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– Review & Sample Photos @ DemystifyingDigital.com
Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 is a 12 megapixels point-and-shoot digital camera features 3.6x optical zoom (28-102mm in 35mm photography) with dual image stabilization, shockproof up to 5 feet, waterproof up to 10 feet underwater, freezeproof up to (14F/-10C), on-screen manometer, Tap Control, smile shot, and a 2.7″ (6.9cm) HyperCrystalTM III LCD with Backlight. The camera measures 3.8″W x 2.5″H x 0.88″D (95.3mm x 63.4mm x 22.4mm) and it weighs 5.3oz (149g) without batteries and media card.
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Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 Reviews
DemystifyingDigital.com reviews the Olympus Stylus Tough-60800 and writes;
“There are very few limits to your photography when you use the Olympus Stylus Tough 8000 digital camera. It can get wet, cold, handle just about anything you or your family can throw at it, and it still comes though with beautiful photos.”
Gizmodo reviews the Olympus Stylus Tough-60800 and writes;
“The 640×480 pixel video looked kind of jittery at times and was washed out all the time and—the worst part—limited to 10 second clips. This, for me, is somewhat of a deal breaker. When you’re outside, motion shots are a given. I need better video on this camera!”
PCmag reviews the Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 and writes;
“The camera fared better in our speed tests, putting it on a par with the TS1; and faster than some other point-and-shoot cameras. The Tough-8000 was able to power on and capture its first image in an average of 2.3 seconds, the same time as the TS1.”
Steve’sDigicams reviews the Olympus Stylus Tough-60800 and writes;
“Performance from this Olympus model is very good, but it does lack a little in image quality. What it does lack it makes up for with its ability to go anywhere and capture images from places most digicams would never stand a chance. With a MSRP of US$ 379.99, this is a great camera for an individual or family that likes adventure and wants a camera that can keep up with an active lifestyle.”
CNET reviews the Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 and writes;
“The good: Nice design; wide-angle lens; good feature set. The bad: Soft photos; slow performance. The bottom line: For going from snorkeling to rock climbing to everyday life, the Olympus Stylus Tough 8000 is a good choice, though its photos and performance can be disappointing.”
ImagingReseource reviews the Olympus Stylus Tough-60800 and writes;
“Stylus Tough 8000 can make nice big prints at the lowest ISO setting, but noise increases rapidly as you boost ISO. At ISO 64, even 13×19 inch prints from the Stylus Tough 8000 looked nice and sharp, although a little color noise was visible in the shadows, even at that lowest ISO setting. The highest sensitivity we felt we could go to for 8×10 inch prints was ISO 400”
DigicamReview reviews the Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 and writes;
“Image quality was slightly disappointing with a lot of the shots overly soft and lacking details. However saying that, colour was good with good skin tones, and pleasing outdoor colours. Noise levels were fairly low but at the expense of detail. Red eye in photos was generally low, however focusing in low light was sometimes a problem due to the camera lacking a focus assist lamp. “
TechRadar reviews the Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 and writes;
“The close-up facilities are also top-notch…Image quality is reasonable, with a decent amount of detail and pleasing colours.”
Cameras.uk reviews the Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 and writes;
“This is a robust digital camera at home around water or on the ski slopes. It is also drop proof and crush proof. It takes a good picture and is worth a good look if you are after a digital camera anyone in the family can use.”
MacWorld reviews the Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 and writes;
“Overall image quality is good as long as you don’t push the camera to produce big enlargements. Underwater scene modes produced average results in a swimming pool, which feels like a missed opportunity for a camera designed to tame the elements. But for family vacations, rambunctious kids, and outdoor enthusiasts who want to document their adventures, the Tough 8000 will be a faithful companion. “
DigitalStory reviews the Olympus Stylus Tough-60800 and writes;
“Overall image quality is fine as long as you don’t push the camera to produce beyond its design. I made 13″ x 19″ enlargements from the 12 megapixel files, and they were OK, but I saw corner softness on only average detail. But I liked the 5″ x 7″ and the 8.5″ x 11″ prints much better.”
About.com reviews the Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 and writes;
“The only serious downfall for the Stylus 8000 in terms of performance is with its start-up time, which can require 3 seconds. This camera’s other response times are pretty good. Occasionally, in low light, the auto-focus can be a little slow. “
InfoSync compares Olympus Tough 8000 vs. Panasonic TS1 vs. Fujifilm Z33WP and writes;
“.. the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 looks to be the best so far. The camera mopped the floor with its competition in almost every category. It had the best image quality, feature set and most impressive hardware out of the three…”
PhotographyBlog reviews the Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 and writes;
“if you are not one of those that make big enlargements out of their digital photographs, you will be unlikely to be seriously disappointed by the images, particularly those taken at base ISO. They stand up to being printed at normal sizes pretty well… “
Gadling reviews the Olympus Stylus Tough-60800 and writes;
“The Stylus tough-8000 isn’t the cheapest camera out there, but it’s undoubtedly worth the price if you find yourself destroying digital cameras on a regular basis like we do.”
