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Olympus TOUGH-3000 Digital Camera - Oxide Red (12 MP, 3.6x Wide Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD

by Olympus
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)



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  • Shooting when it's getting tough, wet and cold - waterproof to 3 m, shockproof to 1.5 m and freezeproof to -10 C
  • High precision 3.6x wide optical zoom to capture great scenes through to stunning close-ups even in tough conditions
  • Photo surfing through your own customised photo album in the camera thanks to 1GB internal memory and integrated photo organising software
  • Capture HD movies and view them together with photos in sharp detail on HDTVs including convenient remote operation by HDMI control
  • Battery charging via USB-cable while saving and organising images on the computer
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 2.3 x 6.5 cm ; 159 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: TOUGH-3000 - Oxide Red
  • ASIN: B00318CUSS
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 7 Jan 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,707 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

The Olympus µ TOUGH-3000: For a tough everyday life

Everyone needs a TOUGH ally at times, especially when it comes to taking photographs in conditions lesser cameras would baulk at, such as in the rain, the snow or even at parties. Removing any concerns about survivability, the 12 megapixel µ TOUGH-3000 additionally offers the ability to record HD movies in the same testing environs, inheriting the award winning µ TOUGH-8000’s 3.6x optical zoom (28-102mm*) to enable users to enjoy a wide range of framing opportunities, from group portraits to candid close ups of distant subjects.

In addition to the fact that the camera is waterproof to depths of three metres*, shockproof against accidental drops from a height of up to 1.5 metres**, dustproof and freezeproof to -10°C, latest on-board technologies include Dual Image Stabilisation to effectively combat camera shake plus Magic Filters to give free reign to your creative urges.

HD movie recording and HDMI interface
Newly added to the rough and tumble ready camera is the ability to film High Definition video in 16:9 widescreen ratio and play footage back in the comfort of your living room on an HD TV set via the µ TOUGH-3000’s HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) connection.

1GB Built-in Memory
A 1GB internal memory, expandable via SD card slot, also ensures that would-be Kubricks and Soderberghs won’t run out of storage capacity in a hurry.

USB Battery Charging: Connect the camera to a computer and let the battery charge while you save and organise your images. The supplied super-compact AC adaptor also makes it easy to charge the battery while you're travelling.

Quick Photo Surfing thanks to innovative software
Flip through action-packed images on the spot with Photo Surfing. Thanks to the newly built-in photo organizing and browsing software, photographers can quickly locate chosen events, people and locations tagged using GPS, Face Detection or the date they were taken. Pictures can then be viewed on a TV, PC or of course via the camera’s built-in LCD screen.

In-camera help and features you can trust to deliver
Features an in-camera manual so that even the least experienced family members can rapidly get to grips with the best of what the camera has to offer. Like the rest of the TOUGH camera range the µ TOUGH-3000 boasts the clever i-Auto (intelligent-Auto) mode which uses advanced automatic detection technology to allow the camera to recognise five commonly photographed scenes automatically and adjust its settings accordingly for perfect exposures without the need for manual settings. And you never need to worry about looking your best thanks to the µ TOUGH-3000s Beauty Mode. This feature improves the appearance of the subject while the shot is being taken, automatically enhancing skin on the face and adjacent areas so it appears smoother, brighter and more youthful. Shadow Adjustment Technology, 2.7-inch HyperCrystal III LCD (230k dot resolution) plus subject-following AF tracking, that together will ensure every picture you take is a winning shot.

Magic Filters

Magic Filters. View larger

Magic Filters: turn the everyday into the extraordinary
Specifically designed to expand the creative potential of digital photography, this impressive function of the µ TOUGH-3000 utilises in-camera image processing technology to effortlessly transform the everyday into extraordinary scenes. Simple to operate, the filters allow users to create entirely new worlds with their images. What's more, they can be previewed before they are shot courtesy of the “Compare Shot” function. From vibrant colours and pencil drawings to mysterious or rounded perspectives, artistic spirits can magically turn ideas into reality.
Pop Art: In the tradition of Andy Warhol, this effect enhances colours, making them stronger and more vivid. It creates high-impact pictures that express the happy, light-hearted feeling of the pop art style.
Fish-Eye: With its distorted 180-degree perspective, this filter reproduces the dramatic effect of a fish-eye lens. It lends a new perspective to the whole scene with a “round” effect.
Sketch: This filter gives the impression that subjects have been sketched on the fly by an artist just at the moment that inspiration struck. Images are transformed into line drawings for improvised, creative results.
Pin Hole: For an ethereal feel, Pin Hole reduces the peripheral brightness of images like an image seen through a pinhole. Added to this is a unique colour tone that results in a style that has an air of secrecy or portrays the feeling of being lost in another dimension or space.

