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Olympus Stylus Tough 8000 Above 10 Megapixel

2.14/5 (7 Reviews)

  • MPN226750
    Product ID81164481
    Depth0.85 in.
    Width3.74 in.
    Height2.43 in.
    Memory TypeBuilt-in
    Battery TypeLithium-ion Battery
    Included AccessoriesSoftware • USB Cable • Hand Strap • Driver • Lithium Battery • AV Cable
    Weight0.4 lb.
    Optical Zoom3.6x
    Image Sensor TypeCCD
    Interchangeable LensNot Interchangeable Lenses
    Camera Resolution12.7 Megapixel
    ISO SpeedsAuto • 100 • 200 • 400 • 800 • 1600 • 64
    Interface TypeUSB 2.0
    Self Timer12 Sec.
    Video Resolutions320 x 240 • 640 x 480 (VGA)
    White BalanceAuto • Daylight / Sunny (Preset) • Fluorescent (Preset) • Tungsten (Preset) • Overcast (Preset)
    Video FormatAVI • Motion JPEG
    Family LineOlympus Mju
    Built-in Memory Size45 MB
    Resolution12.7 Megapixel
    Shutter Speed1/2000 - 1/4 sec
    Digital Zoom5x
    Camera TypeCompact
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Frames Per Second5 Frames
    Compression TypeDCF • DPOF • EXIF 2.21
    Focal Length5 - 18.2 mm
    Image Resolutions640 x 480 • 2560 x 1920 • 2048 x 1536 • 1600 x 1200 • 1280 x 960 • 1920 x 1080
    LCD Screen Size2.7 in.

Product Description

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. Life can be tough, this camera is tougher. Rugged metal body and revolutionary shock-absorbing construction are designed to withstand a 6.6-foot drop, bump or other mishap. A revolutionary system of waterproof seals and gaskets keeps water out so you can take pictures as deep as 33 feet underwater. Boldly enter that winter wonderland without worrying about your camera. This camera is winterized to perform at below-freezing temperatures. With a rugged body and reinforced LCD, the Stylus Tough-8000 withstands up to 220 pounds of pressure so your camera and images are protected.

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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Lee Grant a Expert

Date Reviewed: March 11, 2014

Strengths:    small easy to carry, other than that is fairly useless, DO NOT USE UNDERWATER!!

Weaknesses:    Camera leaked first time under water, for a sports camera there are too many adjustments and controls, 657 last count. make quick shooting virtually impossible, especially under water. Use your money wisely grasshopper! buy another tougher camera there are many out there

Bottom Line:   
Basically, Olympus has tried to cram too much into the Stylus Tough line. too many options, too many buttons for a sports camera, too many doors with leaky seals for underwater use. Controls are tiny and difficult if not impossible to use with gloves or cold hands. warranty requires sending the camera back to factory every year! (this not listed in warranty literature) My summary impression of this camera line is that it is a RIP-OFF! Not happy, Not satisfied

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Price Paid:    $425.00

Purchased At:   Best Buy

Similar Products Used:   Hero pro

Type of photography:   Sports

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by ajstars a Casual

Date Reviewed: January 19, 2011

Strengths:    First U Tough 8000 lasted me less than a week before it let in water on its first trip into the sea less than 1 metre deep. There was no grit or sand in the seal, I just got the warning 'Battery cover open' then it died for good. Ruined my holiday but Olympus customer service were great and believed the camera was imported from Hong Kong by the reputable online retailer who shall remain nameless. Olympus supplied a new camera with a 2 year warranty which has been ok up until last week when I went climbing in Scotland. Customer service was excellent last time, lets see about this time!

Weaknesses:    Took the camera climbing in Scotland last week, It coped with all the winter weather, being frozen (so the shutter could not close) and being bashed around, but the tap control has packed up and I can no longer take a picture by tapping the back of the camera. To most a useless feature, but when you are climbing with seriously thick gloved hands then this is useful. The on/off button is rather awkward though with gloved hands and the scene selection button has a habbit of turning which is equally difficult to correct with gloved hands. Wish you could turn the flash off in auto mode, as if it's raining you get straeks of light in the photo. Turn it off in any other mode and the shutter speed is so long everything is blurred. In fact most photos are blurred anyway unless you are lucky! Auto focus takes a while and more often than not does not focus on anything.
I shall reserve judgement until Olympus sort this all out, however their customer service (fingers crossed) seems very good, and they are sending me packaging to return the camera to them again.

