Shock Proof: 5 ft
Freeze Proof: Yes
Focal length: 28-102mm
Olympus Tough 6010
- 28mm wideangle lens. You could squeeze in those new friends you just met in your vacation or capture the full breadth of a landscape in your shots.
- Tap function. You operate the camera by tapping the body instead of using the buttons.
- Underwhelming pictures like the Tough 8000.
- Only AVI video. Poor audio.
- Uses Olympus’s and Fuji’s xD memory instead of SD. SD memory cards used by other cameras are cheaper and can store more photos and videos.
- You can only charge the battery while it’s in the camera or while it’s connected to a computer.
|We Review||We Found||Rating|
|Picture Quality||The colors are accurate and the picture quality is reasonable for postcard-size daylight pictures. But they aren't as sharp as you'd expect from a 12 Mp camera and is only good up to ISO400. You should also expect grainy pictures for your indoor and night shots. Just remember to keep the ISO low and use the preset scenes as much as possible.||B|
|Video Quality||The VGA movies are sometimes jerky. And you use the wrong card, your movie is limited to only 10 seconds per clip. With washed out clips and barely audible sound, the video is added to complete, but not enhance this camera.||B|
|Ease of Use||The bright screen is easy to see in daylight. And the Olympus menu system is clear and well organized. The skinny buttons are nicely laid out but sit too close together around the navigation pad. If you're trying to shoot while rafting, it could be difficult (note: learn and use the Tap function)||A|
|Battery Life||A single charge lasts for 250 shots - just like the Stylus Tough 8000. This is better than many waterproof models. But we hate packing the 5 ft. long power cable and not being able to recharge a backup at our hotel room while shooting. To do that we must buy a backup battery along with a different backup charger.||B+|
|Built Quality||The slim lightweight body fits easily in our pocket. It's also feels well built and sturdy. And to help protect the camera's body, it has a scratch cure coating that slowly removes minor cuts on the camera body. Although it can itself be a problem, the camera has a lens cover - a feature missing from most waterproof cameras.||B+|
|Speed||The Tough 6010 is an average speed camera. It boots around 3 seconds and has a shot to shot speed of 2 second. And it's burst mode is limited to only 5 pictures per second.||B+|
|Toughness||Alright for casual snorkeling or snow fights in front of your lawn. But not suitable for serious diving.||B|
|Number of Functions||With 19 preset scene modes (4 of it for underwater use) you have plenty settings to play with. If you're a teenager, you'll find the Magic Filter pretty interesting since it can turn your photos into sketches (Tough 8000 doesn't have these.)||B+|
Tough 6010 Spec
Water Proof Depth:
noonly digital zoom
250photos per charge
10seconds per clip (unless you use M+ card)
xD, microSD, microSDHC
925 mAh Lithium-ion
Tough 6010 Tips
To get the most out of this camera:
- Buy a Type M+ xD card to get access to all it’s features. If not, you can only record movies for 10 seconds.
- Buy a microSD if you don’t care about in-camera panorama pictures and short videos. It can store more pictures because the size is not limited to only 2 Gb. You can do the panorama stitching yourself on a PC.
- Change the picture and video settings to Fine. By default, your video and photos are set
to the lowest quality.
We suggest you :
- Buy a separate charger (the LI 50C model) if you decided to buy a backup battery. This way you can charge the battery while you’re on your shooting spree.
- Buy a floating strap if you plan to take it to the sea.
Note 1: xD cards are 3x more expensive than SD. And maxed out at 2Gb (as of Jan 2009)
Note 2: Only Olympus and Fuji use xD cards. But Olympus latest E-P camera and Fuji’s latest Finepix no longer use these type of cards in their cameras. So, with these 2 companies ditching their own card format, we’re not sure if you can still find these cards 5 years from now.
Note 3: You can use microSD card in this camera but you can’t use certain features – like the in-camera Panorama function.