Olympus mju Tough-6010 review: Olympus mju Tough-6010

Typical Price: £210.00

Olympus mju Tough-6010

(Part #: CNETOlympus mju Tough-6010)
3 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Smart and chunky styling; 3.8x wideangle zoom range.

The Bad Lens becomes hazy towards the edges; heavy noise reduction and smoothing; over-complicated EV compensation.

The Bottom Line Most underwater compacts have to use internal 'folded' lenses, so it's unwise to expect stellar image quality. Even so, the Olympus mju Tough-6010's pictures are rather disappointing. It's still a stylish and relatively cheap go-anywhere camera, though

6.5 Overall

The Olympus mju Tough-6010 looks like a pretty minor upgrade of the older mju Tough-6000 . At around £210, it's also one of the least expensive waterproof cameras around. But is it worth it?

Well 'ard
The main difference between the Tough-6000 and Tough-6010 seems to be the switch from a 10-megapixel sensor to a 12-megapixel one, plus the addition of a small selection of 'magic filters', to create 'pop art', 'pin hole', 'sketch' and (appropriately enough) 'fish eye' effects. Otherwise, you get the same combination of smart and chunky styling, a choice of bright colours and a handy 3.6x wideangle optical zoom.

This test shot shows good, strong colours and not much distortion. The lens gets hazy towards the edges, though, and there's a big drop in quality past ISO 400 (click image to enlarge)

Waterproofing is measured as a depth rating. Pressure increases with depth, so the deeper the camera can go, the better. The Tough-6010 goes down to 3m, which should be alright for casual snorkelling, but not wreck diving. For anything deeper, you'll need to look at the mju Tough-8000 , which can go down to 10m, or a dedicated underwater camera or housing system. The Tough-6010 will prove rather slippery underwater, so you'd be well-advised to use the wrist strap or a neck cord.

The Tough-6010's resistance to water isn't its only strength. It's shockproof from a height of 1.5m and freezeproof to -10C°. Clearly, you're not going to drop the camera on purpose, but it's reassuring to know that you don't have to wrap it in cotton wool.

The Tough-6010's controls are solid and easy to use

The Tough-6010 is handy above water too. It's not much chunkier than the average super-slim camera, and it's no harder to use, so it's an ideal holiday snapper. The buttons have a slightly heavy feel to them, but they still work well, and it's easy to make routine adjustments to the white balance, flash, ISO and so on using the directional controllers and on-screen 'Func' menu.

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