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Olympus Tough TG-6 Digital Camera (Red)

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Olympus Tough TG-6 Digital Camera (Red)
Key Features
  • 12MP BSI CMOS Sensor
  • TruePic VIII Image Processor
  • Olympus 4x Optical Zoom f/2 Lens
  • 25-100mm (35mm Equivalent)
Characterized by its exceedingly durable design, the red Tough TG-6 from Olympus is a sleek point-and-shoot capable of handling a wide variety of adventures. Featuring a 12MP BSI CMOS sensor and TruePic VIII image processor, the TG-6 offers notable image clarity and low-light performance to ISO 12800, along with fast 20-fps continuous shooting, 4K30p video recording, and high-speed Full HD 1080p shooting at 120 fps. Complementing the shooting capabilities is a versatile 4x optical zoom lens, which spans a 25-100mm equivalent range, and has an f/2 maximum aperture to benefit working in difficult lighting conditions.
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Olympus TG-6 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Tough Design
  • 312MP BSI CMOS Sensor and TruePic VIII Processor
  • 44x Optical Zoom Lens
  • 5Field Sensor System and Built-In Wi-Fi
  • 6Other Camera Features

Characterized by its exceedingly durable design, the red Tough TG-6 from Olympus is a sleek point-and-shoot capable of handling a wide variety of adventures. Featuring a 12MP BSI CMOS sensor and TruePic VIII image processor, the TG-6 offers notable image clarity and low-light performance to ISO 12800, along with fast 20-fps continuous shooting, 4K30p video recording, and high-speed Full HD 1080p shooting at 120 fps. Complementing the shooting capabilities is a versatile 4x optical zoom lens, which spans a 25-100mm equivalent range, and has an f/2 maximum aperture to benefit working in difficult lighting conditions.

Beyond just imaging, the TG-6 also sports a robust set of features for withstanding the elements, tracking your adventures, and sharing your images. The camera is rated for underwater use, tested to withstand falls and crushing, and is hermetically sealed against dust and moisture when working in trying conditions. Additionally, a Field Sensor System incorporates GPS, a manometer, compass, and a thermometer for recording the details of your environment and embedding this data onto your photos and movies. Using built-in Wi-Fi and the Image Track app, recorded data and the imagery can also be shared to a mobile device for posting online.

Tough Design

The TG-6 is designed to withstand a wide variety of conditions, ranging from harsh climates to everyday mishaps:
  • Waterproof-rated to IPX8 for use underwater to depths of 50' / 15m
  • Freezeproof to temperatures as low as 14°F / -10°C
  • Shockproof to falls from 7' / 2.1m high
  • Crushproof to withstand up to 220 lbf / 100 kgf of pressure
  • Dustproof-rated to IP6X to protect the internal components of the camera
Also benefitting the camera's use outdoors, the lens has been sealed with double-pane glass to prevent fogging and condensation. The camera body design has been configured to permit direct operation while wearing gloves, included a large zoom lever, accessory lock button, and convenient dial control.


12MP BSI CMOS Sensor and TruePic VIII Processor

Utilizing a 12MP BSI CMOS sensor and TruePic VIII image processor, the TG-6 offers a mixture of speed and sensitivity to suit both photo and video applications. The BSI design of the sensor affords cleaner image quality at higher sensitivities, up to ISO 12800, for working in low-light conditions, and the processor further helps to reduce noise and expand the dynamic range. The sensor's cover glass design has also received an anti-reflective coating to help suppress flare and ghosting when working in bright conditions. Additionally, the processor avails a 20-fps continuous shooting rate in raw as well as the ability to record UHD 4K30p video and high-speed Full HD 1080p video at up to 120 fps.

4x Optical Zoom Lens

Spanning wide-angle to telephoto focal lengths, the built-in 4x optical zoom lens covers a 25-100mm equivalent range and has a bright f/2 maximum aperture to suit working in low-light conditions. Additionally, image stabilization helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to 2.5 stops to further aid in creating sharp imagery with slower shutter speeds.

Field Sensor System and Built-In Wi-Fi

Ideal for recording data while shooting in the outdoors, the Field Sensor System includes a GPS module, manometer, compass, and a temperature sensor. This data, along with the photos and movies themselves, can be transferred to a smartphone via Wi-Fi where the tracking data can be embedded or overlaid onto the images themselves using the Image Track app. Additionally, both photos and videos can be searched-for using recorded tracking data.

In addition to wireless transfer, the built-in Wi-Fi also allows you to remotely control the camera and wirelessly share images to a linked smartphone or tablet.

