Go-Pro or Olympus Tough camera

Old Feb 8th, 2017, 09:17 PM
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Go-Pro or Olympus Tough camera

So I need some help deciding on what is the best waterproof camera for some upcoming trips to Darwin and Krabi.

It is likely the camera will get wet when I go to Darwin and go on some tours. And in Krabi I'd like to be able to take some photos while snorkelling.

I am tossing up between the Go-Pro and an Olympus Tough. I'm not too fussed on video as I prefer stills.

Are there any recommendations from anyone as to which one I should use?

Thanks in advance.
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Old Feb 9th, 2017, 05:01 AM
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I'm very happy with my Go-Pro but since I've never used an Olympus tough I can't make comparisons.
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Old Feb 9th, 2017, 05:41 AM
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Have you checked for info on dpreview.com?
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Old Feb 10th, 2017, 10:56 AM
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Go Pro cameras don't zoom like TG cameras do. Go Pro is more like a one-trick pony, set-it-and-forget it, although is has three fixed settings, wide, narrow, and medium. See https://www.quora.com/Why-dont-GoPro-cameras-have-zoom where it says "The GoPro is specifically designed to provide an up-close, wide view of the action."

I have the TG-4 and love it. Has lots of "real camera" features, like raw shooting for later enhancing of pix that were shot in less-than-ideal circumstances, stuff you can't do with jpegs. I even bought the wide and the tele screw-on lenses.

Hope this helps
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Thanks for all your input. I'm leaning towards the Olympus tough as I think I would prefer the camera features.
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The widest FOV of the Go Pro is listed as equivalent of 17.2mm, that of the TG-4 is 25mm, with the screw-on Olympic FCON-T01 lens it's 19mm, so they're really close, but you can zoom even with that T-01 lens on of course, so it doesn't have to be "quasi-fisheye" all the time.

If you want to avoid the quasi-fisheye distortion (it's not really fully "fish-eye") then you just keep the horizon flat in the center.

The Go Pro "look" is just that, an identifiable look, while the TG gives you real photography options, many more than one might think from such a small camera. The F2.0 lens means you just about never need the flash, and if you shoot raw and have a program like Lightroom, you can make any pic into anything as long as you had focus and approximate framing right in the first place.
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