Excerpt: I bought this camera in March/2011 for the dream trip to Hawaii. It was a last minute buy, so I didn't have enough time to test it before I took off. During my very first visit to the beach, water got into the camera and it stopped working. I called Olympus from there and all they said they could do was repair it for me, which would take no less than 2 weeks.
Summary: I purchased this camera 11 months ago and used it with zero problems in and out of water with great results. I followed all instructions to the letter for maintenance including rinsing salt water from the camera. On a trip to BVI this past December the camera failed the first time it was exposed to salt water at a depth of less than 6 inches. Salt water entered the battery/memory card compartment.
Summary: My daughter bought this camera a little over a year ago. Along with many other reviewers, I agree about the short battery life. It seemed it needed to be charged all the time. Also, the camera was very finicky about batteries. We bought an extra aftermarket battery as a spare and it was tough to get the camera to accept it to charge. Weird. The worst problem, however, came on our trip to Hawaii in October.
Summary: I got this camera to replace my last Olympus stylus tough that I had and I am very disappointed. The camera doesn't focus where it's pointed so over half the pictures turn out blurry, it has a really long delay so if you are trying to take pictures of children the moment is gone by the time the camera takes the picture. It's tough, but Olypmus makes better cameras in the tough series. NOT worth the money.
Summary: I was on vacation for a week with my friend and he was trying to use this camera. It consistently takes overexposed photos. I thought it was defective, until I googled "Olympus Tough 3000 overexpose" and found that this happens across the board, though the reviews tend to play it down. I'll give it to you straight: it is nearly impossible to take an acceptable photo with this camera.
Summary: This camera does not date stamp images (necessary for a lot of legal professions). It only will stamp if you connect the camera to a PictBridge printer making it pretty much useless. Olympus needs to start adding this option as these cameras appeal to outdoor professionals. Amazon, please update the listing to clarify.
Summary: In general this camera takes nice pictures and served our original intended purpose well. We bought it as a nice camera for our 6 year old daughter since she could not harm it. It would also allow us to take pictures at the beach or pool without worry. The downside which is why I am giving it a 1 is that when the camera resets (like many electronic items do) it requires being connected to a computer to startup.