Olympus Stylus TOUGH 6020 Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 14 megapixels
  • 5x optical zoom
  • Dual image stabilization
  • 2.7-inch LCD monitor
  • 720p HD video
  • Waterproof (16 ft), shockproof (5 ft), freezeproof (-14 F)
  • 1GB built-in memory
  • Captures to SD/SDHC memory cards
  • Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2010-03-15
  • Final Grade: 78 C+

C+
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Olympus Stylus TOUGH 6020
14 megapixels; 5x optical zoom; Dual image stabilization; 2.7-inch LCD monitor; 720p HD video; Waterproof (16 ft), shockproof (5 ft), freezeproof (-14 F); 1GB built-in memory; Captures to SD/SDHC memory cards; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 5/18/2014

The TOUGH 6020 is basically a less-hardy version of the TOUGH 8010 (like the TOUGH 6000 was to the TOUGH 8000). The imaging equipment looks the same on paper -- 14 megapixels, 5x zoom, 720p HD video -- but it's only about half as tough as its older brother (and $100 cheaper). That's fine, because most of you don't actually need a super-rugged camera. The image quality is never as good as similarly priced un-tough cameras, so unless you truly need a camera that you can bash around, go for one of those. If you really do need one, this should be OK, but just remember that an extra $100 gets you one of the toughest cameras made by man.

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Olympus is a long-time camera manufacturer, but lately they've been offering innovative, compact imaging options that are well worth a look. While Olympus doesn't have a camera in every category like Nikon or Sony, their focus on the cameras they offer shows.

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Olympus may not have a camera in each and every category, but they've really put a lot into their existing cameras, making them excellent options.

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