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Olympus Tough TG-6 ready to hit the water

Olympus has unveiled its latest rugged compact camera, the Tough TG-6 – a 12-megapixel water, dust, shock, crush, and freezeproof camera available with an RRP of $649 and available from early July.

Available in red and black.

The Tough TG-6 can go up to 15 metres underwater, dropped from 2.1 metres, crushed by 100KG, and frozen up to -10°C.

The build uses dual-pane protective glass construction for anti-fogging performance and anti-reflective coating on both sides of the back-lit CMOS sensor to minimise ghosting and flare.

Cropped but otherwise unedited.

It has the same sensor as the TG-5 (which this writer used to snap the pic on the right in Sports Mode), aided by the TruPic VIII processor used in the premium OM-D E-M1X camera.

It has a 4.5-18mm 4x optical zoom lens with a maximum aperture of f2. Olympus improved the Variable Macro System, with microscope mode supporting close focusing to within one centimetre, yielding a max magnification of 7x at full telephoto.

A new focus stacking mode that captures between three and ten shots, while auto shifting the focus from the foreground to the background. Focus bracketing is also supported, with three levels of focal shift and up to 30 images per burst to match the subject and shooting conditions.

The TG-6 has five pre-configured underwater modes – Underwater Wide, Underwater Snapshot, Underwater Macro, Underwater Microscope, and Underwater HDR.

It can also shoot 4K video at 25 fps.

Olympus has a few accessories available for the TG-6: an underwater case (PT-059), which allows the camera to go up to 45 metres deep;a fisheye converter lens (FCON-T02) which requires a Converter Adapter CLA-T01that’s sold separately; and a lens barrier (LB-T01) to protect the lens surface from scratches and dirt; a Silicone Jacket (CSCH-127) to protect the body and provide a firmer grip.

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