Tough TG-4by Olympus

  • Tough TG-4
  • Tough TG-4
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
86%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The Tough TG-4 shoots in RAW and JPEG modes, giving you flexibility in editing your images.
  • The TG-4 is waterproof to 50 feet, shockproof to a height of more than 7 feet, and crushproof to 220 lbf.
  • The new Focus Bracketing mode delivers pictures in which everything is in focus.

CONS

  • The Tough TG-4 has a short 4x optical zoom range.
  • A noisy lens interferes with video soundtrack during recording.
  • It doesn't include an external battery charger.
The Olympus Tough TG-4 replaces the older TG-3, and it has some great new elements. The 16-megapixel waterproof, crushproof, and shockproof camera now supports RAW files for greater control when editing. This is handy, especially underwater where the TG-4 can go down to 50 feet. The camera has two new stops on the scene mode dial: Live Composite, which helps with long exposures, and Underwater HDR mode for better underwater shots. New focusing modes include Focus Stacking, which lets you pick from a set of nine shots, and Focus Bracketing, which combines several macro shots into a single sharp one. Built-in Wi-Fi connects to an iOS or Android app, and the built-in GPS, compass, and pressure gauge keep you informed wherever you are.
NameTough TG-4CX Action CameraStylus Tough TG-870Hero4 SessionAction Camera CX Gold
ManufacturerOlympusActiveOnOlympusGoProActiveOn
Techwalla Score
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List Price$380$120$279$400$250
100%

Olympus has not been sitting on its laurels, and we're delighted to finally have a rugged compact with RAW shooting.

Olympus has not been sitting on its laurels, and we're delighted to finally have a rugged compact with RAW shooting.

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80%

The TG-4 puts an emphasis on speed. It starts, focuses, and fires in about a second, locks focus in 0.07-second, and can fire off full-resol…

The TG-4 puts an emphasis on speed. It starts, focuses, and fires in about a second, locks focus in 0.07-second, and can fire off full-resolution JPG images at 5 frames per second.

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79%

if you're willing to spend some time in your favorite Raw editor. It's this feature which increases the TG-4's lead over its peers.

if you're willing to spend some time in your favorite Raw editor. It's this feature which increases the TG-4's lead over its peers.

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There are models with longer zoom ranges and others that will allow you dive deeper, but the TG4 allows you more control and a wider choice …

There are models with longer zoom ranges and others that will allow you dive deeper, but the TG4 allows you more control and a wider choice of options

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It's super well thought out. It's the only camera I can recall where everything can be controlled with just one hand. Bravo!

It's super well thought out. It's the only camera I can recall where everything can be controlled with just one hand. Bravo!

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The arrival of the Olympus Tough TG-4 looks to improve on the excellent models we’ve seen before in the Tough TG-series.

The arrival of the Olympus Tough TG-4 looks to improve on the excellent models we’ve seen before in the Tough TG-series.

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... the camera is controlled via big chunky buttons which should be easy to operate even if wearing gloves and hurtling down the side of a s…

... the camera is controlled via big chunky buttons which should be easy to operate even if wearing gloves and hurtling down the side of a snow-covered mountain at the same time.

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The biggest addition here is aimed at enthusiasts: the TG-4 can shoot in raw and JPEG.

The biggest addition here is aimed at enthusiasts: the TG-4 can shoot in raw and JPEG.

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Divers will also appreciate the new Underwater HDR feature, the built-in manometer, as well as the glove-friendly and customisable mode dial…

Divers will also appreciate the new Underwater HDR feature, the built-in manometer, as well as the glove-friendly and customisable mode dial.

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