Olympus has announced a new flagship rugged compact, the Stylus Tough TG-4. It offers modest improvements over its TG-3 predecessor, namely Raw shooting capability. It offers what seems likely to be the same 16MP BSI CMOS sensor as the previous model, as well as a 25-100mm equivalent f/2.0-4.9 zoom lens. It's waterproof to 50 ft/15m, crushproof to 220 lbs/100kgf, shockproof to 7 ft/2.1m and freezeproof to 14° F/-10° C. Other features include an underwater HDR mode, Live Composite mode, and built-in Wi-Fi and GPS.

The TG-4 will be available in May for $379.99 in the US and $399.99 in Canada.


Press release:

OLYMPUS STYLUS TOUGH® TG-4: THE ULTIMATE COMPACT CAMERA FOR THE LIMITLESS ADVENTURER

High-Speed f2.0 Lens, Rugged Performance, RAW Capture, Variable Macro System, Built-in Wi-Fi® and GPS, Full HD Video, Underwater HDR, Live Composite Technology, AF Target Selection

CENTER VALLEY, PA., April 13, 2015 — Olympus expands outdoor shooting and sharing capabilities with the latest member of the Tough family, the Stylus Tough® TG-4. The successor to the Stylus Tough TG-3, this camera boasts improved performance for crisp and clear images in even the most extreme conditions, with a high-speed f2.0 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 Tough TG-4 excels in extreme conditions. The camera is waterproof to 50 feet (15 m), crushproof to 220 pounds (100kgf), shockproof from 7 feet (2.1 m), freezeproof down to 14°F (-10℃), and dustproof, making it the ultimate outdoor camera for worry-free shooting, from the slopes to underwater to a variety of other harsh environments that most other cameras can’t endure.

The high-speed f2.0 lens allows for high-quality images with reduced blur, perfect for capturing fast action or shooting in low-light conditions. The large 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 wide-angle 25mm to a telephoto 100mm, the optimal range for adventure photography, 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 a single lens. 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 100mm. The lens magnifies subjects up to 44.5x with Super Resolution Zoom. To ensure macro shots are as clear as ever, the Olympus Stylus Tough 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 Tough TG-4’s multifunction e.Compass provides barometric pressure, altitude, and water depth as it displays direction.

For the first time in Olympus’ Tough line, the Tough TG-4 boasts RAW shooting for maximum resolution capture as well as AF Target selection. Advanced users can expand the possibilities of creativity by using the included software, Olympus Viewer 3, to fine tune exposure, contrast, white balance and color balance when editing RAW images. AF Target selection allows for more convenient shooting. 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 on the Tough TG-4 include two custom modes (C1 and C2) on the mode dial for instant access to your favorite 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. For underwater adventurers, the new Underwater HDR corrects color tones and changes the exposure while shooting multiple images to create an underwater HDR photo. This feature creates vivid underwater scenes with enhanced light and shadow.

New to the accessories line-up is the Sport Holder CSCH-123 (sold separately), which can be used to secure the Tough TG-4 to a backpack or belt and easily remove it with a single hand. The Sport Holder includes a carabineer and spiral cord to secure the camera and prevent drops and falls. For ultimate underwater protection, the Underwater Case PT-056 (sold separately) is pressure-resistant down to 45m, featuring a black coating on the polycarbonate body to prevent light beam leakage.

U.S. Pricing and Availability
The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 will be available in black and red beginning in May 2015.

Estimated Street Price: $379.99 (US), $399.99 (Canada). 

Olympus Tough TG-4 Specifications

Price
MSRP$379
Body type
Body typeCompact
Body materialAluminum
Sensor
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
ProcessorTruePic VII
Color spacesRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
Image
ISOAuto, 100-6400
Boosted ISO (maximum)12800
White balance presets5
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Uncompressed formatRAW
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
  • Raw (ORF)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)25–100 mm
Optical zoom4×
Maximum apertureF2–4.9
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes (LED lamp)
Digital zoomYes (4x)
Normal focus range10 cm (3.94)
Macro focus range1 cm (0.39)
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots460,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT-LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed4 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
Exposure modes
  • iAuto
  • Program Auto
  • Aperture Priority
  • Underwater
  • Microscope
  • Scene
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • E-Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Interval
  • Live Composite
  • Handheld Star Light
  • Night Scene
  • Night + Portrait
  • Sport
  • Indoor
  • Self Portrait
  • Sunset
  • Fireworks
  • Cuisine
  • Documents
  • Beach & Snow
  • Snow
  • Panorama
  • Backlight Hdr
  • Under Water
  • Under Water Snapshot
  • Under Water Wide1
  • Under Water Wide2
  • Under Water Macro
  • Under Water Hdr
  • Micro Scope
  • Focus Stacking
  • Focus Bkt
  • Microscope Control
Built-in flashYes
Flash range7.90 m (at ISO 1600)
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, redeye reduction, fill-in, off, LED
Continuous drive5.0 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 12 sec, custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±2 (3 frames at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (30p), 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatH.264, Motion JPEG
Videography notesHigh speed up to 480 fps + interval timer
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal Memory
Storage included55MB
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (micro HDMI)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Remote controlYes (via smartphone)
Physical
Environmentally sealedYes (waterproof to 15m, shockproof to 2.1m, crushproof to 100kgf, freezeproof to -10C)
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLI-92B lithium-ion battery & USB power adapter
Battery Life (CIPA)380
Weight (inc. batteries)247 g (0.54 lb / 8.71 oz)
Dimensions112 x 66 x 31 mm (4.41 x 2.6 x 1.22)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes
GPSBuilt-in
GPS noteswith GLONASS, e-compass, landmarks