Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 (mju Tough 3000) review

Started Mar 18, 2010 | User reviews thread
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Darrell Fung
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Olympus Stylus Tough-3000 (mju Tough 3000) review
Mar 18, 2010

You know that feeling you get when you lost 200 bucks in a bet ..... What's
exactly how I feel shortly after purchacing this toy camera. My girl friend needed
a waterpoof camera for a trip to Mexico. This was a last minute buy before te
mall closes, so I didn't test out all the function/feature of this camera.

First let's talk about the button layout. This camera has the stupidest up down left
right buttons out of all point and shoot camera I've owned over the years ( and I
do own plenty from pocket cam to SLRs). You basicly have the left ,right ,down
and menu button to do the same thing, which is take you to the menu. Instead of
having short cuts to things like flash mode, micro etc for the direction button.
And you have to go to the menu to set up for those modes. One feature I like
about this camera is the quick video record button. One touch of the record
button takes you to record mode and start recording. Instead of having to go thru
the menu to video mode.

Now let's talk software and features. This camera has a slow start up for a
sports camera. And the menu layout is just stupid, period. Don't take my word for
it. Go try one out. It will piss you off if you've used any other brands of camera.
Even my 5 years old casio which I picked up in the floor of a night club has
better menu layout than this. It has no manual settings. All you could adjust are
EV,iso and WB.

Construction. This thing feels like a toy. If it weren't for the waterpoof feature, I
wouldn't spent more than 100 for it. Well even with the waterpoof. It'd say it's
only worth 120 tops. It does have a thick LCD screen and the buttons are
covered with rubber unlike the 6000 series.

Image quality, I take it for what it is. Point and shoot sporting camera. So I don't
expect anything from it. The usual bad low light quality for this type of camera ,
no shutter speed adjustment hance that.

Bottom line. Only buy it if you need a waterpoof camera and do take a second ,
better camera if you go for a trip.

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