Stylus Tough 6020

Stylus Tough 6020

Olympus Stylus Tough 6020 Review

By

Review posted 09/16/2010

Quick Take
Pros
  • Great iAuto mode; produced best results during our tests
  • Pleasing overall image quality
  • Dedicated video capture button
  • Versatile 5x optical zoom lens
  • "Tough" construction
  • Bright 2.7-inch HyperCrystal III LCD with anti-glare coating
  • Large internal memory
  • Loaded with useful exposure modes; like Magic Filters
Cons
  • Camera always defaults to Program mode when powered on
  • Disappointing shooting performance
  • AE system had some problems outdoors
  • HD video quality is only average
  • Microphone pics up all kinds of unwanted noise
  • Weak Built-In flash
  • Very slow navigation through the user interface
  • Poor battery life
  • A bit overpriced
Bottom Line
The Stylus Tough 6020 offers some great features for those looking for a "lifeproof" digicams as well as captures very nice 14-megapixel photos. However, its short comings (e.g. very slow performance) make it difficult for use to recommend this one. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
olympus_6020_front_blue_550.jpg
The little brother to the Stylus Tough 8010 we reviewed earlier this summer (2010), the Olympus Stylus Tough 6020 is a "toned-down" version of its big brother.  While still offering 14-megapixels, a 5x internal optical zoom lens, 720p HD video, and a 2.7-inch LCD screen, Olympus has made the 6020 a bit more affordable by decreasing some of the "Tough" specs. The 6020 is Waterproof in depths of up to 16ft., Freezeproof down to 14°F, Shockproof from drops of up to 5ft, and has only 1GB of internal memory compared to the 8010's 2GB. The 6020 still retains Olympus' Tap control technology, allowing for easy camera control when pressing the small buttons is not convenient (e.g. when wearing winter gloves, etc.).

Olympus Stylus Tough 6020 Features:
  • 14-Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CCD imaging sensor
  • TruePic III image processor
  • 5x wide optical zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent of 28-140mm
  • f3.5(W)-f5.1(T)
  • Waterproof - 16ft.
  • Freezeproof - 14°F
  • Shockproof - 5ft.
  • Records 720p HD (1280x720) , VGA (640x480) or QVGA (320x240) video at 30fps with sound
  • One-Touch video recording
  • Dual image stabilization
  • 2.7-inch, 230,000 dot HyperCrystal III LCD
  • Automatic Noise Reduction after 1/2 second shutter 
  • Tap Control
  • AF Tracking
  • Intelligent Auto
  • Creative Filters: Pop Art, Pin Hole, Fish Eye, Drawing
  • Beauty Mode
  • Advanced Face Detection
  • Shadow Adjustment
  • Shutter Speed: 1/2000-1/4 sec. (up to 4 sec. in Night Scene Mode)
  • ISO 64-1600
  • 1GB internal memory
  • SD/SDHC card slot
  • Li-Ion rechargeable battery

The Olympus Stylus Tough 6020 is available now with a MSRP of US $299.99.


What's In the Box?:
  • STYLUS TOUGH-6020 Camera
  • USB Cable & Charger (F-2AC), Audio/Video Cable
  • Lithium-Ion Battery (LI-50B)
  • Wrist Strap
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Instruction Manual and ib Software on Internal Memory
  • Warranty Card
Additional Views

olympus_6020_colors_450.jpg

Visitors of Steves can visit the stores below for real-time pricing and availability. You can also find hot, soon to expire online offers on a variety of cameras and accessories at our very own Camera Deals page.

Buy related cameras and accessories from Amazon.com
Related Product Description Price
Nikon COOLPIX L340 20.2 MP Digital Camera with 28x Zoom NIKKOR Lens & Full HD 720p Video Recording - Black (Import) + 4 AA High Capacity Batteries with Quick Charger + 9pc Bundle 32GB Deluxe Accessory Kit w/ HeroFiber® Ultra Gentle Cleaning Cloth Nikon COOLPIX L340 20.2 MP Digital Camera with 28x Zoom NIKKOR Lens & Full HD 720p Video Recording - Black (Import) + 4 AA High Capacity Batteries with Quick Charger + 9pc Bundle 32GB Deluxe Accessory Kit w/ HeroFiber® Ultra Gentle Cleaning Cloth $329.99
Nikon COOLPIX L330 20.2 MP Digital Camera with 26x Zoom NIKKOR Lens & Full HD 720p Video Recording - Black (Import) + 4 AA Batteries with Charger + 8pc Bundle 16GB Accessory Kit w/ HeroFiber® Ultra Gentle Cleaning Cloth Nikon COOLPIX L330 20.2 MP Digital Camera with 26x Zoom NIKKOR Lens & Full HD 720p Video Recording - Black (Import) + 4 AA Batteries with Charger + 8pc Bundle 16GB Accessory Kit w/ HeroFiber® Ultra Gentle Cleaning Cloth $299.99
Canon PowerShot SX280 12.1MP Digital Camera with 20x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 3-Inch LCD (Black) (OLD MODEL) Canon PowerShot SX280 12.1MP Digital Camera with 20x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 3-Inch LCD (Black) (OLD MODEL) $279.00
Sony DSCTX30/L 18.2-Megapixel Digital Camera | Blue Sony DSCTX30/L 18.2-Megapixel Digital Camera | Blue $229.99
Canon PowerShot SX400 IS Digital Camera (Black) with 32GB Card + Case + Flash + Battery + Tripod + Accessory Kit Canon PowerShot SX400 IS Digital Camera (Black) with 32GB Card + Case + Flash + Battery + Tripod + Accessory Kit $209.95
2-Pack LI-50B High-Capacity Replacement Batteries with Rapid Travel Charger for Select Olympus Stylus Tough Series Digital Cameras. UltraPro Deluxe Accessory Set Included 2-Pack LI-50B High-Capacity Replacement Batteries with Rapid Travel Charger for Select Olympus Stylus Tough Series Digital Cameras. UltraPro Deluxe Accessory Set Included $59.99
Olympus LI-50B LI50B Battery for VR-340 1010 1020 1030SW Tough 6000 6020 8000 8010 MJU 1010 1020 TG 610 620 630 810 XZ-1 XZ-10 Olympus LI-50B LI50B Battery for VR-340 1010 1020 1030SW Tough 6000 6020 8000 8010 MJU 1010 1020 TG 610 620 630 810 XZ-1 XZ-10 $49.99