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Olympus Stylus Tough-6000 Comparative Crops

10 Megapixels10 MegapixelsStabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.VGA Video: 640 x 480 or more but less than 1280 x 720.VGA Video: 640 x 480 or more but less than 1280 x 720.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringWeatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Weatherproof - Seals protect from dust, humidity and light splashing.Waterproof - Submersible under water up to a certain depth.Waterproof - Submersible under water up to a certain depth.Accepts xD memory.Accepts xD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Comparative Crops

Below are sample crops from an indoor photograph at each of the Olympus Stylus Tough 6000's ISO settings. When available, a crop from the Fuji Finepix F100fd at the same ISO setting is shown too. These are both ultra-compact cameras with automatic controls. However, the Fuji Finepix F100fd is not rugged.

Images below are all unmodified 100% crops from their respective cameras. The ISO and white-balance were set on camera but exposure was fully automatic, not that there is a choice on either camera.

These crops help determine which ISO settings can be acceptably used on these cameras. As noise increases, most cameras compensate with noise reduction which introduces softness. The result is that, while you can partly reduce noise at the expense of details, the maximum acceptable print size gets smaller as ISO is increased. The point at which a print become unacceptably noisy is a matter of personal taste.

Olympus Stylus Tough 6000 Fuji Finepix F100fd
Olympus Tough 6000 - ISO 80
ISO 50
Olympus Tough 6000 - ISO 100 Crop
ISO 100
Fuji F100 - ISO 100 Crop
ISO 100
Olympus Tough 6000 - ISO 200 Crop
ISO 200
Fuji F100 - ISO 200 Crops
ISO 200
Olympus Tough 6000 - ISO 400 Crop
ISO 400
Fuji F100 - ISO 400 Crop
ISO 400
Olympus Tough 6000 - ISO 800 Crop
ISO 800
Fuji F100 - ISO 800 Crop
ISO 800
Olympus Tough 6000 - ISO 1600 Crop
ISO 1600
Fuji F100 - ISO 1600 Crop
ISO 1600
While both cameras increase noise steadily at each ISO, the Fuji Finepix F100fd keeps an advantage of roughly 2 stops in terms of noise and sharpness. On the Olympus Stylus Tough 6000, ISO 800 is quite noisy but still usable for small prints, despite the increase in blue channel noise. By ISO 1600, colors have significantly shifted on the Olympus, all the while the Fuji keeps a much nicer image.

 

Olympus Stylus Tough-6000
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By on 2009/04/08
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Olympus Tough-6000 Facts

Ultra-Compact digital camera
10 Megapixels Ultra CompactISO 50-1600
3.6X Wide Optical ZoomShutter 1/2000-4s
Built-in StabilizationSpot-Metering
Waterproof to 3mLithium-Ion Battery
Weatherproof down to -10CxD
640x480 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingInternal Memory
2.7" LCD 230K Pixels
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