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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on April 23, 2010
This thing really does all the things Olympus claim. The photo quality is just so-so though. It's not ever worth taking 12MP photos with it so I have mine set to 8MP. Like so many high MP cameras today, the lens just isn't good enough to capture the detail - and what do you expect for a $200 camera that's waterproof? However, it does allow you to digitally zoom that bit further and the video is great. It's unfortunate that the video format is not standard, and doesn't work with anything or any software I've found so far. I'm sure they'll fix that at some point.

Other gotchas...

The battery life is very poor - but I found some higher capacity compatible batteries on Amazon that were very cheap (like 2 for under $10) so I'd advise just buying replacements.

The menus are a little confusing and at first it can seem that you're limited and the camera can't do certain functions, but it actually can if you figure out why certain features are restricted in certain modes. The camera has a very unhelpful message like "Not supported" that it will display - but doesn't explain why the mode you're trying to select is not supported. It will take a thorough read of the online instruction manual to figure this out, but don't give up and you'll figure it out.

Apart from that, I'm very happy with it. It won't replace my 'land' camera, but it is awesome for snorkeling, boating, and swimming. Here's a video I took with it last week in Maui. You'll have to cut/paste this in a browser because Amazon won't recognize it as a link... [...]
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2010
This camera, whatever its attributes...the battery charge is so poor that
the good things about the camera become inaccessible.
For overnight battery charging, I have received about a half hour (HONESTLY)
of picture taking before it goes out again.
I don't know how Olympus can produce for marketing...a fairly good camera
with the special feature of waterproof, and you can't use the damn
thing to actually take pictures. COMPLETELY UNRELIABLE CAMERA DUE TO VERY VERY
BAD BATTERY LIFE!
GESH...and therefore money down the drain...do they care??
Not as long as the money goes into their pocket.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 27, 2010
I bought this for vacation in an emergency when my other Olympus got a scratch on the lens and I needed a replacement fast. I didn't have much time to do research, but let me save you the time...
*No lens cover. What camera doesn't have a protective lens cover???
*Battery life IS TERRIBLE. I had to bring along the old camera with the lens scratch because I didn't have enough batteries to take many pictures.
*I like that it's waterproof and shatterproof, but so isn't the Stylus Tough I had- and it was made much better.
I wouldn't purchase again and wish I could have returned it. Unfortunately, it was through a 3rd party seller with a 7-day policy, and we were not back by then.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 11, 2011
I see a lot of Reviews of this product by "Photographers", who yap on about ISO settings, and blah, blah, blah. Here's the deal. If you're such a pro, why are you using a hundred dollar camera? For all you shutter jockeys out there reviewing hundred dollar cameras, STOP PLAYING WITH THE SETTINGS! It's a point and shoot!

I bought the Stylus Tough 3000 PURELY ON PRICE POINT to replace a Stylus 1030 SW that is aging.... The 1030 SW is three years old, and believe me, it's been used and abused in and out of pools, saltwater, sand, drops, and you name it. I never had it sent to Olympus for waterproofing maintenance , so I won't submerge that camera anymore, but I did for almost three years, and it still works, and I would take it in rainy or wet conditions with no qualms. I gave it to my daughter and she uses it. It takes great pics on auto setting if you know how to use the focus. It still takes great shots.

I am a little disappointed there is no retracting lens cover like on the Stylus 1030 but, I haven't had it long, and haven't seen what abuse will do to that part. However, I was used to using the focusing feature on my old 1030, and this one is very similar. I like it. It takes sharp photos in different scenarios if used correctly. When it arrived in the mail, My daughter and I took it for a test run in the shallow waters around my home town..... I took underwater photos of various things at depths of just a couple feet. I took multiple pictures at macro and super macro, and normal modes, underwater and in the open daylight, with and without flash, and with different flash settings. It was partly cloudy, so I had opportunities to shoot full sun shots of my daughter, wildlife, etc. in shady or sunny conditions... We spend the day wading, playing in the sun, and taking pictures. The camera stayed in my pocket, even while wading in belly-deep waters. I wouldn't normally swim all day with it. I was just giving it a trial run, basically to insure it will perform over it's life as advertised so I can send it back now if necessary.

The battery is the smaller one, and that I dislike. I don't mind charging it with the USB as others have complained about. I am lucky to have USB adapters for everything, but I can plug it into the car, my computer, someone else's computer, a wall, etc... It doesn't charge so fast, but hey.... It's a hundred dollar camera. Plus, you can get dock chargers for these batteries pretty easily and cheap. Buy an extra battery or two as well if you want to use it all day.

The Stylus Tough 3000 has more internal memory than the 1030 SW, so I was happy about that, but had a limit as to the amount of pics I could take on it. However, it still took about 75 shots on the 12MP setting, which I don't normally use. Normally, I'd use 5MP on the 1030 SW, I will probably continue using 5MP because even that is too large to print from almost any normal printer at it's native resolution, and it's much larger than most computer screens. Why waste the space if you aren't using them for a professional job? Anyways, the internal memory isn't bad at all, even with firmware taking up much of it. I have a 16GB SDHC card on the way.

Obviously, the seals held for the day. It turned out that out of the 75 or so pictures I took, about 3 of them were unusable and blurry, maybe ten of them were just acceptable for most computer screens and had some different anomalies and such, but the rest were brilliant. If you factor in human error (which is a BIG factor in these reviews), I think that is pretty impressive for a hundred dollar waterproof camera. I have a decent sized (23") monitor, and they look great on it. I have pics all over my Facebook, and everything. people comment on how gorgeous the pictures are from both Olympus cameras I've used.

