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Olympus Stylus Tough 6000

Ilse Jurrien
PMA 2018 Report
Monday 2nd, March 2009
Posted by: Ilse Jurrien

There’s really only one word to describe the new shockproof, water-proof, freezeproof, crushproof and shakeproof camera from Olympus: Tough! Built to withstand some of the harshest environments on earth, the Stylus Tough series build on the impressive specifications of the renowned Stylus SW Series by adding Dual Image Stabilization. Now, when the Stylus Tough-6000 arrives at the windy mountain peak or dive into choppy waves, it stays steady and ready to capture blur-free images in virtually any condition. The 10-megapixel Stylus Tough 6000 is made for life’s everyday adventures - especially those with kids. From the kitchen to a waterslide park and the bunny slopes, the Olympus Stylus Tough-6000 can take a drop from 5 feet, dive to 10 feet below the surface, and beat the freezing cold.

Olympus Stylus Tough 6000

10 Megapixel Olympus Stylus Tough 6000
The Olympus Stylus 6000 camera features Tap Control to make it easy for skiers, divers and snowmen makers to control key settings without removing their gloves. It can also just be fun for those who enjoy new modern technology. “Olympus designed the new Stylus Tough series to go places other point-and-shoot cameras wouldn’t dare to go, and by adding Dual Image Stabilization we ensure that adventurers will come home with crisp, clear images of their travels,” said Nadine Clark, product manager, Olympus Imaging America Inc. “After all, when you make cameras that can be dropped, submerged and frozen you expect the terrain where you use them to get a little rocky along the way, and you want stability as well as durability.”

Olympus Stylus Tough 6000 Dual Image Stabilization
For the first time, Dual Image Stabilization will be offered on Olympus’ cameras in the Tough category. In the cold climates where the Olympus Stylus Tough 6000 thrives, you may shiver, but the camera performs sure and steady even in shaking hands. Dual Image Stabilization combines two technologies - mechanical Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization and Digital Image Stabilization - to provide one powerful anti-blur solution for capturing great images whether the photographer or the subject is moving. Olympus’ mechanical Sensor-Shift Image Stabilization keeps images sharp by adjusting the internal image sensor to compensate for camera movement, even in low-light conditions when shutter speeds are slower. Additionally, Digital Image Stabilization freezes the action with high ISO sensitivity and fast shutter speeds that prevent blurry images often caused by a moving subject.

Olympus Stylus 6000 water- & shockproof digital camera
Afraid the mountain wind might sweep a camera out of your hands and dash it on the rocks below? Never fear, the Olympus Stylus Tough-6000, available in trendy yellow, white or blue tones, can withstand a 5-foot drop thanks to the Stylus Tough series’ shock-absorbing technology, which minimizes the impact on the lens and circuitry. Olympus Stylus Tough series cameras perform as well underwater as they do on land because their lightweight, stainless steel and aluminum exteriors are matched with interior rubber gaskets and O-rings to seal out the elements. The Olympus Stylus Tough 6000 can be submerged up to 10 feet underwater. The inclusion of four preset underwater scene modes makes these cameras perfect for taking photos while scuba diving, snorkeling or simply having worry-free fun in the pool. Additionally, movies can be captured. The Olympus Touch 6000 digital camera also features a water-repellant lens coating to prevent water droplets from forming on the lens to get crystal-clear shots no matter how wet the shooting environment.

Freezeproof camera for Arctic adventures
Whether you’re in the arctic tundra or building a snowman in your backyard, the Stylus Tough 6000 still performs when the temperature dips well below freezing (14 degrees Fahrenheit; -10 degrees Celsius). Olympus Stylus Tough series cameras continue to allow you to take great images in freezing situations where most traditional cameras would fail. The new “OR” button makes it easy to activate Olympus’ unique features, including In-Camera Panorama, Shadow Adjustment and Perfect Shot Preview. Simply press the new OR button to easily access these commonly used features.

