During the era of film I had a specialty camera just for bad weather, riots, or just about any place a camera could be damaged. That camera was the Nikon Nikonos II. Yes I did, on occasion, use the camera at the beach in the surf. But that wasn’t my reason for buying the camera. Tough times was the primary reason.
Turns out many photographers did the same thing.
That was then. Today in the digital era we have many, many, options for a camera than can replace the Nikonos. And they’re much better at the toughness stuff.
My choice was the Olympus TG-4. I’ve only had it for a couple of days but so far so good. For a point-and-shoot it’s fast. Focus, shoot, done (Single frame mode.) Say that last sentence as fast as you can and you still wouldn’t keep up with the TG-4.
It cost $300. List price is $375. Retail price $349. More on this in a moment.
Yes the picture is from the TG-4.
I’ve only used the camera twice and I really need a couple of weeks with the camera before I can give Yes or No but if you need a rugged little camera for those times when you just may, drop your camera in the water, or the ground and the camera needs to fit in your back pocket and be light weight but well built then take a look at Olympus TG-4.
I suggest before you buy any camera you go to their web site and download the manual for that camera. It’s usually in their Support section. If they don’t make the manual available for the camera then maybe you don’t want that camera. Manuals are usually in PDF format.
You can learn a lot about a product from the manual. Crappy manual means crappy product.
Where did I get this gem for $300? Answer: There is a new website, Greentoe. What you do is make an offer for a product and they go to the various retail stores with your offer and just maybe someone will accept your price. That’s what happened to me. When I put in an offer of $300 for a Olympus TG-4 I really didn’t expect anyone to accept it. But in lass than 24 hours I got a reply from Greentoe that a store had accepted my offer.
My only complaint with Greentoe was after they took my money I never got a confirmation from them. They went completely quiet. I didn’t even know who actually took my money. I needed to go online to my bank to find out where the money went.
I then emailed the camera store that took the money to find out what was going on. Lucky for me there was someone who answered my email seriously and promptly and actually told me the camera would ship that day. Good for them.
Never heard from Greentoe until after the camera shipped.
For most of us we use Amazon or B&H and we’re used to constant updates when we purchase anything. Greentoe not so mush.
Relief. For a time there I thought maybe I got setup by a con.
Note: Greentoe actually asked that we do not expose the name of the retail store. Maybe, maybe not. I haven’t decided yet on that request.
About the top Picture: It is unedited. I used the Sports Scene mode. The exposure was 1/640 sec at f/8. Focal length of 4.5mm. ISO 200.
This version of the picture involved just cropping and leveling.
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