Pros Takes great pictures... once you've turned it on, switched from the P to auto and as long as your friend has kept the pose for 30 seconds, BAM you've got a good shot.
Cons It's a piece of garabage!
It breaks easily!
Takes forever to turn on!
It doesn't automatically start in 'auto' so you have to manually change it everytime you turn it on!
It's the worst camera I've ever owned!
Summary I've never had a camera break so fast. Literally the second day of our vacation it wouldn't work. I had it in the ocean once. Luckily a friend of mine suggested rinsing it with tap water and it started to work again.
I've never had a camera break so fast. Literally the second day of our vacation it wouldn't work. I had it in the ocean once. Luckily a friend of mine suggested rinsing it with tap water and it started to work again.
In my opinion, for $300 you can go to any dive shop and get a camera that will descend to 150 ft with a fish eye lens to boot!
Pros Nice PIcs when it worked... but more cons
Cons Slow start up, FILLED WITH WATER AND QUICK WORKING THE FIRST TIME I USED IT UNDERWATER
Summary Purchasing this camera was BIGGEST mistake I ever made. I had used the "Tough" lightly for about the first 6 months of having it, not really taking it under water, just by the pool. But when we booked a cruise for our friends wedding to the eastern carribean I though perfect, I invested in this underwater camera and I'll take it on our snorkeling trip. The camera didn't even make it an arm lengths depth in the water before it quit working. Then to top it during our trip, 3 other people who had the SAME "Tough" camera all had their camera quit working. When I got back to the US I brought it to the retailer I purchased it from (since I also spent $70 and purchased the extended warranty ) to find out that olympus will not repair the camera as it would cost less just to replace it with a comparable camera. So I though, that's fair - but little did I know.... I asked for the replacement to be the exact same camera since they still sell it, and they said I would have to pay $50 more dollars if I wanted the same exact camera. You see, when I purchased the camera it was retailing for $399.99 - but another retailer had the camera for $329.99, so I price matched the camera. My sotre said they will only replace the camera with another camera of comparabe price that I paid and since now the camera is still selling for $379.99 there is where the $50 difference comes from - not with the same camera or a camera of comparable features unless I paid the difference. This was the worst experience I have ever had with a camera and I would never buy another "Tough" or Olympus for that matter again. If you still choose to buy this camera after reading all of these negative reviews, good luck to ya...
Pros I am blinded by the white light of cons.
Cons Incredibly slow to boot up - you will want to smash it
So complicated that you need to refer to the instructions if something weird appears on the screen like grids
Stupidly no charging station for a back up battery to be charging on.
Summary Every time you turn the camera on you will have to endure a blue screen with the Olympus Logo which lasts for as long as whatever it is you are trying to shoot. I have owned many cameras but never have I experienced this sort of delay. It is incredible that a camera can take so long to boot up, with all the advances in chip processing speed and technology in general. On Xmas day after missing shot after shot of kids doing this and that I decided I could not possibly live with this camera one more day and I had it crushed in a vice and then smashed with a hammer. I would upload the pics if it was possible.
The menu tree is diabolical and so when I found the screen showing a grid pattern there was no way to remove it despite covering every concievable branch of the menu. Turning the camera off and removing the battery wouldnt remove this grid. I have never found this degree of complexity and lack of intuitive design in a camera. It was the final straw.
Despite being assured by the retailer that the camera came with a charging station for the battery and I wouldnt have to connect the camera to mains power to charge the battery, IT DID NOT. So if your battery is flat you cant swap it for another that has been left to charge because stupidly the battery charges in the camera. I have since found that this is an 'optional extra'.
Pros It's small and easy to carry. It's tough; I've dropped it a couple of times. Use it in the pool for pics, mini-movies of the kids. It has a built-in manual; just click on the info button, and you'll get instructions that pop up right on the screen.
Cons It doesn't take the best photos in the world. You have to be willing to play around with all of the settings to find the best one for the photo situation. But they are decent enough for Facebook and showing family and friends.
Summary It's definitly worth it. It's a great take-anywhere, multi-purpose camera. I would recommend this to friends.
Pros This camera can take anything. I love it most for being waterproof. I take it out with me everywhere, everyday. Sports practice, on the water, in the rain. The peace of mind is worth the money. I never worry about it leaking or breaking.
Cons I am not a photographer. I am a 19 year old sports enthusiast who is hard on electronics. I broken and soaked cell phones. I'm tough on gear and Olympus Tough is tough enough for me. I don't know if 14 mega-pixels is good but they look great to me.
Summary The pictures look good, it can zoom really close, it shoots great video, and most importantly, its durable and waterproof. I can take it anywhere and not worry about it. That peace of mind is worth it for me.