Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 4.6x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 2.7-Inch LCD (Blue) 14.1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 14.1 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 4.6x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 2.7-Inch LCD (Blue)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 14.1 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 4.6x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 2.7-Inch LCD (Blue) Rating:
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Product Description

14.1 Megapixel Advanced Tough Design (10m Water, Shockproof) Waterproof: 10M Shock Shockproof: 2M Freezeproof: -10 C AVCHD Lite HD Movie Recording Record HD quality movies Power OIS Enhanced technology to further prevent blurring caused by vibration Blue

Details

  • Advanced Tough Design
  • AVCHD Lite HD Movie Recording
  • It lets you shoot actively while moving around with the camera in one hand.
  • It features almost double the recording time in HD quality compared with the conventional Motion JPEG format.
  • A convenient auto function also automatically turns on the LED when the ambient light becomes dim.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 14.1 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 4.6x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 2.7-Inch LCD (Blue) out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 953 user reviews
Panasonic Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 14.1 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 4.6x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 2.7-Inch LCD (Blue) 14.1 Megapixel Advanced Tough Design (10m Water, Shockproof) Waterproof: 10M Shock Shockproof: 2M Freezeproof: -10 C AVCHD Lite HD Movie Recording Record HD quality movies Power OIS Enhanced technology to further prevent blurring caused by vibration Blue $349.95 http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41KB1tiYumL._SL160_.jpg
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10 Responses to “Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 4.6x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 2.7-Inch LCD (Blue) 14.1”

  1. M.W. Says:

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    I love the color size shape and FUNCTION of this camera. I went snorkeling and took great photos underwater, that is, when the fish stayed still enough. Be very careful however to make sure the doors are sealed. I was concerned where the springs on the battery compartment mesh. a couple of drops got in which fogged a great shot of a stingray. And I had been conscientious and doublechecked. not sure if that will ultimately make the camera fail. But for now, I love the photos it takes, even the videos I shot of songs at concerts are youtubable. Its better than the olympus and others in its class.

  2. Zac Says:

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    The image quality is satisfactory; however, the camera didn’t come with a proper camera bag or a lens cover. Even though it’s a pocket-size camera, I cannot put it into my pocket as I’m afraid of scratching the lens.

    Panasonic people need to consider the problems with more empathy.

  3. Jeffrey Peterman Says:

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    When I first got this camera, I did extensive testing and viewed the images carefully, and wasn’t happy with the image quality – too much noise/loss of detail from noise reduction and was planning to return it. Then my Canon SD800 returned from a trip and I did detailed comparisons of the images from both under a range of conditions. The Panasonic images were better. As I was reasonably happy with the SD800, and the Panasonic adds a longer lens, MUCH better video, ruggedness, and under water capability. I guess I was looking too closely (owning several DSLRs) and it is a keeper.

  4. greatdane Says:

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    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 withstood swimming, snorkeling, etc. quite well on a recent trip to the Caribbean. It came in really handy for taking pictures of horseback riding in the water as well. I expected a rugged camera, but was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the photos. the screen is average, but the photo detail and colors look great after downloading.

    The camera is probably a bit bulkier than comparable non-waterproof versions. However, it is still definitely small enough to throw in a pocket while land-based and forget it is there.

    Quick shipping from Amazon, too.

  5. Dianne E. Arnold Says:

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    We bought this camera for a trip to the Galapagos because we wanted something light & small for underwater pictures. I had considered a Canon G10 or G11 with the underwater housing and then saw a review of this camera. It is a very fair trade-off for something that is less than half the price and very compact. We got some excellent still photos; the video underwater is OK, but not good enough if you’re really interested in getting a lot of sharp u/w video.

    We used the camera throughout a nearly one-month trip for other stills and videos and are very pleased with the results in daylight or moderate light conditions. The flash is like most small P&S cameras – useful in limited settings only.