I Only used the automatic settings for the day, as well. What's cool about it is it has different automatic settings for different scenarios. It even has a feature for stitching together multiple shots into a huge panoramic, even a 360 degree pan. I tried that, and didn't do it correctly, but if I had, it would have been a great image. I just had to figure out what to do, that's all. after viewing the file, I saw where I erred, and could easily create wonderful pan shots now.

I haven't used the video yet, but on my 1030 SW the video is not good. Not good at all. However, I've seen video taken with the Stylus Tough 3000 online, and I was fairly impressed. I wouldn't expect to get different results from this camera.

My last Olympus is still getting abuse and taking good shots after more than three years.... I'm more impressed with the images this new one creates. I just hope it will prove as sturdy as the last one. I see no immediate reason why it shouldn't.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2011
We bought this camera specifically for a kayaking trip we were going to do on vacation. I wanted to be ableto have a camera that could get wet, possible go underwater, be durable enough to withstand being jostled and of course take some nice pics!! We are NOT overly tech savvy, but had no problems running the camera in basic daylight/scenery functions. The battery lasted all 6 hours of our kayaking tour, but was dead by the return to the hotel, I used it ALOT though in that time. I did turn it off during periods of non-use though in effort to save battery.
I do consider it a downfall to have to plug the camera in to charge, but now that we know we like the photos it takes we are going to invest in extra batteries to have a backup.
I took probably 200 photos of scenery, animals and underwater shots. The water was crystal clear, and could see clearly with the camera at least 10 feet underwater with very high detail...i'm guessing it would go a bit further but that's not what I was focused on at the time. I have beautiful long-distance landscape shots of the water and mountains in the background, everyone who looks at our photos have been in awe that they were taken from an "underwater" camera.
I did not try the video mode.
Also did not try to take photos at night.
I've recamended this to friends, and am very happy with our purchase and the chance to use it again as our children get older and we(hopefully) go on more water-based trips!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2010
As a professional photographer I wanted a little waterproof camera to document my family's adventures without always having to drag out my big camera. I liked the idea of this camera. Admittedly, I am spoiled by using my pro equipment all the time. I find this camera slow to focus and not great for the action shots. The LED screen is hard to see in the sun so you really don't know what you have until you get home and load them up. The worst thing is that it soaks up the battery faster than anything I have ever seen. Don't leave home without it fully, I mean FULLY charged.

Now with all that said, the pictures that do come out in focus are great and it does do a really good job with the actual underwater stuff and I love the fact that you can take video underwater, so much fun!

Will I use this as a replacement for all my family pictures, absolutely not. But it is a fun toy to have in my bag.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2010
I have never been so bummed buy a purchase. This camera has to be plugged into a computer to charge and the battery doesn't last long at all. I bought an extra and charged it and they both died one the first day of my vacation. When it turns on (takes a while) it is in a program mode so you have to change it unless you have it set to exactly what you want. Every single time. The picture quality is awful. I just went through the High Sierras and do not have one good picture. I am not slow when it comes to cameras or technology and this is so frustrating. What a waste of money. I will only be using this when there is a chance of getting very wet. I will need to buy a new camera for any other pictures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2011
I bought this Olympus Stylus Tough 3000 for my 3 year old grand-daughter instead of a "toy" camera and have been extremely pleased with how well it has worked for her. She has no problem turning it on or off or triggering the shutter. The lens location in the upper corner was initially a problem but she quickly learned to keep her fingers lower on the camera. The image quality is very good, however the user controls are not nearly as intuitive as those on the Canon cameras that I use. Nevertheless I'm very satisfied with the cameras performance, and I borrow it any time I'm taking pictures on the water.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2011
Excellent! Works wonderful. Great picture, great video. It is easy to use and durable. I bought it for my 7 year old son. I looked at child durable cameras, but they were plastic or had poor quality and low usage. We planned a trip to Sea World and we realized that this camera is perfect. It can go into water, even salt water, and can handle minor drops. It is a real tough camera (that can even survive a clutz like me). Now other family members want one of their own!
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on August 18, 2011
I bought this camera with the intention of just using it for a point and shoot. With that in mind, it works great! but there are a few caveats..

Battery life is limited especially if you shoot in HD. I corrected this by buying more batteries or using a small 100watt power inverter with a USB plug.

Audio is pretty good for natural sound but don't expect 5.1 stereo. Especially if you just got it wet just a small drop in the front mic assemply/hole will muffle sound.

Lense get dirty really quick with water spots. Altho zooming is mechanical, it does get fuzzy due to water spots on camera or dirt particles. also expect it to not be shake stabilized when zoomed. Like most digital cameras, you can't zoom in while recording. I suggest a tripod espcially while using night vision/firework setting.

Go with 4gb class 6 or higher SDHC cards..

As for editing, I use Sony Vegas Movie Studio 9 and it works great! I've taken this camera scuba diving but I did not take it below 10 feet. To the pool. I even shot in wet conditions for B-roll of a short documentary.

there is also a secret about this camera..You can shoot pictures in a 16:9 format and it has a limited hard drive just incase you run out of room on the SDHC. I also like the tick-tack-toe feature (great for following the rule of thirds)..
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