OM SYSTEM OLYMPUS TG-6 Red Underwater camera, Waterproof, Freeze proof, High Resolution Bright, 4K Video 44x Macro shooting

(7 customer reviews)

350,00 $

Last updated on June 25, 2024 3:30 am Details

Description

  • Water proof (50 feet /15 meter), dust proof, shock proof (7 feet / 2.1 meter), crush proof (100 kgf), freeze proof (14 degree Fahrenheit / -10 degree Celsius), anti-fog
  • High resolution F2.0 lens, maximum 8x zoom, true pic VIII, back illuminated CMOS image sensor
  • Variable macro system comprised of 4 macro shooting modes, magnified shooting up to 1 centimeter from the end of the lens
  • 5 underwater shooting modes including underwater microscope, 3 underwater white balance modes
  • 4K movie and full HD 120 fps high speed movies can be recorded. Battery life – Approx. 340 Images (using Toshiba SDHC UHS-I Card Exceria with is on, based on CIPA testing standards). Approx. 50 minutes (under standard JEITA testing). Approx. 110 minutes (when zoom and other operational functions are not used). When repeatedly recording at the maximum time of 29 minutes

7 reviews for OM SYSTEM OLYMPUS TG-6 Red Underwater camera, Waterproof, Freeze proof, High Resolution Bright, 4K Video 44x Macro shooting

  1. Alex J

    I bought this as a new everyday-carry camera after finally getting sick of the pointless madness of smartphone cameras. It’s worth it, if you ask me.

    Good stuff:

    – Decent picture quality in daylight, but likely outperformed by a fancy phone.
    – Outstanding picture quality at night, way beyond what any phone I’ve seen can do.
    – Decent optical zoom, though only a little bit of it.
    – Easy to cram into a back pocket without worrying about damaging it. Nice build quality without being too excessively bulky.
    – Starts up quickly; ready to go in about one second from pressing the power button. I really appreciate this, since one of my biggest frustrations with phone cameras is how they often take insane amounts of time just to start up.
    – Takes RAW photos.
    – Manual focus, which I was surprised to find because I was assured by the reviews I read that it did not have manual focus. It sure does, though, and it’s surprisingly good. The super-macro setting is very impressive too.
    – MicroUSB charging, which is less nice than USB-C, but much better than the terrible proprietary connector that the old models had.
    – Impressive waterproofing. Unless you’re a scuba diver, this is basically a true underwater camera (and if you are, I hear there’s a deep-water housing available too). It’s not like phones tend to be where they claim it’s waterproof, but then specify in the fine print that it’s only good to one meter of depth for half an hour or whatever – no, this is a camera you can actually take swimming with you.

    Bad stuff:

    – There doesn’t seem to be any exposure bracketing function apart from the internal HDR scene mode, which is frustrating because the scene mode processing is terrible (see next point).

    – Seems to have an extremely mediocre image processor, maybe not even any better than the one included in the earliest models in the Olympus Tough series. The JPEGs it produces are extremely crunchy (RAW is worth using for this reason), and the scene mode filters are kind of a joke. You can’t capture RAWs when using them, and it only saves 3-MP photos despite this being a 12-MP camera (which is already a little on the low side compared to what phones are doing these days, especially for a camera that costs about the same as a decent phone). If you aren’t planning on shooting RAWs all the time and doing all your processing afterwards, I really don’t recommend this camera.

    – Almost every preset mode locks out most of the manual controls, seemingly for no reason. For example, if you’re using the candlelight mode, you’re simply not allowed to use manual focus. There doesn’t seem to be any particular reason for this, since the focus is entirely independent of anything candlelight mode is actually changing (exposure, aperture, and sensitivity, I guess), so this makes no sense. Also, every time the camera silently changes your settings like this, it doesn’t change them back when you return to a mode where they’re allowed again, making it an ongoing hassle to go through and put everything back how you want it. The frustration of this is quickly training me to never touch any of the scene modes or other presets. It’s really aggravating to go out and take a bunch of photos, only to discover that none of them were saved as good-quality RAWs because the camera silently turned off RAW capture on me.

