Olympus Mju Tough 6010 Review

January 27, 2010 | Gavin Stoker |


So, if you're in the market for an all weather camera you can basically mistreat and not have to worry unduly about the consequences, should you buy the Olympus Mju Tough 6010 over strengthened rivals from the other big names?

In its favour the Tough 6010 is one of the better looking options out there when compared to Canon's similarly featured, all singing all dancing D10 - even if for us the Canon takes marginally better pictures - but expensive compared to Pentax WS80 if all you want is waterproofing. We prefer the overall look and feel of Panasonic's toughened FT1, which only fails to match the Mju on its lack of freezeproofing.

As we've found with recent generations of the Mju series, certainly performance at ISO 400 and above is a let down - as are the rather cool, slightly washed out results delivered when shooting on the camera's standard default settings. On the plus side the Mju Tough 6010 is for the most part responsive and intuitive to use, and shouldn't tax its target audience of happy snappers, harassed families wanting a destruction proof compact for the annual holiday, plus more adventurous types such as snowboarders, divers and all weather photographers. All for whom, fortunately for Olympus, overall image quality may well come second in importance to being able to capture any image at all.

3.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 3.5
Features 4
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 3
Value for money 3.5