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

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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 14.1 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 4.6x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 2.7-Inch LCD (Orange) Rating:
List Price: $349.95
Sale Price: $278.99
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Product Description

what is in the box: Battery Charger, Battery Pack, Battery Case, Silicon Jacket, Brush, AV Cable, USB Cable, AC Cable, Hand Strap (with stopper), CD-ROM (PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0 HD Edition, QuickTime (TM), Adober (r) Reader (r)).

Details

  • Advanced Tough Design
  • AVCHD Lite HD Movie Recording
  • The DMC-TS2 is shockproof, waterproof, dustproof and newly added freezeproof in design
  • It lets you shoot actively while moving around with the camera in one hand.
  • If the camera gets dirty, soil and dust can be washed off by using water.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 14.1 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 4.6x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 2.7-Inch LCD (Orange) 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 (Orange) what is in the box: Battery Charger, Battery Pack, Battery Case, Silicon Jacket, Brush, AV Cable, USB Cable, AC Cable, Hand Strap (with stopper), CD-ROM (PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0 HD Edition, QuickTime (TM), Adober (r) Reader (r)). $349.95 http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31MSenlPmuL._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 (Orange) 14.1”

  1. F. Konhaus Says:

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    I bought this unit specifically for a raft trip in the Grand Canyon because a) my digital SLR was way too heavy and b) I wanted to not have to worry about it getting wet. I did a fair amount of research before I bought it and the Lumix seemed like the best all around fit for this trip. I was not disappointed. It is a tough environment for a camera. We were constantly drenched running the rapids and I shot video through all of them. The water was very muddy and I dragged it through tough hikes and swims and waterfalls etc. It seamlessly switches between still and video modes. The printed manual that comes with the unit is completely worthless. I am a big manual reader and I read the entire 200 page pdf electronic manual that comes with and found it useful if overwhelming. The number of features on the camera is almost ridiculous. I did end up using a few of the features to good advantage. I was frustrated only by the inability to set specific f stops and shutter speeds and I never quite figured out how the auto iso settings were working. Every night in camp I soaked the camera in a bowl of drinking water to get any dirt off. I was too cheap to buy another battery and I was worried it would not last for the 6 days of the trip. I used every battery saving feature available including no flash, dim viewfinder, short playback review, and minimal zooming. I didn’t playback material in the field except to verify something was working properly. I turned the camera off religiously after every use. I took about 40 movies and 300+ stills and on the last day during my hike out to the south rim the battery finally died. It was perfect. The only reason I did not give 5 stars was that I had condensation issues on the inside of the lens. This was not surprising given a 50 degree temperature differential between the Colorado River and the air. the solution was always to point the lens toward the sun and in a few minutes the condensate would be gone. The silicone protective jacket quickly got skanky from the sand in the water and I stopped using it. As a result there was minor scratching on the finish of the camera body but nothing major. The wrist strap was critical. I was climbing and rappeling etc. and I wanted the camera accessible at all times and I didn’t have a case. For [...] this is an incredible camera. I would highly recommend it. I am editing the video now in iMovie and the quality is quite good. Stills as well.

  2. Dan-0 Says:

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    I chose this specifically for ease of use,carry on vacation/hiking/spur of the moment shooting. It is fast on and ready, pics are quite satisfactory although not honestly comparable to serious DSLR. Decent options for most basics.

    Hint- you are spending some good change on a very nice camera- do NOT cheap out on memory cards! Get 2 at least 8GB class 6 cards to match speed of the device. That eliminates any possible complaints of lag time. Also get an extra Panasonic battery so as not to interrupt your fun on the run.

    If you do not have a good tripod, do NOT cheap out on that either!

    Finally, the drop test specs are on plywood- do NOT try to replicate on pavement!

    Hope you have as much fun as I am having with this camera!

    I just picked up a Fuji 10.2 digital photo frame to proudly display the gorgeous pics this camera creates. Next, I need a better image editor…..any suggestions?

