Submerging An Olympus 'Tough TG-5' Digital Camera In Liquid Nitrogen To Test Its Durability

March 9, 2018


This is a video from Youtube channel (and Canadian camera story) Henry's Cameras of a guy putting a $400 Olympus Tough TG-5 digital camera through its paces to see just how much abuse it can withstand. The abuse order is as follows: 1) sand 2) water 3) freezing in a block of ice for 24 hours then hammering it out 4) dropping 5) whacking with a wooden mallet and 6) submerging in -196°C (~321°F, or just slightly colder than a witch's nips) liquid nitrogen. But can it withstand the extreme heat of a couple sexy photos of yours truly? Obviously, the liquid nitrogen was the most exciting part. Does it survive? You'll just have to watch to find out! Just kidding of course it does I don't think they would have released the video if it didn't. So yeah, I guess it's a pretty tough camera. Of course my only reference is the pinhole camera I made out of a Quaker Oats can, and it dissolved in the rain. Also, if you're in a situation where your camera is being subjected to ~321°F temperatures, you've got much bigger problems than whether your Olympus is still going to take pictures after you're done dying.

Keep going for the video, liquid nitrogen action starts at 6:12, or about five and a half minutes past my attention span.

Thanks to Phill, who, like me, is a little disappointed there was no lava test.

  • Nicholas Conrad

    That headline was as exciting as the video was boooooooooooring.

  • TheQiwiMan

    "But can it withstand the extreme heat of a couple sexy photos of yours truly?" - Only one way to find out! I'll be right over!

  • shashi

    yes but will it blend?

  • GeneralDisorder

    Most definitely.

  • The_Wretched

    Try the 3 year old for 1 hour test.

  • Bling Nye

    Good odds of not ever being found let alone surviving.

    The camera, that is.

    And/or the kid depending on how much the camera cost.

  • Doog

    They did, but it failed so spectacularly they didn't include it in the video.

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