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Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4: More toughness for the tough series

Create: 04/13/2015 - 22:18
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4

Olympus adds to its Tough series with the TG-4.

Following quickly after the release of the Stylus Tough TG-860, Olympus has announced the Stylus TG-4, another offering in its "Tough" series.

At the heart of the camera is a 16-MP backside illuminated 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor. That is coupled to a fast f/2.0 25-100mm (35mm equivalent) zoom. At the telephoto end, the maximum aperture s f/4.9.

The ISO range is from 100 to 6,400, and shutter speeds run from 1/2 second to 1/2,000.

One of the requirements of being part of the Tough stable is the ability to withstand abuse. Olympus claims the camera is waterproof to 50 feet (15 meters), "crushproof" to 220 pounds (100 kilograms) and can withstand a 7-foot (2.1-meter) drop and temperatures as low as 14ºF/14ºC. The body also is sealed against dust.

The camera records images in JPG, as well as RAW, and can shoot as quickly as 5 frames per second for a maximum of 100 images at full resolution. If you drop the resolution to 3 MP, you can record a blistering 60 frames per second.

One of the unusual accessories for this camera is a ring light "flash," which Olympus said provides even illumination for macro shots. On close inspection, it is not a separate flash unit. Rather, it redirects light from the camera's flash into the ring light assembly. It's a very good idea.

Other accessories include telephoto and fisheye lens converters, an underwater housing and a sports holder that can attach to a chest harness, which will allow you to record your activities when you attempt something that could end your life.

The TG-4 also can record HD movies. In addition to on-board GPS, the camera can transfer images wirelessly with built-in WiFi. You can share your photos via your smartphone or tablet with the Olympus Share App.

You compose your photos using the camera's 3-inch LCD, which is fixed. That is, it doesn't articulate. It also is not touch-enabled.

The TG-4 has internal storage of 55MB and can accept SD, SDHC and SDXC cards. The lithium-ion battery is rated for 380 still photos or 120 minutes of continuous video.

The camera retails for US$379.99.

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Mike Elek is a longtime journalist and was one of the original editors for The Wall Street Journal Online. He also has worked as a reporter and editor in Pittsburgh; Philadelphia; Vineland, N.J.; Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; New York City; and Hong Kong. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran. He shoots with film and digital cameras.