Tools of the trade: Olympus Tough TG-4 Digital Camera


Olympus TG-4 digital cameraby Dr John Mamutil, Brace 5 Orthodontics, Castle Hill, NSW


I ran an Invisalign lecture program recently and Invisalign has some very strict photography requirements. Most dentists use a weighty DSLR camera with a ring flash to achieve the required results. For the fun of it, I showed what I am doing with an Olympus TG-4 compact camera for intra-oral photography. The audience was amazed with the results. I had already ditched my DSLR for a mirrorless SLR but this is even better and lighter.

What’s good about it

This is a lightweight, fairly inexpensive compact camera that takes great photos. I used to take all the photos in my practice as it required quite a bit of knowledge about f-stops, aperture, speed and flash requirements. I couldn’t expect 10 different staff to remember and utilise all the different settings. The Olympus TG-4 has been the answer to all those difficulties and I now delegate the photography to my staff. Invisalign has been very happy with the images. It has a requirement of at least 10 megapixels per image and this camera shoots 16. This TG-4 is a great option for dentists trying to find a simple way to take nice, clear photos and satisfy the needs of Invisalign.

What’s not so good

This is an exceptional camera that works brilliantly. The only problem I can see—and this is really nitpicking—is that it only comes in red and black. We have a red one but I would love to have a yellow camera.

Where did you get it

I purchased it at Harvey Norman ( but it’s also available at any online camera store.

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  1. Would it be possible if we could ask dr John to post up an example of an intra oral photo etc that he’s taken with this product?


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