First Impressions: Olympus Tough TG-4

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For years, many of us photographers have asked for a Tough camera (or waterproof) that can shoot RAW. Today, Olympus is announcing the answer to that problem with the Olympus Tough TG-4–but there is quite the caveat.

With a super wide angle lens that starts at f2 and ends up at f4.9 at the most telephoto end, the Tough TG-4 also sports WiFi integration, Aperture Priority, Program Auto mode, can display lots of info about the environment around you, has an integrated compass, and of course it’s quite tough. This camera has withstand 220lbs of force, can go down to 50 feet, can fall 7 feet, and can function down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit.

Yes, it still has a small sensor. But while that doesn’t bug us that much, we’re completely puzzled as to why Olympus didn’t give the camera a full manual control mode.

No, we’re not kidding.

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