One month after announcing its last model, Olympus Styulus SH-2, Olympus further expands its Stylus series and 'brings into play' a new Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4, while the Olympus Stylus 1s, which was announced at the end of the last year, but only for the Japanese market, will now be available in the US.
The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4, the latest rugged compact from the Tough line, offers modest improvements in relation to the predecessor Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3, and the most important of them is the RAW shooting capability, which makes the TG-4 the first model in the Tough series with this option. From its predecessor, the TG-4 inherited the same 16MP BSI CMOS sensor, a TruePic VII processor, a 25-100mm f/2.0-4.9 lens, a fixed 3" 460,000-dot LCD screen, and it also features Full HD 1080/30p video. Like the TG-3, the TG-4, too, boasts the Variable Macro System, which includes a Microscope Mode that enables capturing a subject just 1 cm away from the lens, and thanks to the Super Resolution Zoom, this lens brings superb 44x zoom.
The Olympus Tough TG-4 is resistant to all kinds of external stimuli - water, crushes, unfavorable weather conditions, low temperature, pressure, as well as dust. It is waterproof to 50 ft/15m, crushproof to 220 lbs/100kgf, shockproof to 7 ft/2.1m, and freezeproof to 14°F/-10°C. As for noteworthy features, the TG-4 sports built-in Wi-Fi (for easy online image transferring via a smart device), GPS, the HDR mode (for shooting underwater), as well as the Live Composite mode (for capturing scenes in low light).
As for the Olympus Stylus 1s, the same could be said as in the case of the Olympus Tough TG-4 - it also kept most characteristics from its predecessor Olympus Stylus 1, among which are a 12MP 1/1.7" BSI CMOS sensor, a TruePic VI processor, a 28-300mm f/2.8 lens, a tiltable 3" 1,040,000-dot LCD screen, a 1,440,000-dot electronic viewfinder, as well as built-in Wi-Fi. As far as the innovations are concerned, the Stylus 1s offers a redesigned grip, a BLS-50 battery (which brings improved autonomy), a Small AF Target mode (which brings focus of pinpoint accuracy), a time-lapse mode, as well as the Step Zoom, which brings 9 preset zoom positions.
The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-4 will be available in black and red, and it will hit the stores next month at a price of $379. On the other hand, the Olympus Stylus 1s will come in black, priced at $699, and it will set foot on the American soil during April.