Olympus Stylus TOUGH TG-4 Digital Camera

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Think You're Tough? Prove it with the TG4

Olympus Stylus TOUGH TG-4 Digital Camera Sustain memories from your most adventurous expeditions with the waterproof, crushproof, shockproof, freezeproof, and dustproof Olympus Stylus TOUGH TG-4 Digital Camera. In addition to being fully totally from dust, the TG-4 is engineered to withstand underwater pressures up to 50' deep, falls from as high as 7' high, temperatures down to 14°F, and pressure up to 220 lbf. With the ability to conserve  an array of adventures, these qualities are also well-suited to use in everyday environments. Additionally, RAW shooting is available for enhanced post-processing power.

A 16MP BSI CMOS sensor along with TruePic VII image processor go hand in hand to create high-resolution images with remarkable low-light sensitivity and quality. These two technologies combined form Olympus' iHS technology, which serves to deliver fast performance all through the camera system, including a top ISO 6400 sensitivity and 5 frames per second photography rate at full resolution. The sensor and processor combined also provide full HD 1080p video recording.

Taking advantage of the photo capabilities of the TG-4 is a fast f/2.0-4.9 4x optical zoom lens, which provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length perspective of 25-100mm. Augmenting the reach of the lens as well as assisting the use of the camera in low-light environments, is sensor-shift image stabilization, which minimizes the appearance of camera shake.

For monitoring and reviewing of images, as well as navigating menus, an LCD screen is built into the camera's design. Accessing the menu system divulges a host of unique camera settings and features, including automated Time-Lapse movie creation, a built-in intervalometer, a close-focusing Microscope Mode, and the capability to use built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, GPS, and an electronic compass. ✓

Body type Compact  
Max resolution 4608 x 3456  
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9  
Effective pixels 16 megapixels  
Sensor photo detectors 17 megapixels  
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)  
Sensor type BSI-CMOS  
Processor TruePic VII  
ISO Auto, 100-6400  
Boosted ISO (maximum) 12800  
White balance presets 5  
Custom white balance Yes  
Image stabilization Sensor-shift  
Uncompressed format RAW  
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 25100 mm  
Optical zoom 4  
Maximum aperture F2.0 - F4.9  
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (4x)  
Normal focus range 10 cm (3.94)  
Macro focus range 1 cm (0.39)  
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed  
Screen size 3  
Screen dots 460,000  
Touch screen No  
Screen type TFT-LCD  
Live view Yes  
Viewfinder type None  
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 4 sec  
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec  
Aperture priority Yes  
Shutter priority No  
Manual exposure mode Yes  
Subject / scene modes Yes  
Built-in flash Yes  
Flash range 7.90 m (at ISO 1600)  
External flash No  
Flash modes Auto, redeye reduction, fill-in, off, LED  
Continuous drive 5.0 fps  
Self-timer Yes (2 or 12 sec, custom)  
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation 2 (at 1/3 EV steps)  
AE Bracketing 2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV steps)  
WB Bracketing No  
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)  
Format H.264, Motion JPEG  
Videography notes High speed up to 480 fps + interval timer  
Microphone Stereo  
Speaker Mono  
Storage types SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory  
Storage included 55MB  
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)  
HDMI Yes (micro HDMI)  
Microphone port No  
Headphone port No  
Wireless Built-In  
Remote control Yes (via smartphone)  
Environmentally sealed Yes (waterproof to 15m, shockproof to 2.1m, crushproof to 100kgf, freezeproof to -10C)  
Battery Battery Pack  
Battery description LI-92B lithium-ion battery & USB power adapter  
Battery Life (CIPA) 380  
Weight (inc. batteries) 247 g (0.54 lb / 8.71 oz)  
Dimensions 112 x 66 x 31 mm (4.41 x 2.6 x 1.22)  
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes  
Timelapse recording Yes  
GPS BuiltIn  
GPS notes with GLONASS, e-compass, landmarks


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Olympus Stylus TOUGH TG-4 Digital Camera Reviewed by Gene Wright on . Rating: 5