Olympus Tough TG-6 Review

Olympus Tough TG-6 Review 2023

The Olympus Tough TG-6 is the newest in a line of cameras that are waterproof, impact-proof, kid-proof, and everything-proof. Although it’s a minor upgrade over last year’s TG-5, it’s still our Editors’ Choice for waterproof point-and-shoot. Olympus’ Tough cameras, which are widely regarded as the best all-weather extreme compacts, have an outstanding reputation.

Let’s see Olympus Tough TG-6 Review 2023

Controls and Features:

In terms of handling, the TG-6 is a fairly ordinary point-and-shoot. The camera comes with a fabric wrist strap and a moderately deep handgrip. On the dial, there are specific Macro and Underwater settings, as well as a plethora of Scene options. Images can be captured with a natural appearance or with artistic filters applied.

Key Specs:

The Olympus Tough TG-6 is the successor to the TG-4, and it doesn’t disappoint in terms of image quality. It has a 12MP backlit 1/2.3 sensor and a 4.5-18mm (25-100mm full-frame equivalent) lens with a fast maximum aperture of f/2 – though only at the 25mm end. The camera also has image stabilization for stills and movies, as well as a GPS and Olympus’ field sensor system, which can collect data like altitude/depth and air/water temperature for your images and videos.

Connectivity and Power:

The Olympus Tough TG-6 boasts built-in GPS and Wi-Fi, allowing you to connect wirelessly to your smartphone. By CIPA standards, the camera’s battery is certified for 340 photos, but I found that you’ll get less in practice. An obnoxious new software began sending push notifications to my phone, alerting me to potentially valuable seminars from professional photographers as well as spammy product alerts.

Key modes:

The Tough TG-6 can capture 4K video at 30 frames per second, as well as 1080p at 120 frames per second, 720p at 240 frames per second, and 360p at 480 frames per second. It has a version of Pro Capture, which starts buffering photographs when you half-press the shutter and keeps six images so you don’t lose important moments, similar to the flagship Olympus OM-D E-M1X. On paper, the camera can focus up to 1cm from the lens, however, we were able to capture images with the subject striking the lens and the camera still found focus.

Images and Video:

The Tough TG-6 is a 12-megapixel pocket camera with an f/2 lens. On a center-weighted resolution test at 25mm, it shows 2,088 lines, which is a very good result for this sort of camera. There is an f/8 option, however, it is not an aperture setting; rather, it activates a 3-stop neutral density filter. The Olympus Tough TG-6 isn’t a GoPro replacement, but it does take 4K video that looks nice, albeit with some wide-angle coverage lost owing to cropping.

 When working in Raw format, you can get decent pictures at ISO 3200, but keep in mind that the 1/2.3-inch sensor can never compete with interchangeable lens cameras. You’ll need to invest in specialist housing to take those underwater.

Built to last:

The TG-6 is waterproof to 15 meters / 50 feet, dustproof, shockproof1 to 2.1 meters / 7 feet, crushproof to 100 kilograms / 220 pounds, and freezeproof to -10 degrees Celsius / 14 degrees Fahrenheit. It also has dual-pane protective glass for better anti-fogging performance. While a hammer would be required to truly fracture it, the screen will (and did in our tests) pick up marks and scratches.

Speed and autofocus:

The autofocus system of the Olympus Tough TG-6 is simple yet effective, latching onto targets in less than 0.1 seconds between clicking the shutter and taking a picture. There’s a burst capture option that supports up to 20 frames per second for short bursts of roughly 9 photos. There’s also a tracking option on the camera, which you might want to use for moving subjects, although it’s a little cumbersome to operate.


  • Video in 4K resolution.
  • A lens with a large aperture.
  • The LCD on the back is quite clear.
  • The construction is tough and watertight.


  • Image resolution is only 12MP.
  • There isn’t a touch screen here.
  • There is no entirely manual control.


Thanks to its rugged build, brilliant lens, and outstanding macro capabilities, the Olympus Tough TG-6 is a modest improvement to our favorite underwater point-and-shoot camera.

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