Travel/Documentary Camera


I have no regrets relative to my current cameras.  I rarely use the iPhone 6, but even it under the right conditions takes pictures.  I do use the iPhone, but there are not many times that I would choose to use it to take pictures.  The Olympus TG-4 is the camera I have had for the longest time and is the one I reach for when I want a camera with me and I’m not carrying my Fujifilm X-Pro2.  I really like the ruggedness and size and weight of the TG-4.  In addition, I have found that I can make images with it that I like … see the previous post for some examples.

I don’t use either of these cameras when I’m making pictures for others or when I want the best quality I can make.  I use my X-Pro2 in those cases.  The gray area is when I am traveling.  Since I haven’t flown anywhere since I started using the X-Pro2, I’m not sure if I would take it when I need to go light.  At the moment, I’m starting to think about an upcoming car trip I’m taking to WV next week.  They are forecasting 4-8 inches of snow on Sunday with cold and wet weather for the rest of the week.  I had planned to take my X-Pro2 with the 23mm and 35mm lenses.  Since they are all weather resistant, I’m not concerned about using them in the weather, but do I need to take them?  This isn’t a photo trip and I don’t expect to have the time or opportunity to take many pictures.  Do I dare just take the TG-4?

Let me be clear before you buy this camera and are disappointed in your images.  When I use the TG-4 to make jpeg images, I then work with them in Lightroom to enhance them.  Take a look at the following example.  I took this picture in a parking lot.


I made it at full zoom which should be an equivalent 100mm.  Note that it is not clear, etc. and that it wasn’t straight.  I then straightened it and cropped it and converted it to B&W to get the following after some other tweaking.


Here is another example.  This one was not made through a window.  The apparent haze comes with the lens.


The following is how it looked after I worked on it.


These images are OK for displaying on the web or even printing if not too large.  Distant images made with this camera tend to fall apart if you examine the individual pixels.  They lose detail, so I mostly only use the camera to make images of closer scenes, especially B&W images.  The B&W images are much closer to older film camera prints.

Just to finish it off, look at how low the water is in one of our ponds.  I have never seen it this low before.  Looks like only a few inches left.