Olympus TG-5 Underwater Camera and Housing Review

OLYMPUS TG-5 AND PT-058 UNDERWATER CAMERA AND HOUSING REVIEW

Still the Undisputed King Of Macro

Olympus was able to get us an early release of the new Tough TG-5 camera and PT-058 housing. We were able to shoot it on the island of Bonaire for some macro and wide angle testing, and to see how this new camera stacks up against one of our all time favorites, the previous model, the Olympus TG-4.

The Olympus TG-5 carries on with probably the coolest feature ever for an underwater camera, microscope mode. Think of it as super macro on steroids. Olympus TG-5 has the highest reproduction ratio out of ANY camera currently on the market. With this camera, there is no subject too small to shoot.

This is probably the most advanced update to the Olympus Tough line of cameras we have seen yet. The list of updates is impressive — 4K video, hi-speed 1080 video, improved low-light performance, image quality of the new sensor, waterproof to 50ft without a housing, microscope mode’s insanely powerful macro, professional-level features like manual focus with focus peaking, plus much more. With its small size, top level performance, and ease of use, it’s a great camera for a primary rig or a secondary backup camera for your BC pocket or boat use.

Click the link below for a complete breakdown of this outstanding little camera!

www.BACKSCATTER.com - Reviews: Olympus TG-5 Underwater Camera and Housing

A strobe snoot was used for this shot of a blenny. The sharp detail in macro impressed us and rivals the detail of some mirrorless cameras.


With a wide angle lens, the Olympus TG-5 can shoot impressive wide angle shots with great detail, color, and sharpness.

