Wednesday, October 07, 2009


Olympus Stylus Tough 8000 waterproof digital camera - equipment review.

Great photos & videos from your whitewater river paddle boating trips.

The new Stylus Tough 8000 waterproof digital camera is a very significant upgrade from the older Stylus 720sw waterproof digital camera that I reviewed previously. Megapixels have increased from 7 MP to 12 MP. The tiny power on/off button has been replaced by a larger button that is easier to operate. A rotating dial has been added in the new model for easier selection of photo shooting modes. The buttons for changing camera settings have been reorganized into a nice system that is easier to learn.

Other Reviewers' Opinions of the Stylus Tough 8000 camera.

Olympus unveils Stylus Tough 6000 and 8000: Digital Photography Review.
"The Stylus TOUGH-8000 features a 12 megapixel sensor while the sister model TOUGH-6000 captures 10 megapixel images. Both cameras come with a 3.6x (28-102mm equivalent) zoom lens and feature Olympus' TAP control technology for easy operation when wearing gloves, ideal for all sorts of outdoor activities."

Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 - HotHardware.
"Stylus Tough-8000 is the first in its family to include Dual Image Stabilization. Olympus uses mechanical Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization to adjust the internal image sensor and compensate for camera movement even in low-light conditions with slower shutter speeds. Digital Image Stabilization works to freeze action by adjusting the camera’s ISO settings and shutter speeds to help prevent blurry images caused by a moving subject."

Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 Review - Digital Trends.
"Although we certainly like the tough concept and the ability to kiss your worries goodbye if drop your camera, step on it by mistake or take it into the snow and water without a care in the world, a digicam still has to take good pictures. The Olympus Tough-8000 really doesn’t do that primary task well, sad to say, and it’s hard to recommend at nearly $400."

Olympus Stylus Tough 8000 Digital camera reviews - CNET Reviews.
"The good: Nice design; wide-angle lens; good feature set. The bad: Soft photos; slow performance. The bottom line: 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."

Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 Digital Camera - Imaging Resource.
"Olympus really poured all the good stuff into its Tough 8000. Its combination of "tough" features and ratings outranks anything else currently on the market, and it snaps photos with accurate color and better than average detail for its category. Drop it, crush it, freeze it, or dive with it to 33 feet, and it'll keep on clicking: If "tough" is what you need, the Tough 8000 delivers it in spades."

My analysis of the Olympus Stylus Tough 8000 waterproof camera.

A reviewer at has complained about the soft focus of the pictures produced by the Stylus Tough 8000 waterproof camera. When I use IrfanView software for editing these pictures it is quick & easy to apply the sharpening tool to produce nice, crisp pictures that are perfectly fine for my needs. I'm quite satisfied with the picture quality from the Stylus Tough 8000 camera and from my old Stylus 720SW camera. See my Kayaking Photo Gallery and my Kayaking Video Gallery.
The Stylus Tough 8000 is a wonderful digital camera that will help you to get great pictures & short videos from your whitewater kayaking, IKing, rafting, canoeing & river tubing trips. Taking photos while kayaking is still quite challenging, but this new improved waterproof camera helps to make it a little easier. (**** - my rating - very good - 4 stars out of 5).

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I was very happy with my 720, but then a piece broke away around the lens on front. Sent back to Olympus and they replaced with the Tough 8000 instead - nice customer service! Great cameras to be able to have on the water all the time without worrying too much about it.
The Olympus 8000 flooded with my first underwater experience. Yes it was salt water. After ten minutes or so underwater (never more than 1 meter deep) and getting to know the camera, bubbles started to show in the viewer and all was over.
How unfortunate that your model 8000 leaked during your first underwater use! Do you think that the leakage in your camera was operator error or a manufacturing defect? Since the camera leaked on its first use, then were you able to get a refund or replacement via warranty?

My friend & I have had great success with our Olympus waterproof cameras. They get wet frequently and haven't leaked yet. Anybody else who has had good or bad experiences with these waterproof cameras please add your comments here.
Olympus Stylus Tough 8000 is a decent looking camera and has very good features. It is a 12 mp camera and is water and shockproof. The camera is available in black blue and silver colors. It is very easy to use and very comfortable for shooting. The photo quality is average, nothing great. Performance wise, its a bit slow but if durability matters to you, then this is the best option.
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