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The Olympus µ TOUGH-8010: A powerhouse of survivability and creativity
When it comes to taking photographs in extreme conditions lesser cameras would baulk at, such as in the rain, the snow or even at parties, the adventurous µ TOUGH-8010 – the toughest µ series model yet – brushes aside any concerns about survivability whilst delivering great looking 14 megapixel photographs and impressively smooth and detailed HD movies into the bargain.
The mighty µ TOUGH-8010 is a glutton for punishment, waterproof to depths of 10 metres*, shockproof against accidental drops from heights of up to 2 metres**, crushproof to 100kg***, freezeproof to -10°C and even scratch proof. Not purely brawn, this camera has brains too: latest on-board technologies include Dual Image Stabilisation to effectively combat camera shake and avoid blurred images, plus Magic Filters to give free reign to photographers’ creative urges.
Upping the ante from the award winning µ TOUGH-8000, the fighting fit µ TOUGH-8010 incorporates a 5x optical zoom (28-140mm****) to enable users to enjoy a wide range of framing opportunities, from group portraits to candid close ups of distant subjects. A huge 2GB internal memory, plus expandability courtesy of an SD card slot ensures you won’t be caught short of space for your action packed photography.
Not merely a collection of stunning features on the inside, from the outside the µ TOUGH-8010 also boldly rises to the challenge, cloaked in Midnight Black or resplendent in Platinum Silver.
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-8010 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. 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 the late 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 to make them appear as if seen through a pinhole. Added to this is a unique colour tone that results in a style that has an air of secrecy, visually portraying the feeling of being lost in another dimension or space.
Improved TAP Control mode
Simply tap the camera body to access camera functions – including Quick View mode, Shooting Mode and Snow Mode – use of the µ TOUGH-8010 really couldn’t be any easier! Furthermore tilting the camera in playback mode scrolls through saved images – perfect for gloved hands.
HD movie recording and HDMI interface
Implemented on 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-8010’s HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) connection. A 2GB internal memory, expandable via SD card slot also ensures that would-be action movie makers won’t run out of storage capacity in a hurry.
Quick Photo Surfing thanks to innovative software
Flip through images on the spot with Photo Surfing. Thanks to 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
The µ TOUGH-8010 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-8010 includes reliable features in iAuto (Intelligent Auto), Shadow Adjustment Technology, 2.7-inch HyperCrystal III LCD (230k dot resolution) plus subject-following AF tracking. When combined these will ensure every picture you take is a winning shot.
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.
Also on board the µ TOUGH-8010 is AF tracking, the system that tracks moving subjects to keep them continuously in focus for optimal results. It memorises subject data so that even when the subject goes out of frame the camera resumes tracking when it reappears.
Providing belt and braces protection against image blur caused by camera shake or fast moving subjects, the µ TOUGH-8010 ‘s Dual Image Stabilisation function is a combination of Optical Image Stabilisation using a built-in gyro sensor and microprocessor which detects camera movement and adjusts the CCD accordingly, plus Digital Image Stabilisation whereby the camera automatically increases ISO sensitivity to allow shorter shutter speeds.
So photographers don’t need to fumble with camera settings in the heat of the action, the µ TOUGH-8010 also 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.
USB charging is another new feature that further aids portability. 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. The µ TOUGH-8010 additionally features a built-in Manometer for users to get a feel for where they are, particularly when using the camera underwater, whereby its LCD illumination also comes in very handy.
Put all of the above stunning features together and you have the shockproof, waterproof, crush proof, scratch proof and freezeproof µ TOUGH-8010; a reliably rugged companion with which to meet even the hardest and most extreme of photo challenges.
*According to IEC standard publication 529 IPX8
** Equivalent to MIL Standard (Olympus test conditions)
*** According to Olympus test conditions
*** Equivalent to a 35mm camera
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