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Olympus TG-5 Underwater Camera and Housing Review

Discussion in 'ScubaBoard Articles' started by BackscatterUW, Jul 14, 2017.

  1. dcvf2

    dcvf2 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Belgium
    « What was the point of using this camera with a housing under the BHB? Isn't it waterproof to 50 ft? »


    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:
  2. Hoag

    Hoag Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Ontario
    @dcvf2 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.
  3. dcvf2

    dcvf2 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Belgium
    Thanks Hoag ;-)
    Hoag likes this.
  4. AmorForTheOcean

    AmorForTheOcean Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Philadelphia, US
    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.
  5. Tom Ahola

    Tom Ahola Angel Fish

    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.
  6. Jungle Diver

    Jungle Diver Dive Shop

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Cancun
    This camera has manual white balance that works like a charm and gives true to life colors if done right in any kind of colored water... I was taught that photos and videos will always look better if shot right the first time. Fixing washed out colors for lack of filter or manual white balance will never give you a natural colorful look, no matter how pro you are at post processing... Google manual white balance and the custom settings you can save on the TG5
  7. Tom Ahola

    Tom Ahola Angel Fish

    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.
  8. myshadeofred

    myshadeofred Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Virginia
    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.
  9. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: U.S. East Coast
    With the TG-5 you get RAW.
    Most think that is worth having!
  10. Alfred Forns

    Alfred Forns Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Miami Florida
    Got a G5 with Nauticam housing and twin Ion S2000 strobes, very happy. It did take a little work getting the results I wanted, at first disappointing.

    Got rid of the tray and handles, it was set up just like my other Nauticam housing, Part of the beauty if the small size being able to squeeze into tight areas. For mounting the strobes, I'm using a post and triple clamp at the top of housing with two 5 inch arms. Settings wise, ended using -2 on the compensation, A priority stopping down the lens and at times will go into microscope mode if needed. btw the strobes work well on TTL, don't normally use but have found with these close distances, a few inches will make a difference on manual.

    Have not tried using any wide angle adapters, just shooting macro.

    Don't think it can replace the other rig I have but it is some kind of fun to shoot. No complaints with the quality. One last thought, the camera does not work in full manual so might be problematic getting consistent results on the wide angle side.

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