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Olympus TG-4 Brings RAW Photos to the Company’s Tough Compact Line

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Olympus has announced its new Stylus Tough TG-4 rugged compact camera. Like its predecessors, the outer shell of the camera is durable and perfect for outdoor and underwater purposes. The biggest improvement is on the inside, though: the TG-4 is the first camera in the Tough line to have the ability to capture RAW photos.

Photographers no longer need to settle for JPEG-only if they’d like an Olympus camera that’s designed for extreme durability. This feature gives them more flexibility in post-processing their photos, fine tuning things with greater flexibility.

The TG-4 is also the first Tough camera to feature AF Target selection. Users can use the arrow pad on the back of the camera to specify an area in the frame to focus on rather than relying entirely on the camera for focus selection. These two new features open the door to a new world of quality and composition.

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Durability-wise, the camera is waterproof down to 50 feet, crushproof to 220 pounds, shockproof from drops of up to 7 feet, freezeproof down to temperatures of 14°F, and dustproof. It’s “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,” Olympus says.

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Inside the camera is a 16 megapixel 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 100-6400. On the front of the camera is a 25-100mm (35mm equiv.) f/2.0 lens.

Other features include: macro mode, underwater HDR, Wi-Fi, GPS, two custom modes (C1 and C2) on the mode dial, and a nighttime Live Composite feature (for things like star trails and cityscapes).

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The Olympus TG-4 will be available starting in May 2015 in black and red versions with a price tag of $379.

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