Olympus 6000

 
Olympus Stylus Tough 6000 front
 
  • 10MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 50 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 28-102mm (F3.5-5.1) lens
  • 179g - 95 x 63 x 22mm
  • Introduced July 2009
  • Alternate Name is mju Tough 6000
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
94
Imaging
34
Features
21
Overall
28

Olympus 6000 summary

Olympus 6000 is Olympus's Small Sensor Compact camera first introduced on July of 2009. The camera houses a 10MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 3648 x 2736. It is known as "mju Tough 6000" in certain regions.

The 6000 is positioned #222 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras & over-all #1150 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our list. You should test our Smart camera filter to get camera rankings based on your personalized criteria.

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Below is a chart of various factors used in the rating system.

Olympus 6000 family

The Olympus 6000 has a history of related digital cameras. Underneath, you can check out all previous and more recent models as well as key specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Olympus-Stylus-Tough-6020 front thumbnailOlympus 6020
6000 vs 6020
28-140mm
F3.9-5.9
13MP1/2.3"2010
Olympus-Stylus-Tough-6010 front thumbnailOlympus 6010
6000 vs 6010
28-102mm
F3.5-5.1
12MP1/2.3"2009
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Olympus-Stylus-Tough-6000 front thumbnailOlympus 600028-102mm
F3.5-5.1
10MP1/2.3"2009

Olympus 6000 Pros and Cons

Here is a list of upsides and downsides of the Olympus 6000 based on factors that are normally considered important in a camera.

built-in flash
good minimum ISO (50)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
in built zoom lens (28-102mm 3.6 x zoom)
quite wide (28mm)
weather proofing
display is not selfie friendly
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
has no phase detect auto focus
has no RAW files
lack of shutter priority mode
low resolution (10 megapixels)
low resolution screen (230 thousand dot)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.1)
no aperture priority
no external flash support
no external mic jack
no HDMI support
no headphone jack
no manual focus
no manual mode
no moving screen
no Time Lapse mode
screen is small (2.7 inch)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
video resolution low (640 x 480 resolution)
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Olympus 6000 Sensor information

The dimension of the sensor on the Olympus 6000 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 3648 x 2736 pixels with aspect ratios of 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2. The camera features Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). In body stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter might lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 10 megapixels and delivers a native ISO range of 50 to 1600. Sadly, RAW format is not supported which means that you have less room to maneuver in post.

The graphic below displays the 6000's sensor size in comparison to other common sizes. The 6000 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is outlined in green.

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To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Olympus 6000 dimensions

Olympus 6000 is 0.39 lb (179 grams / 6.31 oz) & the size of the camera is 95mm x 63mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.5" x 0.9"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams and the Olympus 6000 is very much the same in comparison with its rivals.

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Below is a pic of the Olympus 6000 alongside a soft drink to help you to get a feel for its size.

Olympus Stylus Tough 6000 dimensions scale

The top view here will illustrate the button layout on the 6000.

Olympus Stylus Tough 6000 topview buttons dials

Olympus 6000 Lens information

The 6000 houses an inbuilt lens giving a focal range of 28-102mm making it a 3.6 x zoom which is not amazing but it will surely be helpful in certain cases.

At it's widest 28mm, it features an aperture of f3.5 which is quite sluggish and not the best for low light conditions and you will probably find it hard to get a shallow depth of field. You will also need to increase your ISO resulting in noisy files. At the long end, 102mm comes to f5.1 making it very sluggish and you would have to utilize slow shutter speeds.

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Olympus 6000 Connectivity

The 6000 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that contain NFC or Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can send pictures and at times change settings with no need to connect physically with the camera.

Many apps also enable a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it can easily be hooked up to an external monitor. A lot of cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack using the USB socket.

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Olympus 6000 Video information

The max video quality on the Olympus 6000 is 640 x 480 and you can save in Motion JPEG format. 480p is low for today's requirements. You should strive for a minimum FUll HD quality for good video. The body does not have a microphone or headphone socket which means you have got zero control over the sound. It is probably a better idea to have a look at another camera should you need good sound for your video clips.