  3. Angel_Pen Says:

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    This camera is 100% Macintosh compatible, however this is not made clear or obvious on the reviews nor in the included manual. A professional editor would immediately know to switch the settings from AVCHD to MPEG video recording for easy editing on both Mac and PCs. MPEG files are larger, so, if you do not plan to edit your movies, choose AVCHD mode. There is hardly any difference in quality between the two.

    UPDATE: Finally I returned this DMC-TS2 and purchased the older DMC-TS1. Reason? The HD video is the same on both which is what I need it for. The older model is $100 cheaper. The extra megapixels do not make up for the lousy grainy still photographs that both models provide. Use it for HD Video only guys, nothing else. Also after careful examination I have to say this camera is not design for divers. It is more of a “toy” camera for people that like to take photos on a pool or near the beach. However, if you buy the Waterproof Enclosure, you get a nice portable underwater system. Here is the rest of the old review:

    This is a preliminary review (I have not tested it underwater yet)

    My first impression upon unboxing was a bit of disappointment, I was expecting a solid camera but the Lumix “feels” rather cheap, it does not feel sturdy enough. Fortunately, the box includes a thick silicon protector which wraps around the camera enclosure. I leave it on all the time just in case I drop it.

    Photos come out noisy and it has good contrast and color balance, however, you can not shoot against bright lights (fireworks, sun reflections) without getting those dreadful purple artifacts.

    For stills photos, I always set the camera to “iso80″ and the stabilizer to “mode2″, this is the ONLY setting that does not produce a noisy photograph. Sadly, this setting also increases the chances of getting motion blur even with the stabilizer turned on, I do not have to fiddle with the controls so much with any other camera.

    This is not a good camera for photographers and I would never recommend this model as a still camera to anyone if it didn’t have other extraordinary features, like its underwater capability. Fortunately for me, I am only interested in using this camera for underwater HD video, I like having the zoom capability underwater, the zoom will allow me to get nicer close-ups of marine life. This is not possible with any other camera.

    The Lumix DMC-TS2′s camera manual and interface is some of the worse I have ever seen and I have seen plenty of bad ones. The manual is filled with undecipherable icons, made-up jargon, cumbersome instructions that serve no useful purpose. The camera comes hyper-loaded with excessive useless “features”. The camera lens does not have a cover. It may scratch or get dirty easily.

    Experienced divers already know that no camera is water-proof in the hands of careless people, the Panasonic Lumix is no exception. Read the instructions before submerging this camera in water.

    Now for the good news: The HD video quality is good at the maximum resolution of 1280×720, it is not full HD but it has good color balance. You will need a fast processor on your computer or an HD TV to playback the footage in real-time. If you don’t have that then stick to the lowest video resolution available.

    There isn’t much space on a memory card for HD video so you may want to buy an extra memory card (class 6 is recommended but not required)

    Video comes in two flavors: AVCHD (Sony) and MPEG (Apple Photo/JPG??) Both play perfectly on a Macintosh but only MPEG can be edited easily. AVCHD requires “MPlayer” player on OS X. PC Windows users may want to stick to AVCHD, it takes less space anyway.

    I will update this review as soon as I have done more testing in the real world, so far I am not displeased.

    Note: First time users, make sure the seals are clean before taking this camera underwater. If you are a surfer then you already know that a wave can put enough G-force on this camera to brake the seal. Do not let children touch it, it is not a toy. And if you drop this camera on concrete floor, you can kiss the waterproof warranty goodbye…literally.

  4. Karl Fisher Says:

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    I love this camera, it’s everything I was looking for. Great photo quality, great video quality. Really easy to take videos, and photos are a snap too. The turn dial is simple to navigate and so are the menu options. The battery lasts a very good amount of time. There are a few cons, but nothing major. It comes with a silicone covering for the camera, which makes the camera very bulky when it’s on (I have been leaving it off), and it’s not real easy to put on and off (which you have to do in order to clean or remove the SD card and/or battery. Also, there are two video formats, AVCHD and then basically an MOV file type. The AVCHD is better quality from what I can tell, but doesn’t play on everything. My Panasonic TV which has an SD card slot could not play the videos. Luckily, I have a brand new Panasonic Blu-Ray player with an SD slot that plays the AVCHD files very well. However converting both formats to MPEG or uploading to YouTube had great results. If I had to buy another camera today, I’d make the same choice.

