Olympus announces new outdoor and underwater camera

TG-4_BLK_LEFT-SIDEedit It's a field that's both enticing but worrying if you don't have the right equipment. Underwater photography allows you to capture the stunning life that exists in the ocean, or you may even endeavour to stage a shoot underwater featuring people.

It can be a bit daunting submerging your precious equipment, but with Olympus's new Stylus Tough TG-4, they assure us that this is a concern of the past. The Stylus Tough TG-4 is waterproof (to 15m), dust-proof, shockproof (2.1m), crush-proof (100kgf), as well as freeze-proof (-10°  Celsius).

It's got RAW file recording capability incorporated and you're able to capture the underwater world in a way that is closer to what you'd see with the naked eye thanks to the new UW HDR shooting mode that makes sure shadows, highlights, and contrasts are clearly captured when images are taken in normal light — these aspects are often lost. The F2.0 zoom lens enables you to capture clear images in natural light, even if it is night, and the new live-composite shooting mode is great for long exposures.

There are plenty of tiny creatures and objects within the water world and even the smallest subjects can be shot with clarity due to the inclusion of the variable macro system (VMS). You've got a lens ranfe of 25–100mm with F2.0–4.7 aperture, and optional waterproof 0.74x fisheye lens (18.5mm), and 1.7x telephoto lens (170mm) that can be attached via a bayonet mount.

If your photography expeditions see you out in the rugged outdoors, shooting on land or underwater, the Stylus Tough TG-4 is definitely a camera to look into. The camera will be available in May and has an RRP of $579.