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Olympus tg-4 :The Best Underwater Camera For Snorkeling Photos

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Olympus has introduced a new high-end rugged camera in its Stylus Tough series, the TG-4. It isn’t radically different than its predecessor, the TG-3, but Olympus says it’s the first rugged compact camera to offer uncompressed RAW capture and a new underwater high-dynamic range (HDR) mode.

Like the TG-3, the Olympus tg-4 uses a 16-megapixel, 1/2.3-inch backside-illuminated CMOS sensor, TruePic VII image processor, and a fast f/2.0, 4x optical zoom lens (25mm wide-angle) that has a microscope macro mode that can magnify up to 44.5x. There’s Wi-Fi and GPS built in. The TG-4 retains its predecessor’s rugged attributes: waterproof down to 50 feet, crushproof to 220 pounds, freezeproof down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, shockproof from 7 feet, and dustproof. Olympus says the crushproof rating is what makes its rugged cameras unique. Video recording is still Full HD 1080.

Shooting images in RAW means larger file sizes, but you have the benefit of greater adjustments to exposure, contrast, white balance, and color balance during post-editing, thanks to the extra information captured. Many casual users will be fine with JPEG for viewing and sharing, but advanced users will appreciate the option, especially when shooting in environments with challenging light. And with AF Target, you can tell the camera where you want it to focus.

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In order to live up to its rugged cred, the TG-4 features two flaps with a dual latching system to make sure dust, water and other harmful elements stay away from the sensitive parts of the camera. On the right side, there's a small grip, so you have a little extra something to hold on to. However, even if you have smaller hands, it's pretty easy for your fingers to stick out into your field of view when shooting.

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On top, there's a nice, big shutter button with two-step action (half-press to focus and a full press to take a photo), a slider for controlling the zoom, and the power button. In back, there's a vibrant, nontouch 3-inch LCD display, a handy dial for selecting program modes, and a very useful directional pad for adjusting settings and navigating through the camera's menus.


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