Olympus mju Tough-3000

We're well into the summer season, and we bet you're looking for a good camera that could document your escapades. Well, here's the entry-level Olympus mju Tough-3000, and it wants to tag along whether you're on surf or on turf.

As far as appearances go, the Tough-3000 is pretty. It comes in cool colors (blue, green, pink, and red), allowing it to easily stand out from the crowd. It's not as “butch” as the older Tough cameras, but it still feels solid in the palm of your hand.

Most of the buttons are wrapped in a layer of rubber. Strangely enough, the power-and-shutter button assembly is not one of them. Nonetheless, we didn't experience any problems with it.

The battery/memory-card door is protected by a slab of rubber and is virtually impenetrable by water. Just remember to keep it locked all the time.

Using the mju Tough-3000 in normal conditions is nothing out of the ordinary. You have your Auto and Program settings which let you shoot a variety of situations. The unit powers up rather slowly and auto-focus is a bit sluggish.

We noticed that whether shooting outdoors or indoors, the edges of various subjects looked “soft.” It doesn't matter if it's in macro or wide – the results are all the same.

The buttons don't help improve the experience either; they're too soft, and you have to press them really hard for them to do anything. A simple task like zooming or accessing the menu could be frustrating.

Of course, the Tough line's claim to fame is their cameras' ability to shoot in extreme conditions, most notably underwater. We tried just that only to find out that underwater photography is a different beast altogether. It doesn't matter if your camera is the latest or the best – if the water is anything less than “Boracay clear” they'll come out like this.

We've had better luck capturing HD movies, as it doesn't involve using a flash which illuminates every microscopic piece of debris in the water.

Fortunately, there are Magic filter modes that let you experiment with shooting modes such as Pop Art, Pin Hole, Fish Eye, and Drawing, so at least you can still have fun using the cam.

To be fair to the Tough-3000, being waterproof is just one of its features. It's shockproof and freezeproof too, so if you're a globe-trekking outdoor junkie, this may be the most reliable compact cam that you can get. You can jump from one hemisphere to the other and between seasons without having to worry if your camera can take the sudden changes in the weather.

Click here to see the Olympus mju Tough-3000 in the Buyer's Guide.


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  • Elegant exterior
  • Takes HD videos
  • SD card compatibility (at last)

  • Buttons are hard to press
  • Slow 'power up' and auto-focus
  • Soft edges
  • Noisy photos
Bottom Line
  • Not the best shooter in terms of image quality, but it will let you take photos nearly anywhere in the world
Editor’s Pick No
Price P15,995
Tech Specs
  • Type: compact (weatherproof)
  • Resolution
    • Stills: 12 megapixels
    • Video: 1920 x 1080i (Full HD)
  • Zoom
    • Optical: 3.6x
    • Digital: 5x
  • Storage: SD/SDHC
  • Screen
    • Size: 2.7 inches
    • Resolution: 230,000 dots
  • Image Stabilization: dual IS
  • Face Detection: yes
  • Live View: yes
  • ISO Range: 64-1600
  • Shutter Speed: 4 – 1/2000 sec
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 – 5.1
  • Image Processor: TruePic™ III
  • Interface
    • Hot Shoe: n/a
    • USB: yes
    • HDMI: type C
  • Battery
    • Type: Li-ion Rechargeable Battery (LI-42B)
    • Life: approx. 160 shots (CIPA standard)
  • Size: 95.9 x 65 x 23.4mm
  • Weight: 125g (body only)

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