Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 14.1 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 4.6x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 2.7-Inch LCD – Product Description:
The DMC-TS2 is shockproof, waterproof, dustproof and newly added freezeproof in design with the capability to record high-definition movie in AVCHD Lite. Featuring a 28mm wide-angle lens, 4.6x optical zoom and iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode, this versatile camera lets you capture your moments no matter what the intended shooting terrain is. Swim along with tropical fish and capture shots of beautiful coral reefs, or take recordings of your friends around a camp fire.
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 14.1 MP Waterproof Digital Camera – Review:
GREAT EXECUTION IN A POCKET CAMERA!
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).