The Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 is a very unique camera. Not many cameras can claim to withstand a fall from 6.6 feet, the pressure of 33 feet of water, the weight of a 220 pound man, and the cold of winter. As its name suggests, the Stylus Tough-8000 is indeed a tough camera that can take a beating.
In addition to being very tough, the Stylus Tough-8000 is a nice overall point and shoot digital camera with a good amount of bells and whistles. With its 28mm equivalent wide angle lens, you’ll be able to shoot with more versatility than you’d get with some other compacts. The camera’s multitude of scene modes provides many automatic presets to help you capture a good picture in many different settings and situations.
The camera’s extreme pixel density pushes its optics to their limits. As a result, you won’t get quite as much detail as you might expect from such a high megapixel camera. So long as you don’t plan to make huge enlargements of your images, you should be satisfied with the Stylus Tough-8000’s images, especially if they are shot with a low ISO setting.
Although the Stylus Tough-8000’s estimated retail price of $399.99 comes close to that of some DSLRs, the Stylus Tough-8000 offers a rugged and compact, portable body that DSLRs can’t match. In order to be able to take these low-priced DSLRs to the beach, ski slopes, or out in a torrential rain, you’d need to purchase a pricey enclosure.
All in all, users must decide what features and qualities are most important. If you’re looking for the very best picture quality, a DSLR might be a better option than most compact point and shoot digital cameras. On the other hand, if you’re looking for versatility and durability with acceptable picture quality, the Stylus Tough-8000 will be hard to beat.