for a full 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 at a glance:

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.

Front and top view of the Tough TG-5 with dimensions:

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

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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