Olympus Stylus Tough-8000

Introduction and Specifications

We do our best to protect our cameras, cell phones, MP3 players, and other electronics from extreme weather conditions, drops, force, and water. It makes sense to do so, given that most of these gadgets don’t stand a chance against a bucket of water, accidental drop, or extreme temperatures. Realizing that life brings its fair share of bumps, spills, and accidents, Olympus has launched an entire line of digital cameras that are designed to take a licking and keep on ticking.

The Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 is the top model in Olympus' newly renamed "Tough" series of digital cameras that are made to survive the battles of everyday life. This camera is able to survive a drop from 6.6 feet, capture photos at up to 33 feet underwater, withstand 220 pounds of crushing force, and it can be used in temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 degrees Celsius). With these capabilities, it’s likely the photographer will surrender before this camera does.

Olympus Stylus Tough 8000
Specifications & Features


6.6ft / 2m


33ft / 10m


14 degrees F / -10 degrees C


220lbf / 100kgf

Image Sensor

12 Megapixels (effective), 1/2.33" CCD

Focal Length/Lens Configuration

5.0 – 18.2mm (28 – 102mm equivalent in 35mm photography)


3.6x Optical Zoom + 5x Digital Zoom

Maximum Aperture

F3.5 (W) / F5.1 (T)


2.7" (6.9cm) HyperCrystal III LCD with Backlight Boost, approx. 230,000 dots, 5 Steps Brightness Adjustment

Focus System

CCD Contrast Detection

Focus Range (from lens surface)

Normal mode: 19.7" – infinity (0.5m – infinity)

Macro mode: Wide: 3.9" – infinity (0.1m – infinity) Tele: 11.8" – infinity (0.3m – infinity)

Super Macro mode: 0.8" – 19.7" (2cm – 50cm)

Focus Mode

iESP Auto, Spot AF, Face Detection AF

Shutter Speed

1/2000 sec. –1/4 sec. (up to 4 sec. in Night Scene mode)

ISO Sensitivity

Auto, High Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600

Exposure Metering

Digital ESP Metering, Spot Metering, Face Detection AE (when Face Detection AF is selected)

White Balance Control

Auto, Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten, and three Fluorescents

Exposure Compensation

±2 EV steps in 1/3 EV steps

Image File Format

Still Image: JPEG

Movie: AVI Motion JPEG

Number of Recorded Pixels

12MP (3,968 x 2,976)

Motion Blur Suppression

Dual Image Stabilization

Shooting Modes

Intelligent Auto, Program Auto, Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization, Beauty Mode, 19 Scene Modes, Movie


In-Camera Panorama, PC Panorama (Up to 10 frames automatically stitchable with OLYMPUS Master software)

Continuous Shooting

High speed: 5.0 frames per second, 11 frames (3MP)

Normal speed: 0.99 frames per second, 21 frames (12MP)

Movie Mode

AVI Movie with Sound: 640x480 (30/15fps) or 320x240 (30/15fps)

Image Processing

TruePic III Image Processor

Noise Reduction

Set automatically at shutter speeds of 0.5 second or longer in specific scene modes

Playback Edit Effects

Still Image: Red-Eye Fix, Shadow Adjustment Edit, Beauty Fix, Resize, Cropping, Black & White, Sepia, Calendar, Saturation

Movie: Frame Index


12 Seconds


45 MB internal memory

Removable Media Card

xD-Picture Card (1GB, 2GB), microSD (adapter required)

Outer Connectors

Multi-Terminal (USB Connector, Audio/Video Output, DC Input via optional DC Coupler)

Auto-Connect USB

USB 2.0 High-Speed (USB Mass Storage)

Power Source

Li-ion Rechargeable Battery (LI-50B), AC Adapter (D-7AC) with the optional DC Coupler (CB-MA1)

Battery Life (CIPA DC-002)

250 Shots


3.7"W x 2.4"H x 0.85"D (95mm x 61.7mm x 21.5mm)


6.4oz (182g) without batteries and memory card

Inside the Olympus Stylus Tough-8000's body, you’ll find a 12 megapixel image sensor and an Olympus-branded 3.6x optical zoom lens with a useful 28mm wide-angle view. The Stylus Tough-8000 is the first in the Tough lineup to include Dual Image Stabilization. Olympus’ Dual Image Stabilization system combines a mechanical Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization system with Digital Image Stabilization to help provide a powerful anti-blur solution and crisp, sharp photos. The Stylus Tough-8000 also features a unique tap control system and adds a new Beauty mode that will automatically touch up portraits.

Given the high ratings of TV shows such as Survivor as well as extreme sports in general, it makes sense that some consumers would demand a tough digital camera that can survive harsh treatment. As the most rugged model of the Tough lineup, the Stylus Tough-8000 promises to capture life’s memories even in the roughest of conditions. Read on as we take a closer look at how well the Stylus Tough-8000 captures life’s everyday moments and accidents.

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