    We kept the silicone cover on all the time; it protects the edges and access points and provides a non-slip surface making it easier to hold in the hand. When underwater, the silicone cover protects against accidental opening of an access point and is an additional protection against even a drop of water getting in. We tried it out in the kitchen sink before taking it on a trip just to make sure we knew how to use it. We used it to deep-water snorkel many times without any problems. I intend to buy a floating strap for the camera – inexpensive insurance against losing it in the water.

    I took off one star for the underwater video quality and the flash; otherwise, it’s a great little camera and at 14 megapixels, the images (only jpg) have enough resolution so you can do some color tweaking and cropping and still have something that will make a nice 8×10 or bigger.

  6. Tom D Says:

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    At the price point of this camera you really should need the ruggedness and waterproof features to justify the expense. I’ll have to update this over time because at this point it hasn’t been on the slopes or under water, but it has been in the rain. I’m not going to try the six foot drop test. The camera is compact, lighter than I expected and seems to be made like an precision aircraft. Great looking body. The display is crisp and bright. The few pictures I’ve taken so far, both inside and out, look great, including macros. I’m informally comparing this to a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5 (point and shoot, 10X zoom) I’ve had for a couple of years (best non-SLR I’ve ever owned).

    It comes with an optional protective silicone sleeve.

    This camera has “O” ring sealed (and locked) doors for the battery and memory card, and for the data access ports. These will leak under water if their seals aren’t scrupulously clean as described in the factory literature. So while I’m sure this can be used under water if you’re careful, a user will want to be very sure they’ve carefully examined and cleaned the sealing surfaces before submerging.

    I’ve taken photos inside with the flash in a 40′ darkened room to compare the flash depth of the older camera with this one, they seem to be the same, so the built in flash is acceptable and typical of this kind of camera; point is no compromise with the flash.

    This is the camera you can stick in your back pocket and go. It fits in a SPI belt and fits in a small Amphipod case if you use either of these for running or other exercise.

    Downside: So far just two things. First, there’s no viewfinder, not a big issue usually but if you try to wear sunglasses on a bright day using the screen can be problematic. Second, and potentially more important, there’s no protection over the lens, though it’s recessed. It’s small and it’s one of those things a user will have to watch to be sure it’s clean. Viewing screens seem to mask dust, fingerprints and water spots on a lens, but they show up as an artifact or blur on a computer screen or print. If you’re used to a self covering lens you can get into the habit of ignoring this. A pop off cover would be nice.

    Even though this is rugged and waterproof, I’ll keep it in a case. Based on descriptions, it’s tough to figure out what fits, especially if you want to use the included silicone sleeve which is not included in product dimensions. The Kroo semi-hard case is a snug fit without the silcone sleeve, too small if you use the sleeve. The VanGoody neoprene case works even with the sleeve as does the small, but unpadded Amphipod case (which I like for it’s water resistance, ballistic nylon construction and belt loop).

  7. R. KO Says:

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    It is a great sport camer for picure taking. However, fine print in user manual says image stablization does not work for moving sujects — translation: you have to SIT/STAND STILL and DO NOT PAN for the image stablization to work when you take video! Otherwise the video footage shakes so much it is not worth watching! I bought this mainly for taking video on kayaking outtings, guess what, none of the video footage taken with any kind of boat movement except in extreme flat water has so much hand induced (not boat induced) shaking and it makes the viewer sea sick. It is such a shame that a device made for water sport can not handle day to day real water sport environment… I sincerely hope a firmeare upgrade fixes this problem!

    Updated 6/1/10:

    The problem is that small hand shakes are not being removed when the camera is moving along with the boat. I have no problem having the video panning with the boat movement, which gives the viewer the real life feeling of being on a boat. It is the handshakes that are not being removed because the image stablization fails to work when the camera is moving with the boat. My Sony point and shoot camera does not have this problem, even though the video shows the rocking effect from the boat, it is not shaking due to hand shakes.

  8. Brian R. Urquhart Says:

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    Just got back from Maui. Took it snorkling down to 15 ft and inner lens fogged up afterward. Water also inside battery compartment. 1st time I used it. Made sure nothing was prohibiting the seal, but still leaked. Sad. Also the lens gets dirty and scratched really fast (no cover from elements at all, always exposed.) Picture quality wasn’t as good as my Nikon Coolpix. It seemed like some of the pictures were decent and then others were really grainy like it switched to 2 megapixels or soething. Colors are not natural, especially grass.

