Olympus 6010

 
Olympus Stylus Tough 6010 front
 
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 64 - 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
  • Additionally Known as mju Tough 6010
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
94
Imaging
36
Features
21
Overall
30

Olympus 6010 overview

Olympus 6010 is Olympus's Waterproof camera initially released on July of 2009. It includes a 12 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 3968 x 2976. The camera is also known as "mju Tough 6010" in certain countries.

The 6010 places at #69 out of 74 in Waterproof cameras & all around #1097 out of 1422 for cameras in our list. You can check our Smart camera search to find camera listings based on your personal requirements.

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Below is a graph of various criteria used in the scoring system.

Olympus 6010 family

The Olympus 6010 is part of a family of products. You can see the detailed range below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Olympus-Stylus-Tough-6020 front thumbnailOlympus 6020
6010 vs 6020
28-140mm
F3.9-5.9
13MP1/2.3"2010
Olympus-Stylus-Tough-6010 front thumbnailOlympus 601028-102mm
F3.5-5.1
12MP1/2.3"2009
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Olympus-Stylus-Tough-6000 front thumbnailOlympus 6000
6010 vs 6000
28-102mm
F3.5-5.1
10MP1/2.3"2009

Olympus 6010 Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of upsides and downsides of the Olympus 6010 based on things that are normally seen as crucial in a camera.

decently wide (28mm)
environment proofing
great min ISO (64)
has built in flash
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
in built zoom lens (28-102mm 3.6 x zoom)
cannot use external flash
display is not selfie friendly
does not have external microphone support
does not have HDMI out
does not have headphone support
does not have phase detect AF
does not have RAW support
does not have Timelapse mode
focusing manually not possible
lack of manual mode
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low resolution screen (230 k dots)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.1)
no aperture priority mode
no shutter priority mode
screen does not articulate
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
video res low (640 x 480 resolution)
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Olympus 6010 Sensor specifications

The Olympus 6010 is run by the TruePic III chip. The sensor spec in the Olympus 6010 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 3968 x 2976 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). In body stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization as the latter might produce cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 12MP and features a native ISO range of 64 - 1600. Sadly, RAW files are not supported therefore you have less margin for error.

The picture below shows the 6010's sensor dimensions when compared to other common sizes. The 6010 sensor has a crop factor of 5.8 and is showcased in green.

Olympus Stylus Tough 6010 sensor size 400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Olympus 6010 dimensions

Olympus 6010 weighs around 0.39 lb (179 gr or 6.31 oz) & has external measurements of 95mm x 63mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.5" x 0.9"). The weight of general Waterproof camera is 196 gr so the Olympus 6010 is very similar in comparison with various competitors.

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Below is a visual of the Olympus 6010 alongside a softdrink so you can get a feel for its scale.

Olympus Stylus Tough 6010 dimensions scale

The top view below will provide the button arrangement on the 6010.

Olympus Stylus Tough 6010 topview buttons dials

Olympus 6010 Lens specifications

The 6010 comes with a built-in lens and a focal range of 28-102mm making it a 3.6 x zoom which won't be perfect nevertheless it will surely be very helpful in certain conditions.

At the widest 28mm, the lens comes with an aperture of f3.5 and that is kind of slow and not ideal for low light occasions and you will likely find it difficult to get good bokeh. You will likely also have to up the ISO setting causing noisy pictures. On the tele end, 102mm comes to f5.1 making it fairly sluggish and you would need to choose slow shutter speeds.

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Olympus 6010 Connectivity

The 6010 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras that consist of NFC and Bluetooth support can easily be used wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to copy photos and oftentimes alter camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly to the camera.

Some applications even stream a Liveview and press the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it could be connected to an external monitor. Nearly all cameras will allow you to charge the battery using the USB socket.

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Olympus 6010 Video specifications

The highest video resolution in the Olympus 6010 is 640 x 480 and you can capture in Motion JPEG format. 480p is awful for today's requirements. You really should go for a minimum FUll HD resolution for good video. The camera doesn't include a microphone and headphone jack which means that you have no control over the sound. It is probably a better idea to consider a different camera in case you require good sound for your video clips.

