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Meet the new improved Stylus Tough TG-5 from Olympus

By Marcus Wong - on 29 May 2017, 11:51am

Meet the new improved Stylus Tough TG-5 from Olympus

Olympus’ new Stylus Tough TG-5 is improved both inside and out, with a new high-sensitivity, high-speed back-lit CMOS image sensor and the same TruePic VIII image processor used on their flagship OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera. The combination allows for better noise performance throughout the standard ISO range, allowing for a maximum ISO sensitivity of ISO 12800.

The camera also comes with a Field Sensor System which includes a GPS, manometer, temperature sensor, and a shooting direction sensor. All the information from all these sensors can be sent to your smartphone via the Olympus Image Track (OI.Track) app, so you can truly relive your experience when reviewing your photos.

GPS is just one of the measurements the camera will capture and attach to every shot.

As with previous Tough series cameras, the Tough TG-5 is extremely well-protected against the elements. It uses a hermetic sealing body construct for better waterproof performance, letting it go as deep as 15m without the need for a dedicated underwater housing. The camera is also shockproof to sustain drops from up to 2.1m, can take loads of up to 100kgf, dustproof, and freezeproof down to -10C.

4K movie capture is now an option, and the camera gains a 120 fps High-speed Movie mode that lets you capture moments faster than what the naked eye can perceive.

The arrow pad can be used to adjust magnification ratio in Microscope control mode.

Four macro modes have also been included:

  1. Microscope mode - Lets you shoot subjects from up to 1 cm away from the end of the lens. Optical zoom can also be used to enlarge and shoot subjects, making it perfect for shooting objects smaller than what your eyes can perceive.
  2. Microscope control mode- This mode uses the rear LCD monitor to magnify and display microscopic subjects. For example, a subject that is only 1 mm in size up can be viewed at up to a maximum of approximately 44.4 mm on the rear LCD monitor. You can use the LCD monitor to check the display magnification on the subject when it is just 1 cm away from the end of the lens. In addition to switching the magnification factor with the zoom lever, the arrow pad can also be used to switch between 1x, 2x, and 4x with the press of a single button as if changing the objective lens on a real microscope.
  3. Focus stacking mode- This captures eight different shots continuously while shifting the focus from the foreground to the background, merging the images to give you a full resolution photo (12 MP) with an incredibly deep depth-of-field, just like what you might see in encyclopedias.
  4. Focus bracketing mode - With this mode, the camera captures up to 30 images while shifting the focus from the foreground to the background every time you press the shutter, so you can easily pick the image with just the right plane of focus. You may not need 30 images every time though, so the camera has the three different levels of shift amount and number of shots taken for you to choose from.

The Stylus Tough TG-5 will be available in red and black.

The Tough TG-5 will be available in a choice of red or black, but pricing and availability have yet to be announced.

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