Olympus 8000

Olympus Stylus Tough 8000 front
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 1600
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 28-102mm (F3.5-5.1) lens
  • 182g - 95 x 62 x 22mm
  • Revealed July 2009
  • Also Known as mju Tough 8000
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Olympus 8000 summary

Olympus 8000 is Olympus's Small Sensor Compact digital camera originally announced on July of 2009. The camera comes with a 12MP, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a full resolution of 3968 x 2976. It is referred to as "mju Tough 8000" in certain regions.

The 8000 is scored #197 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and over all #1151 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. Please use our Smart camera finder to get camera listings based on your custom factors.

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Olympus 8000 history

The Olympus 8000 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Listed below, you can discover all older and latest models alongside important specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Olympus-Stylus-Tough-8010 front thumbnailOlympus 8010
8000 vs 8010
Olympus-Stylus-Tough-8000 front thumbnailOlympus 800028-102mm
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Olympus 8000 Pros and Cons

Here is a collection of positives and negatives of the Olympus 8000 based on things that are usually regarded as necessary in a digital camera.

environment proofing
flash built-in
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
in built zoom lens (28-102mm 3.6 x zoom)
pretty wide (28mm)
very good minimum ISO (64)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
external flash not possible
lack of phase detect autofocus
lack of RAW support
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low resolution sensor (12MP)
manual focus not available
missing external mic port
missing HDMI port
missing headphone port
missing Time Lapse mode
no aperture priority mode
no articulating screen
no manual mode
no shutter priority
screen has low resolution (230 k dot)
sluggish at full zoom (f5.1)
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
video quality not great (640 x 480 pxls)
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Olympus 8000 Sensor information

The measurement of the sensor on the Olympus 8000 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 3968 x 2976 pixels using aspect ratios of 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Sensor-shift). Optical stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization since the latter may cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 12MP and gives a standard ISO range of 64 to 1600. Sadly, RAW format is not supported so you have less room to maneuver in post.

The image below shows the 8000's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The 8000 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is displayed in green.

Olympus Stylus Tough 8000 sensor size Photography Glossary

To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Olympus 8000 dimensions

Olympus 8000 weighs in at 0.40 lbs (182 grams or 6.42 ounces) and features external proportions of 95mm x 62mm x 22mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9"). The weight of average Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams and the Olympus 8000 is similar as compared with various competitors.

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Below is a photo of the Olympus 8000 beside a soda to help you to have a feel for its size.

Olympus Stylus Tough 8000 dimensions scale

The top view here will provide the button layout on the 8000.

Olympus Stylus Tough 8000 topview buttons dials

Olympus 8000 Lens information

The 8000 has got an inbuilt lens offering a focal range of 28-102mm giving it a 3.6 x zoom which isn't really great but it would certainly be convenient in certain situations.

At it's widest 28mm, it will have an aperture of f3.5 and that is rather sluggish and not the best in low light circumstances and you will likely struggle to capture a shallow depth of field. You will likely also need to up your ISO which results in noisy photos. For the long end, 102mm comes with f5.1 making it quite sluggish and you will have to use slower shutter speeds.

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Olympus 8000 Connectivity

The 8000 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Digital cameras that consist of NFC and / or Bluetooth connectivity can be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You are able to copy images and oftentimes alter camera settings without connecting straight with the camera.

Many apps also enable a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external display. Virtually all cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack with the USB port.

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Olympus 8000 Video information

The highest possible video quality on the Olympus 8000 is 640 x 480 and it can record in Motion JPEG file format. 480p is low by today's standards. You should really aim for a minimum FUll HD quality for video. The body does not offer a mic and / or headphone jack so you get absolutely no control over your sound. It is probably a better idea to take a look at an alternative camera in case you want good sound in your videos.

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Olympus 8000 Weather Sealing

Olympus 8000 features environment proofing which makes it a excellent option to use for challenging conditions. This can be especially useful when you are unsure about the conditions you may encounter for outdoor photography.