  5. Tad A. Says:

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    This is a nice beat around camera for my wife and I when we just aren’t able to take our dSLR with us. It can slide in her pocketbook or a cargo pocket in my pants/shorts. It can go to the beach and we don’t have to dance around the issue of looking out for the camera. It allows us to just have fun and take relaxing pictures. When downloading the pictures off of this I always have to keep in mind this is not in the same league as our big camera and with that in mind it takes OK pictures. It is 14 megapixels but I would not say 14 very good ones. There are lower resolution cameras with bettor sensors but those just flat out don’t last long in the ocean or in the sand. :)

    For us it was about being able to get the pictures while on vacation without being burdened with a camera bag, lenses and then exposure to the elements and this camera fits the bill good there. This is not 4 star image quality, but keeping the ruggedness in mind which adds to the flexibility of the camera I feel it deserves 4 stars. Improve the IQ and this is 5 star material.

  6. Calbird Says:

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    We purchased after researching many other waterproof cameras, the HD Video quality won us over, we got the best price from Amazon, we got the orange one it looks as great as it works, bought it to use on our recent Honeymoon at the Atlantis in the Bahamas, the camera was on my wrist the hole time while in the ocean, pools, slides, lagoons etc. Never missed one photo op and even made many HD vidoes while in ocean, on Rapid River rides, snorlkeing and on water slides. Camera was very easy to use and a very good buy and an Incredible camera for its low price! Worked great in and out of the water. Many people were amazed by it and were anxious to purchase one for thier selves.

  7. 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!

  8. Chris Says:

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    I bought this camera for vacation in the Key’s and it worked wonderfully. The HD video is amazing. Definately get an 8GB card or larger class 6 or higher. I filled my 8GB class 10 extreme card in 4 days with pictures and video. Also buy a floating strap!!! It looks great and feels solid. Shot times are pretty quick. Zoom works with the video, and does not produce noise. The cover that comes with it is a nice touch, and very protective.

    It does not perform well above ISO 400, below that and the pictures are very good (it’s obviously made to be used outdoors during the day). The only problem I encountered: the lense fogged a couple of times after exiting the water…It did not get wet inside so I’m not sure what could cause this. It was a minor inconvenience, but worth noting as I missed a couple of shots coming out of the water. It cleared up quickly once underwater again.

    This is a great camera, and I definately recommend it.

  9. tfertil Says:

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    The product performs exactly as expected. I tested it to 6 meters deep, in bright and moderate light conditions. The photos were clear, with very little or no color artifacts at all.

    The menu’s are simple and well organized, the buttons are easy to locate and manipulate.

    The only drawback I found was the LED light (is insufficient for almost any night video shooting).

    In overall, very happy with this camera.

  10. K. Ha Says:

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    Purchased this camera to replace a red Casio EXLIM EX-G1.

    This camera is larger but also provided a larger screen, stronger zoom lens, 30 vs. 10 ft underwater performance and better shock performance.

    Also interesting is Panasonic also packages a translucent silicone wrap-around case that fits perfectly and exposes all the important stuff.

    This case will go along way towards scratch proofing and additional shock absorbing. Wish they would have thrown in a screen protector as we well.

    The orange color is not as bright as the images. It looks much more muted more of a “UT burnt orange” color than I initially expected.

    Images are as expected from a 12MP P&S camera.

    Since the lens is internal and does not need to extend when turning on, start-up times are fast.

    Video is encoded at AVCHD lite (720p) or Motion JPEG.

    AVCHD (110 MB/min) records the same resolution as MotionJPG (250MB/min) but at half the size.

    When cameras first started using AVCHD lite, most video editing and player programs could not use it, but today iMovie works great.

    Also installing VLC ([...]) will let you play the raw files.

    MotionJPG files are limited to 2GB (8 mins)

    AVCHD lite files can record to over 13 hours per file. (85GB files)

    Video output is extremely usable both in and out of the water.

    I will continue to edit and add to this review as I am able to use it more this summer.

    Will try to cover battery life, still image performance, buttons and menus, pros/cons.

    Thanks.

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