Well it took me several days but I finally published my 4,000 word plus, comprehensive review of the E-P5, last night. You might have noticed that I posted some “artistic” looking black and whites of the E-P5, as part of the review. I actually took them with the Olympus TG-2 waterproof point and shoot. The lighting was courtesy of a $40 Ikea desk lamp.
Waterproof cameras like the TG-2 aren’t historically the best picture takers. Something to do with the limitations in design where the lens is folded up within the body. In a waterproof camera, unlike regular cameras, the lens does not protrude from the body. These cameras also have small sensors which impose their own limitations.
The TG-2, however, has this extra close macro mode. I could get closer than normal and it seems to work nicely for product photography. I secretly used it to post images of my Canon 6D a while back and it worked so well, I used it for the Olympus E-P5 too. So beyond its limited usage on family beach vacations, perhaps I’ll use it for up close product photography.
The small sensor also helps with macros where the closeness usually creates an extremely shallow depth of field. Since the sensor is so small, the depth of field is increased so more of the image is in sharp focus.
Here are some photos of the Canon 6D and the Olympus E-P5 that I took with the Olympus TG-2.
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