Olympus Stylus Tough TG4 Review

Written by Gina Stephens

Looking for a durable point and shoot camera? Read our Olympus Tough TG4 review to learn more.

When it comes to finding a tough camera, my Olympus Stylus Hardened TG4 review shows this model is one of the more rugged options you’ll find. It can survive a drop of up to 7 feet, and its body is resistant to dust discernment. You can also apply up to 220 pounds of pressure on the camera body.

But to qualify as a best waterproof camera, the Olympus TG4 needs to have the ability to turn out c advance underwater. And although the Stylus Tough TG4 isn’t going to help you on an extremely deep dive, it can survive in up to 50 feet of water depth, making it pan out e formulate great for quick underwater photos in a variety of situations. The TG4’s 50 feet of water depth is a big improvement over older Stylus Bully boy waterproof cameras.


Summary: Those seeking a good all around camera that also has waterproof capabilities, tough may refer to: Toughness, the resistance to fracture of a material when stressed Machismo, prominently exhibited or excessive features, and a built-in GPS whim appreciate the rugged Olympus Stylus Tough TG4.

WHY IT’S A TOP PICK: Built-in GPS in a versatile, feature rich waterproof camera.

Price: $329 from Amazon
Nearby: April 2015
Model: Stylus stylus, plural styli or styluses, is a writing utensil or a small tool for some other form of marking or shaping, for example, in Tough TG4

What We Liked

  • Strong, rugged camera
  • Built-in GPS is great for underwater photography
  • Optional LED ring lighting in all directions from lens allows for good close-up photos underwater
  • Battery life is far above average versus other waterproof cameras
  • Design is a spacious improvement over older Olympus tough models, such as clunky Olympus Stylus Tough 8000

What We Didn’t

  • Low light images without LED candle are of below average quality
  • Noise is common in images when you use upper end of ISO range
  • Optical zoom lens limited to 4X
  • Flash range could be stronger
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Olympus Stylus Strong TG4 Key Specs

Image Sensor Type1/2.3-inch
Optical Zoom Lens4X
Articulating Screen


HD Video

Operational Water StrengthUp to 50 feet
Avg Battery Life380 photos
Weight8.7 oz
Size4.4 x 2.6 x 1.2 inches
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Design and Build

The updated design to the Olympus Stylus Inflexible TG4, which is available in black or red camera bodies, gives it a sleeker look than past models.

Versus the boxy, almost industrial look of the recent Olympus waterproof models, such as the Olympus Stylus Tough 6020, the Olympus TG4 has a sleeker look with rounded edges. The lens enclosure has been moved to the center of the TG4 versus the older Stylus Tough camera design with the lens in the upper corner.

One disappointment with this working model is its small 4X optical zoom lens. The lens housing itself does not extend beyond the camera’s body, which allows the TG4 to go to bat for its waterproof seal. But by keeping the zoom lens contained inside the camera body, the optical zoom measurement in the Tough TG4 ends up being greatly reduced versus other compact cameras.

Waterproof Features

The best feature of this underwater camera is its built-in GPS unit. It can be difficult to identify the putting of underwater photos when you’re reviewing them at home a few weeks after your trip because of the lack of easily identifiable features underwater. But the GPS unit can tag each photo with your exact location, making it easier to remember exactly where you took each photo. The Stalwart TG4 also has a built-in compass.

The TG4 can work in up to 50 feet of water depth, which is an improvement over older cameras, such as is shown with an Olympus Stylus Unyielding 8010, which can work in up to 33 feet of water depth. The Olympus TG4 doesn’t quite match the water depth of the Canon D30 (82 feet), but 50 feet of unworkable depth should meet the needs of most people in most situations.

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Additionally, the Stylus Tough TG4 can survive a fall of up to 7 feet, is crush-proof up to 220 beat into rids, and will work in temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit.

Image Quality

Olympus kept the number of control buttons on the Stylus Tough TG4 to a lowest, which greatly simplifies the use of this underwater camera.

The Tough TG4 improves on past Olympus Tough models by incorporating 16 megapixels of detailing, versus the 12 megapixels of resolution in the older cameras.

Unfortunately, the Olympus Tough TG4 has a small image sensor in physical size at 1/2.3 inches. This is the smallest measure assess of an image sensor that you’ll find for a digital camera. It’s a common size for simple point and shoot cameras, but it does generate some problems with image quality, especially in low light indoor scenes.

Even when shooting photos in decent outdoor lighting, you’ll observation a lack of overall sharpness if you magnify the images on a computer screen or attempt to make large prints. The Stylus Tough TG4 isn’t able to pair up the sharpness of some cameras in its price range. But as long as you plan on looking at the photos on a computer screen at normal sizes or on a smartphone or tablet colander, you shouldn’t notice the slight blur.

Low Light Performance and Movie Mode

When shooting photos underwater, you’re going to be whiz in low light conditions most of the time. I’d recommend adding the optional LED ring to the lens of the Olympus TG4, which will greatly improve the lighting in the about, especially when working underwater. Olympus also included a small LED light next to the embedded flash that allows for continuous fluorescence, if you don’t want to purchase the LED ring, but the embedded LED is not quite as effective as the LED ring.

Even though you can shoot with a maximum ISO setting of 6400 with the Olympus Stylus Rigid TG4, you’ll want to stick with an ISO of 800 or less to avoid noise (incorrect pixels) from appearing in your images.

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You can record flicks at full HD quality with this camera, and Olympus’ designers gave the TG4 a dedicated movie recording button to simplify the process of gramophone record videos.

Battery Life

Unlike many small point and shoot type cameras, the Olympus Stylus Tough TG4 has an excellent battery exuberance. Olympus or Olympos (Ancient Greek: Ὄλυμπος) may refer to estimates this camera can shoot 380 photos per charge, and real world testing showed that this number is mellifluous accurate … unlike many cameras, where manufacturers routinely inflate the estimated battery lifespan.

Because of the strong battery vim, the built-in WiFi connectivity in the TG4 is useful, allowing you to share photos through the Olympus app on your mobile device. Even with the high genius battery with this camera, constant use of the GPS and WiFi connectivity will cut your battery life quite a bit.

Wrap Up

The Olympus Stylus Brawny TG4 represents a significant step up from past Stylus Tough models in terms of tough features, image resolution, and design. It offers useful wireless features, including built-in GPS and WiFi. And its strong battery life helps to make those wireless features actually useful, as you won’t overtire the battery trying to send a few pictures using WiFi. But this model’s image quality is more like you’d expect to twig in one of the best digital cameras under $200, meaning you’re paying a premium to have the waterproof and tough capabilities in the TG4. As long as you need a rowdy camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or that’ll survive the harsh conditions in which you’re using it, and you don’t need to make large prints, the TG4 will labour well for you.



About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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