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How Tough Is Tough?
Duration: 1:02 Copyright © 2009 TV SMITH
Music: Awakening by Nery Bauer (licensed) (in hi-fi stereo)
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The Olympus µ Tough series are a great new range of waterproof, dustproof, shockproof and freezeproof compact digital cameras.

Upon cursory inspection, most people wouldn't believe they are as tough as claimed. After all, the cameras look like ordinary but good looking compacts. Plus, some models even have a beauty mode to beautify your face after taking still photographs. Other so-called waterproof cameras are usually built like bulky, ugly submarines. So can a tiny, elegant-looking camera really be tough?

I took an Olympus µ Tough 6000 to the rapids of Janda Baik and waterfalls of Bentong in Pahang state to carry out some real-world tests. Now remember: the proof of waterproofing in a camera is not just about survivng water. The real worth is when it continues to function as normal, recording or taking pictures under torture. The LCD and all buttons must work while it is submerged. The Oly µ Tough 6000 passed with flying, clear colours in this respect.

It is a rare and joyful feeling to be able to record not only video but the eerie sounds from below water without specialised equipment. Not only did the camera survived drowning, it took a few hard knocks against rocks when the gushing water hit it hard. The humble little camera lived to tell its own tale...

Test/review camera courtesy of Asia PR & Olympus Malaysia.

Captured with Olympus µ Tough 6000 in SD 4:3
Edited on VS X2 Pro

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