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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: 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.
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.
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