Summary: It's was a good camera for one year. But a month after the warranty was up it broke and was no longer waterproof. Even when the lock was on, the camera leaked water and I wasted a good camera, money, and time.
Summary: I bought this camera as a birthday present for my daughter. It worked reasonably well for the first 22 months, although I agree with other reviewers that it is very slow to start up, and the autofocus is too slow as well. When my daughter was vacationing recently she brought the camera snorkeling with her, and somewhere a seal broke and it filled with water. Its been 22 months and unfortunately the camera only has a one year warranty.
Summary: I bought this camera and have used it twice. It worked great the first time I used it. It has water in the back screen the second time i used it. The back screen is not cracked. Water did NOT come in the camera from the battery and SD card door. It must have leaked around the screen. I WOULD BUY FROM SOMBODY THAT OFFERS A WARRANTY IF IT LEAKS LIKE BEST BUY!
Summary: We bought this camera because of the waterproof feature. We have used it in light rain and even checked before our trip in the bathtub. It seemed to work fantastic. However the first time used under water at a depth of 2 feet (snorkeling) bubbles came out of the lens and the camera quit working. A little disappointed in that because the main reason for buying the camera was for this trip to the Virgin Islands.
Summary: I had bought this camera to replace my Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 that died after a beach vacation. I expected to love this camera just as much as the previous one, but I'm not quite as fond of it. Admittedly, I have not tried this one underwater even though I've had it for a year now, but I do take it with me to concerts, friends' sporting events, etc. Sometimes I get amazing photos, but other times they come out blurry (especially in low light).
Summary: Purchased this camera thinking it would be great for taking underwater photos. I used it 2 times and had to send it in for repair. It seems it isn't really water resistant. Once I got it back I used it another two times and had to send it back in for the same reason. Water got in the camera and damaged it. Would suggest buying a different brand if you want to use it for underwater pictures.
Summary: The instructions provided with the camera, as well as the camera itself, are targeted toward PC users. There are no instructions with the camera, and none I can find so far online, for Mac users. The initial instructions for charging the battery and setup and initializing of the camera do not work with a Mac. I had to call tech support to find out that you can not charge the battery on the Mac, you must use the adapter [provided] and a wall outlet.
Summary: This camera appears very similar to the 8010 - in form and function. But one of the critical practical differences is that the water-tight lock (which insulates the battery, memory card, ect... from water) is built much worse than on the more expensive cameras. This is a simple mechanism but it appears that Olympus made is worse so that the customer would purchase the more expensive camera.
Summary: The camera feels solid and well made; good user interface, fair number of options for a point-and-shoot. The bundled PC software is bloated and buggy, but that's to be expected. The picture quality is terrible. I spent days trying all possible combinations of quality/speed/lighting settings, but the colors always come out unforgivably washed. It's just so much worse than even my cell phone's camera that I'm packing it off for a return.