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Olympus µ THOUGH-3000

alaTest has collected and analyzed 273 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the screen and value for money are overall positive. The responsiveness and portability also get good reviews. The viewfinder and zoom get critical reviews. There are some mixed reviews about the reliability and memory.

usability, portability, responsiveness, value for money, screen

battery, shutter, performance, zoom, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus µ THOUGH-3000 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Olympus Tough-3000


There are a wide variety of cameras – from superzooms to point and shoot to cameras that even survive harsh torrential weather. Oh well, that might be a bit of exaggeration but there are a handful that can be carried along when scuba diving or in the...

The Olympus Tough-3000 might not be the best among the point and shoot cameras but performs decently well in comparison to other mid-range cameras. That apart it does have a much superior build that can take quite a beating as well as survive sub zero...

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Olympus Stylus Tough-3000


All in all, the Olympus STYLUS TOUGH-3000 digital camera can be judged as a high-end consumer performance camera. The camera need not be handled with utmost care since it features a waterproof, freeze-proof, and shockproof camera body. This model is...

Rugged- waterproof, freeze-proof, and shockproofFeatured- TruePic III Image Processor, plenty of enhancementsAffordable- great price for a high-end consumer digital cameraCompact- perfect size for any pocket, purse, or camping bag

Beatable- tough contender but still beatable in vast market

The Olympus STYLUS TOUGH-3000 is one of the several TOUGH-series cameras...

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Olympus Stylus Tough 3000 Review


The waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof Olympus Stylus Tough 3000 can handle almost any adverse condition.

Good image, color quality ; Waterproof ; Shock resistant

Below average shutter lag and AF acquisition times ; Below average battery life

Image quality is good and the one-button video capture is a definite advantage considering the places and activities where the camera may see use. Shutter lag and AF acquisition times could be better but are not fatal. Battery life may be problematic...


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Olympus Stylus Tough-3000


You know that feeling you get when you lost 200 bucks in a bet ..... What's exactly how I feel shortly after purchacing this toy camera. My girl friend needed a waterpoof camera for a trip to Mexico. This was a last minute buy before te mall closes,...

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Amazon review summary for Olympus µ THOUGH-3000


alaTest has collected and analyzed 55 user reviews of Olympus µ THOUGH-3000 from The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

value for money, portability, design, usability, lens

performance, battery, shutter

75% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Worst Camera I've Ever Owned


Waterproof (Although less than a year from purchase with less than a dozen uses under its belt it water logged) ; Shock Proof ; Cool functions

Over powering flash washes out subjects ; Slow reaction time ; Water logs after a few uses ; Unclear pictures

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Not so waterproof


All in all, a great camera for the price as long as you stay out of the water! Consider purchasing just before your important event (such as a vacation) in case the water actually damages your camera.... you can take it back/RMA it under the return...

Great Price, Nice Features, Very easy to navigate menus. We got two of these, one was used very little in the water and as such, still works... the other - read below

Not Waterproof. Took this camera to Turks and Caicos. Worked for three days in the water. We followed the directions perfectly (bathing the camera in fresh water etc). At the end of the third day, the lcd began to show strange white flashy areas on it....

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Works as advertised


Took it on my cruise and took plenty of pictures underwater. Quality is good! Also has a beauty mode to fix your facial...ahem flaws

Seems to have a short battery life, but it could be because I was using flash a lot. Also, it takes about about 3-5 seconds in between shots, which is pretty slow compared to some other cameras out there

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A little tough, but don't take it swimming


Good low cost knock around camera for the price I paid $149. I take mine sailing & skiing, where it might get bumped around a little, or possibly splashed.

Can survive getting splashed a little bit, and a little bumping around. No delicate mechanically extending lens - the death of my last two dead little cameras. Decent picture quality, The best camera is the one that's there when you need it, and it...

NOT waterproof as advertised. Looking the design of the seal, and many reviews of drowned cameras, I would not even consider submersing it. Poor battery life. / Expensive battery. A spare rechargeable LI-ion battery is just about mandatory, budget an...

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Good price point - too bad the pictures suck


My workplace has a number of waterproof cameras for use in the field, including this one. Of all of them, this is the worst performing. It seems to have trouble focusing in low light conditions (which includes overcast days) and at magnification. On my...

Decent price, durable

Picture quality is poor

Product Specifications

FE-3000 are compact digital cameras designed to make it easy for anyone to shoot, view and delete images without having to refer to the instruction manual or struggle with complicated settings. The user simply sets the mode dial to "i-AUTO" and Intelligent Auto takes over, analyzing the imaged scene to determine its type and applying optimum settings automatically. Thanks to Intelligent Auto, users can relax and take pictures without worrying about selecting the right type of scene or setting. Even in conditions that conventional auto modes find difficult to handle, Intelligent Auto easily finds the right mode. The advanced Face Detection function detects up to 16 individual faces and adjusts focus and exposure appropriately for more convenience. Lightweight and portable, with a slim, stylish design available in a choice of elegant colors, these fun, easy-to-use digital cameras can accompany the user anywhere for easy shooting anytime.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Olympus LI-42B

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Landscape / Portrait mode / Beach/snow / Self-portrait / Pet / Fireworks / Night scene / Sports mode / Sunset / Indoor / Cuisine / Candle / Night scene with portrait / Documents

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:1GB


Model:Tough 3000
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Olympus Stylus

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/3.5-5.1
Max Focal Length:18.2mm
Min Focal Length:5mm
Optical Zoom:3.6
Type:Zoom lens


Microsoft Certification:Compatible with Windows 7
Underwater Use: Yes

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.3 / 1/2.3"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):11 mm ( 1/2.3 ) / 11 mm ( 1/2.3" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:12Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:5
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 800 / ISO 400 / ISO 200 / ISO 64 / ISO 1600 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia / Fisheye / Sketch / Pop Art / Pin Hole
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None