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

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

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

Details

  • Optical Zoom 4.6x / Digital Zoom 1 4x
  • Focal Length f=4.9-22.8mm (28-128mm in 35mm equiv.) LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR
  • Optical Image Stabilizer 2 Power O.I.S. (Off / Auto / Mode1 / Mode2)
  • Photo & Movie modes
  • Focus Normal / Macro, Zoom Macro, Quick AF On/Off (On in Intelligent Auto), Continuous AF On/Off, AF Tracking / AF Assist Lamp

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 14.1 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 4.6x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 2.7-Inch LCD (Silver) 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 (Silver) 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 Silver $349.95 http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/414bDWqC6SL._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 (Silver) 14.1”

  1. Corey B. Myers Says:

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    I read just about every professional review I could find for waterproof digital cameras, and I was just about set to buy the Panasonic DMC-TS1 until I saw a number of user-reviews that said the TS1 leaked for them in saltwater. I wanted a camera that I could use for snorkeling, so this was a concern until I saw the release of this Panasonic DMC-TS2 with greatly improved “toughness”. It is now waterproof to 33 feet along with being shockproof and freezeproof, so I jumped on it. Canon makes a really nice waterproof camera too (Canon D10), but the Panasonic TS2 has similar picture quality (these two cameras are ahead of the pack in this category)and is MUCH more pocketable and attractive. I love that this camera looks like a regular compact point-and-shoot, is very rugged and waterproof, is pocketable, takes great pictures, has a 4.6x optical zoom, and a ton of other features I won’t even get into.

    When I first got the camera, I took comparison pictures with this camera, an old Canon SD200, and my newer Fujifilm F200EXR. This camera far exceeded the old Canon and was very comparable if not better at some pictures than the very good Fujifilm. Ok, that was a good start, now to see how it holds up in the saltwater for several hours every day on a Caribbean cruise…

    After a week of snorkeling, no leaks whatsoever!…

    I was planning on just bringing this camera when I go to the beach, go to the pool, go flyfishing, and go on backcountry skiing trips, but after taking close to 1000 pictures last week on my Caribbean cruise (about half of them underwater, and down to about 20 feet), it just might have become my everyday camera as well!

    If you need a rugged, very waterproof camera, that is still small enough to go everywhere with you, AND takes great pictures, I would definitely recommend this one.

    Oh, and if you will be snorkeling or boating, I would recommend the Olympus Floating Camera Strap. It worked perfectly with this camera.

  2. K. Towner Says:

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    I did considerable research before selecting this camera. It was a great purchase.

    I needed a camera that would shoot high-quality photos and video without complicated settings. Something waterproof for the pool and water activities and tough enough to take day-to-day abuse. After a month-long family vacation and nearly 20GB of photos and video, I can strongly recommend this camera as an outstanding tool.

    Everything, including underwater, high-speed multiple frame shots, and low light came out beyond my expectations, both as stills and on video. The ability to plug the camera directly into your HDMI port on a TV to share photos and video (separate cable needed) was a plus, and the quality of the video is superb. One button video recording was a great feature.

    I would recommend paying the extra $$ for a class 6 or better SD card, because it will improve the speed of saving your photos and video so you don’t miss that next shot. I also used a class 4 card once my primary filled up and that worked fine, but it was a bit slower.

    Do your homework and see what the professional reviews are saying, but if you want an all-around tough and capable camera, this is a great choice.

  3. Eric Jain Says:

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    Received this as a replacement for a DMC-TS1 that died while snorkeling. The waterproof latches on the DMC-TS2 look more reliable, and a silicone jacket that can be pulled over the camera is included. We’ll see if that helps…

    Like its predecessor, the picture quality is as good as can be expected from a compact camera. The movie quality is better than expected. The image stabilization appears to have been further improved, and while low-light pictures can still end up fuzzy, it helps a lot when recording movies, especially when zooming.

