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Olympus Stylus Tough-8010

Waterproof 14-megapixel digital camera with HD video recording (Silver)

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by Meredith Krebs
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Waterproof and ready for adventures

Carry along a rugged waterproof camera the next time your travels take you to the beach, pool, or ski slopes, and capture unforgettable snapshots of your vacation. These cameras can go underwater with you, and they usually stand up to other hardships, too, like extreme temperatures and accidental drops, so you can spend less time worrying about your camera and more time having fun.

The go anywhere, do anything camera
The Olympus Stylus Tough-8010 is practically indestructible. Built to withstand pressure up to 220 lbs., water down to depths of 33 feet, and freezing temperatures — it's ready for your next action-packed adventure. And if that wasn't enough, it's designed to withstand accidental drop from up to 6.6 feet and keep on snapping pictures.

This camera delivers clear, colorful photos and HD movies, so you can bring home lasting memories of your favorite trips. It even lets you play pictures back and use other features just by tapping the top, back and sides of the camera. So if you're wearing gloves, it's still easy to use.

The Tough-8010 has 2GB of built-in memory. But if you plan to shoot a lot of photos and high-def video clips, you'll probably want to add an SD memory card for more storage.

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Highlights:

  • 14-megapixel effective recording
  • 2-11/16" LCD screen
  • waterproof to 33 feet
  • freeze proof to 14°F
  • shockproof up to 6.6 feet
  • 5X optical zoom (5X digital zoom)
  • dual image stabilization
  • 35mm equivalent lens focal length: 28-140mm
  • high-definition movie mode (up to 720p resolution)
  • face detection automatically sets focus, exposure, flash, and white balance for better portraits
  • motion detection calculates subject movement and sets ideal exposure and sensitivity to reduce blur
  • shutter speed: 1/4-1/2,000 seconds
  • tap the side of the camera to preview pictures and use other features
  • high-speed USB interface
  • 2GB internal memory and accepts optional SD/SDHC™ cards (no memory card included)
  • 3-15/16"W x 2-9/16"H x 1"D
  • weight: 6.9 oz. (without battery and media)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • rechargeable lithium ion battery
  • battery charger
  • audio/video and USB cables
  • wrist strap
  • software CD-ROM

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Features and Specs
General
LCD Screen Size
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2.7"
Wi-Fi
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No
Touchscreen
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No
GPS-enabled
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No
Lens 35mm Equivalent
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28-140mm
Optical Zoom
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5x
Digital Zoom
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5x
Filter Diameter
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N/A
Manual Focusing
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No
Manual Exposure
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No
Built-in Flash
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Yes
HDMI Output
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Mini
Memory
Internal Memory
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2 GB
Memory Media
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SD/SDHC
Image
Effective Megapixel Count
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1.4e+007
Total Megapixels
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Image Stabilization
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Optical + Digital
Highest Resolution
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4288 x 3216
HD Video Recording
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Yes
Dimensions
Width (inches)
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3-15/16
Height (inches)
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2-9/16
Depth (inches)
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1
Weight With Battery (ounces)
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7.6
Warranty
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Product Research
What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • Digital camera (silver)
  • LI-50B Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.7V/925mAh)
  • F-2AC-1A AC adapter (5V/500mAh)
  • 54" USB cable (with a USB type-A connector on one end and a proprietary connector on other end)
  • 62" A/V cable (with RCA composite video and mono RCA audio plugs on one end and a proprietary connector on the other end
  • Wrist strap
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Maintaining Water Resistance booklet
  • Note on camera setup
  • Warranty card
  • Instructions note for AC adapter

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Features
Recording Images

Displaying and Editing Images

Supplied Software

Memory Capacity

Features

Rugged Design: The Olympus Stylus Tough-8010 is a rugged, everyday camera, designed for on-the-go photographers. The camera has a durable metal body and is built to the following standards:

  • Shockproof: designed to withstand a 6.6-foot fall, drop or other mishap (MIL-STD-810F standard)
  • Waterproof: innovative waterproof seals and gaskets allow you to take underwater movies and pictures in the pool, lake, or ocean, up to 33-foot depths (IEC60529--IPX8/JISC0920 standard)
  • Dustproof: dustproof to an IEC standard 529 IP6X
  • Crushproof: can withstand up to 220 pounds of pressure
  • Freezeproof: camera can withstand temperature extremes down to 14° F (MIL-STD-810F standard)

Face Detection: The Stylus Tough-8010 has a Face Detection feature which tracks faces within the frame, and focuses and optimizes exposure for sharp, brilliant portraits.

