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Questions :

Question :
What differentiates the TG-6 from the TG-5?

Answer:

The following table describes the differences:
TG-6 TG-5
Release Date July 2019 June 23, 2017
Effective Pixels 12 million pixels
1/2.3 CMOS
Image Processor TruePic VIII
Monitor 3.0 inches, Approx. 1,040,000 dots, TFT color LCD 3.0 inches, Approx. 460,000 dots, TFT color LCD
Zoom Optical Zoom: 4x
Digital Teleconverter Standard shooting mode: 2x
Microscope mode: 2x / 4x
Standard shooting mode: Not available
Microscope mode: 2x / 4x
Focal Length 4.5 mm - 18.0 mm
(25 mm - 100 mm equivalent in 35 mm photography)
Focus Mode AF (Face Priority, ESP, Spot, AF Tracking),
MF (Focus Peaking, MF Magnify),
Super Macro (AF, MF)
AF (Face Priority, ESP, Spot, AF Tracking),
MF (Focus Peaking, MF Magnify)
Shooting Range Standard mode: 0.1 m to infinity
Microscope mode: 0.01 m to 0.3 m
Super Macro mode: 0.01 m to 0.3 m
Standard mode: 0.1 m to infinity
Microscope mode: 0.01 m to 0.3 m
ISO AUTO
Manual: ISO100 - 12800
Image Stabilization Still Pictures: CMOS-shift
Movies: Electronic
Shooting Mode P (Program mode), iAUTO, A (Aperture Priority), Custom mode 1, Custom mode 2, Movie, Underwater (Underwater snap, Underwater wide, Underwater macro, Underwater microscope, Underwater HDR), Microscope (Microscope, Focus stacking*, Focus bracket**, Microscope control), SCN (Scene)

* The number of shots and the length of time the camera waits before shooting starts can be selected.
** The length of time the camera waits before shooting starts can be selected.
P (Program mode), iAUTO, A (Aperture Priority), Custom mode 1, Custom mode 2, Movie, Underwater (Underwater snap, Underwater wide, Underwater macro, Underwater HDR), Microscope (Microscope, Focus stacking, Focus bracket, Microscope control), SCN (Scene)
Art Filters 16 art filters + filter variation (I - III):
Pop Art (I, II), Soft Focus, Pale&Light Color (I, II), Light Tone, Grainy Film (I, II), Pin Hole (I, II, III), Diorama (I, II), Cross Process (I, II), Gentle Sepia, Dramatic Tone (I, II), Key Line (I, II), Watercolor (I, II), Vintage (I, II, III), Partial Color (I, II, III), Bleach Bypass (I, II), Instant Film
14 art filters + filter variation (I - III):
Pop Art (I, II), Soft Focus, Pale&Light Color (I, II), Light Tone, Grainy Film (I, II), Pin Hole (I, II, III), Diorama (I, II), Cross Process (I, II), Gentle Sepia, Dramatic Tone (I, II), Key Line (I, II), Watercolor (I, II), Vintage (I, II, III), Partial Color (I, II, III)
Scene Modes 16 scene modes:
Portrait, e-Portrait, Landscape, Portrait + Landscape, Nightscape, Hand-held Starlight, Portrait + Nightscape, Sunset, Fireworks, Candlelight, Children, Sport, Beach & Snow, Live Composite, Panorama, Backlight HDR
Picture Modes i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, e Portrait, Underwater, Art Filters i-Enhance, Vivid, Natural, Muted, Portrait, Monotone, Custom, e Portrait, Art Filters
Pro Capture Mode Available
Interval Shooting max 299 frames
Date / Time Imprint
(For Still Images)
Available Not available
Image Size
(Still Pictures)
* when aspect rate is 4:3
L (4000 x 3000)
M (3200 x 2400)
S (1280 x 960)
RAW+JPEG Shooting Available
RAW mode or
RAW+JPEG mode
Images Size (Movies) 4K (3840 x 2160) 30/25p
FHD (1920 x 1080) *
HD (1280 x 720) *
FHD HS 120fps (1920 x 1080)
HD HS 240fps (1280 x 720)
SD HS 480fps (640 x 360)

* Bit rate (compression) and frame rate (fps) can be changed.
Logging Function GPS information, manometer, compass and thermometer
Connection to Smartphone (Using smartphone application OI.Share and OI.Track) Built-in Wi-Fi available

OI.Share:
Remote Control function, Import Photos, Geotag function, Easy Setup function

