Olympus Stylus Tough 14MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD (Black) 8010

Olympus Stylus Tough 8010 14MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD (Black)

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OLYMPUS 227655 14.0 Megapixel STYLUS TOUGH-8010 Digital Camera (Black)

Details

  • 14.0 megapixel CCD
  • Attention adventure-seekers: this is the go-anywhere, do-anything camera you?ve been waiting for
  • A simple, one-touch button allows you to record movies with amazing clarity in high-definition, right from your camera
  • Life can be tough, this camera is tougher. Rugged metal body and innovative shock-absorbing construction
  • A revolutionary system of waterproof seals and gaskets keeps water out so you can take pictures as deep as 33 feet underwater

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10 Responses to “Olympus Stylus Tough 14MP Digital Camera with 5x Wide Angle Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD (Black) 8010”

  1. Bob Says:

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    I have owned many Olympus cameras in the past but this is my first camera I have purchased from their “tough” line. As advertised this thing looks and feels very sturdy. The seals on it look like they will hold out any kind of moisture and dust and the lens has its own protective shroud and cover to protect it from scratches or damage. The lens also does not extend or retract so dust, sand, and dirt cant jam it up (which is a problem I have had before). It also has a minimum of buttons to break or stick and it has a very soild body construction. So on a toughness scale of 1-10 the Stylus tough 8010 gets an 11. This camera really is in a class of its own on when it comes to durablity, and it is the only camera I have seen my colleagues take with them into combat zones.

    On the other hand it looks like Olympus tried to cram all the wrong things into this rugged camera. The first thing you will notice when operating this camera is how slow it is between pictures, even with a class 6 SD card in it, its write speed seems painfully slow. Don’t get me wrong I am very happy Olympus finally got ride of the XD card but it doesnt seem like they’ve fixed their write speed problems. Picture quality also isnt that great but thats not a major hit given the small lens they are working with.

    One thing you find on the camera that shouldn’t be there is all kinds of picture editing or “Beauty” features in the camera. This software does an okay job but take way to long to proccess. In my opinion Olympus should leave photo editing to photo editing software on a computer and instead focus on making this camera take better pictures with less lag time between shots.

    Another grype is that this camera does not come with an external battery charger, you have to plug the camera in to charge it. Why??? For those of us who like to have multiple batteries we now have to buy another charger in additon to the battery. It is also a much bigger pain to leave you camera pluged into the wall/computer than just throwing a battery in a charger.

    Over all this camera is great if you plan on going to a very rough part of the world, or even swimming with it. But if your just an average person looking for a camera to take good pictures this is not for you. Instead buy a cheaper camera with a better lens and get a good camera case to protect it from everyday life.

  2. Mongol Says:

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    After my toddler destroyed a Canon point and shoot, we decided that a tougher camera would be useful for our upcoming trip to Mongolia. We thought the Olympus was an obvious choice. Shock resistant, water resistant, and possibly toddler resistant. Before you buy this product, be warned that it is SLOW.

    Pro’s

    Tough. We dropped it a number of times and the toddler threw it across the room. Survived.

    Water resistant. Washed off the sand, almost went into a toilet, survived.

    Lost. Toddler lost the camera in a Chinese taxi. Yes, that is a pro.

    Con’s

    SLOW. Fast toddler plus slow camera equals missed opportunity.

    Big. Bigger than comparable point-n-shoots.

    SLOW. The start up speed and time between pictures should have nothing to do with the “tough” series. 3 year old Canon was MUCH faster.

    Usability. Fairly easy to use, zoom was slow and the button was small. Almost a pro.

    SLOW. Delay between pushing the shutter button and taking the picture means missing Toddler.

    Overall, I’m happy that we lost the camera. Already bought a new Canon that is much faster, smaller, and has more features for a lower price. We are willing to take the chance that it will survive a fall or two to make up for speed and usability.

  3. Leslie Hand Says:

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    Watch Video Here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R3CXA2056DRCSQ This was my first underwater video taken in Aruba, off the beach at the Renaissance Aruba’s private island! I love swimming off the island – dive boats park nearby. This was also the trial run for my Olympus Tough-8010 camera and since I watched YouTube videos before deciding to purchase it, I thought it was important to post a video, mentioning how satisfied I am with the camera. Natural lighting and conditions had the most significant impacts on pictures – pretty much, what I saw, is what I got in video and still photos. The underwater scene selection was a time saver as is the handy 1 click video button. The only problem I had was probably unavoidable – underwater I could not see the picture preview at all – not enough light, I suppose -so I was forced to point and hope that I was taking the picture as intended. Very satisfied with the camera overall!!!

