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Olympus Stylus TOUGH 8000


Olympus Stylus TOUGH 8000

Category: Point-and-Shoot

The Olympus Stylus TOUGH 8000 (Mju TOUGH 8000 in Europe) has 12MP resolution (on a 1/2.33-in. CCD), 3.6x wide-angle optical zoom (28-102 mm equiv.) and a large and bright 2.7-in. LCD monitor (230K dots). The "TOUGH" indicates this ultra compact digital camera is Shockproof, Waterproof, Freezeproof and Crushproof.

Whereas some cameras out there may be waterproof, the Olympus TOUGH 8000 claims to be virtually indestructible. Consider that the durable metal body has shock-absorbing technology that protects it from drops of up to 2m/6.6 ft. Waterproof seals and gaskets keep water out so you can take the camera underwater as deep as 10m/33 ft. Fear Winter no more because the TOUGH 8000 can operate at -10°C/14°F below-freezing temperatures. And if you are one who just like to throw your camera into your backpack or carry it in your backpocket, the TOUGH 8000 can withstand up to 100kg/220 pounds of pressure. To clean it, just rinse in running tap water.

There are also 24 shooting modes to help you capture the shot, including 4 underwater scene modes. The wide-angle lens is perfect for wide landscapes. Want more? In-Camera Panorama allows you to press the shutter button and slowly pan across a scene to automatically take 3 shots and stitch it into a panoramic picture.

The Olympus Stylus TOUGH 8000 should appeal to those into extreme sports and those who need an ultra compact travel companion that will endure bumps, drops, dust and moisture. Now with tap control to control some of the most common functions.

For about US $100 less, you can get the TOUGH 6000 which is waterproof to 3m (10ft), shockproof from a fall of 1.5m (5ft) and freezeproof to temperatures of -10°C/14°F. It is not certfied crushproof.

Olympus Stylus TOUGH 8000
QuickFact™ Sheet
Olympus Stylus TOUGH 8000US | CAN | UK
Shockproof MIL-STD-810F Shock Equivalent (6.6ft/2m)
Waterproof Equivalent to IEC60529 IPX8/JISC0920 (33ft/10m)
Freezeproof MIL-STD-810F Low Temp Equivalent (-10oC/14oF)
Crushproof 220lbf, 100kgf
Image Sensor 12 Megapixels (effective), 1/2.33" CCD
Lens 5.0 – 18.2mm (28 – 102mm equivalent in 35mm photography) 10 Lenses in 8 Groups, 2 Aspherical Lenses, 1 ED Lenses
Zoom 3.6x Optical Zoom + 5x Digital Zoom
Aperture Range f3.5 (W) / f5.1 (T)

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

Viewfinder N/A
Focus System CCD Contrast Detection
Focus Ranges

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 (SOS: Standard Output Sensitivity) Auto, High Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 (equivalent)
Metering Mode Digital ESP Metering, Spot Metering, Face Detection AE (when Face Detection AF is selected)
Exposure Compensation ±2 EV steps in 1/3 EV steps
White Balance Auto, Presets (Daylight, Overcast, Tungsten and 3 Fluorescents)
Image File Format

Still Image: JPEG
Movie: AVI Motion JPEG

Number of Recorded Pixels

12MP (3,968 x 2,976)
5MP (2,560 x 1,920)
3MP (2,048 x 1,536)
2MP (1,600 x 1,200)
1MP (1,280 x 960)
VGA (640 x 480)
16:9 (1,920 x 1,080)

Shooting Modes

24 Shooting Modes;
Intelligent Auto, Program Auto, Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization, Beauty Mode, Scene Modes (1. PORTRAIT, 2. LANDSCAPE, 3. NIGHT SCENE, 4. NIGHT+PORTRAIT, 5. SPORT, 6. INDOOR, 7. CANDLE, 8. SELF PORTRAIT, 9. SUNSET, 10. FIREWORKS, 11. CUISINE, 12. DOCUMENTS, 13. BEACH & SNOW, 14. SNOW, 15. PRE-CAPTURE MOVIE, 16. UNDERWATER SNAPSHOT, 17. UNDERWATER WIDE1, 18. UNDERWATER WIDE2, 19. UNDERWATER MACRO), Movie

Motion Blur Suppression Dual Image Stabilization
Panorama 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)

Selftimer 12 Seconds
Shooting Assist Functions Perfect Shot Preview, Histogram, Frame Assist, Voice Recording
Movie Mode

AVI Movie with Sound;
640x480 (30/15fps)
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
Image Playback

Still Image: Single, Index Display (4/9/16/25), Up to 10x Enlargement, Slideshow, Rotation, Calendar, Histogram, Voice Playback
Movie: Normal, Fast-Forward, Reverse, Frame-by-Frame, Voice Playback

Playback Edit Effects

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

Flash Built-in
Flash Modes

Auto (for low light and backlit conditions)
Red-Eye Reduction

Flash Working Range

Wide: 0.33ft (0.1m) – 13.1ft (4.0m) at ISO 800
Tele: 0.98ft (0.3m) – 8.9ft (2.7m) at ISO 800

Memory 45MB Internal Memory
Removable Media Card xD-Picture Card™ (1GB, 2GB), microSD (MASD-1 is required)
Outer Connectors Multi-Terminal (USB Connector, Audio/Video Output, DC Input*)
*Optional DC Coupler (CB-MA1) is required.
Auto-connect USB USB 2.0 High-Speed (USB Mass Storage)
System Requirements

Auto-Connect USB: Windows® 2000/XP/VISTA with USB port, Mac OS X 10.3 or later with USB port
Software: Windows® 2000PRO/XP/VISTA, Mac OS X 10.3 - 10.5

Operating Environment/Humidity

Operation: 14° – 104°F (-10° – 40°C)
Storage: -4° – 140°F (-20° – 60°C)
Operation: 30% – 90% humidity
Storage: 10% – 90% humidity

Power Supply Li-ion Rechargeable Battery (LI-50B), AC Adapter (D-7AC) with the optional DC Coupler (CB-MA1)
Battery Life (CIPA DC-002) 250 Shots
Size (W x H x D) 95 x 61.7 x 21.5 mm /
3.7 x 2.4 x 0.85 in.
Weight (camera body only) 182g / 6.4oz without batteries and media card
MSRP US $ 399.99 / CDN $449.99 / UK £340

Package Contents:

  • Stylus TOUGH 8000 Camera
  • Lithium-Ion Battery (LI-50B) & AC Adapter (F-1AC)
  • USB Cable, Audio/Video Cable
  • Wrist Strap
  • MASD-1 (microSD Adapter)
  • Manual
  • Olympus Master 2 Software CD-ROM
  • Warranty Card

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