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Olympus 6010 Weather Sealing

Olympus 6010 has environment sealing which makes it a great candidate for use in tough environments. This is particularly helpful in case you are unsure about the elements you may encounter in outdoor photography.

Olympus 6010 Display and Viewfinder

The Olympus 6010 includes a 2.7" fixed display screen boasting a resolution of 230k dots.

Please be aware that the display has no touch support.

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The View Finder specs for Olympus 6010 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are rather useful in bright outdoor situations which may make the camera display washed out and difficult to see.

Olympus 6010 Shutter specifications

The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Olympus 6010 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Olympus 6010 comes with only in-built flash without external flash ability.

Olympus 6010 Autofocusing specifications

Olympus 6010 comes with just Contrast Based Auto Focus & doesn't have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more snappier and exact compared with Contrast Based autofocusing.

Olympus 6010 has not got manual focusing. Manual focusing mode is useful in low light or you need more accurate focusing control.

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Olympus 6010 Battery life

The typical Waterproof camera battery life is 274. Olympus TG-4 has the highest (380) battery life in this kind of cameras.

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Olympus 6010 for various forms of photography

The following bar chart shows a overview of the Olympus 6010 for various forms of photography. To read more, go to the specific paragraph below.

Portrait photography with Olympus 6010

The Olympus 6010 gets a points total of 21 which is terrible, and means the camera is simply not suitable to use for portrait photos. Shooting portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor dimensions, RAW support in addition to the ability to work with external flash.

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focusing manually not possible
lack of manual mode
can't use external flash
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW support

Street photography with Olympus 6010

With a nice rating of 62, the Olympus 6010 is a fine pick to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera comes with a good balance of picture quality and portability.

400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment proofing
no moving screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format

Olympus 6010 Sports photography features

A terrible sports photography points tally of 34 suggests the Olympus 6010 is simply not suitable for shooting sports. A camera needs to have great focusing and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather sealing
no shutter priority mode
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF

Olympus 6010 Travel photography advice

Portability is super important in picking a travel camera. Over-all, the Olympus 6010 gets a above average 61 for a travel camera which makes it a respectable option to take on your holidays.

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environment proof
flash built-in
quite wide (28mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
MP count low (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)

Olympus 6010 as a Landscape photography camera

When you're planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most significant factor is going to be image quality. The Olympus 6010 and it's terrible rating of 36 as a landscape camera is simply not suitable compared to it's competitors.

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pretty wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather sealing
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
no manual mode
low MP (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
lack of Timelapse recording

Olympus 6010 Vlogging info

A camera for vlogging ought to come with a articulating display screen, mic port and if possible image stabilization. Considering all things, the Olympus 6010 is simply not suitable for vlogging as it comes to a terrible score of 29.

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relatively wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
slow max aperture (f3.5)
display isn't selfie friendly
video resolution low (640 x 480 resolution)
lack of external mic jack

Olympus 6010 Alternatives

If you are searching for alternatives to the 6010, here is a number of the top rated cameras which fall under the class of Waterproof.

The graph below provides you a bird's eye view of the 6010 compared to it's highest rated rivals suggested previously.

Here are a few more cameras you might check out as alternative options. To see a full comparison, simply click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Brand Name
Olympus
Model type
Olympus Stylus Tough 6010
Also referred to as
mju Tough 6010
Type
Waterproof
Introduced
2009-07-17
Physical type
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CCD
Chip
TruePic III
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Highest resolution
3968 x 2976
RAW support
Highest native ISO
1600
Minimum native ISO
64
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Lens
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-102mm (3.6x)
Maximum aperture
f/3.5-5.1
Macro focusing range
2cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Display type
Fixed Type
Display sizing
2.7 inch
Display resolution
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
None
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Features
Lowest shutter speed
1/4 secs
Highest shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
4.00 m
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
640x480
Video format
Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
179 grams (0.39 lbs)
Physical dimensions
95 x 63 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.5" x 0.9")
Other
Battery ID
LI-50C
Self timer
Yes (12 seconds)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage
xD Picture Card, microSD Card, Internal
Card slots
1
Retail cost
$0