I never took compact cameras very seriously. In my mind they could not match the quality and versatility of my Nikon DSLR or Fuji mirrorless camera.
However, with the increasing restrictions on most airlines, it was becoming more and more difficult to accommodate all my diving gear plus all the photographic equipment. There was no way I could pack a full-size camera with housing, strobes, video lights, tray with arms, plus all the lenses for macro as well as wide angle shoots, and still stay with the airlines’ weight limits.
For the first time, I started considering taking a compact camera under water. After thorough research I decided to go with the Olympus TG-6 compact camera. One of the main driving factors was the fact that the TG-6 can shoot macro pictures straight from the box. There is also a good choice of wet wide-angle lenses available. The camera’s capability to shoot RAW-format still photographs and 4K video, which were essential to me, only strengthened my argument to select the pocket-size TG-6 as my first underwater compact camera.
My first dives with this camera were not far from being totally disastrous. However, after some practice, and many trial and error shots, I became familiar with this nice box of tricks. The more pictures I took, the more surprised, and impressed, I was. The capabilities, the rugged build, the compact design, and even the quirkiness of the operation of some functions, grew on me with every dive.
After nearly 100 dives with the TG-6 housed in the Olympus PT-059 housing, I cannot find anything I dislike in this package. The only regret I have is that I did not think about buying the TG-6 earlier.
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