Olympus 6020

Olympus Stylus Tough 6020 front
  • 13MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-140mm (F3.9-5.9) lens
  • 122g - 95 x 62 x 22mm
  • Launched February 2010
  • Alternative Name is mju Tough 6020
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  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
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Olympus 6020 summary

Olympus 6020 is Olympus's Waterproof digital camera initially launched on February of 2010. It houses a 13 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4288 x 3216. The camera is also known as "mju Tough 6020" in other countries.

The 6020 stands at #58 out of 75 in Waterproof cameras & over all #982 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. Please try our Advanced camera filter to get camera ratings based on your customized criteria.

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Olympus 6020 history

The Olympus 6020 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can view the complete range underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Olympus-Stylus-Tough-6020 front thumbnailOlympus 602028-140mm
Olympus-Stylus-Tough-6010 front thumbnailOlympus 6010
6020 vs 6010
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Olympus-Stylus-Tough-6000 front thumbnailOlympus 6000
6020 vs 6000

Olympus 6020 Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of advantages and disadvantages of the Olympus 6020 based on aspects which are typically regarded as necessary in a digital camera.

above average minimum ISO (64)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
built in zoom lens (28-140mm 5.0 x zoom)
does have HDMI socket
environment sealing
has built in flash
lighter than competitors (122g)
MP count decent (13MP)
provides tracking focus
really wide (28mm)
can't use external flash
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
focusing manually not possible
lack of headphone socket
lack of microphone socket
lack of Timelapse mode
lacks phase detect autofocus
lacks RAW files
low resolution screen (230 thousand dots)
manual exposure not possible
no aperture priority mode
no shutter priority mode
screen does not articulate
screen isn't selfie friendly
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
slow at full zoom (f5.9)
slow fps (5.0 frames per second)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.9)
small screen (2.7 inch)
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
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Olympus 6020 Sensor specifications

The Olympus 6020 is powered by the TruePic III processor. The specification of the sensor in the Olympus 6020 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4288 x 3216 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). In body stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter might lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor has 13MP and delivers a standard ISO range of 64 - 1600. Unfortunately, RAW photos are not saved so the user has less margin for error.

The graphic underneath shows the 6020's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The 6020 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is displayed in green.

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Olympus 6020 dimensions

Olympus 6020 has a weight of 0.27 lb (122 gr / 4.30 ounces) & has outer measurements of 95mm x 62mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9"). The weight of average Waterproof camera is 195 gr so the Olympus 6020 is less heavy in comparison with various competitors.

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Here is a picture of the Olympus 6020 next to a soda so you can get a sense of its scale.

Olympus Stylus Tough 6020 dimensions scale

The top view just below will show the button arrangement on the 6020.

Olympus Stylus Tough 6020 topview buttons dials

Olympus 6020 Lens specifications

The 6020 offers a built-in lens and it has a focal range of 28-140mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which might not be perfect but it would certainly be convenient in a few conditions.

At the widest 28mm, the lens has an aperture of f3.9 which will be really slow and not good for low light occasions and you will likely find it difficult to get good bokeh. You would also need to raise the ISO causing noisy photos. For the tele end, 140mm comes at f5.9 which is quite slow and you would need to set slower shutter speeds.

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Olympus 6020 Connectivity

The 6020 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras which include NFC and Bluetooth support can easily be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily copy files and in some cases change settings with no need to connect directly to the camera.

Many applications even provide a Liveview and release the shutter in case you are not near the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it could be hooked up to an external display. Most cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack through the USB port.

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Olympus 6020 Video specifications

The highest possible video resolution in the Olympus 6020 is 1280 x 720 and you can shoot in H.264 file format. 720p is terrible for today's standards. You should shoot for at least 1080p resolution for decent video. The camera does not offer a microphone and headphone socket so you have got little control over the audio. It is perhaps best to purchase another model in case you want decent audio for your videos.

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Olympus 6020 Weather Sealing

Olympus 6020 provides environment proofing which makes it a very good choice for use during tricky conditions. This is particularly useful when you are unsure about the elements you might face during outdoor photography.

