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