    – Video files are limited to 4GB in size, even when using an exFAT SD card (so this is not a real technical limitation, just an arbitrary one imposed by lazy code). Worse still, they simply did not bother to add any way to make it automatically restart recording when hitting the file size limit (which would have been a trivial software modification that is already seen in other Olympus cameras), and if even that wasn’t bad enough, there aren’t even any low-resolution video format options that could squeeze more time out of the 4GB limit. The longest video you can record with this camera is 29 minutes long, period. All of the possible workarounds have been defeated, seemingy for no reason, and most formats are limited to even shorter durations (around 10 minutes for 1080p60, 5 minutes for 4k30, and just a few seconds for the high-speed modes). Despite the marketing suggesting otherwise, this is NOT a video camera. If you’re buying this to record video, expect to be disappointed.

    Overall, I’d say that this is a decent camera to use for basic indoor and outdoor photography, especially in low-light conditions. While it’s hardly a proper DSLR, it has enough manual controls to at least not be a downgrade from smartphones in that regard, and it’s a lot more likely to survive an exciting trip than either of those are. It’s far from perfect, and the video limitations are a huge letdown, but I think I do still prefer it over a horribly busted smartphone camera.

  2. Guerric Haché

    I have a high end SLR. Trouble is, it gets heavy lugging it around. Gets crisper pix than the TG6, BUT! But not a whole lot better. TG6 is convenient, easy to use, gives great pix (within its limitations), is a great deal at the price. I am also a professional scuba diver and bought the easy-to-use underwater case. Unit did not come with filters and, oddly enough, my GoPro gets better underwater pix in poor viz than the TG6. Haven’t had a chance to use it in good viz tho’ a friend takes awesome pix with it. Would I buy it again? In a heart beat!

  3. Lawrence Schnurr

    I bought this camera mostly for when I’m commuting or out with someone. I have DSLRs and lenses.

    I used to want this camera a couple years ago when it was really popular, I couldn’t justify the price until recently when I started commuting alone on a escooter from work daily and found that my Sony RX100M6 was too clunky and delicate to keep carrying around (even in a case).

    This camera has a slight learning curve if you’re coming from a fully manual camera, as this camera let’s you control basically everything EXCEPT the most important option.. Shutter speed.
    There is absolutely no prior warning to this and I found myself rather disappointed in this realization.

    I have learned to ignore this problem and instead use the apreture, ISO, and exposure compensation to try and trick the camera into the shutter speed I want.
    The other issue is focusing, manual focus is there which I like although clunky, the track focus is finaky at best (constantly accidentally taking photos, need to half press shutter and press OK button). Best option for this would be to set the focus manually (and use the focus peaking setting) then remembering your focus distance when taking photos until you need to change it.

    This is just my use case, for others it might feel more natural where-as mine feels like the camera is trying to work against me.

    I still use this camera and I do enjoy using it apart from the querks.

    That said, I do think the price is almost reasonable.. I still believe the price should be a bit lower due to some major feature(s) being locked away from the user.

  4. Amazon Customer

    Je l ai utilisé dans une piscine pour filmer et photographier les enfants.
    Très bon rendues à la fois des photos et des videos.

  5. Guerric Haché

    I am a avid outdoors person, from hiking and kayaking to relaxing on the beach. I recently just purchased my 3rd Olympus TG camera. M6 original one does still take pictures, the only issue I had was that it came with a flip screen, it’s the screen itself that no longer works. I have left the kids use that camera for years and has been dropped banged around etc and still going (minus the screen) my last one is about 8 years old and has been on many camping trips in the wilderness where it’s been dropped on boulders from my life jacket pocket, once it was not locked up and battery cover opened, landing in the water. It needed to be dried out for a day sitting in sun, but still worked for years afterwards. I have bought what I reviews say where better Camra’s but this is truly a great camera for those loving the outdoors. I have used many times for taking photos under water or while swimming. The only downside I can see is that the mega pixels are not as good as others but it still takes great quality pictures.

