Waterproof/rugged cameras
Olympus Stylus TG-4 Camera

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Stylus TG-4
A 16-megapixel camera from Olympus with a 2.9-inch LCD, 4x optical zoom, an image stabilizer and manual controls.
Description
A 16-megapixel camera from Olympus with a 2.9-inch LCD, 4x optical zoom, an image stabilizer and manual controls.

Ratings Scorecard

Test Results

Image quality

Image quality

Combines several tests, including regular photos, low-light photos, and flash photos as well as color tests, among others.

 /  5
Ease of use

Ease of use

Ease of use is our evaluation of the camera's controls, manual, response time and focusing.

 /  5
Video quality

Video quality

Video quality mostly reflects footage shot in regular and low light, with audio quality also considered.

 /  5
LCD quality

LCD quality

LCD quality is a judgment of images viewed under a number of lighting conditions.

 /  5
Flash photos

Flash photos

Flash photos tests the quality of the built-in flash's light output and evenness of illumination.

 /  5
Image stabilization

Image stabilization

Image stabilization is our evaluation of the camera's ability to compensate for handheld shake.

 /  5
Megapixels

Megapixels

Megapixels is the number of pixels, in millions, on the sensor.

 /  5
Weight

Weight

Weight is with battery, memory card, and strap.

 /  5

About

The Olympus Stylus TG-4 is part of the Cameras test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, Waterproof/rugged cameras models like the Stylus TG-4 are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.

Image quality Combines several tests, including regular photos, low-light photos, and flash photos as well as color tests, among others.

Ease of use Ease of use is our evaluation of the camera's controls, manual, response time and focusing.

Video quality Video quality mostly reflects footage shot in regular and low light, with audio quality also considered.

Features

Viewfinder

Viewfinder

This optical device allows you to look through an eyepiece to frame the subject before taking a picture.

No
Manual focus

Manual focus

Digital cameras provide greater depth of field than cameras with longer focal-length lenses, such as 35 mm or APS cameras; therefore, manual focusing will rarely be needed. It's not even possible to do on some cameras. Manual focus options vary; a few cameras provide a continuously adjustable manual focus ring, others only a limited number of discrete focus distance settings.

No
Exposure compensation

Exposure compensation

Allows for minor adjustments to the automatic-exposure settings. When a scene has high contrast, as in a backlit scene, automatic exposure may not achieve the effect you want. It helps to be able to alter the settings so that the subject of the photo does not appear too dark or too light.

Yes
Touch screen

Touch screen

Touch screen indicates touch capability on the LCD.

No
Image stabilization type

Image stabilization type

An image stabilizer compensates for handheld camera shake. Optical (in the lens) and mechanical (in the camera body) image stabilizers are the best types to use, although some cameras include simulated stabilization, which is considered a less effective type than the others.

Mechanical
Macro focus

Macro focus

This is a setting that allows you to take extreme close-ups, from a few inches to only 1 or 2 feet away from the subject. test

Yes
Manual controls

Manual controls

Some cameras allow the user to set the aperture (f-stop), shutter speed, or (usually) both. This feature is used to override the automatic exposure settings when more control is needed. During a sporting event for example, you may want to use a high shutter speed to freeze the action. Or, you may want to use a low shutter speed to blur moving objects (like a waterfall) while keeping stationary objects sharp. Using shallow depths of field can be used to blur the background of photos while keeping the foreground in focus. Typically up/down arrow keys are used to change settings displayed on the LCD or in the viewfinder. These controls are not as easy to use as on conventional film cameras.

No
Eyeglasses

Eyeglasses

Denotes cameras with a viewfinder diopter adjustment, which allows some eyeglass wearers to take off their glasses when using the camera.

No

Specs

Maximum aperture

Maximum aperture

The maximum aperture (lens opening) for wide and telephoto shots. A single number indicates that the camera does not have a zoom lens.

f 2-4.9
Shutter speed range

Shutter speed range

Shutter speed controls the length of time that the camera lets in light to expose the camera's sensor. This specification shows the range of selectable shutter speeds by defining the minimum and maximum shutter speeds.

1/2 - 1/2000
Optical zoom

Optical zoom

Optical zoom is the maximum magnification of the lens.

4
35mm equivalent zoom ratio

35mm equivalent zoom ratio

All digital camera manufacturers publish this "35mm equivalent" focal length simply because people are used to hearing it and knowing what kind of image a 28mm lens produces compared to a 50mm lens.

25-100
LCD size

LCD size

Digital cameras have a small liquid-crystal display (LCD) screen on the back so you can see the images and decide which to keep. You can also use the LCD to help frame photos, but that's a sure way to run down the battery in a hurry. Most LCD screens are too dim for viewing clearly in sunlight. Many cameras also use the screen for displaying menus and camera settings. It is desirable to have both an LCD display and a viewfinder with an eyepiece.

2.9
AA batteries

AA batteries

Indicates whether the camera accepts AA batteries. This options allows you to use disposable or rechargeable batteries.

No

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