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Olympus TG-4

Have you ever thought about taking underwater photos? If your answer is affirmative, you will be glad to hear that Olympus has created the fourth generation of its waterproof, and yet compact cameras. Aptly named Tough TG-4, you would expect the camera to be shock resistant, and you wouldn’t be wrong.

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Olympus TG-4 can withstand over 200 pounds of pressure and should survive even a seven-foot drop, according to its makers. And since the TG-4 is built especially for underwater shots, it features several dedicated underwater modes.

The camera has a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, which is standard for today’s cameras. You may remember that manufacturers tried to create 20+ and even 30-megapixel cameras a few years ago, but the quality of the resulting image wasn’t better. Actually, noise levels were bigger at higher resolutions, so the designers have decided to return to the good old 16-megapixel optical sensors.

The TG-4 includes Wi-Fi and GPS, as well as an electronic compass that provides lots of useful features like water depth, altitude, latitude, longitude, and more.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

Let’s get this out of the way from the very beginning: Z1000 is not a cheap camera. Actually, with prices close to $700, it is a quite expensive one, costing two time more than Olympus’ TF-4. So what do we get in exchange for our money?

Frankly, quite a lot! To begin with, superzoom and much faster focus, due to the wide-aperture lens. The camera has a full 1-inch sensor, four times bigger than the ones that can be found in regular cameras, and similar with the sensor used for the top Nikon cameras.

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This translates to many more details captured in bright, and especially in dark scenes. You will get clean, detailed imagines even when your pictures will be shot in low light. Of course, you will want to use lower ISO settings at nighttime, as well as for some of your low light indoor photos.

If you were looking for a compact DSLR replacement, this may be it. Have I mentioned that it can record 4K videos? And with its 12 frames per second shooting speed, coupled with slow motion video recording, it may be the device you’ve been looking for all this time. Yes, it may be a pricey one, but it delivers.

Leica D-Lux

Leica D-Lux 109 has a huge 13-megapixel sensor and 4K video recording abilities as well. On top of that, it sports built-in Wi-Fi and an electronic viewfinder. Tests show that the noise level is very low even with higher ISO settings.

Wi-Fi performance is good, but it can be improved even further by making use of RP-SMA cables & adapters and connecting a high gain Wi-Fi antenna to your router.

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D-Lux has got a built-in viewfinder, which will come in very handy, especially if you like to shoot outdoors. And have I mentioned the compact, stylish metal body? I know I haven’t, but that is definitely a plus in my book.

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