Year after year, the model after the model, Olympus has made all the other competitions with its flagship waterproof series. The newest entry, TG-6 ($ 449), does not break away from the boundaries of this series. This is a kitchen camera with a lens that makes it a decent low light option, and a waterproof design is rated to fifty feet. There are not many other waterproof cameras on the market today, and while TG-6 does not offer a big advantage over TG-5, it is still the best point-and-shooting waterproof shooting that you can get, and our editor’s choice.
TG-6 maintains the same duke, but around a rough form factor, the form of its predecessors. It measures 2.6 x 4.5 times 1.3 inches (HWD), weighs 8.9 ounces, and can withstand sufficient pressure to be used in fifty feet of water. You can buy it in your black or red choice
Many pocket cameras offer a large zoom range. But the waterproof camera must keep the lens completely inside the body. TG-6 uses the same 25-100mm zoom (full-frame) equivalent as the previous entry in the series. It opens up to f / 2 at the widest angle, added value for shooting with dim light, but does not fall brightness to f / 4.9 when enlarged all the entrance.
There is a ring accessory around the lens. Olympus sells several lenses of the eye-eye, if you want to get a wider viewpoint, as well as a pair of flash accessories that direct the light to surround the lens, fill the shadow with close-up shots. TG-6 has a very good macro feature, and I would consider one of the accessory light modifiers needed.
Macro focus – and zoom for it – for TG-6 animals that are very different from the action camera. Gore Hero8 Black has a much wider lens and stronger video features and slow motion, but not good for macro shots – the lens is not too focused.
Control and features
TG-6 is a pretty standard point-and-shoot from a handling perspective. The handgrip is very deep, and the camera ship with a cloth wrist strap that you can use on land and under water.
The on / off button above, along with the Rena release, zoom control, and control wheel. The wheel control is not comfortable – it’s very slim, and it must be waterproof, so sealing makes changing it requires effort. Olympus has added a plastic back, so you can get a handle and play it, but they are a little pointed. Helpful wheels – TG-6 does not include full manual exposure control, so many photographers will choose to use it to call exposure adjustments. It’s also not the end of the world – you won’t cut yourself, but you might see some small curves in your thumb after turning it several times.
The main back control is the four direction direction pad, with the OK button at the center. It joins info, menus, playing, and recording buttons and flat calls to set the camera mode. If you want to go outside the full automatic, your best bet is to use the program and adjust the exposure using the top dial for many scenes.
You have some creative controls – you can switch to sports scenes to ensure short shutter speeds to freeze movements, and there are several options for photography long exposure – the lens includes an integrated neutral density filter, so you can take longer exposure.
There is macro and underwater mode specifically on the dial, and a large number of scene modes too. You can capture images with natural views, or with artistic filters applied. If you enable raw catches, you can add filter effects after facts, right on the camera.
The rear LCD is your interface for all this, as well as your viewfinder. It has been upgraded – TG-5 has a 460k-dot panel, but TG-6 packs 1.040K point in the same 3-inch frame. This is a clearer and more sharp view of the world, and is very helpful to edit in the camera. The screen cover does take some blisters and scratches, although – it is a difficult camera, but the screen is not scratched.
Connectivity and power
TG-6 includes GPS, as well as Wi-Fi to connect to your smartphone. GPS is dead and easily, using the toggle log switch above the camera body. But be careful to turn it off when placing it for that day – it will drain the battery, even with the camera turned down.
The camera recharges through a micro USB port, which is located below the double lock door on the left side; The Micro HDMI port is also there. SDXC UHS-i memory card slot is under the same door, can be accessed from below, which also accommodates the battery.
The battery is rated for 340 shots with a standard CIPA, but I find that you will get a little less than it in practice if you take advantage of the GPS and Wi-Fi features. Fortunately, you can refill via USB, so it’s easy enough to be placed while traveling – assuming you don’t mind bringing a power bank other than point-and-shooting.
Wi-Fi system requires the application to work, share Olympus images. It is available for Android and iOS. This is not a new application in any way, but has a disturbing new feature. A few months ago, he began sending push notifications to my phone, told me about somewhat useful news such as free webinars from pro photographers, to spam warnings on products that are being sold.
I see this is a bad thing. It’s easy to get into your iPhone notification and turn it off – and I suggest you do it if you buy TG-6. But it should not be a problem in the first place-Olympus must know better than changing utility applications to advertising platforms.
Speed and Autofocus
TG-6 takes around 1.6 seconds to light up, lock focus, and take pictures. The autofocus system is basic, but fast, locking the target with about 0.1 seconds between pressing the shutter and making an image.
There are Burst catch modes, supporting speeds of up to 20fps for a very short duration, around 9 shots. It will continue to run, but go down to around 6fps. It is still useful for capturing short action explosions, and you can set the Burst level to a lower speed if you want.
You can allow the camera to select the focal point automatically, or manually select the group 25 square box, centered in the center of the frame. You can activate face detection if you want, and face the detected face will be prioritized, even if you have a focal area centered on a different subject.