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Olympus µ Tough 8000

alaTest has collected and analyzed 970 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the design and water proof. The usability and portability are also appreciated. There are some mixed reviews about the storage and exposure. Some have doubts about the viewfinder and features.

image quality, portability, usability, water proof, design

value for money, memory, energy, features, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Olympus µ Tough 8000 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Olympus Stylus Tough 8000


With underwater scenery often more spectacular than what's above the surface, it's a pity that your typical point-and-shoot camera can't take to the seas. Luckily, ruggedized, waterproof cameras, like the 12-megapixel Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 ($379.99...

Ruggedized body protects camera from drops of up to 6.6 feet. Waterproof to 33 feet. Automatic lens cover keeps fingerprints and debris off the lens. Four underwater shooting modes. Tap controls for easy operation while wearing gloves

Subpar image quality. No HD-video capture. Storage is limited to microSD and xD-Picture Card

Underwater cameras often come with tradeoffs: In the case of the Tough-8000, its handy, innovative tap controls are offset by underwhelming image quality and a steep price tag.

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Olympus Stylus Tough 8000 Review



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Olympus Stylus Tough 8000 (Silver)


The Olympus Stylus Tough 8000 is one of the most durable pocket cameras you're going to find. Its metal body and shock-absorbing system can survive drops up to 6.6 feet and it's crushproof up to a weight of 220 pounds. On top of those things it is...

Nice design; wide-angle lens; good feature set.

Soft photos; slow performance.

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.


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Olympus Stylus Tough 8000


Excellent LCD ; Handy Tap Control ; Pixel mapping option can compensate for a dead pixel if it occurs ; Rugged and waterproof up to 33 feet

Separate battery charger not included ; Image detail can be soft on edges

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Olympus Stylus Tough-8000


Given the high ratings of Survivor and extreme sports, it makes all the sense in the world that tough digicams are more popular than ever. You've gotta record those exploits to share with the world, right? As we reported from PMA, several companies...

Definitely takes a beating; attractive styling; nice wide-angle lens; good attempt at tap control

Expensive; slow response; pictures ain't great; loads of noise at 400 ISO and above

It was rather liberating just throwing the camera into a snow pile, something we wouldn

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Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 Digital Camera First Impressions Review


The Stylus Tough-8000 is the new abuse-resistant camera from Olympus. It shares the same rugged pedigree as the company's previous 1030SW, able to withstand watery depths of up to 33 feet, and temperatures as cold as 14°F, and adds the tap control...

The Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 has a few features we really like, such as the ability to preview variations of an image at different settings and its extremely rugged exterior. On the other hand, complete lack of manual controls and a slow lens are less...

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Olympus Stylus Tough-8000


The Olympus Stylus TOUGH-8000 wins the ruggedized camera competition hands-down. It's usable at a greater depth than the competition, it's drop-proof, dustproof, and weatherproof specs meet the competition, and it's crushproof to boot. If you're...

12 megapixel resolution3.6X (28-102mm 35mm equivalent) zoom2.7 inch color LCD displayTap control featureDustproof, waterproof, drop-proof, freezeproof, shakeproof and crushproof

The Olympus STYLUS TOUGH-8000 camera is a new 12MP ruggedized camera...

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Olympus Stylus TOUGH-8000


Can take some abuse and keep shooting, but image and video quality are lackluster

Fairly accurate colors; Low distortion

Poor detail, especially with noise reduction; Low quality video

There’s no doubt that the Olympus Stylus Tough 8000 is a tough little camera. It can handle water to 33 feet, be dropped from 6 feet and temperatures down to a chilly 14 Fahrenheit and still keep taking photos. So it would not have a problem surviving...

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Olympus Mju Tough 8000


Olympus has been known for some time to focus a line of range finder (PnS) cameras dedicated to rugged/rough environments. The new Olympus Tough 8000 is one of the latest in its Tough Series.

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Olympus Tough 8000


We were highly impressed with the picture quality of the 10-megapixel unit and ruggedness of it. Even with a 2.7-inch LCD screen, the Tough-8000 wasn't damaged at any height dropped from within military specifications.

Nothing significant

Product Specifications

The Stylus tough 8000 is virtually indestructible. Whether you're kayaking downriver or skiing a double diamond, it's hard to hurt this camera. Breakthrough features like dual image stabilization and tap control provide the clearest images under the most challenging conditions.

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Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Olympus Li-50B

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Compact
Supported Flash Memory:microSD Card / xD-Picture Card

Digital Storage Media

Type: None

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:Beach/snow / Beauty / Candle / Cuisine / Documents / Fireworks / Indoor / Landscape / Night scene / Night scene with portrait / Portrait mode / Self-portrait / Snow / Sports mode / Sunset / Underwater macro / Underwater snapshot / Underwater wide 1 / Underwater wide 2


Model:Tough 8000
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


Underwater Use: Yes
Vista Certification:Certified for Windows Vista

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.33"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.9 mm ( 1/2.33 ) / 10.9 mm ( 1/2.33" )
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:AVI / MJPEG
Digital Zoom:5
Face Detection: Yes
ISO (Max):1600
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Sepia
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type: None