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Leisure gets tougher. That is why Olympus developed a compact camera for rough weekends on the bike or on the raft and for the wild moments with your ...

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Review of "Olympus µ[mju:] Tough 6000"

published 09/08/2009 | mentalchic
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Pro stylish, waterproof, great picture quality
Cons none
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"This camera will last as it is tough! olympus tough"

I am currently travelling around the world for a year and my boyfriend has managed to break two digital cameras so far so we opted for the olympus tough 6000 as it is waterproof as well as shock proof so should not get broken if my boyfriend drops it.

This camera is a 10 megapixel camera and is shock proof at about 1.5m/5ft and is waterproof at 3m/10ft. It has a. lcd screen so that you can view your photos and view what you are taking a photo of. it has a 3.6 optical wide zoom.The camera comes in a variety of colours and it looks very stylish. It comes with a user manual on how to use the camera and gives you details about all the features and settings. It also comes with a charger for the lithium ion battery, cables to connect it to a tv, cables to connect it to your computer, wrist strap and a cd with software for your computer.

The camera has a small dial which you can turn for quick settings. In this menu you have an auto setting which will automatically recognise the best setting for the photo you are taking. It also has a shooting mode which is for taking photos without selecting a scene. Then there is the scene setting which allows you to chose one of the settings mentioned in the next section of this review. There is a beauty menu which when you take a photo it will then adjust the photo so that the object you took the picture of looks better. This is perfect for if you are not looking your best in a photo as it will instantly make you look better. The is a video setting which allows you to record videos. Also a playback menu which allows you to view the photos and videos you have taken.

The scenes you can choose from are
Portrait- for capturing portraits
landscape- for shooting landscapes
night scene- captures illuminated night scenes
night + portrait- for in evening and at night
sport- captures fast moving action without blurring
indoor- for pictures indoors
candle- for candlelight to reproduce warm colours
self portrait- lets you take a picture of yourself whilst holding camera
sunset- for sunset and sunrise
fireworks- for fireworks at night
cuisine- for still life
documents- for text documents
beach and snow- for pictures of snow and sand etc
smile shot- takes the photo atomatically when the subject smiles
underwater snapshot- for pictures in a pool or beach
underwater wide 1- ideal for pictures of coral etc
underwater wide 2-ideal for pictures of fish swimming
underwater macro- for close up of items underwater
pre capture movie-takes 2 second of movie before the shutter is released
snow- For capturing subjects in snowy white surroundings. You just tap the camera to operate it

The camera also has a menu where you can adjust the cameras settings such as whether the digital zoom is on and the type of flash it uses. You can also set a timer so that you can take a photo with you in it. There is also a button so that you can adjust the contrast in light before you take the photo so that you can get the perfect photo. There is also a setting so that you can tap the camera and it will work this is so that you can save the battery life when you have a period of time between each photo.

I really like this camera and i love how it is waterproof as this means when i go snorkelling on my holidays i can get great photos. It has a very clear screen to view your photo on and has many different scene selections to ensure that you get the perfect photo. Also it is very tough so should last me longer than all my other cameras that have broken due to them being dropped. I have not found any problems or dislikes with this camera so far.
This camera cost me about $300 usd which is a reasonable price for a waterproof camera. Although the price will vary depending on where you buy it but compared to some of the other makes of waterproof camera it is a lot cheaper.
I would definately recommend this camera and it is great fun trying it out underwater.

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Product Information : Olympus µ[mju:] Tough 6000

Manufacturer's product description

Leisure gets tougher. That is why Olympus developed a compact camera for rough weekends on the bike or on the raft and for the wild moments with your kids. The ? tough-6000 is shockproof to 1.5m, waterproof to 3m and freeze-proof to -10°. The resilient body protects the powerful high precision 3.6x wide zoom lens, and the Dual Image Stabiliser guarantees razorsharp shots when using maximum zoom or lower light conditions. Furthermore the camera has convenient features like Intelligent Auto Mode and TAP Control function, wich allows you to operate the camera simply by tapping the body. So if your off-time gets tougher, at least with this camera it gets more comfortable.

Product Details

Product type: Digital Camera, Digital camera - compact

Optical Sensor / Sensor Resolution: 10

Flash Memory / Form Factor: XD-Picture Card

Lens System / Optical Zoom: 3.6x

Digital Zoom: 5x, 5 x

LCD Display Size: 2.70000244140625

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Memory Type: Internal and external

Lens System / Min Focal Length: 0.00500000476837158

Manufacturer: Olympus

Product Description: Olympus µ[MJU:] TOUGH-6000 - digital camera, Olympus Stylus Tough 6000 - digital camera

Weight: 149 g

Dimensions (WxDxH): 9.5 cm x 2.2 cm x 6.3 cm

Colour: Lemon yellow, Sunset orange, Arctic blue, Pure white, Blue

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Supported Battery: 1 x Olympus Li-50B Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Image Stabiliser: Optical, Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Sensor Resolution: 10.0 Megapixel

