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.
Excerpt: This is a camera that means business. It's able to withstand 10m of water pressure, drops from 2m and being crushed under 100kg. That's around 16 stone, so depending on your burger intake, you can probably tread on it without fear of damage. The recessed lens sits behind a glass window, but there's also a sliding lens cover to protect it. The cover keeps the window clean but it can also lock water behind it.
Excerpt: Harder than a Phil Mitchell/Hulk Hogan tag team, this 12-megapixel snapper can withstand almost anything the elements can chuck at it – but is it equally impressive in the photo department?
Pros: Firstly, this is an incredibly hardy compact: it’s able to be used in up to 10 metres of water, shrugs off ice and dust with ease and can survive a fall of up to two metres; snorkelers and extreme sports-people will definitely appreciate its hardiness. It also takes decent snaps in bright conditions.
Cons: Toughness aside, there’s not much about the 8000 that’s particularly outstanding. The maximum f3.5 aperture means macro shots look flat (it’s harder to blur out the background) and limits the camera’s low light skills – in order to compensate, the 8000 ups the ISO, which in turn leads to unsightly speckles of noise in the image. Handling could also be improved – there are no nice bumps or lumps to grab, and due to their weather sealing the buttons don’t travel far.
Excerpt: Als Veteran am Outdoor-Kameramarkt kann Olympus auf mehrere Jahre Erfahrung zurückgreifen. Der Vorsprung zeigt sich vor allem an durchdachten Details. Beispielsweise lassen sich an der μ Tough-8000 die für Unterwasseraufnahmen wichtigen Features wie Blitz und Makromodus zuschalten, ohne dazu eine Taste zu berühren: Der Fotograf klopft links, rechts oder oben an das Gehäuse, und die Kamera reagiert.