Olympus 6020 Screen and Viewfinder

The Olympus 6020 is equipped with a 2.7 inch fixed screen supporting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the screen isn't a touch screen.

Olympus Stylus Tough 6020 screen and viewfinder Photography Glossary

The View Finder details for Olympus 6020 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

For sunny outdoor situations which make the camera displays washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders are rather useful.

Olympus 6020 Shutter specifications

Olympus 6020 is able to shoot continuously at 5.0 frames per second. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Olympus 6020 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Olympus 6020 has only built-in flash without external flash support.

Olympus 6020 Autofocus specifications

Olympus 6020 has just Contrast Detect Auto Focus & does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster & exact in comparison with Contrast Detect focusing.

It also comes with Tracking Auto Focus for objects on the move. Olympus 6020 lacks manual focus. Manual focus ability is useful during low light or you want more exact depth of field control.

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Olympus 6020 Battery life

The average Waterproof camera battery life is 275. Olympus TG-4 has got the best (380) battery life within this category of cameras.

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Olympus 6020 for different kinds of photography

The following graph presents a summary of the Olympus 6020 for different kinds of photography. To look at more, check out the specific section underneath.

Olympus 6020 Portrait photography features

The Olympus 6020 gets a rating of 28 which is low, and means the camera is simply not suitable to use for portraits. Photographing portrait images favors greatly towards sensor resolution, RAW support & potential to work with off-camera flash.

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MP count decent (13 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not possible
no external flash support
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format

Olympus 6020 Street photography advice

Coming in at a nice points total of 66, the Olympus 6020 is a good pick to use in street photography. A good street photography camera has a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather proofing
lighter than competition (122g)
no moving screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format

Sports photography with Olympus 6020

A low sports photography score of 43 suggests the Olympus 6020 is simply not suitable for photographing sports. A camera should have very good tracking and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good resolution (13 megapixels)
features tracking focus
weather sealing
max frames per second low (5.0 frames/s)
lack of shutter priority mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF

Olympus 6020 Travel photography factors

Size is very critical when choosing a camera for travel. All things considered, the Olympus 6020 gets a very good 70 as a travel camera which is a fine fit to purchase for your travels.

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lighter than others (122g)
environment proofing
resolution is good (13MP)
built-in flash
decently wide (28mm)
missing Time Lapse recording
display isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.9)

Olympus 6020 as a Landscape photography camera

If you are planning to purchase a camera for landscape photographs, the most essential aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Olympus 6020 at it's low rating of 40 as a landscape camera is simply not suitable compared to it's competition.

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decently wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
resolution is good (13 megapixels)
weather proofing
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
manual exposure not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
lack of Time Lapse recording

Olympus 6020 Vlogging highlights

A vlogging camera should really come with a articulating screen, microphone port and preferably image stabilization. Considering everything, the Olympus 6020 is simply not suitable as a vlog camera as it comes to a low score of 31.

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decently wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
lighter than competitors in class (122 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.9)
does not contain selfie friendly display
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
does not have mic jack

Olympus 6020 Alternatives

If you are trying to find replacements to the 6020, here is a collection of the top rated cameras which fall under the class of Waterproof.

The chart underneath shows you a bird's eye view of the 6020 compared to it's top ranked rivals listed above.

Here are a handful of other cameras you might see as alternative options. To check out a extensive comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

Photography Glossary


General Information
Olympus Stylus Tough 6020
Alternative name
mju Tough 6020
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
TruePic III
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
4288 x 3216
RAW images
Maximum native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-140mm (5.0x)
Max aperture
Macro focus distance
Focal length multiplier
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
2.7 inch
Resolution of screen
230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Minimum shutter speed
1/4 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate
5.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
4.00 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps) 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video data format
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
122 grams (0.27 lb)
95 x 62 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9")
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 12 seconds)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD/SDHC, Internal
Card slots
Pricing at release