Summary: I owned the previous model and I really liked it, but unfortunately it was stolen. So I decided to go for this newer model then. I really like the fact that it's a sturdy camera and also waterproof. HD video is awesome. The pictures are not great, but they usually come out OK. The biggest issue for me though is the slowliness. Sometimes I miss some great shots because the camera takes to long to start and between shots.
Summary: I bought this camera because we were going on vacation and I wanted something that could be used underwater at up to 20 or 30 feet, since we had a SNUBA diving trip planned. At first, I thought I was going to be like other reviewers who received a defective product. My camera would turn on, show the Olympus logo and then turn back off. I called Olympus customer service, and they said that I would need to send it back for repair.
Summary: This camera follows in the Tough Line but lacks an external charger. USB charging only which leaves the battery door and seals open while charging. Big risk to it's toughness. E-Force City sells an external charger and battery for under $12. One would have thought Olympus could have done this. http://www.amazon.com/eForCity-Battery-Charger-Compatible-8010/dp/B0062F3EZU/ref=sr_1_10?
Summary: i use it to take photos for my open water diver students. the photo quality is as others have reviewed, not good. once i accidentally brought it to 12m, lucky for me no leak. while about its durability, i've brought it for >30 dives now, i'll see how long will it last. rank it 4star as it's cheap (u get what u paid for) and it's convenient since it can go to 10m without a casing.
Summary: This camera has gotten a lot of bad reviews for it's speed....I have a very nice Nikon camera and it performs like it should...that being said you get what you pay for. It is slower than my Nikon, but is also a fraction of the price. We wanted a camera that takes good pictures, is durable, and easy to travel with-and it's everything we wanted.
Summary: As I already have a 610 which is nearly identical, the short comings come as no surprise. This camera is great if you want a "GOOD" camera for general point and shoot with the capability of decent underwater shots. My daughter and I have taken some GREAT shots with the two cameras. The short coming is that if you want to take an action shot the shutter is way too slow.
Summary: I'm not a photography person, or a camera guy. I am an adventure guy, and so far this thing has really survived anything ive put it into. From Natural Hot Springs, to freezing cold waters this has held up perfectly. It also survived a bad catch when my buddy decided to throw it off a cliff. its a little scratched, but it works! The panoramic comes out great, and ive taken it 25ft deep scuba diving, held up no prob.