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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1 / DMC-TS1

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Panasonic Lumix TS1

Digital Photography Interface
23 September 2013
  • Conclusion: Until recently, the rugged camera market has been dominated by Olympus for years (the reason being, up till this year, no one else in the market came up with any offerings in the rugged camera sector). Yes, at the time, those cameras were unique – built as solid as a tank, able to survive a lot of abuse and still being able to take pictures afterward. What I wasn’t a fan of was “sacrificing image quality for a rugged designâ€� in Olympus’ cameras.
  • Pros: Very good image quality till ISO 400 (ISO 800 for emergencies); automatic color fringing and redeye removal, Rugged: waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof; simple yet stylish design, Most zoom (4.6X)/most versatile lens among rugged cameras; has optical image stabilization, Powerful flash and LED illuminator, Large 2.7 inch LCD with good sharpness and indoor/outdoor visibility, Excellent battery life (best in the rugged camera class), Very good performance; unlimited...
  • Cons: Lacks manual controls, Tiny bit of detail softening/slight color bleeding at ISO 400 onwards; some graininess, No red-eye removal or image brighten features in playback mode, AVCHD Lite movie codec not for everyone; needs to be converted to more common formats to be shared/uploaded (and no conversion software supplied), ’60 FPS’ movie frame rate setting is misleading
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Overall 6

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 (DMC-FT1) [Review]

Digital Photography School
14 September 2010
  • Excerpt: So far Canon and Olympus have launched water-resistant cameras, each of which can be dunked down to 10 metres, along with shockproof and dustproof features. Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-TS1 (also known as the FT1 in some parts of the world) is in similar vein. While having similar dust- and drop-proof features, it can be submerged only down to three metres and is shockproof down to 1.5 metres.
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1

Steve's Digicams
6 May 2010
  • Excerpt: Panasonic's Lumix DMC-TS1 is a"tough", rugged camera that allows the user to take and operate it anywhere. This camera has a waterproof (3m/10ft.), shockproof (drops from 1.5m/5ft.) and dustproof rating, which allows you to take it anywhere, into just about any situation without worrying if the camera will be OK or not. It features a 12-Megapixel imaging sensor, 4.6x wide internal optical zoom lens, Panasonic's MEGA O.I.S.
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Overall 8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1

22 February 2010
  • Summary: A full-featured waterproof/shockproof pocket point-and-shoot, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 is a near-perfect rugged camera for everyday use.
  • Pros: Well designed; very good performance, photo, and video quality.
  • Cons: Expensive; soft photos.
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Overall 5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1

PC Magazine
14 December 2009
  • Conclusion: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 is built for abuse, but in our tests this ruggedized shooter didn't quite live up to expectations.
  • Pros: 4.6x wide-angle lens. 720p AVCHD video capture. Intuitive interface. HDMI port.
  • Cons: Image quality drops significantly at the outer edges of the frame. In our tests, water leaked into the battery compartment, resulting in some internal rusting. Zoom slider only worked sporadically after several trips to the beach.
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Overall 8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1 / TS1

Camera Labs
1 October 2009
  • Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1 / TS1 is the company's first waterproof compact. It also features 12.1 Megapixel resolution with a 4.6x optical zoom and a 2.7in screen. The FT1 / TS1 is waterproof to a depth of 3 metres and is also dust proof and shock proof. Unlike the Canon PowerShot D10, the Lumix FT1 / TS1 doesn't look any different from a conventional compact and, aside from an enclosed lens system, sealed doors and a slightly thicker body, has similar styling to other...
  • Pros: Great image quality., Waterproof to depth of 3m., HD video with optical zoom., HDMI port.
  • Cons: Slow power on button, Design and controls not ideal underwater., Poor AF underwater., Very stiff mode dial.
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Overall 9
Value for money 10
Battery performance 10

Panasonic Lumix DMC TS1 Digital Camera Review

Bright Hub
12 September 2009
  • Excerpt: A review of the first of Panasonic's 'Rugged compact' cameras. The DMC TS1 is dust-proof, waterproof, shock-proof, offering HD video recording and a multitude of innovative scene modes that cut the complexity out of taking really good photos...
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Overall 8
Value for money 8
Features 10
Performance 8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1

2 September 2009
  • Summary: Verdict A tough point-and-shoot camera that will go the distance when it comes to light outdoor activities.
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Expert Review

24 June 2009
  • Excerpt: At first sight, Panasonic's FT1 looks the nearest rival to Olympus' mighty Mju 8000. It's a similar size, weight and shape and is also waterproof, shockproof and operable down to -10 degrees.
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Overall 7

A hybrid digital camera that's a glutton for punishment.

Good Gear Guide.au
14 May 2010
  • Summary: The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FT1 is a rugged camera that's ideal for outdoor adventurers. However, the pre-production model we tested was a little slow and it didn't take great shots while underwater. It will perform well as a video camera, so it's a decent hybrid model for those of you who also want to get into motion pictures.
  • Pros: Great for the beach, will withstand knocks and drops, can shoot 720p video
  • Cons: Some dirt got under the buttons of our pre-production model, slow performance
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