Very sturdy body is one of the most rugged on the market
The Olympus TG-2 offers a very rugged body combined with good image quality, a fast lens, superb performance, a full-featured GPS system and plenty of fun extras. Downsides are few, which include issues with panning in movies, highlight clipping and chromatic aberrations in photos, and difficulty seeing the display outdoors.
Great little camera
We just bought the Lumix TS5 after we saw the awesome pictures our friends took with their TS3. And, so far, we love the camera as well. It takes very good pictures. We have not taken the camera snorkeling, but did take some underwater pictures in the pool. After the first moments of doubt, it did deliver and we got some funny shots. We love the GPS recognition it has, to remember where we took the shots. It is a great pocketsize all-arounder!
Offering a combination of point and shoot simplicity with a tough design
With on-board GPS, wi-fi and NFC connectiivity, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5 is one of the most well-appointed rugged cameras currently available, making it easy to record where your photos were taken and share them with friends and family. While the image quality from the 16 megapixel sensor isn't bad, there are much better cameras available at this price-point, albeit without the tough credentials, so you really need to make sure that you'll use the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5 to the full to...
Good photo quality for its class, less highlight clipping than its peers
The Lumix DMC-TS5 is a good choice for those seeking a rugged camera with a robust feature set that includes a well-implemented GPS, plus Wi-Fi. The camera takes good quality photos for its class, has a great LCD, and offers a top-notch movie mode. However, its lens is on the slow side, and the flash is very weak. The Wi-Fi system could also be a lot more user-friendly.
Extremely tough, Good image quality
The FT5 is a steady improvement on the FT4, we said that an improved screen would be a significant improvement and Panasonic have introduced a 3 inch screen on the new model. You can go deeper underwater to 13m, the GPS appears to activate quicker and the new model also has built-in Wi-Fi. Other than that, much has remained the same, with good image quality in an extremely tough body.
Picture Quality Very Good, Usability So-So
I have had more time to work with the focusing issues on this camera, and my conclusion is that it is _terrible_ on focus -- slow and inaccurate. I rarely use point-and-shoot cameras. Most of the cameras I have used have been Canon (both professional DSLRs and point-and-shoots) and this is hands-down the worst camera I have yet seen for focusing. No matter how I adjust the settings (sports, facial recognition, landscape, portrait, etc.), it routinely fails to focus on the subject of interest.
Good Camera, but...
Overall, I really think that this camera is a very good buy, given all that it can stand and the places I can take it without having to worry about it. No the photos quality is not A+, but I am also not exposing a camera that costs thousands of dollars to the elements. I have in fact recommended this camera to other friends. I am enjoying this camera and I think you may enjoy it as well...
Great underwater camera for the price!
This is not a DSLR quality camera - if that is what you are looking for in terms of quality and control. I did not wish to pay loads of cash for a camera that would only be used once or twice a year; my DSLR is perfect for land and this camera is perfect for under the water.For now it is a recommended purchase to capture those fun water moments with family and friends!
Will stand up to my 3 Year Old and 5 Year Old!
Of course you don't buy a small camera like this to take the best pictures you have...you buy it because of it's size and ease of use. I think the pictures are good enough. The underwater part is also great when you want to take pics of the kids under the water and they turn out great.
very impressive image performance
Right now the rugged compact market is a sea of emerging models, each flaunting waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof, dustproof and eventually Earth proof. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 is one of the better choices out there, right alongside the Canon PowerShot D10. The Olympus Stylus Tough 8000 and Fujifilm Finepix Z33WP failed to impress us in our waterproof shootout, so that leaves the newly announced Pentax Optio W80, which has not been released.
image quality is very good and the grain doesn’t interfere with details in photos.
The Panasonic Lumix TS1 aka Lumix FT1 earns my recommendation for being a very capable rugged camera. The camera does almost everything right, with the exception of the small handful of dislikes I listed. As of now, the Panasonic Lumix TS1 costs about $50 more than the competing Canon D10 and Olympus Stylus Tough 8000, but it's the most feature-packed among all the rugged cameras and in my opinion, that extra bit of money justifies the many advantages of the Lumix TS1 has over the competition.
In conclusion, the Panasonic DMC-TS1 may just be the perfect point-and-shoot camera that can go anywhere the photographer does. While it is more rugged than other models on the market, you should still take care in this point and shoot as it can still be susceptible to damage after an excessive amount of drops. If you are looking for an easy to use, ruggedized point and shoot then the Panasonic DMC-TS1 may be the way to go.
Overall, color and exposure were very good.
The TS1 qualifies for both a rugged as well as an everyday pocket camera. It may be priced at $399.99, but the TS1 is something that you cannot judge by looking at the price tag. Panasonic have really pulled a rabbit out of the hat here with the TS1. With loads of features and good ruggedness, the TS1 is hard to miss.
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