Olympus MJU Tough 6000 Review

Waterproof

Picture
Olympus MJU Tough 6000 Ease of Use 9
Features 9
Movie Mode 8
Build Quality8
Colours 8
Photo Quality 8
Style 8
Lowlight 8
Macro 7
Value for Money 8
10 Megapixels
3.6x Zoom
2.7 inch LCD Screen
95.3 x 63.4 x 22.4 mm
149g

Overview

The Olympus MJU Tough 6000 is a rugged digital camera. It is waterproof to a depth of 3m, freezeproof to -10 degrees centigrade and shockproof to falls of 1.5m. In addition to this it has a 3.6x wide angle lens and a 10 megapixel sensor. It also offers image stabilisation.

Why Buy The Olympus MJU Tough 6000

As well as its robust body the MJU Tough 6000 takes a decent snapshot and is also easy to use. It is a good choice for a family where a digital camera may take a knock or two.

Main Features

Megapixels:
Zoom:
LCD Screen:
Dimensions:
Weight:

10
3.6x
2.7 inches
95.3 x 63.4 x 22.4 mm
149g

Macro:
HD Movies:
Manual Controls:
Batteries:
Memory Cards:

2cm
No
No
Lithium-ion Rechargeable
xD Micro SD

Image Quality - See Sample Images Below

Outdoor Scenic Shots in Good Light

The MJU Tough 6000 gets off to a solid start. Focusing is about right throughout most of the photo, although it does slip away towards the right hand edge of the shot. Some of the blue lines on the boats take on a purple tinge where they caught by the sun. Some detail is also lost to sun glare.

This is a good effort for a digital camera with a wide angle lens. Levels of sharpness are a bit above what I am used to see from this type of lens. My only complaint here is that the top and bottom of the picture look darker than they should.

Focusing is similar to the first test shot. It is good through most of the shot, before softening towards the right hand edge of the photo. Based on my three tests so far I would say you should be able to take decent scenic snapshots.

Up to now focusing may not have been pin sharp, but I cannot see any major flaws. This is especially true if you produce snapshot size prints. Again with this photo the brickwork is clear enough to see without quite hitting the razor sharp standards a small number of cameras manage.

Portraits

All three of my portrait shots work well. The MJU Tough 6000 manages to inject a good deal of brightness into this outdoor shot. I cannot foresee too many problems with standard portrait snapshots.

The amount of light in this shot is about right. It is also spread evenly across the photo. Some of the skin tones are on the pink side, but that is a minor gripe.

This is one of the brightest versions of this test shot I have ever produced. The MJU Tough 6000 also shows more detail and less noise in this shot than I am used to seeing.

Macro, Colours and Noise

This is not one of my best macro test shots. Part of the problem is caused by the white body of the MJU Tough 6000 reflecting back off the watch face. This could be a problem if you are planning to photograph jewelry or other reflective objects. I would expect much better results for say nature subjects in natural light.

Olympus digital cameras produce natural looking colours. There is enough punch in blues and greens to produce vivid, colourful scenes.

I was pleased with my indoor portrait as that suggests this camera can handle light that is not perfect without pumping out high levels of noise. As ever it is best to only use higher ISO settings as a last resort.

Summary

When it comes to picture quality the MJU Tough 6000 ticks most of the boxes. The colours are true and sharpness is good, especially when the subject is close to hand like in a portrait shot.

See sample images link arrow

Style

The MJU Tough 6000 is available in a range of bright colours. You can buy versions in white, orange, blue and yellow. The lens sits in the top right hand corner and makes the camera look a little different to other models.

Shutter Lag Times

Shutter Lag Rating Slow

Single Shot
Five Shots
Single Shot With Flash
Five Shots With Flash
Turn on Time

0.52 seconds
19.68 seconds
1.92 seconds
22.19 seconds
4.49 seconds


Shutter Lag Table link arrow

Ease of Use

Ease of Use - Easy The menu system is bright and easy to read. You also have quick access to the most common functions.

Points I Like

Robust features - ease of use

Where it Could Improve

Start up and shutter lag times

Verdict

The Olympus MJU Tough 6000 does what it sets out to do. As well as being a robust digital camera it can take a good snapshot and you should have no problems finding your way around the camera.

Product Shots

Front View

Front View

Back View

Back View

Top View

Top View

Sample Menus

camera menu menu

functions playback

Top Rated Cameras in this Category

Olympus TG-820 Rating 83/100

There are a number of robust digital cameras with similar features and general qualities. The Olympus TG-820 is priced a little lower than most of its direct competitors, so if you are looking for a good quality, robust digital camera and you would like to keep a few pounds in your pocket then this camera could well be the one for you.

Read Review: Olympus TG-820 Review

Olympus TG-320 Rating 81/100

The Olympus Tough TG-320 offers quite a lot of features for the price. It is able to cope with most typical snapshot opportunities. It scores well for ease of use. All in all it is a good choice if you are looking for a digital camera with robust features and you would like one with a lower price tag.

Read Review: Olympus TG-320 Review

Panasonic DMC FT20 Rating 81/100

The Panasonic Lumix DMC FT20 is a mid range robust digital camera. In terms of performance it is mid range too when it comes to picture quality. It is one of those digital cameras that do not stand out from the crowd, but at the same time it is hard to come up with reasons not to buy it. Picture quality is fine for snapshot print sizes.

Read Review: Panasonic DMC FT20 Review

Related Pages

Olympus MJU Tough 6000 Review Olympus MJU Tough 6000 Specification Olympus MJU Tough 6000 Sample Images Olympus MJU Tough 6000 Features Olympus Digital Cameras

Review Date

March 2009

Best Deals



Read a Review



Search By Price

Digital Cameras Under £50
Digital Cameras £50 - £100
Digital Cameras £100 - £150
Digital Cameras £150 - £200
Digital Cameras £200 - £300
Digital Cameras £300 - £500
Digital Cameras £500 - £1000
Digital Cameras Over £1000

Search By Camera Type

Simple and Easy Digital Cameras
Pocket Sized Digital Cameras
Extra Zoom Digital Cameras
Super Zoom Digital Cameras
Advanced Digital Cameras
Waterproof Digital Cameras
Compact System Cameras
Digital SLRs

Search By Camera Brand

Canon Digital Cameras
Fuji Digital Cameras
Nikon Digital Cameras
Olympus Digital Cameras
Panasonic Digital Cameras
Sony Digital Cameras

Buyers Guides

Digital Cameras
Memory Cards
Digital SLRs
Major Features
Shutter Times
Batteries
Where to Buy

More Guides

News Feeds

XML RSS My MSN My Yahoo