  4. Scotty Says:

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    The Olympus Stylus Tough 8010 digital camera withstands inhospitable environments while taking very good pictures. The heavy-duty housing is well-sealed from the elements, with the battery compartment and usb and hdmi connections sealed by an o-ring protected double-locked door.

    Initial camera set-up is VERY simple. After inserting and partly charging the battery (via the camera USB connection), camera initialization can be performed from the attached computer. Image-processing software can also be installed from the camera itself. The software is basic, but does have a couple of Olympus-specific touches.

    Out of the box, users must charge the replaceable battery via the usb connection while the battery is in the camera; via a computer or the provided wall charger. In order to continue shooting, I’ve since purchased an external charger and extra battery so that I can swap batteries and continue shooting while recharging the depleted cell. Each is readily available from online vendors; both Olympus original and facsimiles.

    The camera has numerous scene modes, face recognition, and effective anti-shake technology. The panorama mode is nice, but slow to stitch pictures together and is not entirely accurate.

    Shot delay from the time that the shutter is pressed sometimes causes a moment to be missed. Save times for 14 mb images to a SDHC card are a bit lengthy.

    The non-standard mini-usb connection at the camera end is less-than-secure, causing occasional connect-disconnect cycling.

    Overall, I find this camera relatively easy to use; though it can be confusing to a digital photography newcomer. The camera can be set to a fully-automatic mode for those folks. I’ve not yet explored all of the scene modes, but the three tried thus far aid in obtaining sharp pictures.

    For someone who wants a capable camera that can be used at the beach or in the pool; this is the best I’ve found. For those who don’t need weather or environment resistance, other choices at approximately half the price will fill the bill nicely.”

  5. T. J. Moyer Says:

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    PROS:

    * WATERPROOF, SHOCKPROOF, FREEZEPROOF, KID PROOF

    * GOOD QUALITY 720P VIDEO – LINK TO WATCH SAMPLE VIDEO (…)

    * ANOTHER VIDEO – (…)

    * EXCELLENT PICS @14 MEGAPIXELS

    * GREAT LOW LIGHT PICS

    * GREAT LOW LIGHT VIDEO

    * ACCELEROMETER FOR GLOVES/SNOW/WATER ETC

    CONS:

    * SLOW WRITE TO SD MEDIA EVEN SDHC CLASS 6 COMPARED TO PREVIOUS OLYMPUS 1035SW SUPER FAST WRITE WITH XD MEDIA

    * MENU IS A CROSS BAR LIKE PS3 THAT REQUIRES MULTIPLE PUSHES VERSUS FAST ACCESS TO FEATURES

    * NO SHUTTER SPEED CONTROL

    SUMMARY:

    BEST DESTRUCTION PROOF CAMERA YOU CAN BUT THAT WILL GO ANYWHERE AND DO ANYTHING AND STILL KEEP TAKING PICTURES AND VIDEO

  6. T. Cruz Says:

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    If I had it to do again, I’d buy a lesser model underwater camera (ski, impact resistant) and use the extra $120 toward a good point and shoot. All in all it acts like an amazing 2.5 MP camera. The 14MP is too much for the lens I guess. Try and zoom in on a pic during editing and it’s grainy. Olympus offered to inspect my brand new camera at a repair facility, but given other online reviews, I think this camera just takes mediocre pics.

    It’s worth about $200 to me, but I paid twice that, so I’m disapoonted and annoyed. I feel I need to carry another point and shoot camera to take good normal pics; for $400 I feel it should be able to do that.

  7. unstoppablefamilycom Says:

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    Watch Video Here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2KKRGPJWG0FRM Being that are Family is in the middle of 3 Year Trip around the World with our daughter who turns 3 this month, we require a camera that is waterproof and durable. This is is our 4th model of the Olympus Stylus so we are not newbies to this Series, though we are on the simple side of taking photos & videos.

    The most important features when purchasing such a camera are the following 3 features:

    1) Waterproof up to 33ft: This is big for us since most of our destinations are for surf and I also like to take it surfing…in Big Waves!

    2) Shockproof from 6.6ft. Between myself, my wife and my little girl…you better believe that there is going to be an occasional drop or 2

    3) Freeze proof down to 14F / -10C If we are not in the waves, we like to go snowboarding in the mountains.

    Here is the newest of features that had us upgrade to the latest model – High Definition (HD) video. I just purchased the camera over the weekend and have taken amazing HD video while surfing out on the North Shore of Hawaii…and the waves were big and it kept ticking.