Image Processing: This camera uses the TruePic III image processor, which was developed for the professional Digital SLR, to deliver superior images with true-to-life color, sharper detail, and less noise.

Optics: The Stylus Tough-8010 is equipped with a 5.0-25.0mm zoom lens (equivalent to 28-140mm in 35mm photography).

5x Optical/5x Digital Zoom: The camera has a 5x optical zoom to deliver sharper, clearer images and bring you closer to the action without taking a step. In addition to the 5x optical zoom, the camera has a 5x digital zoom. This gives you a seamless total zoom of 25x.

LCD Monitor: The camera is equipped with a 2.7" HyperCrystal III color LCD monitor with approximately 230,000 pixels. The monitor features a 2-step brightness adjustment, anti-glare technology, and an extra-wide viewing angle. The LCD monitor allows you to view images being taken as well as review stored images, even in direct sunlight.

Recording Media: The Olympus Stylus Tough-8010 digital camera records still images or motion video on the 2 GB internal memory (1.6 MB for shooting) or an optional SD or SDHC Memory Card. Still images are recorded in JPEG format. Motion video is recorded in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 with sound.

14-Megapixel Image Sensor: The digital camera's high-resolution 14-megapixel image sensor delivers superior quality for larger prints without sacrificing detail. The camera features a 1/2.33" CCD with an effective pixel count of 14,000,000.

Dual Image Stabilization: The camera combines Sensor-shift Image Stabilization with Digital Image Stabilization, so you can capture sharp, blur-free images, even if your subject is moving.

Focusing Range: The focus range for the normal shooting mode is 23.6" to infinity for wide angle and telephoto lens extremes. In the macro mode, the range is 7.9" to infinity (wide) and 19.7" to infinity (tele). Super Macro mode allows you to take shots as close as 1.2" to 23.6".

White Balance: The Stylus Tough-8010 offers the following White Balance presets: Auto, Sunny Day, Cloudy Day, Tungsten Light, Fluorescent Lamp 1 (daylight fluorescent), Fluorescent Lamp 2 (neutral white fluorescent), Fluorescent Lamp 3 (white fluorescent).

Flash: The camera's built-in flash operates in the following modes:

  • Flash Auto: The flash fires automatically in low light or backlight conditions.
  • Red-eye Reduction Flash: This emits pre-flashes for red-eye reduction.
  • Fill-in Flash: The flash fires regardless of the available light.
  • Flash Off: The flash does not fire.

Self-Timer: You can take pictures of yourself using the built-in self timer. You can select a 12-second and a 2-second self-timer.

Pixel Mapping: In rare cases, the camera may acquire dead or stuck pixels in the CCD. Pixel Mapping allows you to engage a menu function and refresh the CCD, rather than sending the camera back to an Olympus service center. It is recommended that Pixel Mapping be done once a year.

Sleep Mode: To save battery power, the camera automatically enters the sleep mode and the LCD turns off after approximately three minutes with no operations performed. After 15 minutes the camera turns off completely.

Time and Date Information: The camera has an internal clock, and the time and date information can be recorded on each image, if desired. The automatic calendar system will display dates through 2099.

Power Requirements: The Stylus Tough-8010 operates on an LI-50B rechargeable Lithium-ion battery. A battery charger (F-2AC-1A) is supplied to charge the LI-50B. The camera can take up to approximately 200 photos with fully charged battery. Charging time is approximately 3 hours. The camera can also operate on AC power (useful during computer downloads or viewing images on your TV) using the optional D-7AC adapter with the CB-MA3 DC coupler. The battery also charges whenever the camera is connected to a computer via USB (Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems).

Recording Images

Resolution: Several recording settings are available for still pictures and video, requiring varying amounts of memory:

  • Still Pictures:
    • Image Size: 14M--4288 x 3216, 8M--3264 x 2448, 5M--2560 x 1920, 3M--2048 x 1536, 2M--1600 x 1200, 1M--1280 x 960, VGA--640 x 480, 16:9L--4288 x 2416, 16:9S--1920 x 1080
    • Compression: Fine or Normal
    • Audio: With sound or Without Sound
  • Video:
    • Image Size: 1280 x 720 (16:9), 640 x 480, 320 x 240
    • Image Quality: Fine or Normal
    • Audio: With sound or Without Sound

Shooting Modes: The Stylus Tough-8010 camera offers 29 shooting modes, including 19 scene presets, for optimizing the shutter speed and exposure for specific conditions and subjects. You can choose from the following shooting modes: Intelligent Auto, Program Auto, Sensor-shift Image Stabilization, Panorama, Beauty Mode, Magic Filter (Pop Art, Pinhole, Fisheye, Drawing), HD Movie, and these scene modes: Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Sport, Indoor, Candle, Self-Portrait, Sunset, Fireworks, Cuisine, Documents, Beach & Snow, Underwater Snapshot, Underwater Wide1, Underwater Wide2, Underwater Macro, Pet, and Snow.

