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Olympus Tough 6000
Olympus Tough 6000

Hey! You should know that Olympus has released a newer version of this product: the Olympus Stylus TOUGH 6020.

Olympus Tough 6000

We've given the 6000 a grade of B.

Editor's Review

This has been replaced by the TOUGH 6020. Here's what we had to say about the 6000 when it was released in January 2009:

Perhaps one of the toughest portable digital cameras on the market, the Tough 6000 is Olympus quality in a rugged design. The camera is waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof, shakeproof, and crushproof, so it can definitely take anything you can throw at it. A 10-megapixel resolution and a 3.6x wide-angle lens allow you to get up close to the action without losing picture quality. Meanwhile, a 2.7-inch Advanced HyperCrystal III LCD screen makes taking and reviewing your photos easier than ever. A perfect camera that's ready for all of life's surprises.


  • 10-megapixel resolution for photo-quality, poster-size prints
  • Waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof, crushproof and shakeproof
  • 3.6x wide-angle optical dual image stabilized zoom
  • 2.7-inch Advanced HyperCrystal III LCD screen
  • Compatible with xD Picture Cards and microSD memory cards (not included)
  • Part Number: 226730
  • UPC: 050332167797
  • Release Date: Jan 01, 2009

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Olympus Tough 6000 Reviews

Olympus Tough 6000 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 1.0 out of 5
Cracked (FLReader — 03/11/2010)
Someone wrote that they dropped the camera and it cracked at 3ft. I placed mine in my pocket 24 hours after I bought it and the LCD cracked. I sent an email to Olympus. I spent extra money on a shockproof/waterproof camera and that's what I expect. Otherwise, refund me. Anyone else agree?
  • 5.0 out of 5
It works underwater! With some tips how to use. (Garry Sorrells — 08/21/2009)

Purchased in St Thomas USVI at Royal Carribean - Haversail Mall 7/21/09 $239. Used it snorkeling for at least 23 hours underwater over 10 days with max depth 10 feet. No problem with water intrusion into camera (followed directions and made real sure it was dry before I opened any interior covers). Picture quality is exceptional only after you learn how to adjust the "Exposure Compompensation" (light setting) pg 21 of manual. Instruction Manual is poor in how it explains - or realy doesn't the features of the camera. You will need ot explore how to use the many features of the camera in a trial and error - hunt and peck - stumble on the how to access and how to use it. Experiment with pictures to see how it turns out. It took me some time (hours) to figure it out (and I have alot of experience), but once I did using the features incorperated into the camera and its many Modes were simple and somewhat intuitive in nature. I am thinking about writing a manual to sell to those who want to get the full use of the camera without getting frusterated and giving up. The underwater pictures were great. Understanding and using the Exposure Compensation mode is the most important thing to learn to obtain the real value of this camera for underwater use. The coral and fish went from dull blue green to vivid color ( in SCN mode use Underwater Wide 1 or 2 for best shots with Exposure Comp.). Morning light from behind you (bright sun at angle to water) I found works the best with this camera. Light comming down at greater angle to water causes alot of refraction at times, though also interesting effects. Rinse and soak after use to prevent lense cover from sticking (was sticky once, just ran water over it to correct). At times after going fro water to air you may have a blurry image specificaly in the lower corners due to a water droplet lingering , also salt water may leave spots on lens, fresh water and cleaning tisue works well to correct. I did have a problem with keeping lanyard around wrist while swimming. Needs an adjustment mechanism no there. I used a rubberband rapped tight in middle of loop and able to to move up and down to reduce loop size while I was snorkeling (rubberband so it would no slip on loop while in the water). Made swimming more enjoyable without worring about loosing camera. Out of water works very well. Camera has a mode that creates a stiched panorama picture (use Combine In Camera 1 mode pg32// {{Manual Mode--[not SCN]>MENU-->Panorama [lower left corner]>OK>COMBINE IN CAMERA 1]>OK}}) and it actualy works (after a little pratice) and is simple. The Panorama process combines up to 3 pictures into one. Gives a real wide anle effect without the distortion of an optical lens. Not allot of Zoom power (trade off for other features). Battery lasted 6 hours. I would recomend having a second battery as back up. Didn't use the Tap mode feature yet. The only real draw back that I have found is that of the rechargable battery. Would rather use AA or AAA and not deal with the recharging. But for an underwater camera that you can buy for $239 or less that actualy works underwater I will deal with recharging battery. Would have liked to try the #1050 ($135 online) to compare (since I am cheep), but newer model was out at store older not there. I had looked into underwater cameras online and from what pictures were posted I was not impressed and did not buy before I left for Islands. Talked myself into it there as a shot in the dark after I had been snorkeling several times and a friend showed me an add for camera. Did some online research of reviews. Discounted some that were real negative as to quality of water tightness and beeakability (dropped on concrete and cracked). No regrets other than not having it for the first four day of the two weeks I was there (1st time to Islands and snorkeling). PS> buy your own snorkeling gear and take with you (I did) ($30 on sale from $70), cheeper and better than rentals ($15/day). Alows you to go at the moments notice and swim any where any time. Keep gear in nylon duffel bag (a cheep one) and throgh into car when you go places on chance you will have an opprotunity to swim. And get full use of the camera wet and dry.

  • 3.0 out of 5
Not as "Tough" as the name it claims (Jessica — 07/24/2009)

I've had the Olympus Stylus Tough-6000 for about six months now. The advertisement and info given on the website make it seem like this camera is almost indestructible, but that isn't quite the case. While it has held up taking pictures underwater, it is also supposed to be "shockproof" up to 5 ft. About a month ago, my camera was accidentally dropped onto concrete from only about 3 feet. The LCD got a small crack in it, making the camera not waterproof anymore. I filled the crack with a silicone substance which has worked so far, but it's gunky like glue & definitely doesn't help the looks. I love having a waterproof camera and will definitely never have one again that is not; however, my experience with Olympus is that it's not 100% sure waterproof no matter what. I had the Olympus Stylus 850SW, and it filled with water when I took it in the pool. Olympus refused to replace it, even though this was obviously a manufacturer defect. Long story short, these cameras are awesome when they work, but not always 100% dependable when put to the test.

  • 1.0 out of 5
Not Waterproof! (sydneyc — 06/25/2009)

Bought for vacation in maui, on second day of snorkeling it stopped working and water leaked into the case, ruined entire camera. no camera for the rest of the vacation. Zoom also not very good and not so quick to take shots.

Would not recommend.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Waterproof? My sunburned butt (CHRIS KUENY — 05/20/2009)

Camera seemed to be too good to be true. Bought at Best But for a premium price. I took it on my first vacation to the Virgin Islands in 15 years. It did great until I had someone hand it to me over a shallow shallow reef while snorkeling. It never went any deeper than 3 feet, and the display stopped working.

So no camera for the rest of the trip.

It also won't upload the pictures to my iMac. So after my first try to use it underwater it was almost useless. It is possible that all this bother is because the battery failed, but it still takes pics with flash, but you can't use any menus.