Olympus Tough cameras empower you to capture your stories in the wettest of conditions, but like any electronic device, proper care and maintenance is required. Whether you're on the slopes or in the pool, check out these important steps to keep moisture out and your memories (and camera) safe!


  1. Be sure to inspect the battery cover door and USB cover door. These doors should be free of SAND, HAIR or any other FOREIGN OBJECTS, which may cause the doors to close incorrectly and therefore increase the risk of leaks penetrating the camera body.
    • To remove these objects use a soft, lint free cloth.
    • If water drops are present, remove them using a soft, lint free cloth.
  2. Inspect the doors for cracks or tears on the water resistant sealants.
  3. Be sure all doors (i.e. battery, usb) are closed tightly. You should hear a CLICK. Lock your camera's doors, as well.
    • If you suspect a door not closing correctly, DO NOT USE camera in water.
Dirty door
Be sure to remove all dirt from your camera door before use.
Unlocked Door
Unlocked Door
Locked Door
Locked Door


After use, the camera must be cleaned with clean fresh water (not salt water or water with chemicals in it).

  1. Make sure the battery/card compartment cover and connector cover are firmly closed, the lock in place and the lens ring removed (if included with your camera model).

  2. Immerse the camera in a bucket containing fresh water for about 10 minutes with lens surface pointing downwards.

  3. If your camera has a retractable lens cover, press the power button several times in the water. This will open and close the lens cover thus removing any debris. This is required to avoid lens failure and ensure the lens cover remains free from obstruction. If not cleaned and used in this way it may cause damage to the lens gearing or may cause the lens cover to become stuck.
  4. Take the camera out of the water & shake it gently.
  5. Press the power button and check to see if lens cover (if on your model) is moving smoothly.
  6. Dry camera with a damp clean cloth.
  7. Open all doors and let the camera dry.


  • Do not leave the camera in an environment with temperatures over 40°C (104°F) or below -10°C (14°F) for prolonged periods. Failure to do so may adversely affect the waterproofing mechanisms contained within the camera.

  • Only use clean fresh water and a soft, lint free cloth to clean your camera. Do not use chemicals for cleaning including rust prevention or anti fogging, etc. This may damage the waterproofing mechanisms contained within the camera.

  • Do not leave the camera in water for long periods of time. This will cause damage to the camera’s appearance and / or deteriorate the waterproofing mechanisms contained within the camera.

  • Do not pour water over the camera directly from a water tap or garden hose faucet.