  9. NeuroSplicer Says:

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    In brief: if Batman had a camera, this would be it!

    I was looking for a camera I could take with me to the beach or rafting without ever worrying about it. I wanted something I could drop in a backpack, leave it on the sand and take it in the sea without giving it a second thought. By now I am a satisfied PANASONIC/LUMIX customer, ever since my favorite FZ28K (the most convenient creativity camera) and my trusted TZ8 (the perfect city-tourist camera).

    So, when, after all the research it came between this camera and the Olympus Stylus Tough-8000, I showed some brand-name loyalty and went with the LUMIX. And the important thing is that I never regretted it.

    This camera comes with a very bright wide-angle 28mm Leica lens which is optically stabilized, capturing on a 14.1MP sensor and an adequate 4.6x zoom (128mm). Typical for a LUMIX, it has a working intelligent Auto (iA) setting that gives you a piece of mind: perfect photos every time, without having to fidget with the settings.

    Departing from the auto settings, the camera offers almost 20 shooting modes, 5 color modes, 6 focus modes and decent aperture range (f/3.3 to f/10) and shutter speeds (8 to 1/1300).

    The camera is Waterproof up to 10m/33ft (which means you can safely take it splashing and snorkeling but not diving without an extra casing). So far, neither condensation nor sand have slipped through the seals.

    It is also advertised to be Shockproof to drops up to 2m/6.6ft and Freeze-proof -10C (claims I have yet to test – no, I am not putting it in the freezer, it will have to wait 6 months for the slopes to open!).

    For such a small lens (and such a dense sensor – will the MegaPixel-war ever cease?) there is surprisingly little noise. Given enough light the pictures are flawless. When indoors or with limited light the ISO will increase and so will the noise. I can understand such things to be important to photography enthusiasts but for the purposes I bought it, this is an excellent camera.

    I don’t usually use my photo camera for videos but it is nice to know the option is there. The video (up to 1280×720) can be captured either in AVCHD Lite format or AVI (make sure to have a large enough memory card if saving in AVI). As an added bonus, you can zoom while shooting a video and (almost) no whirring noise registers.

    My only gripes are that the position of the lens is something I had to get used to (unless I wanted to both include my left hand in the shot and leave smudges on the lens) and that there is no viewfinder. Understandable for a compact camera but having the sun behind you will test the anti-glare capability of the 2.7′ LCD.

    The camera comes in 4 colors: inox-gray, royal-blue, metallic-yellow and safety-orange. I opted for the later out of vanity (it… matches the orange details of my summer watch) – but as an added bonus it is really easy to find even if it has slipped to the bottom of your backpack.

    An excellent (made in Japan) action camera.

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

  10. James Says:

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    I was convinced by several of my outdoorsey friends that I needed a weatherproof camera so I bought this on the basis of reviews for a backpacking trip to the canyons of Utah. I also brought along my old smaller lighter much cheaper Canon 850IS. I left the Pana hanging around my neck and snapped away- 600 pics in 4 days. I was pleased with its very fast response and it kept on ticking even in dirty and wet conditions. When I got home I found the screen had been scratched by the sand and dust. (So it is only sort of weatherproof) When I downloaded the pictures, there were some really good ones but none were the GREAT ones I had planned on. Most had poor color saturation, strange color balance and were not sharp. Almost 35% were completely ruined by camera shake (yes I had the IS on). I had taken a few pictures with the Canon and they were magnificent. So I sat down at home and did a head to head comparison. The Canon blew away the Panasonic – no contest whatever. In less than full light the Panasonic consistently takes noisy, undersaturated, fuzzy images. In bright light it still lags in sharpness and saturation. I think would rather keep my camera in a bag and pull it out for a great picture now and then rather than fill up endless disks with 14MB crummy ones. This baby is going back.

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