While the weather has been wet, I have been exploring to find what I can do with the TG-5 pocket camera. It continues to surprise me with different types of images, and I have never even tried to use it underwater. In the rain and mud, yes. Carried around in a pocket or the bottom of a bag, yes. Left in the car in the heat, yes. It just keeps ticking on.
The image above surprised me. I’ll have to try more things like this. The big advantage of having the TG-5’s macro mode is that it opens up more possibilities for images like above.
In the following image I cranked the ISO up to 2500 in order to check out how well the Olympus jpeg handled noise when I made this image inside a dark drawer at f/2.3 and 1/15 sec. The only tweaking other than a little straightening was to apply +26 clarity, reset the WB, and apply a medium contrast curve to this out of camera jpeg. I have found no need to use raw files.
As with most of my pictures in this blog, these are from when I was experimenting and testing a camera and/or lens. In this case, I had reset my auto ISO range in my TG-5 and used it under some lower light conditions. I am finding that I can use this camera for most anything I need as long as the subject isn’t moving too fast, and I don’t need an effective focal length over 100mm. That rules it out for poor light use for my Homewood event photography.
By the way, these are jpeg images that have been tweaked in Adobe LR Classic 7.3 software. I find the images to be fine for any uses that I might use them for … this blog or slideshows or in a book. It is an excellent all-weather pocket camera to document daily scenes whether while traveling or at home, and I plan to continue to push its use to find its limits. Obviously, it does color as well as B&W. When using it I find the most important thing is to dial back the exposure as necessary to prevent highlight burnouts while photographing in program mode.
I took a walk when it was bright and sunny but windy yesterday. I only took the Olympus TG-5 with me. I can carry that camera in a pocket, pull it out, turn it on, zoom if necessary, adjust the exposure if necessary, take a picture, turn it off, and then put it back in my pocket … all with one hand.
Before I started out with it, I set it in macro mode with the exposure dialed to -1.3 and left it that way the whole time. From the carrying and using perspective it is all I need as long as I use it to photograph the small things up close. The image quality from such a small waterproof camera continues to amaze me. I take the pictures as jpegs and then tweak them in Adobe LR and resize them to fit my blog as you see them above.
It was around 40 degrees F. and dark and foggy this morning when I was out with the TG-5 in my pocket, so I thought I would record what it looked like. While the TG-5 doesn’t give you nice high resolution high quality images, it still does a good job of capturing the sense of how it looked.
Sometimes I tend to rebel against the very good images of others that were made with very nice, but larger and more expensive cameras. Those who own such cameras and lenses tend to concentrate on the technicalities of the image quality and cause me to think about the reason for the images. While I appreciate the quality of the gear, I have tended in the last few years to seek out a happy compromise between owning the best camera and the most portable and easy to carry one. These thoughts have brought me to owning the Olympus TG-5 camera, which I used for these pictures, and the Fujifilm X100F, and the Olympus E-M1 Mark II and PEN-F cameras.
In my spare time (I have lots of that), I am always on the hunt for the smallest camera with the highest quality optics that might be a compromise to replace all of my cameras. If I could find an affordable compact camera with a fixed prime lens with great low light capability and enough resolution (megapixels) that enabled me to crop-zoom, and still fit in a jacket pocket and make high quality images, I would get it and sell all the rest.
Those of you who have been following my blog for a long time also know that I have even threatened a few times to only use a pocket camera for my personal photography and blogging. Some people do it with smart phones, why not with the TG-5, or preferably, a better camera? Maybe with just the X100F, but I would still prefer something smaller with greater resolution for even greater crop-zooming that is weather and drop resident.
I was walking the halls on a dark dreary day and saw this tucked away in a dark corner next to a resident’s apartment door. The scene wasn’t super interesting, but it was a new decoration, and it represented a challenge for me to make a photograph. The challenge was that I only had the TG-5 in my pocket. The camera was hand held with a shutter speed of 0.5 sec. under very dark conditions with a very small sensor, but it worked thanks to the help of LR.
I walked down to the Community Center this morning so that the clinical technicians could draw some blood. Since it was only 42 degrees F. and had been raining on and off, I took my Olympus TG-5 and made these images as I walked down and back. I was just having a little fun with the pocket camera, but the images reminded me to not under estimate what can be done with such a tiny sensor.
I have always liked the Olympus colors and these images reminded me that I need to get my Olympus E-M1 Mark II out and pick some lenses for an event that I am photographing on Tuesday. I’ll need longer focal lengths and much fast shutter speeds so that means I’ll need a camera with better low light capability at higher ISOs. I should probably have taken that camera with me this morning so that I can get back in practice using it, but it was more fun to take the TG-5 out of my rain jacket pocket and use it. It presents a different kind of challenge.