Continuous Shooting: The camera can take one frame at a time, or a sequence of pictures at a time by holding down the shutter button. Normal speed sequential shooting locks the focus and exposure on the first frame, and the shooting speed depends upon the image quality setting. High speed sequential shooting takes pictures at a faster speed than normal speed sequential shooting. Shooting speed is approximately 0.3 frame per second for normal and 1.2 frames per second at high speed.

Focus Lock: If it becomes difficult to focus on the subject due to low contrast to the surroundings, close up and far away subjects in the same shot, or quickly moving subjects, you can lock the focus on an object at a similar distance, then shoot the picture after recomposing the shot.

Sensitivity: The higher the ISO value, the greater the camera's light sensitivity and better its ability to shoot in low light. The Stylus Tough-8010 can automatically set the camera's sensitivity according to the conditions around the subject. To minimize blur caused by a moving subject or camera movement, the camera can automatically use a higher sensitivity (compared to Auto). Manual settings include ISO 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, or 1600 equivalents.

AF Mode: There are three AF (auto focus) modes:

  • Face/iESP: the camera determines the subject, even when not in the center. If a face is detected, the camera focuses on the face when the shutter button is pressed halfway.
  • Spot AF: focus detection based on the subject within the AF target mark
  • AF Tracking: The camera tracks the subject's movement automatically to focus on it continuously.

Panorama: Using the included software it is possible to connect images with overlapping edges together into a single panoramic image. You can select "Auto" or "Manual" Panorama, which allows you to put up to 3 images together, or "PC" for up to 10 images to be linked together on your computer using the supplied software.

Exposure Compensation: In some situations, you may get better results by adjusting the exposure slightly using exposure compensation. You can adjust from -2.0 to + 2.0 EV in 1/3 stop increments.

Still Image Audio Recording: When activated, the camera's built-in microphone can be set to record four seconds of audio after the shutter button is released and the picture is taken. In the playback menu, you can add up to 4 seconds of audio to still pictures.

Displaying and Editing Images

Image Playback: Once still images or movies have been captured, the camera gives you several options for playing them back:

  • Manual Playback: view images manually one-by-one
  • Slide Show: play still images back as a slide show. You can select to include all, or images from a single event, or in a specific collection created with PC software. You can choose from five types of background music and three types of transitions.
  • Photo Surfing: images are searched and related images are selected for playback as a group
  • Index View: For viewing multiple images at once, you can create an index display of 12 or 30 frames.

Outputs: The Stylus Tough-8010 is equipped with a mini-HDMI (Type C) output for connecting the camera to an HDMI-equipped HDTV. The output can be set to 1080i, 720p, or 480p/576p. If the connected HDTV is compatible with HDMI Control, you can set the camera to be controlled by the TV's remote control. The camera also has a proprietary multi-function jack used as an audio/video output (with the supplied composite video/mono audio cable) or a USB port (with the supplied USB cable).

Editing Still Images: You can edit images in the camera and store them as new images before transferring them to a computer. Types of edits you can make include:

  • Size: You can resize a picture to 640 x 480 or 320 x 240 and save it as a new image file. You can also crop a picture and save it as a new image file.
  • Color Edit: Color Edit feature changes the color of the picture and saves it as a new file: black & white, sepia, high saturation, low saturation
  • Frame: Frame edit feature lets you integrate a frame within an image
  • Label: Label edit feature lets you select a preset label and integrate the label into the image.

