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Olympus Tough 8000
Olympus Tough 8000

Hey! You should know that Olympus has released a newer version of this product: the Olympus Stylus TOUGH 8010.

Olympus Tough 8000

We've given the 8000 a grade of B.

Editor's Review

[Read our full Olympus TOUGH 8000 review] The Olympus Tough 8000 has a durable construction in a camera that is waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof, crushproof, shakeproof, and all around lifeproof, but early reviews aren't happy with image quality. Tough is one way to put it. Indestructible might be better. Either way, Olympus' new Tough 6000 can take whatever you got. 12-megapixel resolution and a 3.6x wide-angle optical lens ensure that every photo you take is just as sharp and crisp as you remember it, while a 2.7-inch Advanced HyperCrystal III LCD screen makes taking and reviewing pictures easier than ever.


  • 12-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: 226750
  • UPC: 050332167872
  • Release Date: Jan 12, 2009

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Olympus Tough 8000 Reviews

Olympus Tough 8000 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 1.0 out of 5
Quality Picture Terrible (Manjid — 01/01/2011)
I don't know how to describe about the picture from this camera..alot of dispointed bringing this camera on vacation. My pics and memory gone just like dat! the picture is full with grain like shit!! Regret buying this camera, never thought this thing will happen after several tech by them..not suggesting to my friend out there! really tough on the body but very worst on the quality picture! better use canon!
  • 1.0 out of 5
Jus a really bad cameras (Jens — 11/22/2010)
First I bought a Tough 6000. On the second day of my West Indies vacation it leaked in water. The people at Olympus changed it so I got a Tough 8000 instead. I dropped that one taking it out from my pocket with mittens in the winter since the darn thing is so slippery, which resulted in a fall of approx. 2 feet. After that the new camera stopped working. I got it repaired but none of the pictures taken now are in focus and now the guarantee has expired. I've taken a maximum of 300 pics all and all. The good thing has been the fast Olympus support (even though the second repair sucked) but the bad thing is that this series of cameras are trash and potential vacation/party spoilers. Have in mind that I bought it knowing the pics hadn't gotten the best reviews. I have a SLR camera and the tough 6000/8000 was the "rugged" back up which it never became.
  • 1.0 out of 5
Sucks (Bog Zero — 08/30/2010)
Dont buy his camera. My friend had one and had perpetual problems in the water. I have yet to take this in the water but she says mine wont last a month, Holiday photos so bad I could cry, lack of saturation and blur. Horrible isues with least bit of motion, harsh sunlight,not beautiful sunsets. An ooverall "coolness" to th ephotos. I will never buy an Olmpus again. OH I forgot the TOTALLY harsh flash and TOTAL lack of sharpness.
  • 1.0 out of 5
Broke and Cameraless on vacation (stacey gray — 01/08/2010)

This 'waterproof' camera broke 2 separate times while I was on vacation last week in Hawaii. IN THE OCEAN!!! I was able to fix both problems but, come on! I notified Amazon and I am returning it ASAP.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Fantastic all round camera (Russell Hulbert — 01/03/2010)

I am very pleased with this camera.
When using it underwater, like any other camera with a built in flash,you will get the flash reflecting off suspended particles this can give a grainy effect. Clear water great photos
Action shots I find that by pre aiming my shot and holding the shutter relase button halfway down I avoid the delay that is common to digital cameras and get my photos exactly when I want them with great results.
General use inside I usually use the fill in flash and are pleased with the results
My son borrowed this camera used with his children, rafting / snorkling / and general use and was pleased with it.
He is now purchasing one for himself

  • 5.0 out of 5
A great digital camera for travel (Brynda — 09/29/2009)

I purchased this camera before a trip hiking the Incan trail in Peru. I didn't want to have to worry about it getting damaged by water or sand during the trip. It took far more amazing pictures than I expected! The panorama shots are fantastic. I have many framable, professional quality shots.I have dropped it several times without effect. It is incredibly durable, but the biggest upside is the quality of the photos. Far better than expected. The only downside is the zoom....not very good. Other than that I LOVE this camera. The perfect camera to travel with....without worry!

  • 5.0 out of 5
Love The Camera! (geoff — 09/17/2009)

you literally use this cam everywhere! and i mean it every where... been island hopping and used it under water and got great shots! even dropped it on one of the coral reefs and its still works! after that we went hiking and still produced brilliant photos... hey! its not a DSLR camera so i don't bother comparing it to one... long lasting battery life and i love the LED which i use to illuminate things for macro or even walking in the dark night... very versatile, and yes its tough... really like this cam!

  • 2.0 out of 5
a bit lower than average (Sise Lor — 05/11/2009)

i bought this camera a week ago and at first i thought that it was gonna be great because it was practically accidental proof, but now that i started to take pictures with it, im starting to wonder why i bought it in the first place. the quality is horrible, i had a 7mp camera before this and it took pictures just as the same, if not better quality than this 12 mp camera, and i got that camera at the price of only $100, so if u like to snorkel or are very active then maybe its an investment, but not to me, id rather just refund it

  • 1.0 out of 5
Worst photo's EVER! (N. Heijboer — 03/06/2009)

I own this little disaster for a while now. It doesn't matter if you're shooting in daylight or with a flash, the quality of the pictures is ALWAYS terrible. Maybe you get lucky and you will find a single photo that isn't completely vomited by rough grain.

Yes it's a 'though' camera and it can handle situations that other camera's will never be able to survive, but it's a camera so you're probably want to take photo's with it that look better than you're 3MP cellphone cam.

I own a Canon Digital Ixus 60 with 6MP that makes pictures far better than this one, which has 12MP (!). If I take a photo from the Ixus 60 and zoom in 100% I'll find less grain than the Though-8000 photo's zoomed out.

I think I'm gonna shoot myself for buying this crap...

  • 2.0 out of 5
Not so good (Neale — 02/26/2009)

Just purchased the tough-8000. I can't tell the difference between by oxidised 720SW and this ones picture quality. Also just purchased a runnout Sony dsc-w110. At 7.2mp the sony gives better pic quality. Now I'm going to buy another dsc-w110 before there are none left. The 8000 is good for the water and that may be all.