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Why the Olympus TG-5 Tough is a great camera for parents that love to take pictures!

I love photography. It is my other passion along side writing.

I like to have pictures of our family days out and activities so we can have them as lasting memories. I have my Nikon D3330 which I love and use a lot for my photography however it is not the type of camera you can take with you on a beach day when you have children to run around after. I also worry when the kids ask to use it as they want to take some pictures that they may drop it.

I decided a while ago that I wanted to get an action camera so I would never miss a family moment at the beach or of the kids playing in the water. I searched for ages and looked through so many different cameras I was baffled. I wanted something that was water proof but that also took great pictures but not with an extortionate price tag.

It was when a very talented photographer Paul Williams recommended on his page the Olympus Tough 5 as it has an amazing macro function as well as being fully waterproof and drop proof.

I am fascinated with macro and underwater photography so that was it I was sold and ordered my new camera. That was over a year ago and I still love my Olympus TG-5 Tough and now I wanted to share with you why it makes a great camera for parents. I have managed to take so many amazing photos from it and capture family moments that otherwise would have been lost in time.

At £420 (the price when I bought mine) it is by no means a cheap camera but for me it was so worth the money and I have never regretted it. The camera is lightweight and small so it can fit in your pocket or bag making it easy to carry around with you.

It claims to be drop proof up to 2.1m drop height although I can not verify this as I am not brave enough to test it out but it makes it the perfect camera to let little ones use knowing that if they did accidentally drop the camera it won’t break.

It is fully waterproof up to 15m deep without the need of any specialist case so you can run in the sea with it and take pictures of your little ones and come away with beautiful pictures to remember the day. It is also perfect for snorkeling and capturing the amazing creatures that you encountered lurking under the water.

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The Olympus  TG-5 Tough is also freeze proof up to -10C so you can take it out in the snow without any worries and capture the fun you all had on those rare snowdays (if you live in the UK).

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It has a brilliant macro feature on the camera allowing you to really get up close and come away with stunning detailed images.

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It has a good 12mp camera that you can use to capture images of days out, family photos and landscapes. The camera has lots of functions to help you take photos in different light conditions however from using my DSLR I like to shoot on manual mode to get the most out of my pictures and light condition which you can’t do with this camera but for a point and shoot camera the images are decent enough quality.

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It has wifi so you can easily connect it up to your phone to either use remotely or to download photos with ease.

Take a look at the Olympus Tough T5 (aff link).

If for you feel that this is too much to spend on a camera take a look at my post on cheap action cameras instead.

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Are Cheap Action Cameras Worth It?


A while ago I was looking into action cameras and although I really wanted a GoPro I just couldn’t justify the price, especially as I had not long ago bought a new DSLR camera.

After ruling out the GoPro (this is still on my wish list though) I decided to get a cheap action camera for just under £30 which is a huge difference in price. I have to admit my expectations were low and I didn’t expect it to work and I definitely didn’t trust the water proof case.

Underwater video taken using my cheap action camera

However as you can see from the video I was pleasantly surprised, not only does the waterproof case work a treat but the quality of the video is good as well. Although compared to the market leaders in action cameras, the quality is inferior but for the £30 price tag, instead of the £200 + I would say it is definitely worth getting one. Especially if  you don’t have a lot of spare cash to spend on a camera. You can still take half decent photos with it but as I am used to the quality photos that I get from my DSLR I can really notice the difference. 

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I would say that if you are looking for a cheap alternative to snap a few underwater videos or to use around water without needing to worry about it getting wet then you should get one. 

I have found the video quality is good, although it does not match the 4K it claims to have, it is still decent enough.

The picture quality is not the best but it will still produce half decent photos to treasure the memories.

At least you don’t have to worry about your phone or camera getting wet when taking pictures of the kids in the water. Even if in the future you do decide to upgrade to one of the market leaders these cheap action cameras will be great to give to your children to use and play with, my girls certainly enjoy playing with it and using it at the beach.

If you do decided a budget camera is for you then you can get one here (aff link)

Why not take a look at my other post –

Why the Olympus TG-5 Tough is a great camera for parents

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