Olympus Stylus Tough 8010 review
A point and shoot camera from Olympus
Manufacturers at Olympus have managed to make what is considered one of the most durable pocket digital cameras available today. Its name: Olympus Stylus Tough 8010. The device is shockproof, crushproof, waterproof and freezeproof. Unfortunately customers will only be able to snap stills of landscapes and portraits of very still subjects. Don’t believe us? Find out more from our review below.
5x optical zoom
First of all we’ll say some things about the Olympus Stylus 8010 camera’s exterior and its specifications. With measurements such as 3.9″ x 0.9″ x 2.5″ and a weight of 7.7ounces, the gadget we tested has a rugged body and looks appealing; the product comes in the following color options: black, silver and blue. The body is made of shiny metal.
The front sports a 5x optical zoom plus 5x digital zoom along with a 14 megapixels (effective) 1/2.3 in. image sensor. Something we didn’t quite like about this pocket camera was the fact that we had to make sure that the space between the lens and the lens cover didn’t get dirty with sand or dirt; if, however, you get it dirty, the user’s manual will tell you what you need to do to wipe it. A 2.7″ HyperCrystal TM III LCD display, a directional pad, the Menu and Help buttons, the record movie button, the key to operate the zoom and other useful options sit on the back of the device; the top of the Olympus 8010 boasts the power and the shutter release buttons.
What we especially liked was the fact that we could easily press a certain button even when we had to wear gloves, because the controls were very well spaced. On the downside, we had trouble reading the label keys. The LED display of Stylus 8010 was another feature we liked, because it gave us the possibility to turn it on to constantly light up subjects we wanted to take a photo of. When we performed the test for that camera we noticed that its interface was very slow; performing tasks such as changing shooting modes was annoying.
Advanced Face Detection
Ignoring the exterior, the Olympus Stylus Tough 8010 is just a slow point-and-shoot device. What is most lacks are manual and semi manual modes. Instead, the device features a variety of shooting modes, Magic Filters (including Creative Art Filters), 19 scene modes (including four underwater ones), a multiframe preview, One-Touch HD Movie, Tap Control, Dual Image Stabilization, AF Tracking, Advanced Face Detection, Beauty Mode, Perfect Shot, Shadow Adjustment, In-Camera Panorama and Intelligent Auto. The Tap Control option is one of the best; when we tested the camera underwater for this review, this feature enabled us to simply tap on the product’s bottom, back and sides to quickly open features such as shooting modes, playback and many more and also to take photos.
Very slow shutter lag
Another interesting feature was the multiframe preview one which helped us catch a glimpse of what the result would look like. The macro capabilities of the latest Olympus Stylus Tough 8010 were a disappointment; the camera managed to focus on a subject only at a distance of 8 inches.
The overall performance could seriously be improved, because the gadget had very slow shutter lag, continuous shooting speed, time between shots and time from powering up to actually taking a photo. The battery life is short and allows for 200 stills.
Good image up to ISO 400
The quality of the pictures, on the other hand, was good up to ISO 400. Colors looked natural and vibrant, white balance was accurate, exposure was very good and noise and detail degradation were kept in check. The only problem we encountered was when we shot indoor pictures. Video quality was quite good: the zoom lens worked well and was silent when we had to move around. On the downside, the device took some time to focus and change exposure.
As a conclusion of this review, the new Olympus Stylus Tough 8010 is a good choice for people who want a solid camera with good outdoors performance.
|Resolution Width in Pixel||4288|
|Resolution Height in Pixel||3216|
|Viewfinder Type||LCD only|
|Memory Type||Internal and External|
|Depth in mm||23.9|
|Height in mm||63.6|
|Lowest Focal Length in mm||28|
|Focal Length in mm||140|
|Video Capture||Video + Sound|
|Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro||Not|
|Memory Stick Duo / Pro Duo||Not|
|Internal Memory size in MB||2048|
|LCD Monitor Resolution in Pixel||230000|
|Max Resolution Mode Video Width||1280|
|Max Resolution Mode Video Height||720|
|Ability to save files in RAW||Not|
|Maximum Aperture Tele||5.9|
|Maximum Aperture Wide||3.9|
|Shutter Speed fastest in Second||1 / 1200|
|Shutter Speed slowest in Second||1 / 4|
|Sensor Size||1 / 4 ‘|
|Battery Type||Olympus LI-50 B|
|Image Stabilizer||Optical Stabilizer|
|Number of frames per second in video mode||30|