  6. Alex J

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     My long story (Pros and cons are below for brevity):

    I bought this camera as a birthday gift for myself in August 2019. As soon as I started using the camera, I regretted the purchase but I feel better now. I have taken about 4,500 shots (most deleted). So far, I have used the SCN, A, P, C1, C2, Underwater, Macro, and auto. In other words, I am still getting used to it and haven’t taken enough photos to say if I am at a 2 or 4, so my rating is a 3.

    AUTO MODE is complete and utter trash. Before Thanksgiving the options I used the most were scenery (landscape), aperture priority, and Macro. When I went to visit family for Thanksgiving, my camera setting was in macro when they decided to do a quick cousin picture. I had to be in the picture so I hurriedly turned the dial to Auto before handing it over…thinking it would work. NEGATIVE! The camera flash wasn’t activated, the ISO was put to 1600 and the photo was extremely grainy. Afterward, I tried to turn the flash on and it was grayed out. I’ve owned about six point and shoot cameras before this one. All of them gave me the ability to turn the flash on in Auto mode. Typically I can choose, full flash, no flash, or auto flash. The auto mode in the TG-6 does not give you the option. The setting was evening time around 6 PM. The lighting was low because it was getting dark outside and we were on the patio. My suggestion, use custom 1 or 2 and set the maximum ISO to 400. Custom gives you the flexibility to choose the flash. Also set-up the camera early so you won’t be caught off-guard.

    As I mentioned before I have had other point and shoots. My point and shoots from 2002-2010 either had an internal lens protector that closed and protected the lens or an external lens cover. The TG-6 has neither, I bought a converter that had a lens cover. I’m astonished a $450 camera would not have a lens cover.

    I accidentally dropped the camera. The strap was difficult to pull through all the way and because I didn’t have it fully pulled, it fell onto the concrete when I was walking in the parking garage. I had it for about one week at that time. Since I had a screen protector on the camera, the screen is fine, the protector cracked and chipped. The camera survived.

    The MANUAL is online, which works for me. Yes, you need the manual. I have bought an external charger with extra batteries. However, I haven’t used the extra batteries yet. I had a beach day. I was on the beach from 10 AM – 4 PM. I took a combination of 1,003 pictures and videos. My battery had about 60% energy left. I am impressed by the battery life.

    Speaking of a beach day, the day I went to the beach, the water was livid. The sand filled waves pummeled me underwater, stole my glasses, and almost stole my camera. Despite not putting my camera directly in the sand, the camera was filled with it from the waves. Now the dials are difficult to turn because of the sand. I hear a crunch every time I spin the dial or open the door for the SD card or charger. The same day I took pictures using the custom shutter and the AUTO-FOCUS was trash. I have had issues with the auto-focus on this camera at times. This is the first point and shoot camera where I have used the manual focus before. I’m not sure why the autofocus sometimes fails me.

    In my beach pictures, the camera was set on the underwater – snapshot option. The lighting changed throughout the day due to it raining off and on and also the sun’s regular rising and setting. The images were dramatically different from overexposed to underexposed. In low-light settings, I suggest WB Auto Keep Warm Color: OFF. I noticed the photos in low light can be very orange if you have WB Auto Keep Warm Color: On.

    The aperture is limited to 2.0-8.0, so don’t expect anything fancy. The camera can do RAW but the quality of the RAW images are terrible. I was disappointed with the zoom feature, I thought maybe my camera zoom was stuck but it really doesn’t zoom out very far (4x zoom).

    Camera manufacturers should consider remotes or remote capabilities for the camera. You can pair the camera to the phone to take images but I bought a camera so I don’t have to use the phone. I’d like to put it on the selfie stick or tripod and use the remote to take a few quick snaps. I am grateful for and love the custom feature that allows me to set it to shoot after 4 seconds and then take 8 photos in succession. That reminds me, the BATTERY/SD card door is next to the tripod mount, so if you have to change the battery or quickly change the SD card, you have to remove the tripod.

