Summary: Wanted a camera with right pixels and rugged for underwater photography for my Miami trips and the pools. I got just that and the images came real good. Had to read the quick start guide and the detailed manual for optimally utilising the features available.
Summary: I find it a little tricky to operate, but now I've had it a week I'm slowly getting the hang. I've had sonys or canons before and have found them much more user friendly. The flimsy fit of the memory card and batter compartment door doesn't exactly inspire confidence in it's advertised underwater use, but that's not to say that it has leaked, yet. It's also a bit heavy. Those are all my complaints.
Summary: I bought this camera when there were no review on the internet, so I actually had a hard time to pick out what I wanted. I was comparing to Pentax / Fujifilm / Olympus models. First thing I've noticed, the LCD in the TS-1 isn't 3", but it's the most responsive in the dark, less lagging, and sharper than others. TS-1 is also the one that has 720p HD recording compare to others.
Summary: Image quality in bright light is really excellent, flash is very good for a camera of this size and class, and the waterproofing does the job (took a few pictures from underwater in the kitchen sink the first day, figuring if I ruined it in water I'd better do it early). Response time is very good, camera is loaded with features (and the facial recognition works surprisingly well). PRO: - Waterproof (which was the primary reason I bought it).
Summary: Not a bad little camera at all. Indoor shots are good, outdoor shots are much better and video is good too. For the price I paid it is a great little travel camera. I haven't tried the underwater shots yet, but it will be the only camera I take on vacations as it is much smaller than my mega zoom Panasonic camera. I am sure the new TS2 is much better, but the price I paid for this one couldn't be beat.
Exchanged Olympus 8000, Settled on the Panasonic TS1
Vance Skinner, Amazon
30 March 2010
Summary: First let me say I am not a professional and this Panasonic TS1 review is purely my use of the camera (thus far) in comparison to others I tried and returned while looking for the "right" camera. We have a Fuji s700 for our day to day use and wanted a "pocket" size camera for trips and use around water. Like most people, image quality in all sorts of settings is important. We originally purchased and tried the Olympus Stylus Tough 8000.
Summary: This is a fine camera for the money. The only substantial shortcomings are the placement of the lens in the upper left corner of the body which makes holding the camera a little awkward and the clustering of the controls in the lower right of the back making them easy to accidentally hit while using the camera.
Summary: Everything works as advertised. Image quality is very good for a camera in it's class (waterproof point & shoot). The menu and control layout is typical Panasonic, which is to say, easy to understand & practical. All the most used controls are quickly available, and the rest aren't hard to find. The wide zoom lens is very practical, and seems to focus well. Image quality up to 400 ISO is decent enough, and barely acceptable at 800.