    The sliding zoom button (which had taken me a while to get used to) has been replaced with a (more common) toggle button. The buttons and menus in general are simple and straightforward (i.e. no more tedious than on other cameras I’ve used). The only thing I don’t like too much is the mode dial wheel, for which I don’t have much use, and which can be turned inadvertently.

    I like the folded lens setup and the quick start-up and shut-down. Unlike with the DMC-TS1, you no longer need to press the power button for several seconds to get the camera to turn on. The high-pitched noise that the DMC-TS1 emitted while turned on is gone as well. Like its predecessor, the DMC-TS2 feels solid and well-built (but a bit on the large side, compared to some other compact cameras).

    In any case, this camera will be with me on all my future outdoor trips!

  4. holamateo Says:

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    I have been very happy with the image and video quality of the Lumix TS2 and it seems very robust so far. The underwater video quality is just stunning. I’m glad I did my research first as I learned from others mistakes before using my camera. Here are a few things you might want to watch out for.

    1. All waterproof cameras will leak if you use them carelessly. Never open up the camera doors when at the beach or pool. Make sure to take it home, dunk in water, clean it off, let dry off to keep sunscreen and sand out of the gaskets, etc. If you try to swap cards while at the beach with greasy sunscreen and sand covered fingers, you’re likely to compromise the sealing gaskets and ruin your camera, regardless of brand/model. I load mine up with an empty 8GB card and full battery before going out so I don’t have to worry about anything. If you’re like me and never read manuals, at least make sure to carefully read through the care and maintenance section so you can avoid ruining your camera.

    2. The included paper manual is very sparse and does not explain all the icons or photo+video settings – but it does cover care and maintenance (read this section as mentioned above). You have to download the pdf manual from the Panasonic site to learn the full features of the camera – features like below item #3.

    3. Unless you’re a pro videographer, change your video settings from AVCHD Lite to Motion Jpg. See pg 92 in the pdf manual. AVCHD is a format made for pro cameras, which is great if you are a videographer But I’ve read about lots of frustrated TS2 users online who just want to view their movies or upload them to Youtube without needing lots of specialized software and training. Save yourself the hassle and change to .mpeg BEFORE taking lots of video and life will be simpler.

    4. If you just want to point and shoot and not touch settings, set the dial to iA and the camera does a good job at taking care of everything for you.

  5. 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!

  6. Michael Trotman Says:

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    Watch Video Here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R1MD7OT27L1HM8 This is a quick video taken by hand while standing on a moving boat. The video is stable, clear, and vibrant. I gave away my video camera recently because with a 32GB memory card I can now take hours of video with the Panasonic Lumix DCM-TS2. I love this camera! Waterproof, shockproof, dustproof, great photos, and video.

  7. S. Covey Says:

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    If I could I would give this camera 4.5 stars.

    I have been waiting for a camera like this for a long time. The waterproof capabilities on this camera are pretty amazing. The video capabilities of this camera are incredible for how small it is. Recording at 720p in the AVCHD codec yields tremendous results. This camera is a perfect travel camera and perfect to take with you on a hiking trip or something similar. Picture quality is good in daylight, however, using the flash on this camera brings low quality results. But what can you expect from a small camera like this? Small cameras are never really going to be the best cameras indoors using the flash. My main purpose for getting this camera was to have a small compact rugged waterproof beast that can handle anything from vacations to excursions. You will not regret getting this camera.

  8. Rolls Says:

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    I purchased this camera to compare to the Pentax W90 which i also bought from amazon. This camera was far better than the W90, the video was clearer (especially in sunny conditions) and you can use the optical zoom while in movie mode. On the W90, you can only use the digital zoom in movie mode, and there is much noise. The regular still pictures were also much better on the TS2 – however, I think the macro feature on the W90 was a little better. For panorama shots on the TS2, you need to use photo editing software to mend them together, which is not too bad because you can use more then three files to make a really large panorama. The W90 makes the panorama in the camera itself.

