Olympus Stylus Tough-6000 Digital Camera Review

 

If you happened to see the commercial of the little boy who uses an Olympus Tough camera as a “throw and fetch” stick for his dog, you might wonder if a camera could be that durable. Well, I am here to tell you that it can. While I might not be as careless as that little boy, I put the Olympus Stylus Tough-6000 through some pretty rugged testing and it took everything I threw at it without blinking. It is waterproof, shockproof, and basically — very tough!

Olympus Stylus Tough 100-Megapixel Digital Camera - Orange
Olympus Stylus Tough 100-Megapixel Digital Camera - Orange

The most amazing feature, might well be the “tap” feature. When it is turned on you can tap the right side of the camera to adjust the flash mode. Tap the left side and the camera will cycle through the Macro modes. Tap on the screen  to switch to  the Playback mode and tap on the top to confirm the selections. Everything is pretty well thought out. You can even tap twice on the top to turn the tap feature on and off. This feature alone makes the camera great for working in cold conditions when you want to wear gloves, It is also great under water. The LDC screen is one of the best I’ve seen in bright sunlight.

The camera is small and will easily fit in your pocket. It has a 3.6x optical zoom and is a 10-megapixel camera. It takes good pictures with good color representation. For a retail price of $279, it does a lot. It’s a great camera for outdoor scenery in cold, wet, or bright conditions. It’s also perfect for harsh conditions and klutzy people.

 

Conclusions:

This is not the most expensive waterproof  and shockproof camera, but it performs admirable for the average outdoor enthusiast at a very reasonable price. Picture quality is good. The screen is fantastic in bright sunlight. And the waterproof and shockproof qualities live up to their hype. The tap function works quite well making the camera good for cold weather or underwater photography. The camera is good-looking and easily pocketable.

Pros:

  • Well priced for the features
  • Compact and very portable
  • Good level of waterproof/toughness
  • LCD screen is excellent in bright sunlight
  • Good macro ability
  • Distinctive tactile feel to half-press of the shutter
  • Good dual image stabilization
  • Great Tap Feature

Cons:

  • Slow flash underwater
  • Relatively slow to start
  • Slightly slow shutter response

My more detailed review with pictures can be found at Hardware Secrets.

Click the link below to read some owner’s reviews and/or to buy the camera at Best Buy.
Olympus Stylus Tough 100-Megapixel Digital Camera – Orange

14 Comments

Diana Owen 02-11-2009, 23:16

Can you help me with any settings that will make my Stylus 6000 take faster pictures? The camera is really really slow and we arent sure if something is not set right.

Thanks

Diana

Sandy Berger 03-11-2009, 03:45

Diana,
You can reset your camera to the default settings. Look in the owner’s manual for instructions on how to do this. Or see if you can find it yourself by going into the Menu and the camera settings and looking for the place to reset the camera.

You might also want to post this question on the Compu-KISS message boards at:
http://www.compukiss.com/happycomputing/

There is a special area there for photography questions and we have a lot of experts who will be happy to help you with this or any other computer or gadget-related question.

Carol L. Lloyd 23-11-2009, 17:28

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r4i 18-12-2009, 07:36

This camera is awesome. I mainly got it because I want to have a nice camera that I don’t have to be extra careful with. I work with kids and take a lot of pictures, and they inevitably want to use my camera to take pictures and I usually let them, but I tend to hover to make sure it doesn’t get accidently dropped in the sandbox or in a tub of water.

Digital cameras Online India 01-02-2010, 09:33

Modern cameras are built with a lot of features. users need such how-to guides to exploit all the features for professional photography

Mariana Ormes 07-04-2010, 19:40

I researched alot of cameras to get just what I really wanted. This is surely it. The price was unbeatable. I got everything I wanted on it.

Caricar 16-07-2010, 04:08

Life can be associated or even dependent on gadgets, particularly the communication portables.

pierre 12-08-2010, 08:01

The price is reasonable.

Joel 09-09-2010, 22:36

My Olympus Stylus Tough 8000 has been one of my most trusted compact. I bring it everywhere from my trekking trips to diving in Bali. No matter how much accidents I put it thru, so far, it still works. Amazing!

Top Rated Cameras 22-10-2010, 01:49

Is this still available in stock on major shopping sites? I’m thinking of getting one for my brother.

Michael Higashi 15-11-2010, 20:10

Very informative post. Really a lot of useful information. Glad I found your site. Will note it and check back for more info.

delgan 15-12-2010, 19:56

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Andrea fox 06-03-2011, 12:14

The Olympus Stylus Tough-6000 may not be as popular as the other waterproof digital cameras on the market, but it is a worthy contender for anyone who needs a solid camera that takes good pictures

Justin 07-11-2011, 23:01

I bought this camera for my girlfriend and it has great features. Like a earlier post, I am having trouble with this camera being very slow to take a picture. I reset the camera but it is still very slow compared to my friend camera that is comparable. We are not happy with this camera at all because of it being so slow. Makes the whole experience unenjoyable.

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