Olympus TOUGH TG5 review at CameraLabs: “there isn’t a better rugged waterproof compact around”

CameraLabs tested the new Olympus TG-5:

There isn’t a better rugged waterproof compact around than the Olympus TOUGH TG-5. Like all great cameras it gets the basics right – a bright, good quality 25-100mm f2 – 4.9 lens paired with a quality 12 Megapixel sensor and high performance TruePic VIII processor. It builds on that with a great set of features and shooting modes, including Pro capture continuous shooting, 4K video, RAW support, and superb macro modes. Finally, it provides the control you need to make the most of those features, whatever the environment. The only downside is the poor performance of the movie continuous AF.

Also Photographyblog reviewed the new Olympus camera:

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.

TG-5 at Amazon, Getolympus, BHphoto, Adorama and ParkCameras.

Olympus PT-EP14 Underwater Housing Review by Chris Eyre-Walker

Our friend Chris Eyre-Walker tested the Olympus PT-EP14 Underwater Housing for the E-M1II:

The housing equals it’s predecessor in terms of build quality. The ergonomics have been improved and it’s easier to access the camera controls. The Olympus PT-EP14 in combination with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is probably the most exciting setup for surf photography on the market right now! The housing is made for the camera and  the camera is small, lightning fast, has incredibly accurate focus and is super customisable. The housing performed well and the glass ports give me the best possible image sharpness I could wish for when shooting in the water. That doesn’t leave many points to argue about…

As a result of all this: It’s fun to use. To me it really brought back the joy of shooting surf from within the water again.

Negatives? I could argue that the housing is pricy, but hey, you’re taking the most capable, high end mirrorless camera and submerging it into the most destructive environment you would want to take your tech to… you’ll need solid protection!

Panasonic Lumix GX85 CineLike D test

Little Island Media made a Panasonic Lumix GX85 CineLike D test. He did sent me this text:

Here is a quick test on the GX85 using the CineLike D mod, I have pushed the profile to its limit to see how much information can be captured. Check out the video and let me know what you think.