Magic Filters

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Advanced Face Detection Technology searches for faces in a composition and recognises them as the main subject. It then automatically puts them in focus and optimally adjusts exposure to create an image that’s sharp in the right places and ideally exposed. Advanced Face Detection Technology can detect up to 16 faces.

Another impressive new function is AF tracking, this system tracks the moving subject automatically and keeps it continually in focus for pictures that are optimally focused and exposed. It also memorises subject data even when the subject goes out of frame and resumes tracking when it reappears.

High-precision Dual Image Stabilisation

High-precision Dual Image Stabilisation.
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Providing two-fold protection, the Dual Image Stabilisation function is a combination of Optical Image Stabilisation using a built-in gyro sensor and microprocessor detects camera movement and adjusts the CCD accordingly, and Digital Image Stabilisation where the camera automatically increases ISO sensitivity to allow shorter shutter speeds. Both of which help to avoid image blur caused by camera shake or by fast-moving objects.

Not merely a collection of stunning features on the inside, from the outside the µ TOUGH-3000 also looks up to the challenge, cloaked in a choice of four fantastic colour options: Oxide Red, Turquoise Blue, Hot Pink and Emerald Green.

* According to IEC standard publication 529 IPX8
** Equivalent to MIL Standard (Olympus test conditions)
*** Equivalent to a 35mm camera

Product Description

Fun for the whole family, the TOUGH-3000 by Olympus is a robust, waterproof and comfortable-to-grip camera that lets you take fabulous photos without worrying about a thing! Its extremely rugged metal body means it can withstand drops from heights of up to 1.5m, all sorts of knocks and impacts and even below-freezing temperatures as low as -10C. You'll be able to shoot pictures as deep as 3 metres underwater too with the TOUGH-3000. The wide-angle lens gives you a greater field of view, while the dual image stabilisation system makes blurry shots a thing of the past. That's not all though! The TOUGH-3000 can also record HD movies with 1280 x 720-pixel resolutions, which you can later play back on any TV thanks to the mini HDMi socket. The 1 GB internal memory provides plenty of space for your snaps and videos, and you can expand this capacity by purchasing an additional SD or SDHC media card. Whether you're relaxing on a beach, away on a ski weekend, or on a trip in the mountains, the TOUGH-3000 by Olympus will tag along and capture all those special moments for you!


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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nifty little camera - improves on further use 30 April 2010
By MK
Colour Name:Turquoise Blue
I had this camera on trial for a week or so. Gave it a good going over as we go out on site a lot and we need something that can take a bit of a battering. Have been playing around with the camera a bit more.

The good stuff:
* Nice and compact, fits in your pocket
* Picture quality is decent but there can be a little feathering around the edges but not a huge problem as the the images are high resolution and you can always crop
* I would give this camera five stars for the HD video quality, it is brilliant, the video quality is very sharp. I admit there was a shaky Cloverfield like effect but that's down to operator error!
* The user panel on the back is very simpleand more space is left for the 2.7 inch view screen, the view pictures and record video buttons are straight forward
* The battery and card flap has a lock on it so you don't open it by accident
* you can zoom the picture quite a bit after downloading and the image probably starts to deteriorate at about 300-400% which is not bad (trust me, in our jobs this sort of thing is very handy!)

The bad stuff:
* The buttons on the back are tiny, if you have little fingers then you are okay but most of the guys I work (who would be using it don't)
* The battery for this camera goes in either way but only charges in one direction (match the olympus to olympus logo on the front). It's a minor thing but it was annoying and I couldn't work out why it wasn't charging and I'm not the only one who was baffled.
* The software for the camera is installed in the camera memory but you can only access if there is no memory card in the camera - this is not included in the instructions.
* No viewfinder and the lens does not have a protective cover.

It's a pretty good picture camera but the film is very superior, I would buy it just for that alone.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Colour Name:Turquoise Blue
A great little camera, which looks fantastic and takes great pictures but ......

No lens cap and with the oval shape round the lens no easy way to make your own. Yes it is water proof (tested and works), yes it is 'shock proof' (tested and works) but what's the point of all of this if the lens scratches from a bit of grit, which is the sort of thing I think you can reasonably expect in environments where you need it to be shock proof and water proof.

