Olympus TG-5 Review

June 21, 2017 | Gavin Stoker |


The Olympus TG-5 is best viewed as a take-anywhere, shoot anything travel and action camera combined. Olympus has – for the most part, at least – taken the old ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ approach to this latest generation of ‘toughened’ model, which features mostly identical specification, give or take, to its TG-4 model from a couple of years earlier, whilst the newer model adds £50 to the original price tag. Whilst it’s still a capable camera of its type and therefore worth investigation if you’re not already an existing Olympus Tough model owner, we can’t really see why previous owners would want to apply here, even if this new model is fractionally faster, in our opinion, as regards its operational response times. This is partly due, no doubt, to its latest generation processor. 

The Olympus TG-5 is certainly one of the better toughened-construction cameras we’ve used and one that hasn’t been unduly compromised by the fact that it has indeed been reinforced. Whether you think it’s worth spending £400 on what is largely a point and shoot digital camera, albeit one ready for battle, will depend on your specific requirements. But it is a capable, consistent performer, despite the small sensor.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 3.5
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 4
Value for money 3.5