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. olympus-stylus-tough-8010

LED display

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.

Review conclusion

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.

Technical specifications

Sensor TypeCCD
Resolution Width in Pixel4288
Resolution Height in Pixel3216
Viewfinder TypeLCD only
Memory TypeInternal and External
Optical Zoom5
Digital zoom5
Depth in mm23.9
Height in mm63.6
Lowest Focal Length in mm28
Focal Length in mm140
Interchangeable LensNot
Screen Size2.7
Video CaptureVideo + Sound
Secure DigitalYes
Micro DriveNot
Compact FlashNot
Memory Stick / Memory Stick ProNot
Memory Stick Duo / Pro DuoNot
Internal Memory size in MB2048
Burst shootingYes
LCD Monitor Resolution in Pixel230000
Max Resolution Mode Video Width1280
Max Resolution Mode Video Height720
Ability to save files in RAWNot
Maximum Aperture Tele5.9
Maximum Aperture Wide3.9
Shutter Speed fastest in Second1 / 1200
Shutter Speed slowest in Second1 / 4
Sensor Size1 / 4 ‘
Battery TypeOlympus LI-50 B
Image StabilizerOptical Stabilizer
DebuggingFace Detection
Shutter PriorityNot
Aperture PriorityNot
Number of frames per second in video mode30