Olympus Tough TG-4 Review – Ready to Take on the Toughest Shooting Conditions

Olympus is known to produce really tough cameras with their TG line, and now that premise continues on with the Olympus Tough TG-4. In fact, it has the word “tough” in its name. The TG-2 and the TG-3 both impressed the world with their relatively fast lenses, good photo quality, and a range of other features. Also, all of these cameras in the TG line can take a beating, which lives up to the “tough” moniker.

Olympus Tough TG-4 Review - Ready to Take on the Toughest Shooting Conditions

So What’s New For The Olympus Tough TG-4?

If you’re into street photography and want to take photos in harsh conditions, then the Olympus Tough TG-4 can truly shine. Even the looks on the camera look the part for its “tough” moniker. It has exposed screws, a solid metal frame, and a hard plastic grip. In your hand, it feels like it can handle a 7-foot drop with ease.

Aside from being able to withstand a fall from that height, it is also waterproof of up to 50-meters in depth, crushproof of up to 220 pounds of force, and freezeproof of up to +14F. If those are not enough, the camera is also dustproof.

These elements are kept at bay with the use of a pair of double-locking sealed doors. The doors are for the USB and HDMI ports, and the other for the battery and memory card.

A unique feature for the TG-4 is that it has the ability to attach a telephoto or a fisheye conversion lens. There is also an LED Light Guide which can be used for macro photography. However, these extra peripherals do not come with the initial packaging and are sold separately.

For its features, there are a lot of them. The TG-4 can do point-and-shoot automatic shooting, manual, and even creative photography modes. There is also an aperture priority mode that is also available, however users are only able to choose from three aperture values at any given time when on this mode. This is because of the camera’s 1-stop diaphragm and 3-stop ND filter.

The thing to always remember when comparing compact digital cameras in terms of image quality is to never compare them to that of cameras with inter-changeable lenses. That being said, the quality of the images being produced by the TG-4 has a lot of “punch” in them. They are generally well-exposed and there is not too much highlight-clipping. At wide-angles, the built-in fast lens will allow you to get an attractive background blur.

The Olympus Tough TG-4 can also shoot RAW format images for those who want to post-process their photos after shooting instead of sharing them directly with others. With all of these being said, the TG-4 does live up to its “tough” moniker and can easily dish out the elements with little problem. However, image quality is still average even from a compact camera.


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