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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
By B&H Photo's

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)
Image Sensor1/2.3"-Type CMOS
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
Shutter Speed1/2000 to 1/2 Second
1/2000 to 4 Seconds in Auto Mode
ISO Sensitivity100 to 1600 in Auto Mode (Extended: 100 to 12,800)
Exposure Compensation-2 to +2 EV (1/3 EV Steps)
White BalancePresets: Auto, 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
Still Image Capture
Aspect Ratio4:3
Image File FormatJPEG, Raw
Bit Depth12-Bit
Video Capture
Internal Recording ModesMOV
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 25/29.97 fps [102 Mb/s]
1920 x 1080p at 25/29.97/50/59.94 fps [18 to 52 Mb/s]
1280 x 720 at 25/29.97 fps [18 to 52 Mb/s]
Recording LimitUp to 30 Minutes
IP StreamingYes
Built-In Microphone TypeStereo
Audio Recording2-Channel LPCM Audio
Media/Memory Card SlotSingle Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC
Internal MemoryNone
Video I/O1 x Micro-HDMI Output
Audio I/ONone
Power I/O1 x Micro-USB Input
Other I/O1 x Micro-USB (USB 2.0) Data Output (Shared with Power Input)
Global Positioning (GPS, GLONASS, etc.)GPS
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
External Flash ConnectionNone
Environmental ProtectionAdvertised as Submersible to 49.21' / 15 m
*Test Methodology Not Supplied
Shockproof7' / 2.13 m
Crushproof220 lbf / 100 kgf
Battery Type1 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 (Without Protrusions)
Weight8.92 oz / 253 g (With Battery, Recording Media)
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.75 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)7.6 x 5.8 x 2.8"

Olympus TG-6 Reviews

Highly capable camera

By Charles
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-06-06

To be honest, it's my son using the camera. He's mostly taken swimming pool snaps of his cousins-- sharp and colorful. A great camera.

Still getting to know the camera

By Bruce
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2023-03-27

Sharp, contrasty pictures, good resolution. Still learning menus and settings. Quite compact and portable. Satisfied so far!

It's good

By Stirling
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-03-21

Bit of a love hate relationship with this one. I admit I rarely use it for waterproof situations although it's nice to have. This is probably the best point and shoot style camera ever made, and it doesn't seem like we can expect many more to come out after it. Results are good for a tiny sensor, autofocus is nice and reliable, it has real macro capability, the battery life is great for a camera this size, and it stays the same size zooming in and out. It never fails to surprise me how often people who look at my work praise shots taken with this camera over my professional kit. I've used no other camera that comes as close to being one you can truly always have on you. A few notes to those looking at purchasing: the strap is nice but unwieldy, I recommend getting a different one. Some type of lens barrier is a must, I'm using the little twist cap but have also used the accessory adapter with a UV filter. The most common point of failure is the zoom lever so even though it's sturdy try to keep that protected. A cheap external battery charger is nice to have. If you need more than incidental waterproofing, a housing is a must, incidental meaning you can spill a beer on it or drop it in the pool but saltwater and sand are still going to be issues. The long end of the zoom range is soft at distance but excellent for macro, while the wide end can't focus very close but is nice and sharp.

Garbage, Failed first snorkeling tirp

By jon
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2023-02-15

Loud clicking sound started after one trip in 2 feet of water. Camera was never dropped. Half the buttons stopped working. Stay away from this camera, trust me. Just missed the 30 day return window so I am screwed. So many awesome pictures missed.

It is tough!

By Nancy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-02-03

We are on our third Olympus Tough TG-6 Digital Camera. We live in soggy weather on salt water and rivers and sand. We use this camera all of the time, with its floaty permanently attached. Works underwater, in snow and mud, and in a rocking boat.

Best compact for active outdoor use

By Tony
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-01-21

After discarding two high-end compact cameras due to dirt jamming their retractable lenses (an uneconomical or impossible repair), I realized that I needed a quality camera that is built for use in rugged wildland conditions. It also had to have built-in GPS, since many outdoor wildland scenes lack distinguishing features that make image locations identifiable as time passes. This tough camera -- with its water- and dust-proof construction, RAW+JPEG imaging, embedded GPS coordinates, GPS track recording, and temperature and elevation recording -- meets those requirements. When I'm shooting with my non-GPS-equipped DSLR, I can reach into a pocket, pull out this camera and grab a quick supplementary shot to record the location data. The ~13 mb, 4000x2600 RAW files produce clear images and prints. The instruction manual (downloaded to my phone) is easy to understand, and (unlike some other brands) the app for transferring images to my smart phone via the camera's built-in wi-fi has worked reliably. Initially, I thought the high-resolution LCD screen was blacking out in sunlight, as smart phone screens typically do. But I belatedly found that I hadn't cranked up its brightness as I should have. I've found this to be a capable pocket-size camera that stands up to hard outdoor use, while producing quality images. I carry it everywhere, and I'm glad I bought it.

Excellent water-proof with RAW

By Nancy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2023-04-16

In 2015 I purchased TG-4 for a river raft trip. It has served me very well on all sorts of adventures. Now 8 years later, I decided to go for the newest model TG-6 prior to an Africa trip. It's not only tough 'n small, but it shoots RAW (yay), its color rendition and exposure are terrific, and it's easy to use. For diversity, I like to have it on hand as well as a digital SLR with a long lens. I can switch between the two. Both give superb image quality. The TG-6 can comfortably go where the larger camera cannot. Love this camera.

I expected more from Olympus

By David
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2023-04-07

I'm a long-time fan of Olympus products, especially in regard to optics; they always outperformed the competition, in my opinion. Not here. In all candor, my 5-yr-old iPhone does better, especially in bright light. I didn't find the images to be especially sharp and the contrast was disappointing. On the other hand, it's sealed tight and it's definitely tough so I don't worry about taking it out on one of my frequent kayaking trips.

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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: 2023-03-10

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: 2023-02-06

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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