Bottom Line:   
Tough but poor photos.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $210.00

Purchased At:   Online

Similar Products Used:   None

Type of photography:   Sports

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by andres Anaya a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: July 4, 2010

Strengths:    real strong against impact
droped it from more than 10 feet one time really hard and kept working after i recharged.

Weaknesses:    lets moisture in

Bottom Line:   
I bought it on october 2009, for the first couple months it was a great camera until i decided to take some pictures in a pool after an offroad trip, the lens and the lcd display had moisture in them. y kept it in my shorts insidea the pool for a couple of minutes before take the 1st pic when i found out it was fogged.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by dwheeler625 a Casual

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2010

Strengths:    nice design, great features.

Weaknesses:    Became waterlogged....even when used correctly.

Bottom Line:   
My husband and I bought this camera to use when kayaking. We live in Florida and do lots of water sports. We have taken the camera on several trips kayaking and have used underwater with no problem. We took it on a cruise with us for a short weekend trip and wanted to use it to take pictures while snorkling. Well the stupid thing would work. We turned it on prior to entering the water and made sure the battery area was locked and we still got water in the camera. The front lens and back LCD display both had water in them. We let the camera dry and now it won't turn on. I'm not too happy and would like to find one that won't do this after a few months of use.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Best Buy

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by moray21 a Casual

Date Reviewed: November 7, 2009

Bottom Line:   
Be aware that Olympus 8000 U are not reliable in Water. I’ve had two failures with two camera’s. BOTH leaked and do not work! Would strongly advise against a purchase.

I bought the Olympus U8000 because of its water depth rating of 10m. I do a lot of diving and other outdoor stuff, canyoning etc. So I thought that a little lightweight number that’s both tough and good to 10m will be useful. When I go the camera the first thing that struck me, as a humble engineer as well as a diver, was the design and size of the seals. To me they instinctively looked lightweight and I was suspicious. O.k. I thought maybe the small seal lip and covers will close tighter on added pressure of 1 Bar.

To cut a long story short; I took the camera in to our pool to shoot a few snaps of the kids. I got 5-6 pic’s in 1.3m Depth, I then went to the deep part, lets say 2m and took a few pictures. Suddenly the screen shows a red warning of battery compartment open. I surface and she has gone blank. I dry it, open it, and there’s a few drops in side. Not flooded, but moisture is in and the LCD has gone. I dried here out slowly for 48 hours. But she was still dead after trying to power her up.

To the credit of the on-line shop I bought it from, after a long e-mail chain and some push they replaced it with a new unit, prior to my holiday to Zanzibar. As an interesting comment one of the staff said “oh yes.....we have had quite a few of these returned....?!?” That did not inspire me with confidence.

On the last day of my holiday .....(yes I did not trust the camera in water until the last day of my trip ?!?) I went to take snaps of my daughter doing a try-dive. I was on the surface with a snorkel. I had no problems and took 15 shots or so. I then decided to get a shot looking at my kid rather than from above, so I dived under to about say 3m at best. I got a few snaps OK. Then I noticed the LCD was simply dead. In the boat I dried her off and opened her up, again no rush of water, just a few drops. I closed her up and rinsed it in fresh water. I did the same 48 hrs plus to dry her out, but she’s still dead.

My summary of good old Olympus U8000.....well I maintain that looking at the seals (which are instinctively not rated to me for 10m...) and the fact that two camera’s failed miserably at less than 3m, then I would strongly advise against anyone buying a U8000 for taking them underwater.

I will no doubt get mine repaired under the warranty. But to be honest I’ve written it off and am fed up at how much grief it’s cost me. So my last energy goes on posting on as many sites as I can to prevent others from similar hassle.

Good luck.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $220.00

Purchased At:   camerabox.co.uk

Type of photography:   Sports

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