Great while it lasted, but it lasted for less time than other cameras that don't claim to be as tough.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I would prefer to give no stars... 18 Aug 2010
By chris
Colour Name:Emerald Green|Verified Purchase
The high definition video is quite good. The wide angle lens captures quite a wide scene.

Other than that this product was awful (if went back to Amazon). My best comparison for this is our Canon Ixus 85 which we have had for several years.

The "Tough" 3000 takes ages to turn on, several seconds, by which time your shot may well have passed. If not it will take the camera so long to focus that unless your subjects regularly pose for oil paintings, the moment will have passed.

Don't try to make a panorama with the built in function. For some reason it seems to skew the first of the three images anticlockwise about 20-30 degrees leaving a useless photo. It is also limited to 3 photos so you'll need a narrow panorama.

Battery life was poor - for the short time we used it the battery (both original and a spare) seemed to run out after about half a day of beach photos even after the batteries had been through several charge cycles. Our Ixus will run for about a week on one battery for casual holiday snaps.

There were a few other annoyances - there is no separate battery charger supplied, the battery has to be charged in the camera. This means there is no way to leave a spare on charge when the camera is in use. An external charger can of course be purchased as an accessory. Charging is via the USB cable which also means the camera door has to be opened to connect the cable - all a bit fiddly for a battery charge. Another big annoyance was the video mode - a single button on the panel starts the video recording. We have several videos of sand, feet and the car dashboard from an accidental press.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a shame 19 Nov 2010
Colour Name:Turquoise Blue
It's a real shame because this camera looks good, takes great pictures and is easy to use. The problem with it is that we bought it to take snorkelling, but it was only waterproof for one day. While snorkelling on the second day, it suddenly sent a strange message and stopped working. We opened it up later and it had water inside it - useless and we had no back up camera! We had only been floating on the top taking pictures and not diving down and the camera was supposed to be waterproof up to 3 metres. Shame as we liked everything else about it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Waterproof camera 1 May 2010
Colour Name:Emerald Green|Verified Purchase
Brilliant camera great quality works well underwater, cant say iv tested the shockproofness of it but im sure it would be ok with the occasional knock etc. Great flash, auto focus and all shooting settings work really well. A few minor faults with the auto panoramic picture merging, seems to work best in manual mode. Zoom is pretty average but overall a very good camera would recommend it to anyone doing snorkeling, boat tripping, rock climbing etc. If your not planning on using the camera in wet conditions or others then you may want to look at cameras with a better zoom.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT !!
Have used it underwater on numerous occasions and had really great professional style photos. I met someone else using the same camera and she loved hers too. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Peter R Low
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Poor
Looks great however...

-No lens cap and an exposed glass back is easily scratched.
-An annoying delay between pressing shutter button and it actually taking a... Read more
Published 19 months ago by gez
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't be more helpful
Speedy delivery and after care exceptional. Posted out the warranty and packaging very promptly when it was found. Thank you.
Published on 7 Oct 2011 by Ando
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad.
I have now owned this camera for just over a year, it is excellent in that you can just chuck it in your bag and don't need to worry about it getting wet or damaged. Read more
Published on 8 July 2011 by Becca
2.0 out of 5 stars Died after 5 weeks
i loved this camera when i first got it, it could take a fair battering and the photos were brilliant in and out of water. a lot of fun. Read more
Published on 27 May 2011 by Bettiboo
1.0 out of 5 stars wish I`d spent more time reviewing this camera
Very very disappointed with this camera. The battery dies after taking less than 50 shots (all day-light and no video)which has meant I have had to buy another battery and a... Read more
Published on 18 May 2011 by lpt63
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow...
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Published on 18 Mar 2011 by Dr. A. J. Kozlowski
3.0 out of 5 stars Tough camera
Big problem for me is that it doesn't put the date on the images. I need this for my survey files and auditing.
Apart from that it does everything else. Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2011 by S. Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Olympus shockproof Camera
Great item. My daughter tends to drop her camera on a regular basis. We have had this type of camera before, she wanted a beter pixel this time.
Published on 8 Jan 2011 by Brenda
1.0 out of 5 stars Worsed Camera
We bought this to go to Egypt on the Nile crusie and 7 day by the sea. Forgot to pack the charger and it took 46 photos before it died! Read more
Published on 31 Dec 2010 by Robin kingston
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