If you are looking for a digital camera that is rugged and durable, ready for heavy-duty usage, with a budget under five hundred bucks, there is a huge chance that you are now considering to get either Olympus TG-4 and Nikon Coolpix AW130. Quite interestingly, they share quite some similarities in their specifications and features. Which is the one that is the most suitable for you?
Coming from the Olympus Tough series of digital cameras, Olympus TG-4 is armed with a 16 MP 1/2.3” CMOS image sensor, which offers an ISO range of 125 – 6400 and built-in optical image stabilization. Olympus TG-4 is also famous on the market as a waterproof compact camera with the fastest lens, featuring a 25-100 mm equivalent lens with a maximum aperture range of F/2.0 – F/4.9 and 4X wide-angle optical zoom. Meanwhile, for video recording, the maximum quality is 1080p Full HD. Olympus TG-4 also already supports RAW format, which is generally more superior than JPEG. In addition, Olympus TG-4 is also equipped with various features, such as manual exposure control, AE Bracketing, Focus Bracketing, and Focus Stacking. It comes with a built-in flash, and, just like the other models of the series, features an ultra-rugged construction with environmental sealing, ensuring that you can use it in almost any condition. It is waterproof to maximum 50 feet underwater, freeze-proof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, shockproof for drops up to 7 feet, and crushproof to 220 lb. Read also: Olympus TG-4 vs. Fujifilm XP90.
Nikon Coolpix AW130
Nikon Coolpix AW130, on the other hand, may appear to be slightly even more durable, as it also features an ultra-rugged construction that is waterproof to 100 feet underwater, freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and shockproof to 7 feet. Compared to Olympus TG-4, Nikon Coolpix AW130 offers a more powerful lens, which has a focal length of 24-120 mm and offers a maximum optical zoom of 5X. Furthermore, it also offers a faster shutter system. It has the highest shutter speed of 1/4,000s and a photo burst speed of 7.0 fps. In terms of image quality, it is similar to Olympus TG-4, as Nikon Coolpix AW130 has also been equipped with a 16 MP 1/2.3” BSI-CMOS sensor and is capable of 1080p Full HD video recording.
Olympus TG-4 vs. Nikon Coolpix AW130
If the RAW support is vital to you, then you should go with Olympus Tough TG-4. Otherwise, Nikon Coolpix AW130 makes the fullest value for the money, as it offers a slightly better water resistance as well as a more powerful lens system.