Many, many years ago, the main consideration on this blog was travel photography. I used to try lots of different cameras and think a lot about traveling and making pictures. At that time, I was using a lot of less capable cameras: but since then, a lot has happened. Technology has really changed in photography. Cameras are better along with the processing of images using software in and out of the cameras, and I’m not traveling because of other issues.
If you have already looked at the pictures above, you might be wondering where I’m going with this article. Just because I’m not currently traveling doesn’t mean I’m not still thinking about what camera would I use today if I got on a plane and flew far away. I used a camera to make the above images that I would probably use if flying somewhere. I used the Olympus TG-5 under a variety of conditions and different processing from straight out of the camera to macro to various adjustments and settings down to ISO 1600 at 1/25 sec in low light. I had asked myself the question: “Would I travel with just this camera if/when I get the chance?” The answer, absolutely.
If I were to travel now, it would be essential that I go as light as possible. That being the case, I would love to fly to Hawaii for two or three weeks with only a small backpack containing my medicines, a few changes of shorts and tee shirts, my iPhone, and the TG-5 camera, a few chargers, and a charge card.
But, the most important question is: “What do you want the pictures to say?” The TG-5 images might be OK image wise, but first you need to determine your reason for making the pictures in the first place. If they are only to record what you saw, It is an OK camera.