OI.Track:
Update A-GPS data, Import GPS logging information, Easy Setup function
Memory SD, SDHC, SDXC cards (UHS-I compatible)
Eye-Fi cards not compatible
SD, SDHC, SDXC cards (UHS-I compatible), Eye-Fi cards
Internal Memory Not available
Battery / Number of Shots per Charge Lithium Ion Rechargeable Battery (LI-92B)
Approx. 340 shots
Connector USB microB connector
HDMI micro connector (TypeD)
Waterproof / Dustproof 15m waterproof / Dustproof available
Crushproof 2.1 m
Freezeproof - 10℃
Anti-fog Available
Underwater Housing (Sold Separately) PT-059 PT-058
Optional Accessories for Macro Shooting (Sold Separately) LED Light Guide (LG-1)
Flash Diffuser (FD-1)
Conversion Lens (Sold Separately) Fisheye Converter (FCON-T02) *
Fisheye Converter (FCON-T01) *
Teleconverter (TCON-T01) *
Fisheye Converter FCON-T01 *
Teleconverter TCON-T01 *
Dimensions 113.0 mm (W) x 66.0 mm (H) x 32.9 mm (D) / 4.4" (W) x 2.6" (H) x 1.3" (D) 113.0 mm (W) x 66.0 mm (H) x 31.9 mm (D) / 4.4" (W) x 2.6" (H) x 1.3" (D)
Weight (Battery and Media Card Included) 253g 250g
Color Red / Black
Refer to the Product's Page TG-6 TG-5

  • * The CLA-T01 converter lens adapter (sold separately) is required for use with the Fisheye Converter and Teleconverter Lens.

What are the main new features in the Tough TG-6 versus the previous Tough underwater cameras?

  • ✔Tough performance
    • No changes on specs but new lens barrier was released.
  • ✔High image quality
    • AR (Anti-Reflective coating) coating on both sides of the sealing glass on the image sensor. This can minimize ghosts and flaring, and provide clearer images.
    • Digital tele-converter for max. 8x zoom.
  • ✔Variable macro system
    • Improved focus stacking mode
    • Macro mode is available in P & A mode without mode change
  • ✔Underwater Photography
    • Underwater microscope mode
    • 3 new underwater WB modes
    • Tuned default setting of underwater modes
    • New fisheye converter and new underwater case
  • ✔Others
    • Higher resolution LCD monitor
    • Date imprint function
    • The elevation can be set to Meters or Feet. The temperature can be set to Centigrade or Fahrenheit. On TG-5, only the elevation can be set to Meters or Feet.
How is this different from the Variable Macro System on the TG-5 from 2017?
  • ✔Focus stacking
    • TG-6 can control number of images for compositing (From 3 to 10). On TG-5, the number was fixed.
  • ✔Shorter working distance in P & A mode
    • 1cm working distance macro shooting is available in P & A mode with TG-6. On TG-5, that was impossible and mode change was required.


Question :
What additional items are packaged with the camera?

Answer:
The following items are packaged with the camera:
  • Lithium Ion Rechargeable Battery (LI-92B)
  • USB-AC adapter (F-5AC)
  • USB cable (CB-USB12, micro USB connector)
  • Strap
  • Instruction Manual
  • Warranty card
Note:

TG-6 is not equipped with internal memory. A separately sold SD card is required for recording images. To see a list of compatible memory cards, click here:
* Compatibility table for Media Card ( TG-Series )

Image editing software Olympus Workspace

The software CD-ROM is not packaged in the TG-6 camera.
The image editing software Olympus Workspace is available to Olympus camera users via Internet as a free download. (The serial number of the camera is required.)

* How do I download the free Olympus Workspace software?
* Olympus Workspace is a successor software for the OLYMPUS Viewer 3.


Question :
How close can the camera focus?

Answer:
The following table describes how close you can move the TG-6 to a subject keeping the picture in focus:
Shooting Mode Shooting Range
(from the lens to the subject)
Standard from 0.1 m to infinity
   
Super Macro AF / MF
from 0.01 m to 0.3 m
  
Microscope
from 0.01 m to 0.3 m
Super Macro AF / MF
You can take pictures as close as 0.01 m to 0.3 m from the lens to the subject if you set the AF mode to Super Macro AF or Super Macro MF in P, A and Movie mode.

Question :
What kinds of shooting modes are available for underwater photography?

Answer:
Underwater mode enables you to take underwater pictures in appropriate settings by selecting a sub mode best suited for the subject or scene. The TG-6 camera is waterproof up to depths of 15 meters without a separate sold underwater housing.



Turn the mode dial to (Underwater mode) for underwater photography. Select the appropriate shooting mode from (Underwater Snapshot), (Underwater Wide), (Underwater Macro) and (Underwater Microscope) and (Underwater HDR) using the arrow pad Right and Left button or the control dial.

When the mode dial is already set to (Underwater mode), press the arrow pad Left button to select other sub modes.

Available Underwater modes:
Sub mode Description

Underwater Snapshot

Optimized for underwater photography that uses natural light. (e.g. in swimming pools or shallow waters)

Underwater Wide

Suitable for shooting underwater in dim light, optimizing flash mode, auto focus and white balance for the appropriate settings.

Underwater Macro

Suitable for shooting close-up view underwater.

Underwater Microscope

This mode enables you to take pictures as close as 1 cm.

Underwater HDR

Suitable for contrasting underwater scenes.
This mode captures multiple images and merges them into one, properly exposed image.
This mode may not function well for shooting a fast moving subject.
Note:
  • The camera should not be used underwater exceeding 60 minutes or at depths that exceed 15 meters.
  • For using the camera at the depths exceeding 15 meters, use the underwater housing PT059 (sold separately) that protects the camera down to depths of 45 meters. Sensor systems such as GPS and atmosphere pressure do not operate correctly while using the underwater housing.