    The 8010 has many features for picture taking though it has been simplified so that anyone can open the box and start taking quality photos & video right out of the box.

    One feature that I very much enjoy, is the dedicated Camera & Video button so that you do not have to change modes when in action.

    A disadvantage that I have found is that you have to have your camera plugged in to charge.

  8. S. ZoBell Says:

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    Do not assume that I am biased or jaded, my score is based upon real-world usage of this camera. I own the Olympus Stylus 1030SW and have been very happy with its performance as a all-around point-and-shoot as well as an underwater camera, so I was thrilled to see the 8010 come out as the upgrade with higher resolution, better zoom and deeper capabilities. I pre-ordered the 8010 and it arrived just days before we left on our cruise which enabled me to do some real-world validation. I was sorely wishing I had brought my 1030SW as I was trying to capture images on the trip.

    The Good:

    The overall exterior design is great on the 8010. I really liked the new double-lock on the battery / memory compartment. Kudos for moving to the standard SD format as well. The new 720 video resolution is nice as well. It still feels like it drops a frame or two every so often at 720, but it is very good quality for the optics. The camera performs well underwater with good vibrant images.

    The Bad:

    The software running this camera is the complete downfall. The menu and selections are very sluggish, going from option to option you have to deliberately think ‘go slow’ or you will find yourself very frustrated. I am not sure what Olympus did with the white-balance of this camera but its functionality lies somewhere between ‘completely broken’ and ‘completely frustrated’. I could take several pictures of individuals on the beach and one image would be completely blown out like a whiteout and the next image would look like it was a completely dark overcast day. I tried several times to change the settings to compensate for this, and I found that if I angled the camera around enough I could almost get the picture I wanted. The trouble was that for nearly every shot I was taking a picture, then tweaking the settings several times and have to adjust where I am pointing to try and get the image to come out partially descent. I have never had to manipulate a camera so much – EVER. All the while my daughter standing next to me would snap the same shot with her $95 Nikon and it would look great. It also appears that the flash is much less powerful, typically when the individual in the image is too dark, with a lighter background, I would change the settings to force the flash, but with this camera it hardly made a dent. Also on several of the videos take at the beach it was almost as though the sensor was overloaded as I would get a bright white / pink streak on the video as we were shooting on a bright day.

    When I returned from my trip, I saw the great reviews here on Amazon and figured i must have bought a defective one so I called Olympus. I received no satisfaction from them, so I ultimately returned it to Amazon. I then purchased a 2nd one to see if truly my original was defective and found the exact same results and as such I have returned the 2nd camera as well. Thank goodness for Amazon’s fantastic return policy. I am now using my 1030SW and looking to see what is the real solution for the next upgrade from that camera.

  9. T. J. Moyer Says:

    Rating

    PROS:

    * WATERPROOF, SHOCKPROOF, FREEZEPROOF, KID PROOF

    * GOOD QUALITY 720P VIDEO – LINK TO WATCH SAMPLE VIDEO http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTG41ANirTo

    * ANOTHER VIDEO – [...]

    * EXCELLENT PICS @14 MEGAPIXELS

    * GREAT LOW LIGHT PICS

    * GREAT LOW LIGHT VIDEO

    * ACCELEROMETER FOR GLOVES/SNOW/WATER ETC

    CONS:

    * MODERATE WRITE TO SD MEDIA EVEN SDHC CLASS 6 COMPARED TO PREVIOUS OLYMPUS 1035SW SUPER FAST WRITE WITH XD MEDIA

    * MENU IS A CROSS BAR LIKE PS3 THAT REQUIRES MULTIPLE PUSHES VERSUS FAST ACCESS TO FEATURES

    * NO SHUTTER SPEED CONTROL

    SUMMARY:

    BEST DESTRUCTION PROOF CAMERA YOU CAN BUT THAT WILL GO ANYWHERE AND DO ANYTHING AND STILL KEEP TAKING PICTURES AND VIDEO

  10. HB Mom Says:

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    Let me start by saying we own and use many camera of all sizes and types. Everything from small point and shoots to high end SLR cameras. We bought this for a trip to Catalina with the thought that it would be good for underwater and general use near the water and at the beach. It is sturdy and well sealed, but the underwater pictures terrible. We have used sealed housings for small point and shoot cameras underwater in the past and the pictures were significantly better. I chose this because I thought it would be easier for my son underwater, not having to mess with putting the camera in a housing. He has used the camera in the housing before underwater and taken great pictures. The regular “dry land” pictures were okay, but nothing special. Less expensive and small Canons and Nikons do a better job with better picture quality.

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