Want a selfie next to a waterfall? How about a selfie in at the waterfall? Even if you only want to photograph the kids playing in the pool this summer, the camera on your smartphone, as versatile as it may be, may not live to tell the story.
These situations are exactly where the new Olympus Tough TG-6 the camera is prospering.
Olympus is no stranger to rugged cameras. We have been use and abuse of various models of the TG line for years now. The latest is the TG-6, which brings incremental updates welcome to the success of the TG-5.
TG-6 seems almost identical to TG-5 (available in red or black). It fits well in the pocket and in the hand, even if the buttons are rather small. More important for this type of camera, the TG-6 offers the same indestructible body as its predecessors. There are limits, but the TG-6 is generally resistant to frost, crushing, dust and shock (you can drop it 7 feet).
To achieve this level of sealed serenity, Olympus uses an all-metal body and double latches on each of the camera's two hatches. The double latches make it easy to replace the battery or the cable connection, but they give more assurance that the hatch will not open when you accidentally hit the TG-6 on the hull of the car. wreck in which you dive.
The same body design also means that the TG-6 will work with all existing TG-5 enclosures and accessories. (On the other hand, this means that the TG-5 should work with the new accessories as well as those in a moment.)
The TG-6 uses the same fast f / 2.0 lens with 4X optical zoom (25mm to 100mm) as the TG-5. It is also equipped with the same 12 megapixel sensor, which produces very high quality images for a camera "aim and photograph". TG-6 adds an anti-reflective coating to the glass surrounding the sensor, helping to reduce glare and ghosting.
The most important and most appreciated change of the TG-6 is the significantly improved resolution of the rear LCD panel. The screen goes from 460,000 points on the TG-5 to over a million on the TG-6. The extra sharpness makes it easier to see the images you are looking under the water. On the other hand, Olympus has not improved the protective glass that covers the LCD screen. It is always possible to easily eliminate scratches, a problem that weighs on this device otherwise difficult for several versions.
If you're using the TG-6 underwater, new white balance modes will help you capture better colors. The new modes help snapshots, but if you're serious about underwater photography, you'll want to take full advantage of it. waterproof case (he passes the depth of the TG-6 from 15 to 45 meters) and the external flash.
The Olympus TG range is still touted with impressive macro capabilities for a compact camera. The TG-6 builds on this foundation by providing macro-controls to the program and aperture priority modes. This is one thing that can entice TG-5 owners to upgrade.
The TG-6 uses the same focus stack as in other Olympus models, which is convenient for macro photography. Stacking Focus occurs when a camera takes multiple exposures at slightly different focus points, then combines them to increase the depth of field, which must be lacking in the shots. macro view. If you have ever seen an insect in close-up and the whole body was clean, there is a good chance that the stacking will focus.
The TG-6 has some features that you will not find elsewhere, such as a built-in compass, a thermometer, a pressure gauge and an accelerometer. The camera tracks the location and associates all other sensor data with your images via an app. This way, you can not only know where this reef kick came from, but also how hot the water was, how deep you were, and more.
Quality and confusion
The quality of the images coming out of the TG-6 is a sensor for the small sensor that it contains. The TG-6's sensor is pretty much the same as the one you'll find in the best smartphones. The colors are well balanced and the images are sharp. In my opinion, Olympus uses too much noise reduction in its JPG files, but you can reduce it in the settings or just take RAW photos and reduce the noise in a photo editor.
The TG-6 can record 4K / 30p and 1080p video at 60 frames per second, although video capture is still limited because there is no microphone or headphone jack.
The most delicate thing about Olympus is how to use it. The menu system is good, but it is not clear how to access certain menus. The only way for me to change the shooting format to RAW was to simultaneously press Menu and OK, which opens a menu to choose the format and capture mode. I did not understand it myself either. First, I spent nearly an hour reading the manual and manipulating menus and modes. When I did not find any results, I turned to the Internet and finally found the answer in the forum posts of users just as frustrated.
This is not to say that TG-6 is difficult to use; that's not it. Olympus simply does not document the capabilities of the camera or how to release them. If you want to make the most of the TG-6, it's worth doing a little research yourself.
There are some useful accessories. The case under water, which extends the depth to 45 meters, is new. There is also a new fisheye lens for circular fisheye images. There is even a new silicone jacket if you do not want the complete case.
The TG line has long had additional lens options as a fisheye lens, which fits on the front of the lens and extends the field of view to 105 degrees. This is not as wide as for GoPro, but it is useful under water, where the natural magnification of shooting in the water effectively reduces your field of view. If you want to go in the other direction, there is also a telephoto fixation which extends the zoom to 170 mm (35 mm equivalent).
All accessories make the TG-6 much more than just a rugged device. The costs can add up if you want a complete kit, but it's still a lot cheaper than diving into the world of digital SLRs. If you want beautiful underwater images without the clash of a digital SLR sticker, the TG-6 will not disappoint you.
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