Conclusion: One of the two latest cameras in the Olympus rugged camera line is the waterproof, drop proof and freezeproof Olympus Stylus Tough 6000 aka Mju Tough 6000. The Stylus Tough 6000 offers point-and-shoot operation in a fun design that comes in four colors. In terms of size, there are smaller rugged cameras out there, though the Stylus Tough 6000 is still pretty compact and fits into most pockets with ease.
Pros: Rugged design: waterproof, drop proof and freezeproof, LED illuminator is handy for macro/low-light shooting, Tap Control for eases operation with gloved hands, 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, Good image quality till ISO 400
Cons: Lack of manual controls, Some edge softness; noisy pictures at ISO 800 and above, Tiny, cluttered buttons on the back, Sluggish continuous shooting mode, Low-light performance (ie focusing and high ISO) is not fantastic
Tough, waterproof, freezeproof camera now with 10 megapixel, tap control, dual image stabilization
30 November 2011
Summary: The Olympus Stylus Tough-6000 is an attractive ultra-compact water, shock and shockproof 10-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 10 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, Snorkeling and freediving possible with 33 feet depth limit, Inherent waterproofing provides peace of mind when handling in/around water, Can survive 5-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, LE...
Cons: Strictly point & shoot, At this point we'd like more advanced movie modes, Tiny mode wheel and almost illegible tiny labels, 10 feet not enough for scuba
Summary: The Olympus Tough 6000 the second toughest current digital camera, just being the more expensive Tough 8000. The Tough 6000 can be submerged underwater up to 3 meters for 2 hours and can be dropped from 1.5 meters onto concrete. This is a take-anywhere camera predisposed for outdoor adventure. As a 0.9" thick ultra-compact, the Tough 6000 is pocket-friendly and turns in an average performance among this category. Image quality is good enough until ISO 200.
Pros: Extremely durable and waterproof to 3m, Ultra-slim wide-angle, Nicely saturated colors, Good white-balance, Low distortion, Excellent macro focus with led illumination, Effective shadow-adjust mode, somewhat strong, Excellent LCD visibility
Cons: Noisy at all ISO settings, moderate from ISO 400, High image softness, Overly bright exposure, Generally slow, Poor placement of lens, Display lag in continuous drive mode, Exposure compensation interface slow, Difficult to hold securely
Excerpt: The Olympus Mju Tough-6000 is a tough compact camera that's shockproof to 1.5m, waterproof to 3m and freezeproof to -10 degrees. It has a 3.6x wide zoom lens, a ten-megapixel sensor, and dual image stabilization.
Excerpt: The Olympus mju Tough 6000 (Olympus Stylus Tough 6000 in the US) is a shockproof and waterproof compact that won't shock the wallet. The What Digital Camera Olympus mju TOUGH 6000 review sees just...
Summary: This is not the most expensive waterproof and shockproof camera, but it performs admirable for the average outdoor enthusiast at a very reasonable price. Picture quality is good. The screen is fantastic in bright sunlight. And the waterproof and shockproof qualities live up to their hype. The tap function works quite well making the camera good for cold weather or underwater photography. The camera is good-looking and easily pocketable.
Summary: Having just checked out Canon's new rugged point-and-shoot, the PowerShot D10, in summing up the Olympus Stylus Tough-6000 some comparisons are inevitable, and in this case, those comparisons largely yield a study in contrasts. The Tough-6000 is smaller, (significantly) more attractive, and better built than the Canon. It's also slower, heavier, and – with touches like xD memory and a slightly strange interface – quirkier than the straightforward D10.
Pros: Superb rugged and waterproof build quality, Generally easy to use, Appealing styling, Vibrant outdoor shots
Cons: Frustrating display quirks, Painfully slow AF in dim light, Flash recycle takes forever, Average image quality
Summary: Some rugged, freeze-proof and water-friendly cameras look like something you'd find at the beach or halfway up a vertical incline (Hello, Powershot D10 !), but for droppable cameras that look at home in a night club as much as in a kayak, Olympus is the leader of the pack. The Stylus Tough-6000 is a sleek, solid cam that you can take anywhere, safe in the knowledge that a drop on the dance floor or a spilled drink won't result in an expensive paperweight.
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