Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Review

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Review posted 09/09/2011

Quick Take
Pros
  • iAuto shooting mode is accurate and easy
  • Dedicated Video Capture Button is always ready to record
  • AVCHD Lite HD video capture is high quality and small files
  • "Tough" features: Waterproof, Dustproof, Shockproof and Freezeproof
  • Excellent Image Quality from indoor images
  • POWER O.I.S. is very helpful when shooting on the move
  • Nice, Bright 2.7-inch LCD
  • Good shooting performance
  • Good Battery Life
  • Competitively priced
Cons
  • Struggles a little with high contrast outdoor scenes
  • Image noise in low-light, shadow areas
  • Screen can be hard to see underwater
Bottom Line
If you need a camera that can keep up with even the craziest of lifestyles, the Panasonic Lumix TS3 is for you. This "tough"camera can handle anything you throw at it. Sporting a 12-Megapixel imaging sensor, Leica zoom lens, iAuto mode and full 1080p HD video capture, it is also full of great features. Read more in our Full Conclusion.
panasonic_TS3_blue_550.jpgThe third generation in Panasonic's 'lifeproof' line of Lumix digital camera, the Lumix DMC-TS3 has received several upgrades over past T-series models. This 12-megapixel camera boasts full 1920x1080 HD video capture, built-in GPS functionality, a 4.6x LEICA lens, and a 2.7-inch LCD screen. They even incorporated a built-in compass, altimeter and barometer.

On top of the appealing new features found in the TS3, Panasonic has also beefed up it's 'lifeproof' specifications as well, being waterproof down to 40 feet (12m), dustproof, shockproof from a drop up to 6.6 feet (2m), and freezeproof down to 14ºF (-10 degrees C).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 features:
  • 12-megapixels of resolution
  • 4.6x LEICA optical zoom lens
  • 2.7-inch LCD screen
  • iAuto exposure control
  • Full HD, 1920x1080 video capture
  • Built-in LED light
  • Waterproof down to 40 ft. (12m)
  • Freezeproof to 14ºF (-10ºC)
  • Shockproof up to 6.6 ft. (2m)
  • Dustproof
  • Internal GPS unit
  • Built-in Compass
  • Built-in Altimeter
  • Built-in Barometer
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card slot
  • Li-ion power source (up to 310 shots)
  • Available in four colors; Blue, Orange, Red, Silver
The Lumix DMC-TS3 is available now with a suggested retail price of $399.99 US. See our buy box below to see the most current pricing from several popular retailers.



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