    The zoom button on the TS2 is a little close to the shutter button, but it is not too bad to get used to. Underwater pics and video on the TS2 are also very good, much better than the W90, in my opinion. While the TS2 is not a high end point and shoot or DSLR, it does take very good pictures and video. And even though I really liked the style and menu system of the W90 better, I sent it back because for this much money the camera should take decent video and photos and it did not – luckily, amazon is very good about returns! (Another thing about the TS2 which i thought was good, is that the seals look like they are easy to replace.)

  9. William D. Feffer Says:

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    After reading dozens of customer and technical reviews I chose TS2 (blue version). The price was a little higher than some of the competition, but after taking about 1,000 pics in and out of the water in Huatulco Mexico and under all kinds of conditions, I am very happy. I’ll state my only negative first. I was not really happy with the quality of the underwater photos taken while snorkeling, but it was not entirely the camera’s fault. The water was pretty rough so it was cloudy and it was really tough to hold still enough to frame the shot much less not move the camera. I found that the anti-shake worked very well in other circumstances however. I tried the Sports mode underwater and that helped some. I did get some really nice shots in calmer waters.

    Above the water I was amazed at the exceptional quality the camera produced. I used it in all kinds of conditions. We were on the beach, on the ocean, in remote villages, inside of buildings, in the rain and in the jungle. I even got blasted by a couple of big waves. There are almost no bad shots caused by the camera. I tested it with all kinds of setting combinations.

    I found the controls very easy to set whether underwater, during the day and even at night. There is a wide range of settings in all of the modes except the Intelligent Auto mode which senses the conditions and makes the right choices anyway. It seems to have a great dynamic range even when not using the feature designed for those conditions. I was able to change settings almost as fast as I could think about it. For example, I could turn on and off the forced flash faster than I could say smile. I did not test the shock-proof feature, but it gave me a lot of peace of mind.

    The LCD was very bright even in the day and underwater. I was able to keep the brightness at the default level. It lets you turn it up, but that will consume the battery more quickly. The first day out, I only got about 200 shots before the battery died. After turning down the LCD and turning off the Auto Review, I went a whole day without exhausting it. I had to learn to keep my fingers out of the lens at the top left of the camera, but a different grip solved that issue. I made a couple of video clips and was very pleased with the quality.

    Playback is as easy as plugging into a TV. It even does a slide show with music. The supplied USB cord makes downloads easy. It is a very substantial and attractive camera even wearing the supplied silicon skin. It fit in my pocket nicely. It turns on faster than you can compose a shot and there is very little shutter lag if any. I have been a professional photograper for a lot of years. I rate this camera very highly in spite of the higher price.

  10. Ryan Walker Says:

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    I bought this camera so I could take it down the Grand Canyon on a 2 week river Trip. The camera worked the entire time. It has some features I really like, like auto bracketing It seems durable and it got wet every day of my trip with now problems. For me it seems to be quite intuitive but I work in Photography and know camera’s.

    I now carry it with me every day it is durable enough that I feel like it can withstand the bumps and jarring of everyday life and because its waterproof I don’t have to worry about spilling on it. It may not be the point and shoot with the most features, but if you are looking for a camera you can take and not be worried about it constantly this is the camera. What good is a camera you have to put away all the time, you need it right there to capture the things as they are happening that moment.

    The image quality is on par with most point and shoots I have been around. It takes good pic’s and the video being HD is nice also.

    As far as a river rafting camera it worked perfectly I got a lanyard for around my neck and would stuff it inside my life jacket. On the big rapids would put the life jacket buckle thru the lanyard in case I ended up in the water. I don’t think you could find a better test than 2 weeks on the Grand Canyon as far as testing ruggedness there was lots of wind blowing sand and dust. Moisture all around and times that it took some shock while climbing up rocks and stuff it would swing down and bang against them, if I wasn’t paying attention. It has served me well so far well I guess that’s all I have.

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