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Olympus E-PL9 sample gallery

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:13:00 Z

Japanese paper artist Kamihasami (his artist name means 'paper-scissors' in Japanese) has recreated the Olympus OM-D E-M5, a few lenses, and accessories using nothing but paper and paste.

The faithful recreation is identical to the original models, and includes things like an SD card, battery and battery charger, underwater housing, and flash. In fact, the models are so precise that the paper lenses can be attached to and removed from the paper camera body!

According to Kamihasami's website, the entire creation process for this artwork took more than three months. Fortunately, his effort was not a waste, the paper OM-D E-M5 earned Kamihasami an award in the prestigious Kamiwaza Grand Prix competition.

To see more of Kamihasami's paper artwork, visit his website or follow his page on Facebook.

The Olympus TG-5 is the best rugged compact you can buy right now

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 10:00:00 Z

Washington State's Pacific coastal beaches are quite the contrast to what you usually find around Puget Sound near Seattle. The pebbles, barnacled rocks and copious sickly sea foam give way to pillow-soft sand, waves you can surf and mountainous, craggy rock formations that make for an otherworldly visual experience. As a local, I'll admit that I love both varieties. But despite how picturesque a trip to the beach can be, I absolutely hate going with a camera in tow. Sand can kill. Even brief exposure to sand and saltwater can make for a deadly combination for just about any electronic device, so in planning for a three-day, two-night camping trip to Washington's Second Beach in La Push, I had basically written off any possibility that I'd bring a camera along. Then, I remembered we had the Olympus Tough TG-5.1 The first leg of the journey was a ferry across Puget Sound to get us closer to the ocean. And in considering the TG-5, I was reminded of a well-worn saying; 'it's not the camera, it's the photographer.' I happen to think there's an awful lot of truth in that, but even so, as a nerd as well as a photographer, there are usually lines in the sand (apologies) I don't cross. One of them is using a dedicated camera with a smartphone camera-sized sensor. There are usually lines in the sand I don't cross. But then again, my smartphone isn't rugged or waterproof, and doesn't have an optical zoom. Adding to that, the TG-5 offers Raw capture, GPS logging, good external controls, a more powerful flash and a crazy good macro mode. With the Tough, you've got a pretty compelling, compact package without the hassle of endless smartphone apps, clunky waterproof cases and fiddly lens attachments. The TG-5's 'microscope' mode sounds a little goofy, but it results in very good macro performance. And check out that background blur despite the small sensor! Besides, I still find some satisfaction in using a dedicated camera as opposed to a smartphone for even casual photography. So, was the TG-5 the absolute perfect camera for this trip? Turns out, it's got a couple of quirks. But it was still darn good. What worked One of the joys of visiting La Push with the TG-5 was access to tide pools at low tide. Then I discovered they were all just occupied by the same green sea anemones. Maybe next time I'll try snorkeling to get some more variety. The very first thing I did with the TG-5 when I grabbed it from our camera cabinet was run it under the tap. Of course, it's fun to do that just because you can, but it also had some sunscreen on it from a previous user that I wanted to rinse off. So the TG-5 is very well-sealed against both moisture and dust and dirt intrusion. This meant I could comfortably leave it lying around our beachy campsite even though everything was covered in sand. The very first thing I did with the TG-5 when I grabbed it from our camera cabinet was run it under the tap. I could put it in my sandy pocket, or deposit it in my sand-filled bag in our sand-filled tent and not have to worry at all. I brought it along on rocky beach hikes where it was likely I would fall into the ocean. This capability alone is pretty much worth the price of admission in my book, especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors.2 The TG-5's resolution and sharpness never blew me away, but the Raw files have at least some flexibility in them for the sensor size, and I ended up with a ton of photos I wouldn't have taken if I was leaving a DSLR in a bag the whole time for protection. Every image you're seeing in this article is the result of a Raw file from the TG-5 processed through a beta version of Adobe Camera Raw (more samples available in the gallery). This is probably my favorite thing about the Tough; even though the images can be noisy even at base ISO, I was able to salvage some clipped highlights and lift some shadows to bring detail back in high-contrast scenes, which you're likely to encounter in outdoor photography. The TG-5 is, thanks to an updated processor, als[...]

Olympus TG-5 gallery updated with Raw samples

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 17:49:00 Z


The Olympus TG-5 is one of our favorite cameras for hiking and days on the beach. And with the recent addition of preliminary Raw support, we've taken the opportunity to add some new pictures, and some Raw conversions to our gallery of sample images. Keep an eye out for more content (and more pictures) in the coming days.

View our updated gallery of samples from the Olympus TG-5