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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 Digital Camera review
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1
An adventure vacation may take you in many different directions. One day you are snorkeling through a remote coral reef off the coast. The following day may lead you on a hike through a bamboo forest with multiple stream crossings. Your body is put to the test and so is your gear.

Panasonic has a digital camera that is made for these rugged adventures. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 is water and shock proof to handle the extremes of the outdoors. The Lumix DMC-TS1 packs 12.1 megapixels, 28mm wide angle lens, 4.6x optical zoom, and 2.7 inch LCD monitor into a light and sleek camera body.

Purchasing a waterproof enclosure is required for most digital cameras to use underwater. That can add a few hundred dollars to the overall price of the camera. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 is waterproof up to 3 meters. When tested, this holds true, the camera takes clear and crisp pictures several feet underwater. A waterproof enclosure is available from Panasonic to protect the Lumix DMC-TS1 in depths lower than 3 meters underwater.

The shock proof capability of the camera was also tested. Even when dropped from several feet onto a hard surface, the camera’s performance did not flinch. Panasonic states that it is shock proof for falls up to 5 feet. It operates normally and takes great shots after a near-death collision with the ground. Though it is shock proof, common sense should tell you the camera is still susceptible to scratches.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 has an advanced auto-mode similar to other high end point-and-shoot digital cameras. Panasonic calls this Intelligent Auto. This mode does help reduce blurriness and has facial recognition. It is great for anyone that is not a photo buff since it makes the camera even more fool proof.

The Lumix DMC-TS1 has a robust scene mode. It allows the user to choose the scene that best fits the type of picture being taken. If the high speed burst scene is chosen, it allows for continual photos as long as the shutter button is pressed. This comes in handy when capturing sporting events and there is a high possibility of missing the ideal shot of the action. One of the best features of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 is its video capturing capabilities. The camera utilizes Panasonic’s AVCHD Lite technology. This enables the Lumix DMC-TS1 to record videos in 720p. While recording video, a user can use the zoom feature. The video produced from the Lumix DMC-TS1 is higher quality than from similar digital cameras. Panasonic also states that it takes up less physical memory on your computer compared to conventional motion JPEG.

Panasonic_LogoThe Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 is an ideal choice for all types of outdoor activities. It was garnered CNET Editor’s Choice Award for August 2009. It carries an MSRP of $379.95 and comes in three colors – silver, green, and orange. It has Panasonic’s limited warranty for digital still cameras.

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Jason Elliot

JElliotJason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to, and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with

Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.

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