OLYMPUS STYLUS TG-4 TOUGH
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.