New Olympus TG-6 makes a splash!

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We attended the official UK launch of the new Olympus TG-6 compact camera held at SEA LIFE Brighton and were seriously impressed with this tough little camera.

With the Tough TG-6, Olympus introduces a new flagship in their Tough compact camera series withstanding all weather conditions, underwater use, drop shocks and crushing weights. The new TG-6 features not only Olympus’ acclaimed toughened performance, field sensor system and the ability to capture the smallest details and brightest colours with impressive quality, but further improvements and new features.

Highlights include new underwater modes, more versatile macro photo options as well as a better monitor with improved resolution.

The launch event at Sea Life Brighton allowed us to get a feel for the camera, as we each got to wander the marine exhibits with our own demo model of the camera. We were even allowed to submerge the cameras in the rockpool exhibit to try it out using the new underwater modes.

To expand the possibilities of underwater shooting even further, the Tough TG-6 is equipped with five underwater modes, including Underwater Wide, Underwater Snapshot, Underwater Macro, Underwater Microscope, and Underwater HDR. Each mode switches to shooting settings optimized for different situations. The popular Underwater White Balance mode has been expanded to three options, providing appropriate colour adjustment for deep water shooting. The new Fisheye Converter FCON-T02 for circular fisheye photography (sold separately) has been added to a versatile line-up of accessories to further expand shooting possibilities.

The Tough TG-6 was designed to be a handy, reliable partner that is ready for the rougher parts of photographic life: It is waterproof to a depth of 5m, dustproof, shockproof to 2.1m, crushproof up to 100kg, freezeproof to -10°C, and features a dual-pane protective glass construction for excellent anti-fogging performance. A new attachable lens barrier (LB-T01) adds even more protection from scratches to the lens, the PT-059 underwater casing allows to capture images and movies of up to depths of 45 metres below the surface (both sold separately). The renowned Olympus field sensor system makes it possible to record log data such as location, altitude/depth as well as air/water temperature while capturing still images or movies.

We will be reviewing the TG-6 on Scubaverse soon – so watch this space…

For more information please visit the Olympus Tough website by clicking here.

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown are a husband and wife team of underwater photographers. Both have degrees in environmental biology from Manchester University, with Caroline also having a masters in animal behaviour. Nick is a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in underwater wildlife photography and he also has a masters in teaching. They are passionate about marine conservation and hope that their images can inspire people to look after the world's seas and oceans. Their Manchester-based company, Frogfish Photography, offers a wide range of services and advice. They offer tuition with their own tailor made course - the Complete Underwater Photography Award. The modules of the course have been written to complement the corresponding chapters in Nick's own book: Underwater Photography Art and Techniques. They also offer equipment sales and underwater photography trips in the UK and abroad. For more information visit www.frogfishphotography.com.

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