18 Responses

  1. I took the Tg-5 to Bonaire July 15-22 and tiik a few pictures with it. I was not very successful with the macro wet lens and found that the microscope mode was pretty descent. But this was my first time to use it and really did not know what I was doing. But really liked the wet WA lens. I also used a sub-par strobe and video light.<br />-----<br />
  2. [QUOTE="LyndonDives, post: 8052218, member: 488320"]We love the Olympus TG5 with the PT058 Housing, and Backscatter Dual Solo 2000 Light bar package. We have taken it to Blue Heron for several dives for Macro Photography both day and night. The photos are outstanding and the size and weight of the camera are perfect ! My wife loves it, I cannot wait until I can order one for myself as well.[/QUOTE] What settings did you use?<br />-----<br />
  3. We have the tg4 and housing. Not sure if it is worth the upgrade. Any thoughts??<br />-----<br />[B][SIZE=3][COLOR=blue][B]I live in a sunny place surrounded by shady people[/B][/COLOR][/SIZE][/B] [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
  4. What wide angle lens was used?<br />-----<br />Florida is not just old people!
  5. [QUOTE="deeper thoughts, post: 8052529, member: 49257"]We have the tg4 and housing. Not sure if it is worth the upgrade. Any thoughts??[/QUOTE] Unless you want to use 4K video and high speed, I don't think it is worth it. The battery life on video mode is not very good. Not sure if tg4 has high speed video option or not, but I kind of like it with fast swimming fish. But really only used it a couple times due to video mode sucks the life out of the battery.<br />-----<br />
  6. [QUOTE="blazey07, post: 8052948, member: 464296"]Unless you want to use 4K video and high speed, I don't think it is worth it. The battery life on video mode is not very good. Not sure if tg4 has high speed video option or not, but I kind of like it with fast swimming fish. But really only used it a couple times due to video mode sucks the life out of the battery.[/QUOTE] Thnx we dont video because i hate editing<br />-----<br />[B][SIZE=3][COLOR=blue][B]I live in a sunny place surrounded by shady people[/B][/COLOR][/SIZE][/B] [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
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  8. [QUOTE="LyndonDives, post: 8052218, member: 488320"]We love the Olympus TG5 with the PT058 Housing, and Backscatter Dual Solo 2000 Light bar package. We have taken it to Blue Heron for several dives for Macro Photography both day and night. The photos are outstanding and the size and weight of the camera are perfect ! My wife loves it, I cannot wait until I can order one for myself as well.[/QUOTE] What was the point of using this camera with a housing under the BHB? Isn't it waterproof to 50 ft?<br />-----<br />
  9. « [I][COLOR=#4d4dff]What was the point of using this camera with a housing under the BHB? Isn't it waterproof to 50 ft?[/COLOR][/I] » Hi Sorry for my poor English :(…I am from Belgium… and by the way what means : « …under the BHB? » … BHB ??? From the French forum « Passion-snorkeling » we have a very bad experience of the « waterproof to 50 ft »:eek: The problem is : 'Lock' that suddenly opens: :rant:…for : 1 x TG2, 1 TG3 and at least 4 or 5 TG4 and recently 1 TG5. I can give the links with reports if you understand French. For the TG2 the guy rinsed it with freshwater and he was very lucky… It works again For the TG4, I know 3 or 4 were replaced on warranty by the after sale service. Several snorkelers after this bad experience decided to buy a waterproof housing My son bought recently a TG5 . I will see if it’s possible to secure the doors ?:rolleyes:<br />-----<br />
  10. [QUOTE="dcvf2, post: 8115144, member: 490224"]« [I][COLOR=#4d4dff]What was the point of using this camera with a housing under the BHB? Isn't it waterproof to 50 ft?[/COLOR][/I] » Hi Sorry for my poor English :(…I am from Belgium… and by the way what means : « …under the BHB? » … BHB ??? [/QUOTE] [USER=490224]@dcvf2[/USER] BHB is short for the Blue Heron Bridge, a dive site in Florida know for its amazing Macro photography. en francais*: BHB est une forme courte pour le Blue Heron Bridge, un site de plongée en Floride connu pour son incroyable photographie Macro. *Google Translate version.<br />-----<br />
  11. Thanks Hoag  ;-)
  12. We love the Olympus TG5 with the PT058 Housing, and Backscatter Dual Solo 2000 Light bar package. We have taken it to Blue Heron for several dives for Macro Photography both day and night. The photos are outstanding and the size and weight of the camera are perfect ! My wife loves it, I cannot wait until I can order one for myself as well.<br />-----<br />
  13. Do you know if the PT-058 will fit the old TG-4 camera?<br />-----<br />
  14. I bought this camera this year based on my dive buddy's recommendation (and his outstanding pics). Question though, is there any setting recommended for lake / green water diving? The underwater setting is clearly for ocean / blue water. I find myself diving fresh water quite a bit lately, and would like to optimize those pics. I don't know of any filter that I can attach to the lens like you can with GoPros.<br />-----<br />
    • In my opinion color correction filters for modern cameras are a waste of money.  The filters only reduce the amount of light of certain wavelengths to the sensor.  This can be equally well, or even with more precision, done digitally in post production.  This is especially true shooting raw stills.  Shooting video, there is usually less bits to work with and post processing might cause some banding effects in smooth areas,  But in my experience only doing digital color correction, without large exposure adjustments, has not caused problems with underwater video footage.
  15. Note that shooting raw still pictures means all the information from the image sensor is stored. The manual or automatic white balance has no effect on this data. TG-5 can shoot raw format and that is what I use. Video is different as most cameras don't have the ability to store raw video data.<br />-----<br />- Tom Ahola - FINLAND - Test Diver - Employed by Suunto. Lic. Tech. Hons. in signal processing, measurement science and electronics. Expert in wireless technology, sensors and DSP algorithms. Beginner diver (4 years). I like to help and share information to fellow divers and listen to feedback. My comments are my own and are not representing my employer in any way.
  16. I have the TG3 and it takes pretty decent macros and would love to know if the TG5 is worth buying a new one. I love my 3.<br />-----<br />
  17. With the TG-5 you get RAW. Most think that is worth having!<br />-----<br />

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