Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS10 14.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Blue) – Product Description:
Panasonic’s new Lumix DMC-TS10 digital camera is the latest addition to the TS-Series of rugged models, ideal for active users wanting a versatile camera for outdoor use. Featuring a flat, slim profile, and a folded optics design with a 4x optical zoom lens, the new 14.1-megapixel Lumix TS10 is waterproof to approximately 10 feet, shockproof to 5 feet, dustproof and freezeproof to 14°F. For even further protection, the Lumix TS10 comes with a silicone jacket to help prevent scratches.
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS10 14.1 MP Digital Camera – Review:
EXCELLENT WATERPROOF, POINT & SHOOT CAMERA!
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS10, when compared to other waterproof point & shoot cameras, is an excellent choice! I’ve used a number of Olympus “Tough” cameras (6000, 8000, etc.) and the Panasonic competes more than admirably.
Shutter lag seems to be a nagging issue with most waterproof, point & shoot cameras. I find the DMC-TS10 has very little shutter lag–signficantly less than any waterproof, point & shoot Olympus I’ve used. I can’t tell you how irritating and frustrating it is to push the shutter and have a camera wait 1/2 to 1 second before it responds.
The menu is much more intuitive and less “layered” than the Olympus cameras. One nice feature is the ability to take a picture at any time regardless where you are in the menu system. A simple, light touch of the shutter button brings you immediately into picture taking mode no matter where you are in the menu system.
Picture quality is very good to excellent. It won’t compete with a digital SLR, but it is definitely above average in the waterproof, point & shoot category. Battery life is also very good. I was able to shoot almost 45 minutes of 720 HD video before the battery exhausted. Note: you can only shoot approx. 8 min. of continuous video before you must start again. Also, inexpensive aftermarket batteries are available; however, they must be “firmware” compatible with the DMC-TS10, otherwise they will not work. As of this writing I was not able to determine the number of pictures that can be taken on one battery charge.
The DMC-TS10 comes with an attractive silicone case that does an excellent job of protecting the camera both in and out of the water.
One final note: if you read the various Amazon reviews, I think you’ll find ALL waterproof, point & shoot cameras have some waterproof integrity issues. All the waterproof, point & shoot cameras I’ve seen (regardless of price) have a very similar design in terms of access to the memory card, battery, and USB/power/charging connectors. Bottom line, if you try to open the door on any of these cameras when the camera is wet in any way, you risk permananently damaging the camera. From my experience, you have to let the camera sit for a few hours before attempting to open any of the access doors. If you choose to not let the camera “air dry” and just dry the outside of the camera, water will remain underneath the edges of the doors. The moment you open the door water gets pulled into the interior of the camera (via a vacuum affect) no matter how careful you are drying the camera.
If you’re looking for a waterproof, point & shoot camera, with good/excellent picture quality, minimal shutter lag/delay, good ease of use, and good battery life, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS10 is DEFINITELY worth considering!