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Olympus mju-Tough 6020 review




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It's been quite a long time since I last took a look at an Olympus camera; the last one I reviewed was the terrible FE-4000, back in January. The last time I looked at one of the waterproof mju-Tough range was the 6010 in September last year, so today I'm taking a look at a more recent model, the mju-Tough 6020.

Launched in February this year the 6020 is, not too surprisingly, an update of the 6010. It features a 14-megapixel 1/2.33-inch CCD sensor, a 5x zoom lens equivalent to 28-140mm, and a 6.9cm (2.7 inch) LCD monitor. Like all the mju-Tough range it is designed to withstand a lot of rough treatment, and is waterproof to a depth of five metres, shockproof against drops of up to 1.5m onto a hard surface (plywood, according to the test specification) and freeze-proof down to minus ten centigrade. The body looks like metal, but is in fact made of high-strength plastic, and the build quality is exceptionally good, as you might expect. It is finished in matt silver with chrome trim, with a front panel that comes in four colours; black, metallic pink, metallic blue and the metallic green shown here.

Waterproof cameras have become quite popular over the past couple of years, and the mju-Tough range has more competition than it used to. Its closest rival is the impressive-looking Pentax W90 (review coming soon, I hope), which has a 12MP sensor, 5x zoom and is waterproof to 6m, and currently selling for around £220. It also has to fend off the new Panasonic FT10, which has a 14MP sensor, 4x zoom, is waterproof to 3m and is currently priced at £259. The mju-Tough 6020 comfortably trumps both these rivals on price, since it's currently selling for just under £200 from some online retailers. However it's worth noting that some high street stores have it listed at £299, quite a significant difference in price.


August 6, 2010, 10:35 am

Glad to see Olympus finally abandoned the xD card. Name was a bit ... XDDD for the internet age.

Just one question. Is there a waterproof-shockproof camera with normal lens? I don't care for underwater shooting. I like taking normal photos with a camera that doesn't fear water and hard treatment without distorted pictures.

Martin Daler

August 6, 2010, 1:32 pm

am I being thick - what is not 'normal' about the lens on this camera?

Cliff Smith

August 6, 2010, 2:38 pm

I presume by "normal" you mean an extending front-mounted lens? It would be very difficult to make a lens like that waterproof, but the closest would probably be the Canon D10, although the Pentax W90 and Ricoh G600 also have front-mounted lenses. Next week I'll be reviewing a new dive case from Seashell - waterproof to 40m - which can be adapted to fit most current small compact cameras, so watch this space...


August 6, 2010, 2:40 pm

Oups, sorry. I didn't see the camera shots in the review. I was in a hurry.

They look good. Previous years models had some problems with "overwater" shots. Had lens better suited for underwater.

Seems like technology has advanced and i have some lag.

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