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Olympus 6000 Weather Sealing

Olympus 6000 features weather proofing making it a fantastic option for use in tough locations. This can be especially helpful whenever you are not sure about the conditions you may encounter in outdoor photography.

Olympus 6000 Display and Viewfinder

The Olympus 6000 is equipped with a 2.7 inch fixed display screen with a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Sadly the display screen is not a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specs for Olympus 6000 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are very handy in bright outdoor conditions which can easily make the camera display washed out and very difficult to see.

Olympus 6000 Shutter information

The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Olympus 6000 Flash and Hot shoe information

Olympus 6000 features just inbuilt flash with missing external flash support.

Olympus 6000 Autofocusing information

Olympus 6000 features only Contrast Based Auto Focus & doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more faster & precise compared to Contrast Based autofocusing.

Olympus 6000 has no manual focusing. Manual focusing can be good in low light scenarios or you need to have more exact depth of field control.

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Olympus 6000 Battery life

The usual Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 comes with the maximum (470) battery life in this kind of cameras.

Here is a collection of Small Sensor Compact cameras having the highest battery life:

Olympus 6000 for various types of photography

The following bar chart provides a summary of the Olympus 6000 for various types of photography. To find out more, go to the specific paragraph below.

Olympus 6000 Portrait photography information

The Olympus 6000 has a score of 20 which is dreadful, meaning that it is simply not very good for portrait photos. Shooting portraits leans heavily to sensor dimensions, RAW support and potential to utilize external lighting.

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no manual focus
manual exposure not possible
no external flash support
MP count low (10 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW files

Olympus 6000 Street photography highlights

Coming in at a above average points tally of 62, the Olympus 6000 is a very decent pick to use in street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of picture quality and portability.

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has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather proof
fixed screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support

Olympus 6000 Sports photography details

A dreadful sports photography points total of 33 indicates the Olympus 6000 is simply not very good for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have good tracking plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather proofing
lack of shutter priority mode
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF

Olympus 6000 Travel photography factors

Portability is extremely critical in picking a camera for travel. In general, the Olympus 6000 gets a above average 61 for a travelling camera which makes it a good choice for your trips.

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weather proof
built-in flash
really wide (28mm)
no Timelapse recording
MP count low (10 megapixels)
does not have selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f3.5)

Landscape photography with Olympus 6000

For anyone planning to pick a camera for landscape photographs, the most vital aspect is going to be image quality. The Olympus 6000 and it's dreadful rating of 35 for a landscape camera is simply not very good amongst its competitors.

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quite wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather proof
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
small screen (2.7 inch)
no manual control
resolution not great (10 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
missing Time Lapse recording

Olympus 6000 as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera preferably should come with a moving display, microphone port and if possible image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Olympus 6000 is simply not very good as a vlog camera as it comes to a dreadful rating of 28.

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really wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
low res video (640 x 480 pxls)
no mic jack

Olympus 6000 Alternatives

If you are in the market for replacements to the 6000, here is a number of the highest placed cameras that fall under the class of Small Sensor Compact.

The line chart underneath will give you an overview of the 6000 vs it's top rated rivals mentioned earlier.

Here are a handful of other cameras you may see as alternatives. To check out a full comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand
Olympus
Model type
Olympus Stylus Tough 6000
Also called as
mju Tough 6000
Type
Small Sensor Compact
Introduced
2009-07-01
Body design
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
10 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Max resolution
3648 x 2736
RAW photos
Max native ISO
1600
Lowest native ISO
50
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Lens
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-102mm (3.6x)
Highest aperture
f/3.5-5.1
Macro focusing range
2cm
Crop factor
5.8
Screen
Display type
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
2.7 inch
Display resolution
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Min shutter speed
1/4 secs
Max shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
4.00 m
Flash settings
Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Off, On
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Max video resolution
640x480
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
179 gr (0.39 lbs)
Physical dimensions
95 x 63 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.5" x 0.9")
Other
Self timer
Yes (12 seconds)
Time lapse feature
Storage media
xD Picture Card, microSD Card, Internal
Storage slots
1
Retail price
$259