Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 Review

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Review posted 5/6/2010

Quick Take
Pros
iAuto shooting mode; Dedicated Video Capture Button; AVCHD Lite HD video capture is high quality and small files; "Tough" features: Waterproof, Dustproof, 5ft. Drops; Excellent Image Quality; MEGA O.I.S. is very helpful when shooting on the move; Nice, Bright 2.7-inch LCD; Good shooting performance; Competitively priced
Cons
Possible issue with water entering the battery/memory card compartment; Increasing noise at at lower ISO settings; The default minimum shutter speed setting of 1/8 of a second in Program Auto mode limits low-light capabilities, users will need to change this setting in the menu
Bottom Line
The Panasonic Lumix TS1 is a tough, go anywhere camera that is water and dust resistant as well as tough enough to drop from 5ft. Its set of features and image quality put it at the top of the list for a tough, compact camera, as does the price. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
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Panasonic's Lumix DMC-TS1 is a"tough", rugged camera that allows the user to take and operate it anywhere. This camera has a waterproof (3m/10ft.), shockproof (drops from 1.5m/5ft.) and dustproof rating, which allows you to take it anywhere, into just about any situation without worrying if the camera will be OK or not. It features a 12-Megapixel imaging sensor, 4.6x wide internal optical zoom lens, Panasonic's MEGA O.I.S. optical image stabilization system and a 2.7-inch LCD screen. The TS1 is also the world's first "tough" camera to feature AVCHD Lite high definition video recording. AVCHD Lite allows the camera to capture high-quality HD video with a higher compression, taking up less space on your memory card.


Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 Features:
  • 12.1-Megapixel, 1/2.33-inch Imaging sesnor
  • 4.6x internal optical zoom lens; 35mm equivalent of 28-128mm
  • MEGA O.I.S. optical image stabilization system
  • Aperture: F3.3-5.9
  • 2.7", 230,000 dot LCD screen
  • Waterproof up to 10ft./3m
  • Shockproof from drops up to 5ft./1.5m
  • Dustproof
  • iAuto Shooting Mode (intelligent auto)
  • Intelligent ISO
  • Intelligent Scene Selector
  • Intelligent Exposure
  • Tracking Auto Focus and Metering
  • Face Detection
  • AVCHD Lite HD Video Recording
  • Auto Bracketing
  • 8-1/1300 shutter speed; 15, 30, 60 seconds in starry sky mode
  • 1.8fps unlimited continuous shooting
  • SD/SDHC/MMC card compatible
  • 45MB internal memory
  • Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 is available now with a MSRP of US $379.95.

In the Box:
  • TS1 camera body
  • Battery Charger
  • Li-Ion Rechargeable Battery
  • A/V Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • CD-ROM Software

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