Memory Card Slot: XD-Picture Card

Microsoft Certification: Certified for Windows Vista

Display: LCD display - 2.7"

Lens System: 3.6 x zoom lens - 5 - 18.2 mm - f/3.5-5.1

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm

Exposure & White Balance

Max Shutter Speed: 1/2000 sec

Exposure Compensation: ±2 EV range, in 1/3 EV steps

Min Shutter Speed: 4 sec

White Balance Presets: Sunlight, tungsten light, overcast, fluorescent light (cool white), fluorescent light (daylight), fluorescent light (warm white)

White Balance: Automatic, presets

Special Effects: Black & White, Sepia

Shooting Programs: Landscape, portrait mode, beach/snow, self-portrait, fireworks, night scene, sports mode, sunset, indoor, cuisine, candle, beauty, night scene with portrait, underwater macro, snow, underwater wide 2, underwater wide 1, documents, underwater snapshot, smile shot

Exposure Modes: Programme, automatic

Exposure Metering: Spot, matrix

Light Sensitivity: ISO 100, ISO 800, ISO 400, ISO 200, ISO 50, ISO 1600, ISO auto

Dimensions & Weight

Weight: 149 g

Height: 6.3 cm

Depth: 2.2 cm

Width: 9.5 cm

Memory / Storage

Image Storage: JPEG 3648 x 2736 ¦ JPEG 2560 x 1920 ¦ JPEG 2048 x 1536 ¦ JPEG 1920 x 1080 ¦ JPEG 1600 x 1200 ¦ JPEG 1280 x 960 ¦ JPEG 640 x 480

RAM Installed: 42 MB

Memory Card Slot: XD-Picture Card

Video Capture: AVI - 640 x 480 - 30 fps ¦ AVI - 640 x 480 - 15 fps ¦ AVI - 320 x 240 - 30 fps

Supported Memory Cards: XD-Picture Card

Environmental Parameters

Min Operating Temperature: -10 °C

Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C


Details: 1 x Olympus Li-50B Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Battery Type: Olympus Li-50B


Protection: Waterproof, freezeproof, shockproof

Included Accessories: Battery charger, hand strap, USB cable, microSD to XD adapter, audio / video cable

Underwater Depth: Up to 3m

Certified for Windows Vista: Certified for Windows Vista software and devices have undergone compatibility tests for ease-of-use, better performance and enhanced security.

Body Material: Metal


Software: Drivers & Utilities, Olympus Master


Connector Type: 1 x USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output ¦ 1 x DC power input

Memory Card Slot: XD-Picture Card


Display Features: Built-in

Resolution: 230,000 pixels

Type: 2.7" LCD display

Additional Features

Additional Features: Audio recording, direct print, USB 2.0 compatibility, built-in speaker, RGB primary colour filter, digital noise reduction, DPOF support, display brightness control, digital image rotation, PRINT Image Matching, PictBridge support, histogram display, digital image stabilization, cropping an image, resizing an image, saturation control, in-camera red-eye fix, Automatic Pixel Mapping (APM), dual image stabilization, YouTube capture mode, Shadow Adjustment Technology, Smile Detection technology, tap control

Self Timer Delay: 12sec

Lens System

Features: Aspherical lens, ED glass, aspherical lens

Lens Construction: 8 groups / 10 elements

Zoom Adjustment: Motorised drive

Macro Focus Range: 2cm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 28 - 102mm

Type: 3.6 x zoom lens - 5 - 18.2 mm - f/3.5-5.1

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm

Camera Flash

Effective Flash Range: 0.5 m - 4.4 m, 0.1 m - 4 m

Guide Number (m / ISO 100): 5.5

Camera Flash: Built-in flash

Flash Modes: Fill-in mode, auto mode, flash OFF mode, red-eye reduction


Digital Video Format: AVI, MJPEG

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Image Stabiliser: Optical, Optical (image sensor shift mechanism)

Optical Zoom: 3.6 x

Digital Zoom: 5 x

Product Type: Digital camera - compact

MPN: N3235492, N3586092, N3235192, N3235792, 226730

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio

Image Recording Format: JPEG

Optical Sensor Size: 1/2.3"

Effective Sensor Resolution: 10,000,000 pixels

Total Pixels: 10,300,000 pixels

Optical Sensor Type: CCD

Sensor Resolution: 10.0 Megapixel

Enclosure Colour: Lemon yellow, Sunset orange, Arctic blue, Pure white, Blue

System Requirements for PC Connection

Peripheral Devices: USB port, CD-ROM Drive

Operating System Support: MS Windows XP, MS Windows 2000, Apple MacOS X 10.3 or later, MS Windows Vista


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