Olympus TG-4 Field Test
Olympus TG-4 Field Test Part I
Whistler wind and rain prove no match for TG-4
I recently traveled to Whistler, British Columbia to test Olympus's newest entry in their Tough series of waterproof and rugged cameras, the TG-4. The Olympus TG Tough series of cameras has a long history (Olympus TG-1, TG-2, TG-3) in the waterproof market and this newest camera is an appealing choice, for a number of reasons.
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Shooting with the TG-4
In the midst of a flurry of activities and competition for our time from the new Olympus 8mm fisheye and 7-14mm zoom lens, I got some solid shooting in with the TG-4. I generally had a good time with the TG-4 and was able to pry my hands from the E-M5 Mark II long enough to put the TG-4 through its paces.
Olympus TG-4 Field Test Part II
Rugged TG-4 makes few compromises, delivers good image quality
The Olympus TG-4 was named our "Best Rugged Camera" in our 2015 Camera of the Year Awards for good reason. It is not just incredibly rugged and solidly-built, but it is capable of capturing impressive images. The TG-4 also includes a wide array of features that make it an excellent value, too.
A rugged camera with a good user experience
I found the TG-4 to handle quite well out in the field. Being a tough camera, it needs to be well-sealed and rugged. This could have led to aspects of the camera body that might make it feel uncomfortable or awkward to operate, but this is not the case with the TG-4. Many of the controls are easily-accessible and feel good to use, although the directional pad does feel a bit cramped.