Question :
What kinds of Microscope modes are available?

Answer:
(Microscope mode) lets you shoot from as close as 1cm and as close as 30 cm to your subject. You can shoot images with long depth of field, and perform focus bracket shooting with setting the number of shots. (In normal shooting mode like P mode, you can shoot from 10 cm at the closest distance.)


Turn the mode dial to (Microscope mode). Select the appropriate sub mode from Microscope, Focus Stacking, Focus Bracketing and Microscope Control.
When the mode dial is already set to (Microscope mode), press the arrow pad Left button to select other sub modes.

Available Microscope modes:

Sub Mode Description

Microscope

This mode lets you shoot from as close as 1 cm to your subject.
You can shoot with shooting magnification of 7x (35 mm equivalent) when using the optical zoom.

Focus Stacking

The camera shoots a number of images, automatically shifting the focus in each image. The images are combined into a composite image with a large depth of field. Two images are recorded; the first frame and the composite image.
The number of frames per shot and waiting time can be set after selecting in the sub mode . In (Shooting menu 2), select Focus Stacking Settings

The following settings are available:
  • - Waiting time before the photographing starts can be selected from 0 to 30 seconds.
  • - Number of shots can be selected from 3 to 10 frames.
Creating a composite image may not be possible due to camera shake or moving subjects.

Focus BKT (Focus Bracketing)

The camera shoots a number of images, automatically shifting the focus in each image.
The waiting time, number of shots and focus steps can be set after selecting in the sub mode. In (Shooting menu 2), select Focus BKT.
The following settings are available:
  • - Waiting time before the photographing starts can be set from 0 to 30 seconds.
  • - Number of shots can be selected from 10, 20 and 30.
  • - Focus steps can be selected from Wide, Normal and Narrow.

Microscope Control

Optimized for close-ups with the subject magnified on the monitor.
You can change the magnification level to 1x, 2x or 4x by pressing the arrow pad Right button. Up to 44.4x (35 mm equivalent: 28x) is possible when using the zoom simultaneously.
For example, when shooting from as close as 1 cm to the subject, a 1 mm subject can be magnified to up to 44 mm on the monitor.
At high magnification levels, the image may become grainy.
For using the flash or LED light in Microscope Control, press the [OK] button to display the Live Control and select the flash setting with the arrow pad Up and Down button.


Note:
  • Shooting distance in Microscope mode is from 1 cm to 30 cm.
  • The use of tripod is recommended for shooting in Focus Stacking or Focus BKT.

Accessories (sold separately) useful for shooting in Microscope mode:

Useful accessories (sold separately) are available to utilize the built-in flash or LED illuminator of the TG-6 for shooting in Microscope mode.
  • Flash Diffuser FD-1



    FD-1 is useful for macro shooting or taking pictures of insects in a low-light environment. Improved light distribution makes it possible to darken the background and make the subject stand out better.

    The FD-1 can be used under water.
    * FD-1 Flash Diffuser


  • LED Light Guide LG-1



    LG-1 uses the camera's built-in LED light to evenly illuminate a subject to avoid shadows on the subject. The LG-1 cannot be used under water.
    * LG-1 LED Light Guide

Question :
What differentiates the LED Light Guide LG-1 from the Flash Diffuser FD-1?

Answer:
The following table describes the differences:

 
LED Light Guide
LG-1

Flash Diffuser
FD-1
Compatible Cameras TG-6, TG-5, TG-4, TG-3, TG-2, TG-1 TG-6, TG-5, TG-4*
(*Firmware update is required for the TG-4)
Light Source Built-in LED light Built-in flash
Shooting Distance 1 - 10 cm
*The distance from the lens front
2 - 30 cm
*The distance from the lens front
Underwater Usage Not usable Usable
Light Control Not available Available
* 2 light volumes can be selected on the FD-1:
(Normal) and (Low)

LED Light Guide LG-1

The LED Light Guide LG-1 uses the LED on the front of the camera to illuminate your subject.
In addition to lighting your subject while the image is taken, the LG-1 also assists in composing your image, as the constant light source illuminates the subject. When using the LG-1 the camera's closest focusing distance is 1 cm, allowing the camera to lay flat on the subject and still focus.

Flash Diffuser FD-1

The Flash Diffuser FD-1 uses the in-camera flash to illuminate your subject.
The in-camera flash offers a significant increase in the amount of light. This increase in light allows for usage of lower ISO settings and faster shutter speeds, as well as an increased working distance. The FD-1 can also be utilized under water. The camera's closest focusing distance to the subject is 2cm.

When using the FD-1

  • To use the Light Control on TG-4, update the firmware of your camera.
  • You can attach the FD-1 to the TG-3, TG-2 and TG-1 camera, but results may vary because the firmware does not support these products.

Question :
Where can I find the instruction manual for my camera?

Answer:
You can find the manual online. You can either read it online or download the instruction manual for your camera.
Download Manuals

Question :
Where can I get my camera repaired or serviced?

Answer:
Please contact the Olympus authorized distributor or service center in your country.
See the OLYMPUS Service Stations and Distributors List to find the nearest distributor or service center.

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