Tried and Tested: Olympus Tough TG-4

Hungry Eye Journal got hands on with the Olympus Tough TG-4 and here, we feed back on our findings

Olympus’ TG-series of tough cameras have been some great additions to their vast array of good quality products, with high-class photo quality and fast lenses – we’re talking about the TG-2 and TG-3 in particular. However, their newest release, the Tough TG-4, goes one step above the rest. We decided to take the Tough Camera on a typical day out to an abandoned train graveyard in the heart of Sussex. It felt good to have a strong bit of kit with us that you didn’t have to be precious with. It allows you to focus on enjoying the moment and soak in the awesomeness.

Speaking of appearance only, it would be almost impossible to tell the difference between this model and it’s predecessors, despite the fact that it’s undergone quite the upgrade…

With regards to ergonomics, they don’t quite match up to the camera’s build quality – some elements are made up of plastic, where rubber could’ve been used, while the zoom lever also takes some playing around with to get used to. The TG-4 lens is also among the best in its class at 25mm wide end, with a maximum aperture of F2.0 – perfect for low light situations and underwater photography.

The TG-4 boasts two menus, one of which is a shortcut menu that pulls out from the right side of the screen, plus your more ‘traditional’ menu, if you will. These are among the camera’s strongest points – quick, responsive and easily navigated.

The camera itself is waterproof to 15m, crushproof to 100kgf, freezeproof to -10C/+14F and dustproof. The elements are kept outside by a pair of double-locking sealed doors – one for USB and HDMI, the other for battery and memory card.

Key features of the Olympus Tough TG-4 include:

  • Wi-Fi and smartphone app
  • Optional conversion lenses
  • 16MP BSI-CMOS sensor
  • 3-inch LCD w/460k dots
  • Waterproof up to 15m
  • GPS with compass and manometer
  • 1080/30p video
  • RAW support