DPInterface reviews the Olympus Stylus Tough-60800 and writes;
“There’s a bit of distortion and edge softness…. The REAL issue here is high noise levels, where the Stylus Tough 8000 uses noise reduction quite a bit at ISO 200 and struggles to cope with noise at ISO 400, 800 and 1600.”
CNET.uk reviews the Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 and writes;
“If you want a camera that can take anything you can throw at it, they don’t come any tougher than the Olympus mju Tough-8000. The beauty of it is that it works perfectly well as an everyday pocket compact too. The 8000 looks good and works well — it’s really pretty difficult to find any flaws with it at all”
CNET.au reviews the Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 and writes;
“While the Tough 8000 may be the most rugged camera on the market, it doesn’t mean it’s the best in terms of image quality and performance.”
DigitalTrends reviews the Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 and writes;
“Highs: Definitely takes a beating; attractive styling; nice wide-angle lens; good attempt at tap control. Lows: Expensive; slow response; pictures ain’t great; loads of noise at 400 ISO and above.”
Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 Sample Photos
– Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams
– Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 Sample Photos @ CNET
– Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 Sample Photos @ ImagingResource
– Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 Sample Photos @ DigicamReview
– Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 Sample Photos @ Cameras.uk
– Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 Sample Photos @ DPInterface
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Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 Press Release
London, 7 January 2009 – Olympus’ unique range of waterproof, shockproof and freeze proof TOUGH cameras has grown with the addition of the 12 Megapixel µ TOUGH-8000 and the 10 Megapixel µ TOUGH-6000. Both models feature 3.6x wide zoom lenses, great for taking awesome wide-angle photos of rugged terrain and for zooming in on the distant bits that you can’t get to! Blur caused by camera shake is virtually eradicated on the two new TOUGHS, thanks to Dual Image Stabilisation and, as both cameras feature TAP Control, they can be operated by simply tapping on their casings – very handy if you’re wearing ski gloves. The µ TOUGH-8000 and µ TOUGH-6000 let you take extremely good photos in extreme conditions, and enjoy the experience.
The new top-of-the-range µ TOUGH-8000, is hard as nails and perfect for those who want to push things to their limits. It’s waterproof to 10m***, shockproof to falls from up to 2m**, freezeproof down to temperatures as low as -10°C and crushproof to weights of up to 100kg****. Fellow newcomer, the µ TOUGH-6000 is no wimp either. As well as being freezeproof, this model is waterproof to 3m*** and impervious to drops from up to 1.5m**.
Both models inherit the versatile 3.6x wide optical zoom first seen on the EISA Award winning Olympus µ 1030 SW. Starting at 28mm* wide-angle, fantastic for landscapes and architectural photos, this lens zooms up to a useful 102mm*, which is ideal for concentrating on more distant subjects. And Dual Image Stabilisation significantly reduces image blur caused by camera shake, even when the µ TOUGH-8000 and µ TOUGH-6000 are being used in challenging situations, such as being buffeted by the waves.
Being tough doesn’t mean that the new models aren’t sensitive. The µ TOUGH-8000 and µ TOUGH-6000 are packed with features that make beautiful photos a cert. And, with 12 and 10 Megapixels resolution respectively, results can be enlarged as big as you wish. Capable of recognising up to 3 faces, the µ TOUGH-8000’s Face Detection Technology guarantees that human subjects are always perfectly focused and exposed. The µ TOUGH-6000, which boasts Advanced Face Detection Technology, goes one better and can detect up to 16 faces. It also has a handy Smile Shot feature which automatically takes the picture as soon as the subject smiles and, for even happier results, Beauty Mode can retouch their skin as the shot is being taken, removing lines and wrinkles for a smooth glowing complexion.
To further improve picture quality Shadow Adjustment Technology has been included to boost shadow detail that would otherwise be lost. And for the ultimate in photography convenience, Intelligent Auto Mode analyses the image being photographed and matches it to one of five commonly-used scene modes, automatically selecting the best choice.
As an alternative to the intuitive on-screen menus displayed on their 6.9cm/2.7” HyperCrystal III LCD screens, the µ TOUGH-8000 and µ TOUGH-6000 also feature Tap Control. This allows fast access to a range of settings simply by tapping the camera body – even when wearing gloves, such as when skiing.
The µ TOUGH-8000 and µ TOUGH-6000 are waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof, and available in a range of great colours – so picking the right one might prove tough too! Expect to see them in UK stores in mid-January and early February 2009 respectively.