Olympus 8000 Screen and Viewfinder

The Olympus 8000 comes with a 2.7" fixed screen having a resolution of 230k dots.

Sadly the screen isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specs regarding Olympus 8000 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

In those bright outdoor conditions that make the camera displays washed out and tricky to view, viewfinders will be rather helpful.

Olympus 8000 Shutter information

The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Olympus 8000 Flash and Hot shoe information

Olympus 8000 boasts just integrated flash without external flash support.

Olympus 8000 Autofocusing information

Olympus 8000 boasts only Contrast Based Autofocus and lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more quicker and exact as compared to Contrast Based autofocusing.

Olympus 8000 has no manual focusing. Manual focusing option can be good for low light occasions or you require more precise control on depth of field.

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Olympus 8000 Battery life

The average Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 comes with the best (470) battery life for this group of cameras.

Listed below is a list of Small Sensor Compact cameras which have the strongest battery life:

Olympus 8000 for various forms of photography

The following illustration shows a outline of the Olympus 8000 for various forms of photography. To understand more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.

Olympus 8000 Portrait photography info

The Olympus 8000 has a points tally of 21 which is lousy, and means the camera is not appropriate for portraits. Shooting portrait photos leans greatly towards sensor dimension, RAW support together with the capability to utilize external lighting.

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lack of manual focus
no manual exposure
can't use external flash
low resolution (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files

Street photography with Olympus 8000

Coming in at a above average points tally of 62, the Olympus 8000 is a respectable choice for street photography. A good street photography camera comes with a good balance of picture quality and portability.

Photography Glossary
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
environment sealing
fixed screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format

Olympus 8000 Sports photography advice

A lousy sports photography points tally of 34 suggests the Olympus 8000 is not appropriate for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs to have fantastic focusing plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather proof
no shutter priority
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus

Olympus 8000 Travel photography information

Weight is extremely crucial when picking a camera for travel. All round, the Olympus 8000 gets a above average 61 as a travel camera which is a good choice to purchase for your journeys.

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weather proofing
flash built-in
really wide (28mm)
no Time Lapse recording
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.5)

Olympus 8000 Landscape photography advice

For anyone looking to choose a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most essential factor is going to be image quality. The Olympus 8000 at it's lousy rating of 35 for a landscape camera is not appropriate compared to it's competition.

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really wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
weather proofing
focusing manually not possible
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
small screen (2.7 inches)
no manual control
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
lack of Time Lapse mode

Olympus 8000 Vlogging advice

A camera for vlogging preferably should have a articulating display, microphone port and ideally image stabilization. Taking everything into account, the Olympus 8000 is not appropriate as a vlog camera as it receives a lousy score of 28.

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quite wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
display is not selfie friendly
low video resolution (640 x 480 pixels)
lack of external mic port

Olympus 8000 Alternatives

If you are searching for replacements to the 8000, here is a number of the top placed cameras that fall into the category of Small Sensor Compact.

The chart below offers you a summary of the 8000 versus it's top scored rivals suggested above.

There are a bunch of cameras you may have a look at as alternatives. To browse through a extensive comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Olympus Stylus Tough 8000
Also called as
mju Tough 8000
Small Sensor Compact
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Highest Possible resolution
3968 x 2976
RAW files
Maximum native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-102mm (3.6x)
Highest aperture
Macro focusing range
Focal length multiplier
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
2.7 inches
Screen resolution
230k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
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
Minimum shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
4.00 m
Flash modes
Auto, Fill-in, Red-Eye reduction, Off, On
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (30, 15 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video format
Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
182 gr (0.40 lb)
Physical dimensions
95 x 62 x 22mm (3.7" x 2.4" x 0.9")
Self timer
Yes (12 seconds)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media
xD Picture Card, microSD Card, Internal
Storage slots
Pricing at release