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.