Olympus Mju Tough 6010 review

The latest ruggedised compact camera from Olympus

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Crucially, the Tough 6010 really impresses when it comes to image quality. In 35mm terms, the lens is equivalent to a 28-102mm, which is a practical length for general out-and-about photography and landscapes.

Despite our best efforts, we never spotted any of the chromatic aberrations or purple fringing that often afflicts the small lenses on compact cameras.

We also liked the detail in our images. The Tough has a 12mp sensor, which means its best-quality images are a massive 3968 x 2976. With compression set to Fine, we were delighted with our test images.

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Far-off textures such as brickwork and foliage showed none of the muddy colours that come from over-aggressive JPEG compression. Colours were accurate and well-balanced, producing final images not far off those of a budget DSLR in quality terms. It's only once you start pushing the Tough's ISO settings that things start to come unstuck.

Everything up to ISO 800 looks reasonably good, if a little washed-out at ISOs 400 and 800. Push to the Tough's maximum 1600, though, and there's a definite quality trade-off for the extra sensitivity.

Other than that, the worst complaint we can make is that the Tough's auto-metering occasionally left our images over-exposed.

Fortunately the Tough allows you to adjust exposure compensation to two stops over or under what it thinks is right.

Performance is also good. Start-up took almost exactly three seconds in our tests, and the average time between shots was a shade over 2.2 seconds.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution640 x 480
Effective Camera Resolution12 Megapixel
Product Familyµ Tough
HD Movie ModeNo
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD Card, microSDHC Card, xD-Picture Card
Image StabilizationDigital, Optical
ColourRed
Optical Zoom3.6x
Digital Zoom5x
Brand NameOlympus
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsMotion JPEG (AVI)
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)149 g
Maximum Image Resolution3968 x 2976
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height63.4 mm
Width95.3 mm
Depth22.4 mm
Focal Length5 mm to 18.20 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerOlympus Corporation
Product ModelN3594592
Product Nameµ Tough 6010 Compact Camera
Product Lineµ Tough
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberN3594592
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.olympus.co.uk
Marketing Information

From adrenaline packed days to activities with the family, the Olympus µ Tough 6010 is ready for action. Whether enjoying a day at the beach or out carving on the slopes, this 12 Megapixel powerhouse is the ultimate companion. Shockproof, waterproof, and freeze proof, it ensures extreme fun.

Package Contents
  • µ Tough 6010 Compact Camera
  • LI-50B (Lithium-Ion Battery)
  • F-1AC Adapter
  • CB-USB6 (USB Cable)
  • CB-AVC3 (Audio/Video Cable)
  • MASD-1 (microSD attachment)
  • Instruction Manual
  • World Wide Warranty Card
  • Hand Strap
  • Software CD-ROM
Limited Warranty2 Year