Micro 4/3 Olympus TG-5 - Macro capabilities?

Aug 27, 2013
124
Talent, Oregon (far from the madding crowd)
Miguel Tejada-Flores
Curious if anyone has had experience shooting macro with the Olympus TG-5 'Tough' compact camera? I miss the outstanding macro from my ancient LX7 (one of the nicer things about that camera) - and from what I hear, the TG-5 has a microscope mode which focuses down as close as something like 1 cm which sounds insane to me. Supposedly it also has a nift focus-stacking feature which really seems to operate best when doing macro work in the Microscope mode...? I've seen a handful of cool looking images from TG5's ---

But does anyone have first-hand experience with this beast?

And if so...whattaya think?

Gracias for any and all feedback.

Miguel
 
Jan 31, 2011
164
Newcastle, Australia
Sue
All Olympus compacts can focus down to 1cm. Thats why I use my XZ1 if I want to macro and not use DSLR. The Ricoh GRD3 also does. Pretty sure that Troy had some macros in amongst his TG-870 365 project... You'd be safe with the TG5. Oly calls it supermacro
 

NoSeconds

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Jan 1, 2017
104
Troy
One of the shots I did was of a moth on the opposite side of a car window, with the TG-870 pressed hard up against the glass.

https://www.seriouscompacts.com/attachments/img_6599-jpg.123479/


Another was ants eating an iridescent dead beetle, with the front element almost touching the beetle’s legs, I had to keep recomposing because the ants were crawling onto my hands and having a chew. No trouble focusing or capturing detail though...

https://www.seriouscompacts.com/attachments/img_7944-jpg.124469/


From what I’ve seen of the TG-5’s macro shots it surpasses the 870 in every way... :2thumbs:
 
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Aug 27, 2013
124
Talent, Oregon (far from the madding crowd)
Miguel Tejada-Flores
One of the shots I did was of a moth on the opposite side of a car window, with the TG-870 pressed hard up against the glass.

https://www.seriouscompacts.com/attachments/img_6599-jpg.123479/


Another was ants eating an iridescent dead beetle, with the front element almost touching the beetle’s legs, I had to keep recomposing because the ants were crawling onto my hands and having a chew. No trouble focusing or capturing detail though...

https://www.seriouscompacts.com/attachments/img_7944-jpg.124469/


From what I’ve seen of the TG-5’s macro shots it surpasses the 870 in every way... :2thumbs:
Beautiful shots - especially the 2nd one - which looks like an Alien from a new Mega-Sci-Fi blockbuster movie!
 

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