I’m not a fan of small point-and-shoots. Using the small screen on the back is not an ideal way to take pictures. The picture above is an example. I could barely see the image on the screen so I was guessing I had the photo I wanted. Almost had it.
I didn’t buy the Olympus TG-4 for everyday use but for when taking out a $1000 plus camera wasn’t going to happen. Like in rain. Like into the beach surf. Like into a angry crowd. You get the picture.
The TG-4 was selected because it’s designed for just those situations and it outputs a RAW file. I believe it’s the only point-and-shoot that does.
It’s easy to hold. When taking pictures it is fast. I can click away and be assured I will get all the pictures. It’s as fast as my DSLR when shooting.
Only problem is seeing what you are shooting. Gotta’ work on my shooting style. I use photo-gray glasses outdoors and this has added to the problem of seeing the image in the screen. Take the glasses off and I can’t focus on the screen unless I hold the camera at full arms length then I can’t see anything on the screen anyway.
But I bought the TG-4 to use in the rain and when it’s raining the Sun is missing and the screen is very easy to see. So let it rain.
But viewing the screen not the biggest problem. Because I’m cheap and I do not use Photoshop I refuse to pay $10 a month for Lightroom. After 8 months I’m paying more than the upgrade cost is for the non-CC version. And because I came to the conclusion that version 6 of Lightroom didn’t give any improvements that I thought were necessary I have’t upgraded.
Then I bought the TG-4. RAW support for the TG-4 is in version 6 of Lightroom. So whats a photographer to do to get the TG-4 RAW files into Lightroom.
How about jump through hoops? At first I was converting the TG-4 RAW files into TIFF using the Olympus utility. Then importing the TIFFs into Lightroom. Outputing then to DNG files followed by importing the DNG files into Lightroom and deleting the TIFF files.
I shortened the process by outputing the DNG to the same folder that the TIFFs were in then deleting the TIFFs and Syncing the folder.
Then I actually got smarter, only by a fraction but still smarter, and searched the Internet for a DNG converter utility. Of course ADOBE had one and it was free and supports TG-4 RAW files.
So now, once I move the RAW files from the SD card I use the DNG utility to convert TG-4 RAW to DNG and then import them into Lightroom. Done.
I have kept all the TG-4 RAW files on a backup drive so if I ever decide to import them into a future version of Lightroom.
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