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Gopro 6 vs Olympus TG 5

Discussion in 'Underwater Photography' started by Rachpreach, Jan 11, 2018.

  1. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    You can add most of that stuff, and more, to a GoPro, too. Whatever.
     
  2. kaerius

    kaerius Instructor, Scuba

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    You don't need a big complicated setup with the TG5. Just camera and case(though on shallow dives you could go with just the camera).

    Just set everything to auto, use the button on top for photos and a button on the back to start/stop video. It's not a complicated camera to use unless you make it so yourself(IE: you can manually set aperture, focus, etc but you don't have to).
     
  3. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    In another thread he has already decided on the GoPro....with lots of add-ons. Oh, well.
     
  4. Rachpreach

    Rachpreach Angel Fish

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    Well honestly I dont think Im going to go with a gopro, they seem like garbage. I dont know what to do. Im still open to the olympus. What kind of mount could I use with it? Could a monopod be used?
     
  5. Rachpreach

    Rachpreach Angel Fish

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    Man, just priced out the olympus with the housing, the housing is almost as much as the camera!!
     
  6. wildbill9

    wildbill9 Barracuda

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    Yep, camera is the cheaper part. Lights are where the bucks come into play but lights make the system sing. The set up is simple, if you want video lights the remote controller makes it easy. A large rig does not mean a complicated system. For video one button to turn on, one button to control all functions of the 2 lights. For stills one button if camera has been set correctly. You do need to choose before dive will I take video or stills? My best advice is to call Jack at oceans optical and listen to his advice. I called him, told him my objectives and diving style and my budget. He suggested the tg series and sea and sea strobes even though it was 1k less than my budget. I took his advice and love love live my system! Now we will require pics and videos of ur trips..... You have been warned
     
  7. outofofficebrb

    outofofficebrb HARRO HUNNAYYY

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    GoPro or TG5, to make it worthwhile at depth, you will want strobes or lights. Video lights (wide light angle and as strong as you can buy for your budget) will be easier to use and you can also have it double as a dive light or have it become your dive light if you decide you want strobes later on.

    For the GoPro, you will want a macro attachment to get anything small since he minimum focusing distance of the GoPro is pretty far. You’ll also want filters...maybe even some lights. I had these on a tray and arms. I used to shoot with a GoPro but now have a camera rig in an aluminum housing with strobes so I have used both.
     
  8. kaerius

    kaerius Instructor, Scuba

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    The big lights are in all likelihood easier to use, but I'm so far just pairing my TG5 with a regular dive light.
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  9. Scott from LongIsland

    Scott from LongIsland Barracuda

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    I wouldn't bother with the macro attachment for the GoPro. It doesn't do anything at all. GoPro and macro do not coincide.

    I recently switched from a GoPro to the Olympus TG5. The Olympus is worlds better and can still shoot 4k video if desired. It's not even a close comparison. I use a Sola video light mounted directly to the camera. No tray (yet). I do plan on adding a strobe soon though once i have the coin. I love my setup, it's small and a ton better than a GP. Another thing to consider is the lack of zoom on a GP
     
  10. Dan_T

    Dan_T Great White

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    I solved my lens fogging up problem by doing the opening & closing the camera case inside a dry room like in an air-conditioned cabin-room or camera room that has low humidity to begin with (& dehumidifier if you are lucky) and put desiccant (silica gel) pouches as much as I can fit in the camera case with the camera in it. Problem solved - no matter how hot in the inside of the camera case, would be, there won’t be any lens fogging as there won’t be much water vapor in the case to condense (lens fogging). Simply, dry air = no water to condense = no lens fogging. I’ve done it for 8 years without such lens fogging up since.
     
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