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Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 12 MP Digital Camera with 3.6x Wide Angle Optical Dual Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7...
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 197 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.6
Returned or considering to return: 8.6%

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Individual Feature Rating
Setting4.6   above average
Underwater4.5   above average
Image4.1   average
Photo4.1   average
Quality3.8   below average
Menu3.3   below average
Video3.3   below average
Battery3.2   average


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Battery

Battery:
"It worked well for about 18 months then started having problems I thought it just needed new batteries, the camera will turn on and then just shut off."
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"Con:The older camera, after about two years of abuse, has started to think batteries are dying dead when switching back and forth between auto mode and any of the special settings."
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"Problems with customer care:I thought that it may be a battery issue and I was willing to show the camera and Olympus the benefit of the doubt."
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"We did have an problem with the battery not staying in place, sent it in for warranty work and got it back in a reasonable amount of time, they even fixed a spot where the back tint had been scratched in my hubby's pocket even though it wasn't the reason we sent it in for."
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"The battery is alright (3 days or so) but its not that great for multi day camping trips."
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"I really enjoy this camera, but to recharge the battery you have to insert inside the camera not pratical at all, because it was a very expensive camera, if you have an extra battery you will have to buy a separate charger or wait forever for both batteries to charge...I am really disappointed with Olympus, how could this company be so cheap...This is my second Olympus camera, I have the Stylus 1050 and they included a separate charger with it, I guess this will be the last time I buy a Olympus camera..."
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"After several new batteries that didn't fix the problem, I give up."
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"I bought both through amazon as well as additional batteries, charger and floaty wrist strap."
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"Battery life is quite good even through many flash shots on one charge."
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"The battery last a decent amount of time consideering the amount of pictures I took."
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"The most common cause is the less than perfect battery compartment seal."
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Image

Image:
"Dubbed the Hurt Cam, its first use of shooting wakeboarding pics and vids broke everyone in the boat (ie Go Big or Go Home) in 45 minutes."
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"I had to take a star away because it is a touch dated at the time of review and the image quality isn't nearly as sharp as newer point and clickers."
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"bought this camera to take on bicycle trips..I thought it would be a good tough camera I never really found out because the quality of the pics where not that great I did not like the color so I went back to a canon and got a Canon PowerShot SD1200IS 10 MP ...I still have the Olympus but it is in a drawer somewhere and the bad thing besides just wasting my $$ on the camera was I bought the memory card which cannot be used on any of my other cameras and some of the accessories to go with it...I did like the accessories too bad they won't fit on my canon"
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"Not only did I have supposedly tough camera that could go underwater fail miserably, but no pictures for our photo album of first dives our family has."
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"It may have to do with our learning curve because its new but I did alot of tweeking on this thing and the image quality is just not that good."
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"For the record, the underwater shots I was able to take turned out well; too bad the camera wasn't functioning the last few days of my trip and I missed getting pics of an octopus literally within arms reach of me in shallow water on a sunny day."
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"purchased this camera about 5 years ago and still taking great pics."
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"The software and hardware image stabilization helps my friends take good photos too."
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"My other PAS is the same brand as the turquoise one I referenced, and has great quality images."
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"Macro images always came out blurry for me, but it made pretty decent wide angle images- underwater pictures at depths beyond 30'."
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Menu

Menu:
"The menus are a little hard to navigate and understand, but no worse than most other cameras."
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"The only complaint I had was it took awhile to get used to the menus in the camera."
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"The problem is, it turns itself on very easily and you have to go to the menu to turn it off."
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"The Olympus menus were OK but not as easy as the Canon even though I am a bit BIASed here."
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"Olympus, let me focus on the tap control, to tell you that if I disable it in the menus, then that should very well mean that it is DISABLED."
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"I found the menus to be well laid-out and intuitive."
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"Go to the camera store and play with all manufacturers display models before you make a purchase to make sure you are comfortable with the menus and settings as well as happy with the quality of the pictures it takes."
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"This camera has many, many menu settings and I was a little nervous that I would change a setting inadvertently but so far, I am finding my way around the menus and features without any problems."
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"The menu is easy to understand."
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Photo

Photo:
"Unfortunately, It starting dying after fewer and fewer photos once I arrived in Colombia and eventually I could only get 2 or 3 snaps per charge."
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"The videos we took in air (literally, while para-sailing) were decent for souvenirs, and the underwater videos are great novelties, though not nearly as good as the photos."
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"Some people have commented that this camera does not take the BEST quality photos, but they are missing the point."
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"It takes forever to power up, doesn't focus well, takes miserable photos above water, tends to gather water drops on the lens that are hard to clear, can't be pointed anywhere near the sun without HUGE artifacts, has terrible underwater sound, and takes an eternity to take photos."
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"I was unable to get photos of my kayaking, waterfall and snuba adventures (to name a few) later in the trip."
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"What's most upsetting are all the lost photos (memories)."
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"The software and hardware image stabilization helps my friends take good photos too."
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"Shoots great photos in auto mode."
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"Underwater photos are Exceptionally good."
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"The first time was some fun photos in a swimming hole in New Hampshire."
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"...and recall why you purchased this camera: be it snorkeling on the reefs off the coast of Fiji; taking photos of an incoming habib; or just enjoying the kayaks along the Savannah River with your mates, taking photos of the endangered Spider Lily."
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Quality

