Conclusion: The Olympus Stylus Tough 8000 is one of the more hardy rugged cameras in the current market. This little 12 megapixel camera is waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof and crushproof. So you can definitely bring the Stylus Tough 8000 on your next visit to Alaska or sit down and have lunch without having to pull the camera out of your back pocket first. There’s a 3.6X wide-angle zoom lens and a sharp, bright 2.7 inch LCD display.
Pros: Extremely rugged: waterproof, drop proof, freezeproof and crushproof!, LED illuminator is handy for macro/low-light shooting, Tap Control for eases operation with gloved hands, Above average battery life, Nicely viewable LCD screen, Intelligent Auto mode and built-in help tooltips for shooting functions, Perfect Shot Preview, Shadow Adjustment and useful set of playback editing tools, Decent image quality till ISO 200; ISO 400 for emergencies
Cons: Lack of manual controls, Some edge softness; noisy pictures at ISO 400 and above, Small, cluttered controls, Sub-standard low-light performance (focusing and high ISO)
Tough, waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof flagship camera now with 12 megapixel, dual image stabilization
30 November 2011
Summary: The Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 is an attractive ultra-compact water, shock and shockproof 12-megapixel camera perfect for those who love to take their camera outdoors and in the water without having to baby it. The camera can take a beating and you can even use it underwater, down to a depth of about 33 feet. It has the same features as standard consumer cameras, which means it is useful anywhere and not just as a sports camera.
Pros: Attractively styled sports and outdoor camera, Diving possible with 33 feet depth limit, Inherent waterproofing provides peace of mind when handling in/around water, Can survive 6.6-foot drops and 14 degree temperature!, Superb wide-angle, high-res 2.7-inch LCD, Dual image stabilization!, Pre-capture movie mode, "Tap" operation works well for some users, microSD adapter included, Very good underwater macro mode, Very good underwater picture qulity, LED illumination
Cons: Strictly point & shoot, At this point we'd like more advanced movie modes, Tiny mode wheel and almost illegible tiny labels
Excerpt: The Olympus Stylus Tough (or the Mju Tough) 8000 reviewed! Find out if the latest in the all-weather series of cameras from Olympus is the right one for you. The review covers the various features of the Stylus Tough 8000, including build...
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1 / TS1 is the company's first waterproof compact. It also features 12.1 Megapixel resolution with a 4.6x optical zoom and a 2.7in screen.
The FT1 / TS1 is waterproof to a depth of 3 metres and is also dust proof and shock proof. Unlike the Canon PowerShot D10, the Lumix FT1 / TS1 doesn't look any different from a conventional compact and, aside from an enclosed lens system, sealed doors and a slightly thicker body, has similar styling to other...
Pros: Great image quality., Waterproof to depth of 3m., HD video with optical zoom., HDMI port.
Cons: Slow power on button, Design and controls not ideal underwater., Poor AF underwater., Very stiff mode dial.
Conclusion: Underwater cameras often come with tradeoffs: In the case of the Tough-8000, its handy, innovative tap controls are offset by underwhelming image quality and a steep price tag.
Pros: Ruggedized body protects camera from drops of up to 6.6 feet. Waterproof to 33 feet. Automatic lens cover keeps fingerprints and debris off the lens. Four underwater shooting modes. Tap controls for easy operation while wearing gloves.
Cons: Subpar image quality. No HD-video capture. Storage is limited to microSD and xD-Picture Card.
Conclusion: The Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 is a very unique camera. Not many cameras can claim to withstand a fall from 6.6 feet, the pressure of 33 feet of water, the weight of a 220 pound man, and the cold of winter. As its name suggests, the Stylus Tough-8000 is indeed a tough camera that can take a beating. In addition to being very tough, the Stylus Tough-8000 is a nice overall point and shoot digital camera with a good amount of bells and whistles.
Pros: Super rugged body, Waterproof, Attractive styling, Nice wide-angle lens, Good attempt at tap control
Cons: Lack of manual controls, Expensive, Some images are noisy