Other Camera Features

  • Rear 3.0" 1.04m-dot LCD monitor offers a bright, clear means for shooting as well as image playback and menu navigation.
  • Pro Capture Mode will automatically sequentially shoot from 0.5 to 10 seconds before the shutter is pressed to ensure you don't miss a shot.
  • Five separate underwater modes are available to produce more accurate shots when working in or near the water, and include Underwater Wide, Underwater Macro, Underwater HDR, Underwater Snapshot, and Underwater Microscope. Additionally, three dedicated underwater white balance modes—Shallow, Mid-Range, and Deep—help to improve red and blue tones depending on the depth in which you are shooting.
  • An apt close-up shooter, the TG-6 has four separate shooting modes within the Variable Macro System. Including Microscope, Microscope Control, Focus Stacking, and Focus Bracketing modes, you are able to photograph subjects as close as just one centimeter away.
  • A 2x Digital Teleconverter function extends the effective zoom range to 8x, or a maximum equivalent focal length of 200mm, when working in Program, Aperture Priority, or Movie modes.
  • Using a 25-point autofocus system, a variety of focusing features can be used depending on the type of subject you are photographing, including Face Detection AF, Focus Area Selection, and AF Tracking. Manual focus is also possible, with Manual Focus Assist and Focus Peaking functions to help.
  • In-camera time-lapses can be recorded using an interval timer, with 1-second to 24-hour intervals for up to 299 consecutive images.
  • Date Imprinting mode can add a timestamp to your still images.
  • Picture Modes: i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, e Portrait, and Art Filters.
  • Scene Modes: Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Portrait +Landscape, Hand-held Starlight, Nightscape, Portrait + Nightscape, Children, Sport, Candlelight, Sunset, Fireworks, Beach & Snow, Panorama, Live Composite, and Backlight HDR.
  • Art Filters: Pop Art, Soft Focus, Pale & Light Color, Light Tone, Grainy Film, Pinhole, Diorama, Cross Process, Gentle Sepia, Dramatic Tone, Key Line, Watercolor, Vintage, Partial Color, Bleach Bypass, and Instant Film.
  • Detail of Art Effects: Soft Focus Effect, Pinhole Effect, White Edge Effect, Frame Effect, Star Light Effect, Blur Effect, B&W Effect, Pict. Tone Effect, and Shade Effect.
  • Language support: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Czech, Dutch, Danish, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Croatian, Slovenian, Hungarian, Greek, Slovakian, Turkish, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Ukrainian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Indonesian, Malay, and Thai.
UPC: 050332192454

Olympus TG-6 Specs

Sensor ResolutionEffective: 12 Megapixel (4000 x 3000)
Aspect Ratio4:3
Sensor Type1/2.3" CMOS
Image File FormatJPEG, Raw
Bit Depth12-Bit
Image StabilizationSensor-Shift
Focal Length4.5 to 18mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 25 to 100mm)
Optical Zoom4x
Digital Zoom2x Maximum
Maximum Aperturef/2 to 4.9
Focus Range3.94" to Infinity / 0.1 m to Infinity
Exposure Control
ISO SensitivityAuto, 100 to 1600 (Extended: 100 to 12800)
Shutter Speed1/2000 to 1/2 Second
1/2000 to 4 Seconds in Auto Mode
Exposure Compensation-2 to +2 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
White BalanceAuto, Custom, Underwater
Continuous ShootingUp to 20 fps at 12 MP for up to 14 Frames (Raw) / Unlimited Frames (JPEG)
Up to 10 fps at 12 MP for up to 14 Frames (Raw) / Unlimited Frames (JPEG)
Up to 5 fps at 12 MP for up to 49 Frames (Raw) / Unlimited Frames (JPEG)
Interval RecordingYes
Self-Timer2/12-Second Delay
Special OptionsBeach, Fireworks, Landscape, Night Landscape, Panorama, Snow
Recording ModesMOV
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 25p/29.97p [102 Mb/s]
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at 25p/29.97p/50p/59.94p [18 to 52 Mb/s]
HD (1280 x 720) at 25p/29.97p [18 to 52 Mb/s]
Recording LimitUp to 29 Minutes
Audio RecordingBuilt-In Microphone (Stereo)
Audio File FormatLinear PCM (Stereo)
Resolution1,040,000 Dot
Display TypeFixed LCD
Built-In FlashYes
Flash ModesAuto, Fill In, Manual, Off, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction
Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC
Internal MemoryNone
ConnectivityUSB Micro-B (USB 2.0)
Waterproof49.21' / 15 m
Shockproof7' / 2.13 m
Crushproof220 lbf / 100 kgf
Battery1 x LI-92B Rechargeable Lithium-Ion (Approx. 340 Shots)
Dimensions (W x H x D)4.45 x 2.6 x 1.28" / 113 x 66 x 32.4 mm (Excluding Protrusions)
Weight8.92 oz / 253 g (Body with Battery and Memory Card)
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.75 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.6 x 5.8 x 2.8"

Olympus TG-6 Reviews


By Kerry
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-29

Our family decided to take the big trip to Hawaii this year and my daughter (17 y) has gotten the photography bug. She has a Nikon D500 and to start with I thought I would get her a housing for that. After looking them all over I realized I could buy this for about the same price as a housing and I wouldn't have to worry about any leak or dripping harming her D500. I figured it would not take as high quality picture, but she won't do that much underwater photography. Boy was I wrong about the quality of this little camera! Take a look at some of the pictures she took. She said the white balance settings were tremendous and the zoom worked so much better than she thought it would. This is one of the best purchases I have ever made!

