Olympus TG4 test with Narrabeen Lake flathead

Location – Narrabeen Lake (back)

Date: 07-11-2015

Time: 1700 – 1930hrs

Sunset: 1928hrs

Tide: Nil (lake)

Water: dark, still lots of thing stringy green weed

Water Temp: approx. 210

Weather: wet, raining

Weather background: Raining for the last week, had just finished a solid shower when I started fishing

Air Temp: 210

Pressure: 1020hPa435

Gear: G-Loomis IMX-S841-2, Shimano Sustain 1000. 4lb fireline + 4lb Sunline Super FC sniper leader.

Lures: Ecogear VX40 (435) did the job today. Tried lots of others with no takers.

Catch: Flathead x 1 – not measured


Olympus TG4

I got out today to test my new Olympus TG4 camera. Only managed one little flathead and the weather was rubbish.000062479

The Olympus TG4 is a great little camera that is perfect for fishing. The TG-4 is a waterproof rugged camera able to withstand drops from 2.1m high, freezing temperatures down to -10°C, crushing pressures of 100kg, dusty conditions, and water depths down to 15m.

The TG4 has both RAW and JPG capability however at this stage I am finding the JPG images are actually processing better. Of the Z-olympus_tg4-beauty-red-400px-PRattached images only one was taken from the raw file. I processed both the RAW set and JPG set then ranked the results without looking at the file names. Nearly every time I rated the JPG as a better looking image. No matter what I did to the RAW file in Lightroom I could not match the cameras JPG processing of mid-tones and highlights. The RAW files seem too contrasty or flat (with nothing in between). This defies what I know about photo editing but I guess the results speak for themselves. There are still plenty of modes I have not played with so I look forward to seeing what else I can get from the TG4. Overall for around $400 I think this is a great little camera for fishing.

The flathead was successfully released after posing for some photos.