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Olympus Stylus Tough - Is pic quality really that bad?

by johnv41 / April 13, 2009 11:23 PM PDT

I have a 2 year old that loves the outdoors (playgrounds, beaches, pools, nature walks, etc...) and a great little 600 series Canon camera that apparently was not able to keep up with him and stopped working. After the initial disgust of it breaking only 2 years into it, I started thinking that a more rugged, weather proof camera was the ticket. Don't get me wrong, I went to great lengths to keep the Cannon safe, and the body of it would show this fact, but I thought with the Olympus, I could do things that I could not do with standard cameras. My issues come here:

1) Reviews say the pic quality is not the best. Will I notice a big change from the quality of the Cannon 630 that I had or will the newer technology of the Olympus bridge this gap in quality that experts say it lacks? I love the idea of weather/shock proof, but is it worth sacrificing pic quality?

2) Confusion on video time allowed. I see 10 seconds max. That is terrible. Though I think with the upper scale Olympus card, you can take video to the cards 2 GB max. Question is, is that true and are those cards readily available at stores?

3) And lastly, is it worth the extra $100 to go with the newer 12MB Stylus 8000 over the earlier 10MB Stylus 1030 SW?

Sorry for the length of this. Just after a ton of research, I thought that I would go to the forum and website that I have the most trust and confidence in before making the final choice. When it comes to picture memories for your children, you want to make a good informed choice.

Thanks in advance!
John

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by snapshot2 Forum moderator / April 14, 2009 12:56 AM PDT

Here are photos from Canon SD630, Olympus Tough 6000 and Olympus stylus 1030:

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2008_reviews/stylus1030_samples.html

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2009_reviews/olympus_tough6000_samples.html

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2006_reviews/sd630_samples.html

When you click on the photos, they will download at full size.

You can compare and decide for yourself.

I used the Olympus Tough 6000 instead of the 8000 because the 8000 has not been reviewed yet.
The only difference is the megapixels (10/12)

Megapixels is not a measure of picture quality unless you are printing large poster size prints.

I will point out that the Canon SD630 and Olympus 1030 have a shutter lag rating of 0.3 seconds.
The Olympus 6000 has a rating of 1.0 second.
That is considered slow and would make me think twice about buying that camera.

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by johnv41 / April 14, 2009 2:59 AM PDT
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There definately seems to be a very noticable clarity difference from the Olympus 1030 to the Canon. The lesser quality diference in the Olympus 6000 does not seem as pronounced as the 1030, but still seems to be a visual step down from the older Canon's, especially in detail as zoom in. That is what I am seeing as a novice and sadly is a shame. I was hoping that in shopping for a rugged camera and going with a 3+ year newer camera from a main stay company like Olympus would produce at least closer levels of quality to Canon's older, less MB model.

Oh well, thanks for the help Cool

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