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