Olympus TG-Tracker Review and 4K Footage Test vs GoPro Hero 5
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Today I am looking at the rather unique, Olympus TG-Tracker 4K Action Camera. The Olympus TG-Tracker has some rather unique and unusual features, so let’s take a closer look. Olympus, with the TG-tracker, has chosen to go with a tubular design for it’s camera body, as opposed to the traditional design of something like a GoPro. At first glance, it looks very rugged and tough, with its chunky plastic endcaps and visible screw heads on both faces. In fact, they even have the word “Tough” inscribed into the painted metal part of the left face. And talking about painted, the Olympus TG-Tracker is available in two colors: Green and Black. The unit I am testing today is obviously green. The Olympus TG-Tracker is completely waterproof upto a depth of 30 meters for upto one hour and doesn’t need a waterproof housing to make it waterproof. However, you will need to swap out the standard lens protector with the provided underwater lens protector, before using it in water. There are also two underwater video modes, Underwater Wide and Underwater Flipped Wide, which accommodate for the field of view of the underwater lens protector.The Olympus TG-Tracker is very simple to use. Flipping the on-button, on the left hand face, powers on the camera and turns on the 1.5” viewfinder on the right hand side. The flip open viewfinder is your primary interface for this camera and can be flipped open to compose the shot and then closed when the tracker is mounted and ready to go. There’s an easy-access record button on the top with a few buttons to navigate through the camera’s menus and options. And talking about menus and options; The menus are actually pretty easy to toggle through and its packed with quite a few useful features, and having that viewfinder really does help. The tg-tracker also has stereo microphones on the front, and I’ll show you how they perform, in a minute. The micro sd card slot, micro usb charge port, micro hdmi video port and the battery live behind this waterproof compartment on the back of the camera. Now the battery is removable, so you can definitely buy spares. And talking about micro sd cards; If you want to record in 4K, which you’ll probably want to do, make sure to get a fast enough card to handle the data rate. I’ll leave links to some cards that’ll work with this Olympus TG-Tracker, in the description below. In terms of mounting options, the Olympus Tg-Tracker can be mounted to anything with a ¼-20 standard tripod thread. You can also mount the Olympus TG-Tracker to any standard gopro mount using the provided handle. The handle separates into a handle and gopro mount adapter, which is really useful. Now if you don’t want to take the handle apart, you can always use the handle as a camera grip for handheld shots and even selfies. Now one rather unusual feature you might not find on most action cams, is the built-in video light. And this is really useful for shooting at night or in low light conditions. It’ll turn on automatically, once you hit record, if you enable it in the settings menu or you can manually power it on and use it as a flashlight. Another reasonably useful feature is the built-in gps, compass and altimeter. This is useful, if you’d like to log the location and information of your shots. And it’s also super useful if you’re trekking in the woods and need some sense of direction. And don’t ask me how I know this. You can use the OI Track companion app to track the GPS location of your footage.So should you buy the Olympus TG-Tracker and how does it compare to the GoPro line of cameras. The Olympus TG-Tracker is a solidly built camera, that’s easy to use and produces very impressive footage. And when it comes to GoPros, let’s start with the GoPro Hero 4 Black. As compared to the Hero 4 black, the TG tracker wins, thanks to it’s better image stabilization, viewfinder and waterproof characteristics. However, when compared to the new Hero 5, the tracker is more evenly matched. So what do I recommend? If you’re not bothered by the clunky app on the tracker and want to save yourself some money, go with the Olympus TG-Tracker. However, if you want a much better smartphone control app and can afford the extra cost, go with the new Hero 5 Black.