Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4

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tg4The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4, successor to the TG-3, boasts improved performance with a high-speed f/2 lens, RAW capture, advanced macro capabilities, underwater modes including Underwater HDR, night time Live Composite Mode, integrated Wi-Fi and the Olympus  Image Share smartphone companion app for instant sharing, next-generation GPS, multifunction e.Compass, and AF target selection.

The camera is waterproof to 15 m (50 feet), crushproof to 100 kgf (220 pounds), shockproof from 2.1 m (7 feet), freezeproof down to -10C (14F), and dustproof.

The large lens aperture enables shooting with minimal noise at a lower ISO speed while snorkeling, exploring dimly-lit areas, or capturing shots in poor weather conditions. This lens boasts a lens equivalent of 25-100 mm, and is finished with a durable scratch-resistant lens coating. The camera’s DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) technology boasts a high refractive index and powerful aberration compensation capabilities. In addition, HR/HD (High Refractive Index & Dispersion) lenses are used to suppress chromatic aberration.

The Variable Macro System includes a Microscope Mode that can capture subjects just 1 cm away from the end of the lens at a focal length of 100 mm. The lens magnifies subjects up to 44.5x with Super Resolution Zoom. To ensure macro shots are clear, the TG-4 uses a Focus Stacking mode to capture eight different shots continuously while shifting the focus from the foreground to the background. Then, focused areas are extracted and merged to produce a single photo with maximum depth of field.

Share images instantly by configuring the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi in seconds. Simply scan the QR code displayed on the camera’s screen with an iOS  or Android  smart device. On subsequent Wi-Fi activations, the camera automatically connects to your smartphone or tablet. Using the Olympus Image Share (OI.Share) app, you can upload images to social networks, display a Live View from the camera, and control the Tough TG-4 remotely all from your smart device.

The camera’s on-board GPS can be used to display and record landmark information with every shot.  This next-generation system pinpoints your location in under 10 seconds via multiple satellite systems, and the Olympus Image Track (OI.Track) app includes GPS data when sharing and uploading images and video from your smart device. In addition, the TG-4’s multifunction e.Compass provides barometric pressure, altitude, and water depth as it displays direction.

A first for the Tough line, the TG-4 boasts RAW shooting as well as AF Target selection. Advanced users can – using the included software, Olympus Viewer 3 – fine tune exposure, contrast, white balance and colour balance when editing RAW images. With AF Target selection, use the arrow pad to set your preferred focus area to enhance focusing accuracy. Simply frame the shot, select the focus point, and capture your subject.

Additional new features include two custom modes (C1 and C2) on the mode dial for instant access to favourite settings. Capture beautiful night scenes, star trails, and cityscapes with the new Live Composite feature. The brightest areas from multiple sequentially shot images are extracted and composited to capture stunning light displays. The new Underwater HDR corrects colour tones and changes the exposure while shooting multiple images to create an underwater HDR photo with enhanced light and shadow.

The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 will be available in black and red beginning in May; estimated street price is $399.99.

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