If your one of those Indian Jones types, that has a streak of Fran Lebowitz running through your veins, then I’ve go the perfect camera for you. It’s virtually indestructible, and ideal for the rough and tumble crowd. It’s The Olympus MJU Tough 8000 digital camera.
The Olympus Stylus line of cameras, has already set the bar in showing just how tough a digital camera can be. There’s no reason to treat these cameras with kid gloves. Or no reason not to let your unruly kids have their way with this camera. Like the Stylus lineup, the MJU 8000 is waterproof, shockproof, drop-proof, freeze-proof and dust-proof. All digital cameras should be built this way, in my estimation.
One of the nice things that Olympus has done with this camera, is upgraded the the control buttons to be more tactile sensitive. This is a great improvement, and is a sensible addition for a camera that is meant to be used underwater, or in the cold where gloves or mittens may be worn.
Olympus pretty much owned this market for indestructible cameras, and was the only player for a while. These cameras have been so wildly successful, that others have now joined the fray. Canon, Panasonic, and even Fuji have joined the fray with waterproof digital cameras you may want to check out as well.
Don’t make the assumption that this is just a gimmick to sell you another digital camera, the Tough 8000, and competitors really do live up to their claims. While it may seem a little strange to submerge an expensive piece of electronics, trust me when I say you have nothing to worry about. I’ve done it plenty of times with the Olympus Stylus line of cameras, and they continue to function brilliantly.
In fact, the one Olympus Stylus we bought for my youngest daughter, has become the camera of choice for the rest of the family. Even though everyone else has their own Canon, Fuji, and Kodak digital cameras, they can’t seem to get enough of the cool underwater one.
These cameras do a remarkable job of taking good pictures and video as well. They sport pretty much all of the features we come to expect in a digital camera, for large LCD screens, to zoom lenses, to image stabilization, to face detection, and even built in flash.
If you have a friend that owns one of these, try and borrow one for a bit. A weekend with one of these babies, is all you’ll need to convince you to get one of your own.