Olympus Stylus Tough 6000 Beauty mode
Taking beautiful portraits in the pool or on the slopes is easy with the new Beauty Mode. It enables you to soften shadows and smooth wrinkles or blemishes on your subject’s face - all in the camera and as you capture the image! Additionally, subtle edits can be made post-capture using the Beauty Fix mode. Choose “Clear Skin” to smooth a person’s complexion, “Dramatic Eye” to slightly emphasize the eyes, and “Sparkle Eye” to brighten and enhance the contrast of the iris and pupils. You can also apply all three edits at once. Have fun customizing your brilliant images without a PC and costly image editing software.

Olympus Stylus Tough 6000

Tap control on the Olympus Stylus Tough 6000
The Stylus Tough 6000 can be controlled with a simple tap on its top, back or sides, which is made possible thanks to its internal 3D accelerometer that detects the direction of the force on the camera’s body. To turn on the flash or Shadow Adjustment Technology, all that is required is a couple of taps on the camera’s sides and top. In adverse climates Tap Control ensures fast adjustment of settings even if you are fighting frostbite wearing large gloves that make pressing traditional buttons nearly impossible.

Wide-angle Olympus Stylus zoom lens
The Olympus Stylus Tough 6000 features a 3.6x wide-angle optical zoom (28-102mm equivalent in 35mm photography, f3.5-5.0) so that even more of the subject makes it into each shot - perfect for underwater photography. The lens does not protrude from its body so it is further protected from harsh conditions. All Olympus digital point-and-shoot cameras accept xD-Picture Card media. Starting with products available in August 2008, they also accept microSD memory cards to capture images. The new Olympus Stylus Tough 6000 camera offers the flexibility to use either xD-Picture Card or microSD memory cards, which is just one more advantage of Olympus point-and-shoot cameras.

Olympus Stylus Tough 6000 LCD monitor
The next generation of Olympus’ LCD technology - HyperCrystal III - displays twice as bright as previous versions so that you can see the details more clearly, even in direct sunlight. The new technology is offered on the Stylus Tough-6000 in a 2.7-inch LCD. Portrait and group shots make family reunions live beyond the short event, and with Face Detection you’ll capture even the shyest relatives. The Stylus Tough-6000 detects up to 16 faces within the frame and automatically focuses and optimizes exposure to capture sharp, brilliant portraits and group shots. Thanks to the unrivaled durability of the Olympus Tough cameras, you’ll capture amazing photos even if your next family reunion is at a National Park, a water park or a ski slope!

Olympus Stylus Tough 6000

Olympus Master 2 Software
Olympus Master 2 Software provides the ultimate in digital imaging management. An intuitive user interface makes downloading to your computer quick and simple, and images are easily organized by folders or albums and searchable by date in Calendar view. A direct link makes uploading your images and videos to YouTube easier than ever. Additionally, with one-click editing tools, such as red-eye removal, images can be touched up before printing or emailing. Online support, templates, firmware upgrades and other user services are just a mouse-click away. Use the optional muvee Theater Pack to create professional quality slide shows and DVDs from your pictures using any of several built-in templates. Additionally, create scrapbooks, greeting cards and other fun prints using the optional ArcSoft Print Creations plug-in.

Olympus Stylus Touch 6000 Accessories
Olympus offers a number of optional accessories, specifically designed for the Stylus Tough series cameras. Including new carabineer straps available in blue and black, attach directly to the camera and can be hooked to a bag, swimming suit or hiking shorts. Durable, sporty neoprene cases are also perfect for active or outdoor expeditions. Olympus Stylus Tough series cameras continues to make smooth transitions from outdoor adventures to cocktail parties. Rinse the camera and place it in an Olympus premium case for added sophistication. The premium cases are available in a variety of colors, including red, black and brown leather as well as various patterns.

Olympus Stylus Touch 6000 Price & Availability
The Olympus Stylus Tough-6000 will be available in January 2009. It will include: a wrist strap, camera WIN/Mac USB cable, audio/video cable, LI-50B Li-Ion rechargeable battery, LI-50C charger, MASD-1 (microSD Adapter), manual, warranty card and Olympus Master 2 software (CD-ROM). Olympus Stylus Tough-6000 Estimated Street Price: $299.99 US. As soon as a full production sample will be available you can expect a full Olympus Stylus Touch 6000 review from us, including our usual test photos.

Olympus Stylus Tough 6000

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