Stick to using your phone camera

By Marcia
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-21

This camera is too small to handle easily, and the f stop and distance is so limited, the photos are not even able to be adjusted for detail. Really disappointed. Our packaging was discarded so I could not return the camera. Very disappointed.

Great for under water

By Jamie
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-15

We took this to Barbados for our anniversary trip and it was amazing for underwater pics, we swam with the sea turtles and I printed out an 18x24 image with no issue! I don't see a place to upload my image or I would show you-

Shutter Button Popped Off

By Jerimiah
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-11

I had the camera for about 14 hours, i was playing with my niece while it was strapped around my neck. I looked down and the shutter button and the zoom lever were completely gone. It was a bummer because i had planned to take it on a trip that weekend and it broke literally doing nothing. Thankfully B&H replaced it within a few days so we will see how this one holds up.only time will tell..

Not tough

By Fred
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-04

I bought this for my 14yr old granddaughter last summer, she really hasn't used it much, now she is going on vacation to the Virgin islands,.. she brings it to me asking me to fix it,.fix it?, It's new, hardly used, yeah, the zoom lever popped off letting the shutter button and spring and who knows what other parts fly out, I'm not happy.

Great camera

By Joel
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-14

I bought this camera after renting it for snorkelling. I liked the idea of a waterproof camera for use in rain and snow as well. The images are excellent. I have not had a chance yet to sort through the bells and whistles, but the basics are easy for anytone who has used a good point and shoot digitalcamera. The battery appears to do quite well in very cold weather , hiking 4 hours in the teens with it mostly in an outside pocket. i also took a lot of pictures. The only down was no instructions came with it.

Impressive camera

By Martin
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-19

I like it overall. It delivers what it promises in most areas. The WiFi feature does not work for me. I cannot transfer any images wirelessly. The software that comes with the camera does allow for a nice wired transfer though, so that is good enough, but not quite as advertized and for the prize underwhelming. Overall, a good purchase.

Great camera for field use

By Will
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-10

Bought this to use for wilderness assessment in the SE Oregon desert. The GPS feature was the main selling point as it was about the only one with an affordable price. Pretty steep learning curve for all the other features but very useful. Seems plenty rugged and it's light weight and compact size make it ideal for my use. Makes excellent photos even though it doesn't have a super high pixel count.

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Does Olympus support open control interfaces? ...

Does Olympus support open control interfaces? This camera would be *perfect* for my needs, but I must be able to control it from linux (gphoto2/libgphoto2). Will that be possible?
Asked by: Mike
I have had this camera for a long time and just use it as a point and shoot and for impromptu videos so I have no idea. I would suggest downloading the instruction manual
Answered by: Lynda
Date published: 2020-12-30

how long will this camera shoot 4K underwater? ...

how long will this camera shoot 4K underwater? can I shoot 60 minutes of 4K continuous? 45 minutes 4K continuous?
Asked by: Richard
never went that long can’t tell you but never had a problem under water you do a lot of on and off
Answered by: Gerard
Date published: 2021-03-02

Is it possible to record both RAW and Jpeg ...

Is it possible to record both RAW and Jpeg simultaneously without having to switch between the two like in the TG-4?
Asked by: Gabriel
There are 5 RAW modes. Pure RAW, RAW+small JPG, RAW+medium JPG, RAW+Large JPG and RAW+Fine (I think that one is TIFF). Easy to access. Fast focus and fast onboard image processing.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2019-10-22

Does it float?

Does it float?
Asked by: Larry
The camera does not float. A floating wrist strap would be best to use in this case. Please the following to the available floating wrist straps.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2021-01-04

is there a zoom to aperture map? i want to know ...

is there a zoom to aperture map? i want to know up to which zoom range i can use f2 or less than f2.8?
Asked by: Nagendra
The tg zoom range is 4.5-18mm (35mm Equivalent 25-100) There is No official "Zoom to Aperture map". But in some quick testing at about 7.3mm(40mm equivalent) the aperture will switch to f2.8. at 10mm f3.5, 13.5mm f4.0, and at 18mm f4.9
Answered by: Olympus America Inc
Date published: 2020-11-03

Is there a polarizer available for this?

Is there a polarizer available for this?
Asked by: Gregory
Purchase the adapter and a 46 mm filter. I have one and it works great.
Answered by: Edwin
Date published: 2020-06-30

Can it be used for video blogging?

Can it be used for video blogging?
Asked by: Pablo
Hi Pablo, I’m not a blogger so I may not be the best person to ask. It’s a sturdy camera-at least the TG-4 was. I’ve had some problems with the TG-6. The video quality is very good. The screen does not flip out which I know is something bloggers like. Probably for blogging, depending on what you’re doing, it’s probably a choice between that and a Go Pro. I’ve used both and like the TG-6 more. Hope that helps.
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2020-08-15

USA warranty?

USA warranty?
Asked by: Michael
Answered by: michael
Date published: 2021-12-26
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