Summary: Like many Olympus products, this one has (mostly) very good hardware, and rather poor firmware/software. On the hardware side, my only gripe is that the on/off switch is VERY easy to hit accidentally. So you go hiking, you toss this in your bag, and somewhere along the hike you here the little sound of your camera turning on. Do this enough and the battery dies. Very annoying. On the software side? Where to start....
Summary: My previous olympus tough sank after a wave knocked it off my wrist. I researched the newest models and was looking forward to the TG-610 since I loved my older model. Although it is easy to use and quite fast to operate, many photos are out of focus and sub par quality for a 14 megapixel camera. It does take very good video, even under water.
Summary: The waterproof Olympus Tough TG-610 is the worst camera I have used in 30+ years of amateur photography. I have used Minolta, Nikon, Sony, and many Canons, but this Olympus 610 has such poor ergonomics, controls, and lack of intuitive menus compared to my previous cameras. This is my sixth digital camera I have owned since 1999.
Pros: 5x optical zoom, waterproof, seems solid, 3" screen (though I would have liked a smaller screen if they made the joystick a little bigger.....the screen crowds out the tiny, finicky joystick)
Cons: Horrible ergonomics, Terrible position of controls, Very jerky zoom control, 4 position joystick is way too small and finicky., Autofocus in video mode doesn't lock, and goes blurry every 20 seconds (this occurs when filming at distances from 20 yds to 100 yds), No paper manual ($300 camera!!!! deserves a manual), Battery life is poor, Battery only recharges while in the camera, REC record button is positioned in a way that it is prone to accidental recording.
Summary: Bought this to take on motorbike and camping treks. It's good to not have to worry about it getting wet, dropped etc but the pictures aren't great. It's very slow, seems to take an age from turning it on to be able to get take a pic and often find myself pressing the shutter release umpteen times before it eventually takes an out of focus shot.
Good camera let down by poor door latch design - avoid
7 October 2012
Summary: Good camera in many respects BUT the door latch lock design is poor (by comparison with other cameras) and prone to becoming unlocked. Mine opened whilst rinsing and is now junk. An expensive mistake. Avoid getting this camera wet unless you are very careful!!!!
Excerpt: Cameras and water, by tradition, don’t go together. Sure, there are apocryphal tales about ‘Nam photo-journalists dropping their Nikon Fs into the Mekong’s muddy waters only to have them transferred to a bucket of clean water until such time as they could be dried, cleaned, re-greased and made working again, but they were all mechanical. Add in electronics and you’ve got a dead camera on your hands.
Pros: Knockabout camera which can even be used underwater, well down to 16 feet anyway !
Cons: Battery life . Slightly soft results . Tendency to over - expose .
Summary: The TG610 takes average quality pictures BUT..... 1. It is not dust-proof or perhaps it comes with dust already supplied. Within one month of purchase mine has dust on the sensor, resulting in grey marks on all photos. Since the camera is sealed waterproof the only solution is to send it back to have the dust removed. 2. The camera struggles to focus in low light and often produces out-of-focus shots. 3.