The TG-4 is equipped with versatile shooting modes that let you capture high quality images even in challenging situations.
On the previous models, it was difficult to capture beautiful underwater photos without making full and detailed adjustments to camera settings. On the TG-4, Underwater Mode is added on the mode dial. Simply select from five different underwater settings to match the scene for beautiful underwater photos.
This mode is perfect for capturing snapshots of friends or other subjects under the surface of the water in a pool or while snorkeling in shallow water. The settings for each parameter are optimised so that the images are naturally reproduced even in shallow, bright waters.
Underwater Wide 1 mode is used for normal wide-angle underwater shooting. This mode optimises all settings, including the flash, autofocus, and white balance. All you need to do is to simply point the camera toward the subject and release the shutter. Beautiful wide-angle underwater shots are available for you.
Underwater Wide 2 mode disables the built-in flash to shoot with natural light only. This mode is good when you don't want to scare off underwater animals with the flash and in other underwater environments where the flash reflects off floating matter in the water, resulting in a noisy image. Because the preview screen is not displayed after each shot, you can continue shooting the dolphins or manta rays, so you don't miss the perfect moment.
This mode fine tunes settings for optimal close-up shooting of small subjects such as shrimp or gobies. Unlike on land, water, which carries various floating matter, flows between the camera and the subject, causing your photos to get cloudy. Also, reds especially tend to be absorbed by water, giving a bluish cast to shots. To counteract such obstacles of underwater photography, the flash is turned on when Underwater Macro is set. In order to get the most out of your flash, move up close to the subject, and let Underwater Macro help you in taking the perfect shot.
In this mode, the white balance is optimised for underwater shooting, and to dramatically recreate overly bright sections and dark shadows, the exposure is changed for each shot, and the shots are then merged to form a single image with a wide dynamic range.
The bright sections from multiple, sequentially shot images are extracted, and composited to form a single image. You can capture beautiful shots of city lights, stars, and light trails without having to perform any difficult operations.
When set to Microscope mode, the camera can capture subjects as close as 1cm. By combining the optical zoom and super resolution zoom or digital zoom, you can achieve surprising close-up photography as if you are viewing the subject through a microscope.
A wider shooting range than ever before
The shooting range for Microscope mode on the previous model, the TG-3, was from 1cm to 10cm, but the TG-4 has an expanded shooting range from 1cm to 30cm.
Microscope Control mode lets you switch magnification as if changing the objective lens of a microscope. On the rear display, you can confirm the magnification factor based on your subject being 1cm away, and use the arrow pad to change the magnification factor in steps from 1x to 2x and 4x. Also, just as in Super macro mode, the display magnification factor can be changed to a maximum of 44.4x with the zoom lever. (Optical zoom, Super Resolution zoom, and digital zoom are all used together.)
Focus Stacking mode merges differing degrees of depth of field so that the entire scene is in focus from the foreground to the background. The finished image is of high quality, perfect for prints. 1, 2
In macro shooting, results change drastically depending on where the focal point is placed. In Focus bracketing mode, the focal location is shifted slightly with each shot for up to 30 shots. This feature is convenient for when you're not sure where to focus. The amount of focal shift can be selected from three different options.2
This model is equipped with AF Target selection, a function that is convenient for macro shooting. Easily reposition the AF target frame to focus on the exact point you want.