Point-and-Shoot Camera for Macro

by Heidi Egerman May. 15, 2019 180 views

Have you ever bought an electronic device and realized years later that it had features and functions that you knew nothing about? It is frustrating when it is one of your cameras. At the same time, if it is a feature that you use and may come to love - it can be a delightful surprise.

Yesterday I ran across a post in my facebook feed about macro photography. Macro photography happens to be my current passion these days (along with monochrome). So, I read it from top to bottom. It so happens that the point-and-shoot camera they were evaluating was the camera that I've had for several years. It is the one I use in the garden since it fits easily in my garden belt. It is the Olympus Stylus TG-4 Tough. I bought this camera because it was tough and rugged. My first TG-3 went through the washing machine so it wasn't that rugged. Anyway, it can handle garden dirt and is quick and easy to use. Little did I know that it was one of the best point-and-shoot cameras for macro photography and has a superb macro mode. Who knew?

Aside from all the great shooting modes, this camera includes two macro options: Super Macro and Underwater Macro. Both of these modes allow you to get as close as 1 cm to the photo subject. Then you get an additional magnification of up to 7x with the optical zoom, and 14x with Super Resolution Zoom. This is closer than either the x100s or Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens offer. The article didn't give me the details on using these modes so I found some Youtube videos for the details. I found out there is even a LED Light Guide accessory for extreme close up photography. For another day!

I'll fill you in on the details in another post as I'm just now starting to understand how this camera works. I also recently bought the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro Lens on eBay so I'll be able to do some comparisons. I love having options, but I don't need any more equipment. I sold some stuff on eBay and felt justified but I need to slow my roll.

Here are a few of my first shots with the marco/microscopic function of the Olympus Stylus TG-4 camera. With practice I think I'll get better and my images will be even sharper.

Tart cherry blossoms turning into cherries

Tart cherry blossoms turning into cherries

Lilacs with maybe a week to go.

Lilacs with maybe a week to go.

My first poppy bloomed today. I'm going to work at getting the best macro shot of this flower. It has so much texture and character. It is always fun to photograph.

My first poppy bloomed today. I'm going to work at getting the best macro shot of this flower. It has so much texture and character. It is always fun to photograph.

Here is the article if you are interested. Mirrorless, DSLR or Point and Shoot: Which Camera is Best for Macro Photography?

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Jay Boggess 4 days, 19 hours ago

What a nice surprise for you & us!

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Heidi Egerman Replied to Jay Boggess 4 days, 16 hours ago

Thank you Jay! Yes - a great surprise.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 4 days, 22 hours ago

My life described in your first sentence ... joy
#2 - beautiful and spot on!
I love poppies, but they are so hard to photograph, because they are such lightweights and therefore always swinging in the wind.

4 days, 22 hours ago Edited
Heidi Egerman Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 4 days, 16 hours ago

Yes, you are right. Poppies are tough to photograph. Mine just started blooming so I'm challenged to keep trying. The one in this post isn't very good, but I've recently got a few more of the poppy centers that I like. Stay tuned.

4 days, 16 hours ago Edited
Camellia 4 days, 22 hours ago

Very nice shots, the focus seems spot on, an area I seem to have difficulty achieving all the time. I will definitely read the article. Thanks for sharing.

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Heidi Egerman Replied to Camellia 4 days, 16 hours ago

Thanks Camellia. Macro focus is tough. This camera seems to do a pretty good job and I find using a tripod sometimes makes a big difference.

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Sherry Hill 5 days, 2 hours ago

i LOVE that lens, i too got mine on ebay.. let me know what you think of it, as i'm still just getting used to it.. 
these photos are wonderful.. amazing from a point n shoot..

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Heidi Egerman Replied to Sherry Hill 4 days, 16 hours ago

Thanks Sherry. I'll keep you posted. It should arrive over the weekend. I'm hoping it does a better job than my 50mm prime lens.

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Björn Roose 5 days, 8 hours ago

Nice shots. Always found poppies very hard flowers to shoot. There's something reflective in the colour, I think.

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Heidi Egerman Replied to Björn Roose 4 days, 16 hours ago

Thank Bjorn. Yes, poppies are tough to photography. I'm going to keep at it. I can get the centers pretty well, but the color in the petals seem to blend together - void of contrast. I have a white poppy that might be a bit easier.

4 days, 16 hours ago Edited
Bethany Plonski 5 days, 8 hours ago

What an interesting surprise! Hope you enjoy exploring its capabilities - looking forward to seeing more!
I love that poppy, just beautiful.

5 days, 8 hours ago Edited
Heidi Egerman Replied to Bethany Plonski 4 days, 16 hours ago

Thanks Bethany. More poppies to come. They just started blooming yesterday. smile

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Wayne Scott 5 days, 8 hours ago

I recently acquired a TG4 after seeing one being used on YouTube. What an amazing little camera. I look forward to seeing some more images. I also grabbed one of the led light attachments as well and it was worth the extra bit of money.

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Heidi Egerman Replied to Wayne Scott 4 days, 15 hours ago

Thanks Wayne. Yes, great little camera. I'm seriously considering getting the light attachment.

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Berckmans Peter 5 days, 8 hours ago

Had the same with my old bridgecamera, never used the macro mode untill one day. Up to 1cm and still had a zoom then. Only the quality of picture is not so good. But it is an oldie.

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Stefan Puffer 5 days, 9 hours ago

Nice work!  I love using a point and shoot for macro especially if you have a nice LCD screen which allows you to keep your face an arm's length from anything that stings smile

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Heidi Egerman Replied to Stefan Puffer 4 days, 15 hours ago

Thanks Stefan. 
It is a great camera to use in the garden and has pretty good video as well - for those big bumble bees. 

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