Quality:
"Only complaint is that the picture quality is clearly not as good as my other (dry) point and shoot and it's much heavier, though roughly the same size (which is impressive, given its considerable protections)."
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"I had to take a star away because it is a touch dated at the time of review and the image quality isn't nearly as sharp as newer point and clickers."
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"bought this camera to take on bicycle trips..I thought it would be a good tough camera I never really found out because the quality of the pics where not that great I did not like the color so I went back to a canon and got a Canon PowerShot SD1200IS 10 MP ...I still have the Olympus but it is in a drawer somewhere and the bad thing besides just wasting my $$ on the camera was I bought the memory card which cannot be used on any of my other cameras and some of the accessories to go with it...I did like the accessories too bad they won't fit on my canon"
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"picture quality is not as good as you would think for 12mp."
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"Would recommend if you're having problems with the quality of the shots, be sure to really read the instructions, especially on care as shortcuts can cause real issues."
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"I read some negative reviews about the picture quality, but so far this camera has taken good pictures with a minimum of talent, which in my opinion has always been the hallmark the Olympus Stylus line back to their 35mm cameras."
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"My other PAS is the same brand as the turquoise one I referenced, and has great quality images."
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"It takes quick photos and has reasonable picture quality with many scene settings....if it is to have a high quality image point and shoot that will just be used for Christmas frivolities, trips to the orchestra or ballet recitals then I would highly recommend looking for something more like a Canon SD, which will maximize image quality without having the wicked fringe benefits this camera provides of neigh indestructibility."
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"It had an excellent interface, easy-to-use buttons, and good picture quality."
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"Pictures aren't DSLR quality, but 3-4 pics per second and 10-15 total is pretty good."
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"The picture quality is amazing."
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Setting

Setting:
"The flash and customization settings are perhaps the worst."
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"love the panorma setting."
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"It takes quick photos and has reasonable picture quality with many scene settings....if it is to have a high quality image point and shoot that will just be used for Christmas frivolities, trips to the orchestra or ballet recitals then I would highly recommend looking for something more like a Canon SD, which will maximize image quality without having the wicked fringe benefits this camera provides of neigh indestructibility."
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"There are many different settings for all lighting environments, including the underwater setting which takes GREAT PHOTOS."
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"Go to the camera store and play with all manufacturers display models before you make a purchase to make sure you are comfortable with the menus and settings as well as happy with the quality of the pictures it takes."
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"brilliant functions and so many 'scene' settings to choose from."
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Speed

Speed:
"I tried it the other night in firework mode and it was VERY slow and I missed what I was taking the picture of"
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"The shutter speed is a little slow but nothing to complain about."
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"Also good for tossing to someone in the water already (again, as long as it has the floaty attached).Really love the high speed shutter for action shots."
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"We have since kept it on-hand for every trip short or long - its speed lets us catch great shots on a whim."
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"For dawn type shots around 5 a. m. This camera can take good pictures if your shutter speed cooperates and the camera finds something close by to focus on."
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"The price was amazing (~$300).Shipping was extremely fast."
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"Really like how you tap it anywhere on the right side to view photos and left to go back, I have tapped it pretty fast and it keeps up.4."
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Underwater

Underwater:
"But since I bought this to use underwater the fact that it does not last is a big problem."
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"Not only did I have supposedly tough camera that could go underwater fail miserably, but no pictures for our photo album of first dives our family has."
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"It takes forever to power up, doesn't focus well, takes miserable photos above water, tends to gather water drops on the lens that are hard to clear, can't be pointed anywhere near the sun without HUGE artifacts, has terrible underwater sound, and takes an eternity to take photos."
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"The one drawback is the camera is so small that sometimes with the underwater shots, it's hard to stablize the camera and a finger shows up in the corner of the picture."
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"Definitely test your camera underwater before taking it out in the world, I'm sure that sometimes there are just errors in the production."
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"I've loaned my camera out to a few people going on tropical vacations and they've been mostly pleased with their daytime shots, especially the underwater ones, but they all switched to their camera phones for the nighttime or indoors pictures."
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"It's great with bright-light outdoor shots as well as underwater pictures."
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"To sum up: If you're going to be taking pictures in the sun or while running around on a snowy day or diving underwater, this camera will give you excellent results."
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"Underwater photos are Exceptionally good."
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"Macro images always came out blurry for me, but it made pretty decent wide angle images- underwater pictures at depths beyond 30'."
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Video

Video:
"It has a good microphone for recording sound for video but a really weak playback."
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"Disappointed because I do use the video quite often."
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"I would recommend this camera except to people who use the video component excessively."
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"The only main drawback is the video sound."
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"This Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 12 MP Digital Camera includes an optional 4GB chip and provides a plethora of features including video and waterproofness that make it hard to beat."
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"The weakest aspect of this camera is the video recording."
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"It has a good microphone for recording sound for video but a really weak playback."
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"Once I got the white-balance figured out, I was able to take good shots and video, in quickly changing conditions."
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"I would recommend this camera except to people who use the video component excessively."
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"I haven't tried the underwater video yet, but will soon, and am sure it will perform as well as it has with all its other features."
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"It is easy to carry and the quality of pictures and video are excellent."
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