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Olympus’ TG-4 Review: 16 MP Waterproof Digital Camera

Olympus’ Wi-Fi enabled digital camera convinced this die-hard iPhone photo taker to use a real camera on a recent trip.

Olympus’ TG-4 16 MP Waterproof Digital Camera Review

Price and Where to Buy the Olympus’ TG-4: At the time of publication, the camera was $347.99 on Amazon.


  • 16 Megapixels means great photo quality
  • Shoots video in full HD 1080p with just one touch of a button
  • Waterproof for up to 50 feet
  • Crushproof to up to 220lbs
  • Shockproof for up to 7 foot drops
  • Freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Point and shoot and easy for everyone to use
  • Cool settings like ones for nighttime photography and ones to give subjects “smooth skin”
  • Wifi is super easy to set up and makes transferring photos a breeze


  • Despite having an almost full battery charge, the camera indicated that it had no power and refused to turn on when we brought it on a cold nighttime tour. Once we had the camera back and warmed up in our hotel, it started working again
  • You have to be really careful when immersing the TG-4 in water, as there are multiple latches and points where the camera can leak (that can be compromised by a grain of sand)

How the Olympus’ TG-4 Rates:

  • Usefulness: 10/10. We love sharing our travel snaps via social media, which is why we usually resort to our iPhone. The built-in Wifi sets up in seconds on this camera (just scan a QR code with your smartphone) and you can easily transfer photos between the two. The photo quality is obviously much better on the TG-4 than on a phone, and it was great being able to get the camera wet.
  • Value: 7/10. This is a decent price for a WiFi-enabled digital camera, but you do need to buy additional accessories (like a teleconverter and an underwater housing for deeper dives) to really unlock the full potential.
  • Portability: 9/10. At 8.07 ounces, the TG-4 is very light for a waterproof digital camera. Plus, it’s ruggedness makes it easy to bring along on all your adventures.
  • Cool Factor: 10/10. Your clear underwater snaps will turn out very cool with this camera!

Final Verdict: If you’re a photography newbie looking to improve your travel snapshot game, the TG-4 is a great step up from your smartphone.

Caroline is always on the lookout for cool new travel gear. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram .

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By Caroline Morse Teel

Unfortunately for her bank account, Principal Editor Caroline Morse Teel is powerless to resist a good flight deal. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

Caroline joined Boston-based SmarterTravel in 2011 after living in Ireland, London, and Manhattan. She's traveled to all seven continents, jumped out of planes, and bungeed off bridges in the pursuit of a good story. She loves exploring off-the-beaten path destinations, anything outdoorsy, and all things adventure.

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