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    • vegasphotog

      In my 1st professional sales job selling circuit board-level components (capacitors, processors, etc) back in the late 80's and early 90's when much of that manufacturing was still done domestically, alot of the corporate speak back then was talking about "core competencies". Aka stay within your mission and vision. Aka do what you do well best. Etc, etc.

      For any of us that have added a few tics on the human odometer, buying and using cameras that in turn create likes and dislikes, it is amazing how many camera manufacturers get lured into thinking taking a shortcut is a good idea. With Nikon announcing today they have killed their GoPro equiv, most people are like, DUH.

      On my recent trip to Florida, after about two years of constant usage, I was negligent in fully closing the waterproof doors on my Olympus TG4 camera and instantly the camera was done. I think Chris has the TG4 and has spoken favorably what a great little camera this is/was. So, because this is my go-to camera for EVERYTHING that does not require the DSLR capabilities that of my Sony mirrorless setups, I knew I had to replace right away.

      Sure enough, I got the new TG5 from Adorama today on sale for $370 and had a chance to dive into the myriad of updated menu options that reaffirms what a killer camera this is.

      So, back to the title of my thread. I think Olympus, Sony and Panasonic are doing great jobs and staying within their respective core competencies and they are fairly stable companies in a camera world that is quickly eroding. Kudos to Olympus for maintaining their committment to this great camera and since it was on sale I am guessing there might be a TG6 on the horizon. I know many of the wonks over at DPR keep screaming for a 1" sensor and more pixels, but, IMHO that starts leaving your mission and vision with this "tough" series.

    • Chris

      I love this camera. Everyone I know who has one loves it. The only thing is the TG4 doesn't have image stabilization for video that I know of. I get a lot of shaky cam.

      Here's my fav photo I've taken with it (that's Alcatraz):

    • vegasphotog

      The TG5 does have IS and a host of other new features like time-lapse, etc. The only rub I had with the TG4 was the proprietary charging cable (which I lost and had to buy an aftermarket one). The TG5 has the standard micro usb connec

      TG4 camera in vivid mode.

    • Shay

      I have a canon s100, my go to for motorbike trips. I've been planning on upgrading it so thanks for this thread... i've a bit of research to do now

    • vegasphotog

      I know when I recommend this series to my friends, most of them discount the idea because they think "I don't need a waterproof camera...". I just look at this truly as a pure adventure camera that can handle whatever I am doing at that moment.

    • VilTri

      Good timing and thanks for bringing it to my attention! I just came back from an epic ride this past weekend. I was planning to take a ton of photos and maybe even some videos, in reality it turned out to be a huge hassle.

      On mountain bike rides I don't usually carry a backpack full of the supplies. So when I need to snap a photo, I take out the phone from my jersey pocket and snap it. However during this epic ride I found myself paralized with a decision to take out my phone or not. Why?

      1. On a ride like that I worry that my phone would run out of battery too soon I'll have to shove it in the backpack to recharge it. While there I'll definitely will not be taking any photos and possibly miss a shot I would really want. Alternatively, running a cord from a powerbank to the phone in the back pocket didn't sound very safe or convenient.

      2. My iPhone X is freaking expensive to replace. Even though I have an Apple Care, it is not worth the risk of fumbling with it while trying to hang on to the handlebars.

      3. It is hard to take pics with an iPhone while wearing gloves. I found it the hard way... Unlocking the phone and getting to the camera screen requires swiping. In gloves it proved to be very unreliable and frustrating. Then to take an actual photo the finger has to be precisely tapping on the virtual shutter button and not touch anything else. I tried using volume buttons to snap a photo but they are super small and hard to find.

      I ended up taking a fraction of the photos I intended to and on the second half of the ride completely gave up on trying. Instead I relied on my friends to take pics for me and share them later. It worked out OK in the end, but I wasn't happy with not being able to photograph what I wanted and when I wanted.

      So now I'm conteplating if I should just get this Olympus TG-5 or similar. Having dedicated buttons that are easy to press while wearing gloves, waterproof and dropproof body and costing a 1/3 of the price of my phone it makes for a good investment. It would have been perfect for my situation.

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