Why Choose These Over the TG-6?
While the Olympus TG-6 is a decent point-and-shoot compact camera with a low price tag, it lacks a lot of the features you’re going to want for photography and videography. But as the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. Now this section isn’t meant to beat on the TG-6 at all. I’d more like to show you where it lacks in comparison to the Olympus OM-D EM10 IV or Sony a6700 so you can make an informed decision on what you are buying.
To start off, the TG-6 does not offer a manual mode, so you do not have full control over all of your exposure settings (aperture, shutter speed, and ISO). Instead, you are limited to the camera deciding what the aperture or shutter should be using – depending on which shooting mode you are in. This is never really a good thing, and even more so underwater. The more control you have over your camera, the better your shots are going to be. From a sensor perspective, the EM10 IV’s Micro 4/3 sensor is roughly 6x larger than the TG-6’s sensor. The a6600’s sensor is over 11x larger. That’s significantly larger, resulting in cleaner, sharper images with more dynamic range.
The TG-6 is also a fixed-lens compact camera. In other words, you have a 1 size fits most lens and can not change the lens. This is ok for working with macro subjects using the TG’s great in-camera macro mode, but the camera really struggles with wide-angle and large animals. But what about the wet wide-angle lens for the TG, Jay? It’s sadly not going to compare to using a proper lens and port with better optics like you will find on the OM-D EM10 IV or a6700. Plus, once you add on that wet wide-angle lens, you are already getting really close to the price of the OM-D EM10 IV. You’ll also get better battery life with the EM10 IV or a6700 mirrorless systems, meaning you don’t have to stress about missing shots on a dive.