    The TG-6 is touted as an impressive macro camera. It’s great but it isn’t magnificent. The camera tends to underexpose the images. That means if you don’t use flash with a DIFFUSER, your images will need a higher ISO. In low light settings, you need to use flash, so you can use a low ISO. High ISO in this camera is extremely grainy. The flash without a diffuser is bright even when I have cut the flash down to 1/64. At the same time, it depends on what you are shooting. If it’s a bug that does not have any metallic body parts like a butterfly, then it’s not an issue. Shiny bugs need a diffuser. The LG-1 is used with the LED light, it is not waterproof, and it’s too harsh for shiny creatures. FD-1 is waterproof, uses the flash, and softer which is better for non-reflective bugs. LG-1 is more of a focused light than a diffuser, FD-1 is a diffuser. The light can be adjusted in FD-1 because the flash can be reduced between 1/1.3 to 1/64. Focus stacking option in Macro is my favorite but you need to keep the camera very still. Since I don’t always use my tripod, the default I use is Microscope.

    In all, aside from the macro photography, I feel I should have bought the go pro. I didn’t know it existed until a month after I bought the camera. At the same time, I don’t hate the camera, it just doesn’t seem worth it for me. Note there is a steep learning curve to get the full benefit of the camera.

    PRO:

    Waterproof
    RAW
    Long-lasting battery
    Rugged
    Macro
    Procap

    NONCOMMITAL:

    Manual online
    External battery charger
    Image quality

    CON:

    Auto mode
    Auto-focus
    No lens cover
    Limited aperture
    Zoom
    No remote capability (outside of phone)
    Battery door located by the tripod mount
    Cost
    RAW photo quality
    Not good with sand

    Summary:

    Whether you should buy this camera depends on what you’re buying it for and your pet peeves. The image quality depends on the lighting, your photo taking abilities, the scene or setting of the camera, and your knowledge of the camera. The more you learn the better the images (to an extent) because you will learn the camera’s limitations. The cost of the camera is high considering it lacks some basic accessories. It does decent underwater and Macro scenes.

    Accessories I purchased:

    2 LI-90B/92B batteries and charger
    7 piece filter (don’t buy) – I only like the ND filter
    FD-1 waterproof filter diffuser (uses flash)
    LG-1 Light guide (uses LED)
    Olympus CLA-T01 conversion lens adapter (has lens cover)
    Waterproof mini tripod
    Screen protectors (recommended) – Screen Protectors Compatible Olympus Tough TG-5, AFUNTA 2 Packs Anti-Scratch Tempered Glass Protective Films
    MC 40.5mm UV protection filter with a multi-resistant coat – love but not necessary

  7. MR Jacques Damy

    Overall this is a fantastic camera for macro photos and underwater use; I’ve used it while swimming in lakes and tidepooling without issue, and apart from the user problem of shaky hands making macro photos difficult to get, I’ve been extremely impressed by the macro mode and the built-in focus stacking and bracketing.

    There are two problems I have with the camera, after using it a lot for a few months. First, it’s just not at all good at long-distance photos; my Google Pixel 7 Pro takes better pictures of things at distance, such as birds. That’s fine, though; it’s just a limitation you should be aware of.

    The second problem I have, and more substantial, is with the GPS logging. For whatever reason, I find the Olympus TG-6 doesn’t geotag the photo files themselves, even with the “Record GPS Location” feature set to “on” (I know the switch on the top of the camera and the Record GPS menu option are different – I turn BOTH on when trying to get geotagging data). All the camera does is create a log of GPS locations in a .LOG file, without timestamps, and the locations appear to be very inaccurate. I turned on the GPS recording and flipped the log switch before going for a lake swim recently, only to later find that zero photos were geotagged and that the .LOG file didn’t have time (so I couldn’t use it to easily geotag the photos) and was also just inaccurate once laid on a map, with most of the points on the edge or outside of the lake I was swimming in.

    In the future I’ll be sticking to my phone’s GPS recorder for all geotagging purposes. I don’t know what the intended use case is here, but despite an hour of googling I haven’t found a way to get good data from whatever the TG-6 recorded on my excursion, and manually geotagging 151 photos is going to be a huge pain.

    Apart from that weird issue, though, this is a wonderful camera that I’ve been very happy with, and luckily it’s easy enough to just not use the GPS feature and use a proper track from your phone or other GPS device instead.

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