Two weeks ago my wife bought me snorkels. Snorkling was an old hobby of mine. I tried it again for 1 week and I went crazy I simply loved it. Immediately my mind started racing as to how I could combine photography and snorkeling. I researched what camera I could buy or whether I can use some of my cameras.
I’ve asked the question whether it was worth buying a new camera or I just buy an underwater housing for one of my dslrs. Well I decided not to risk my equipment which I use for a number of photographic assignments. I decided to buy the Olympus Tg-5 as it is the best in its class (according to various reviews).
But can reviews be trusted? Well I’ve come to believe that no camera is perfect and when one buys a new gadget one has to take THAT leap of faith. Whilst doing my research I saw many photos, however in the reviews that I saw I ended with the following questions: 1) I did not see any edited photos 2) How much printable are 12MP photos (especially macro photos) that come out of the Olympus TG-5 3) Is it a good all rounder camera? 4) Can I use this camera even for everyday use?
Well last Saturday I bought the camera and these are some of the photos that I took in the first 24 hours.
The above is a very important image. It is the very first image I took with my new camera. Well it is of no artistic value. However I always cherish the very first photo I take with my new camera.
So in 24 hours that I’ve owned this camera I do feel that I did a good investment. However experience has taught me 3 things a) keep on testing the camera and discover its limits b) it is still to early to either fall in love with the camera or hate it c) finally it will all depend on how much I will make good use of the camera.
At the beginning of this article I’ve asked the following questions and here are my replies:
- I did not see any edited photos: Yes the RAW photos from the camera can be nicely edited.
- How much printable are 12MP photos (especially macro photos): Soon I plan to print some photos and see the results.
- Is it a good all rounder camera? Up till now it did not disappoint me and I feel it was money well spent.
- Can I use this camera even for everyday use? Yes definitely. I am experiencing the joys of not having to change any lenses. It is important to note that I’ve used this camera with the company of my kids. As any photographer who is a photographer can say it is not easy to experiment with a camera whilst having the beautiful company of a 4 year old and an 8 year old around. The Olympus TG-5 is also great to carry and not overload oneself with a lot of camera gear especially when one has to carry children’s food, water etc.
I am eager to keep on testing this camera and get familiar with how it works.