Editing Pictures: If a picture you have taken turns out less-than-perfect, you can edit it using one of the following:

  • Beauty Fix: The camera can make corrections to the subject's skin and/or eyes. You can select Clear Skin (soft, average, or hard), Sparkle Eye, or Dramatic Eye.
  • Image Size: You can save a high-resolution image as a separate image with a smaller size to use in e-mail attachments or other applications. You can choose 640 x 480 or 320 x 240.
  • Cropping: You can zoom in using the cropping frame, and create a new image.
  • Color Edit: You can change the color tone of the image to black & white, sepia, high saturation or low saturation.
  • Calendar: You can add a calendar to an image
  • Shadow Adjust: You can brighten areas that are dark due to backlighting of other reasons
  • Redeye Fix: Red-eyes caused by flash shooting can be retouched.

Erasing/Protecting Images: Unwanted images can be erased one at a time or all at once. You can protect important images to avoid accidentally erasing them. Once an image is protected, it cannot be erased during a single-frame erase or all-frame erase function. Protected images are erased when the memory is reformatted.

PictBridge Printing Capability: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge-compliant printer. PictBridge is a standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of brand.

Exif Print (Exif 2.2): The Olympus Stylus Tough-8010 conforms to Exif Print, a worldwide standard. Vital camera settings (such as exposure mode, white balance, exposure time) and scene data are recorded to the image file when it's captured. Printers compatible with Exif Print are able to use this information to produce high quality photographs, exactly the way they were intended at the time of capture. This intelligent communication process also allows the printer to correct for poor lighting or mistakes, resulting in prints that can be even better than the originals.

Print Reservation: Applying Print Reservation to your pictures allows you to take the SD/SDHC Card to a DPOF-compatible photo lab for printing, or print them on a DPOF-compatible printer at home, without using a computer. DPOF is the Digital Print Order Format and allows you to add information to your picture files such as which pictures to print, the number of prints desired, add the date and time to each image, etc.

Supplied Software

Built-in Software: This camera has application software, as well as the full instruction manual on PDF, stored on the internal memory of the camera. When you initially connect the camera to your computer, you should install the software and manual. The camera and software are compatible with computers running the following operating system: Windows XP SP2 or later, Windows Vista, or Windows 7.

Mass Storage Device: When the camera is used as a Mass Storage device, you can connect it to computers running the following operating systems: Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional Edition, Windows Vista, and Windows 7, as well as Mac OS X v10.3 or later.

Memory Capacity

Still Images:

Image Size Compression Number of Still Pictures
Internal Memory
(1.6 GB)
1 GB SD card
With Sound Without Sound With Sound Without Sound
14M
4288 x 3216
Fine 225 237 133 140
Normal 423 466 251 276
8M
3264 x 2448
Fine 373 406 220 240
Normal 677 793 400 469
5M
2560 x 1920
Fine 570 651 337 385
Normal 1036 1337 613 790
3M
2048 x 1536
Fine 819 996 484 589
Normal 1411 2032 846 1226
2M
1600 x 1200
Fine 1239 1693 732 1001
Normal 1881 3175 1133 1938
1M
1280 x 960
Fine 1639 2540 984 1540
Normal 2419 5080 1430 3004
VGA
640 x 480
Fine 2988 8468 1820 5461
Normal 3629 16936 2145 10013
16:9L
4288 x 2416
Fine 295 315 175 187
Normal 546 619 324 368
16:9S
1920 x 1080
Fine 1154 1539 690 924
Normal 1814 2988 1092 1820

Movies:

Image Size Image Quality Continuous Recording Length
Internal Memory
(1.6 GB)
1GB SD Card
With Sound Without Sound With Sound Without Sound
1280 x 720 Fine 23 min 13 sec 23 min 34 sec 13 min 18 sec 13 min 29 sec
Normal 29 min 29 min 19 min 48 sec 20 min 13 sec
640 x 480 Fine 34 min 35 sec 35 min 20 sec 19 min 48 sec 20 min 13 sec
Normal 67 min 40 sec 70 min 36 sec 38 min 44 sec 40 min 25 sec
320 x 240 Fine 70 min 8 sec 73 min 17 sec 40 min 8 sec 41 min 57 sec
 
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High quality HD video, photos, and child proof

Written By TED, Kissimmee, FL on Saturday, April 10, 2010
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Pros:
waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof, kid proof
good quality 720p video
excellent pics @14 megapixels
great low light pics
great low light video
accelerometer for gloves/snow/water etc

Cons:
slow write to sd media even sdhc class 6 compared to previous olympus 1035sw super fast write with xd media
menu is a cross bar like ps3 that request multiple pushes versus fast access to features
no shutter speed control

Summary:
Best destruction proof camera you can but that will go anywhere and do anything and still keep taking pictures and video
14 out of 15 people found this helpful
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