OLYM­PUS STY­LUS TG-4 TOUGH

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The TG-4 Tough is the only cam­era in this roundup that’s not only weather-sealed, but able to take freez­ing sub-zero tem­per­a­tures to -10C, crush­proof to 100kgf, and wa­ter­proof to 15m. In short, it’s well ca­pa­ble of fol­low­ing you on a dive trip, a trip to the Antarc­tic, or even a trek in the Sa­hara.

Per­haps as a re­sult of this, the body is more ruggedly de­signed than the rest, and even the zoom levers have been built to ac­com­mo­date use by gloved fin­gers. In prac­tice, this trans­lated to just a touch more damp­ing on the con­trols as com­pared to the oth­ers.

The cam­era fea­tures GPS ca­pa­bil­i­ties that are faster than the pre­vi­ous ver­sion, be­ing able to ac­quire a sig­nal in less than 10 sec­onds, which makes geo­tag­ging pic­tures less of a has­sle. Com­ple­men­tary to this is the in­te­grated e.Com­pass that gives you read­ings like di­rec­tion, lon­gi­tude, lat­i­tude, al­ti­tude and baro­met­ric pres­sure at a press of a but­ton. All that means is that you could po­ten­tially use the cam­era to nav­i­gate your way home, which can def­i­nitely come in handy when you’re over­seas. Tap con­trol is an­other handy fea­ture, as it al­lows you to call up dif­fer­ent func­tions like im­age play­back just by tap­ping the sides of the cam­era, which helps when you can’t eas­ily reach the but­tons. Like when you’re man­ag­ing your buoy­ancy un­der wa­ter, for in­stance.

So it’s cer­tainly great for the rugged trav­eler, but add to that a highly im­pres­sive Su­per Macro func­tion (that gets you up to just 1cm for ex­treme close-up shots), a high-speed movie func­tion with cap­ture rates of 120fps or 240fps, and a su­per res­o­lu­tion zoom fea­ture (that boosts the op­ti­cal zoom to twice the range with min­i­mal im­age qual­ity loss), and you have a great cam­era for cap­tur­ing stills and video over­all.

The zoom lever is a lit­tle small.

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