Reviews and Problems with Olympus Stylus TOUGH-6010 / Mju Tough 6010 / µ Tough 6010
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Olympus Stylus Tough 6010
Digital Photography Interface
9 October 2010
Conclusion: Take the Olympus Stylus Tough 6000 from earlier this year, throw in a 12 megapixel sensor, Magic Filters and (presumably) tweak its circuitry, and you’ll get the Olympus Stylus Tough 6010 over here. The Stylus Tough 6010 is an in-between model positioned in the middle of the Stylus Tough 6000 and 8000 models introduced earlier this year. The Olympus Stylus Tough 6010 inherits all the goodies and features (sans smile detection) from its 10 megapixel sibling.
Pros: Rugged design: waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof, LED illuminator is handy for macro/low-light shooting, Tap Control improves ease of use slightly, Improved performance from Stylus 6000 (though still not the best), Nicely viewable LCD screen, Intelligent Auto mode, Magic Filters and built-in help tooltips for shooting functions, Perfect Shot Preview, Shadow Adjustment and playback editing tools, Good image quality till ISO 400
Cons: No manual controls, Above average levels of image softness (even in the center), Tiny, cluttered buttons on the back, Movie mode not fantastic, max VGA 30 FPS requires xD-card to be used, Low-light performance (ie focusing and high ISO) is not fantastic
Summary: The mju Tough-6010 is good looking, easy to use, robust enough to take a few knocks, and has decent performance and picture quality. Its only real weaknesses are poor low light focusing and an underpowered flash.
Conclusion: It's true that the Tough isn't without its drawbacks, but if you're looking for a camera which takes superb-quality images and will withstand just about anything you can throw at it, consider this £300 well-spent.
Conclusion: The Olympus MJU Tough 6010 will handle most photo opportunities as long as you do not go overboard on print size. If picture quality means a lot to you then there are better bets out there, but taking into account all the features it is still a decent camera.
Pros: Ease of use - waterproof - shockproof - freezeproof
Cons: High contrast scenes - lower light situations
Excerpt: It can indeed be 'tough' to make your product stand out in an ever-crowded compact market, especially given that sales have gradually slowed now interest has shifted to affordable DSLRs and fancy new hybrid cameras. So, not only does the boxy, protective rubber o-ring sealed Olympus Mju Tough 6010 work hard to catch the attention of the casual observer by being freezeproof to -10°C, drop proof from heights of up to 1.5 metres, plus shockproof to JIS 6 standard, it also...
Conclusion: If you strip away the protective qualities the Mju Tough 6010 offers a standard feature set at a premium price. It is fun to use however and allows for worry free photography in usually unforgiving conditions.