Olympus TG-4 summary
Olympus TG-4 is Olympus's Waterproof digital camera initially released on April of 2015. It uses a 16 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4608 x 3456.
Olympus introduced this model in order to replace the earlier Olympus TG-3 (Read Full Comparison) & afterwards introduced the fresher Olympus TG-5 (Read Full Comparison) in order to update this camera.
The TG-4 ranks at #5 out of 74 in Waterproof cameras & over-all #497 out of 1428 for digital cameras in our list. Please try our Advanced camera finder to get camera ratings based on your customized factors.
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Olympus TG-4 history
The Olympus TG-4 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can view the full range below.
Olympus TG-4 Gallery
You can check the TG-4 from several angles in the gallery here.
Olympus TG-4 Pros and Cons
Below is a collection of advantages and disadvantages of the Olympus TG-4 based on aspects that are usually regarded as essential in a digital camera.
Olympus TG-4 Sensor specifications
The Olympus TG-4 is powered by the TruePic VII processor. The dimension of the sensor in the Olympus TG-4 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Sensor stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter might produce cropping.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
The BSI-CMOS sensor has 16 megapixels and supports a standard ISO range of 100 - 6400. RAW format is supported therefore the user has wider room to maneuver in post.
The image below displays the TG-4's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The TG-4 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.
Olympus TG-4 dimensions
Olympus TG-4 weighs in at 0.54 pounds (247 gr / 8.71 ounces) & has outer measurements of 112mm x 66mm x 31mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.2"). The weight of average Waterproof camera is 196 gr so the Olympus TG-4 is weightier in comparison with various rivals.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The following is a photo of the Olympus TG-4 next to a soda so you can get a sense of its scale.
The top view here will illustrate the button design on the TG-4.
Olympus TG-4 Lens specifications
The TG-4 has got a built-in lens and it has a focal range of 25-100mm giving it a 4.0 x zoom which isn't really very good however it is likely to be handy in some conditions.
At the widest 25mm, the lens comes with an aperture of f2.0 and that's wonderful for low light occasions and getting good bokeh. It would also allow you to set a much lower ISO for getting crisper images. For the tele end, 100mm comes at f4.9 which is very slow and you would need to choose slower shutter speeds.
Olympus TG-4 Connectivity
The TG-4 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- Wireless Yes
- HDMI Yes
- GPS Yes
Digital cameras that consist of NFC and / or Bluetooth support are able to be used wirelessly with smartphones. You will be able to copy images and usually alter settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.
Several applications even stream a Liveview and release the shutter whenever you are not near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external display. Most cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack through the USB port.
Olympus TG-4 Video specifications
The highest possible video resolution in the Olympus TG-4 is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in H.264 and Motion JPEG file format. 1080p resolution will provide a decent balance between video quality and file sizes but 1080p is not going to leave you with any room to downsample. The camera does not offer a microphone and / or headphone socket which means that you get little control over the sound. It is perhaps best to have a look at another camera should you want better sound for your videos.
Olympus TG-4 Weather Sealing
Olympus TG-4 comes with weather proofing making it a excellent selection for use during challenging places. This is particularly valuable when you are not sure about the elements you may encounter during outdoor photography.
Olympus TG-4 Screen and Viewfinder
The Olympus TG-4 houses a 3 inch fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 460 thousand dots.
Please note that the display has no touch support.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The View Finder specifications for Olympus TG-4 are below:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders can be very beneficial during bright outdoor situations which can easily make the camera screen washed out and hard to see.
Olympus TG-4 Shutter specifications
Olympus TG-4 continuous shooting speed is 5.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000s.
Olympus TG-4 Flash and Hot shoe specifications
Olympus TG-4 comes with only inbuilt flash with no external flash support.
Olympus TG-4 Autofocusing specifications
Olympus TG-4 comes with just Contrast Based Autofocus & lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is more snappier & exact in comparison with Contrast Based focusing. The camera boasts Face detection making it valuable for portrait photography.
The Sensor boasts 25 focus points to choose from. It also features Tracking Autofocus for objects that move. Olympus TG-4 can use manual focusing in case it is needed during low light or you require more accurate focusing control.
Olympus TG-4 Battery life
The battery life (LI-92B) for the Olympus TG-4 is built to last for 380 photographs with respect to the CIPA measurements making it above average when compared to its category. The average Waterproof camera battery life is 274. Olympus TG-4 offers the best (380) battery life within this category of cameras.
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Olympus TG-4 for various types of photography
The following chart provides a rundown of the Olympus TG-4 for various types of photography. To look at more, go to the specific paragraph below.
Olympus TG-4 Portrait photography advice
The Olympus TG-4 gets a rating of 48 which is modest, and means the camera is reasonably suited to use for portrait images. Taking portrait images favors greatly towards sensor specs, RAW support & flexibility to use off-camera flash.
Olympus TG-4 Street photography features
With a above average rating of 65, the Olympus TG-4 is a fine fit to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera offers a fine balance of picture quality plus portability.
Olympus TG-4 as a Sports photography camera
A modest sports photography points total of 48 means the Olympus TG-4 is fairly acceptable for taking photos of sports. A camera must have very good tracking plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.
Olympus TG-4 Travel photography factors
Size is super critical in choosing a camera for travel. Over-all, the Olympus TG-4 gets a above average 74 for a travel camera which makes it a respectable pick for your journeys.
Olympus TG-4 Landscape photography highlights
When you're planning to purchase a camera for landscape photos, the most essential aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Olympus TG-4 and it's very good score of 63 as a landscape camera is a fine fit in the current market.
Olympus TG-4 as a Vlogging camera
A vlogging camera really should posses a moving screen, microphone input and preferably image stabilization. Considering every thing, the Olympus TG-4 is simply not good as a vlog camera as it delivers a subpar rating of 34.
Olympus TG-4 Alternatives
If you need replacements to the TG-4, below is a collection of the top placed cameras that fall within the class of Waterproof.
The line chart underneath shows you a summary of the TG-4 compared to it's top scoring rivals suggested previously.
Following are additional cameras you may see as alternatives. To read through a comprehensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.