Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1 / DMC-TS1
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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.
Summary: 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.
Pros: 12.1-Megapixel, 1/2.33-inch Imaging sesnor, 4.6x internal optical zoom lens; 35mm equivalent of 28-128mm, MEGA O.I.S. optical image stabilization system, Aperture: F3.3-5.9, 2.7", 230,000 dot LCD screen, Waterproof up to 10ft./3m, Shockproof from drops up to 5ft./1.5m, Dustproof, iAuto Shooting Mode (intelligent auto), Intelligent ISO, Intelligent Scene Selector, Intelligent Exposure, Tracking Auto Focus and Metering, Face Detection, AVCHD Lite HD Video Recording, Aut...
Cons: 12.1-Megapixel, 1/2.33-inch Imaging sesnor, 4.6x internal optical zoom lens; 35mm equivalent of 28-128mm, MEGA O.I.S. optical image stabilization system, Aperture: F3.3-5.9, 2.7", 230,000 dot LCD screen, Waterproof up to 10ft./3m, Shockproof from drops up to 5ft./1.5m, Dustproof, iAuto Shooting Mode (intelligent auto), Intelligent ISO, Intelligent Scene Selector, Intelligent Exposure, Tracking Auto Focus and Metering, Face Detection, AVCHD Lite HD Video Recording, Aut...
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 design” 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
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.
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.
Summary: 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. Read on to find if the TS1 should be your next purchase.
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