Summary: Cracked the glass lens cover when it hit a round metal pole as it swing from a wrist on the strap (~4"). Not an intentional swing, just natural swinging movement. Repair is $161 (one quote) and from Panasonic, they'll only replace it with a rebuilt model for $180 something.
Pros: Waterproofing was tight. Dustproofing also very good. Easy to use for the most part with lots of options and flexibility. Lots of modes to adjust for creativity and, in general takes good pictures for a P&S. Size is perfect for a pouch on my Camelbak shoulder strap for easy access. Quick start up.
Cons: Not as rugged as claimed, which is, in the end, the whole purpose for this camera.
Summary: I would not mind getting another one or changing my review if and only if the manufacturer will not cause a hassle when requesting an RMA. As of this time though, the camera needs to have a better sealing mechanism before I would recommend it.
Pros: Used for taking on a trip up Mt. Rainier (of course guess who did not bring a memory card), to the local swimming pool and Maui. Decent Pix and easy to use. The warning before changing to an underwater mode is helpful.
Cons: Leaked. We tried the camera out in the local pool...no more than 5 feet deep and the pictures turned out well. Took it to Maui...double checked the door to ensure it was locked and water tight...well it leaked. The pictures we were taking in that beautiful water started well but after about 5 min...
Summary: I used this on my honeymoon in hawaii both in the pool and ocean. Didn't have any leakage and dropped it a few times w/o any issues whatsoever. Didn't use GPS feature so not sure how it works. I'm not a photographer by any means but this camera exceeded my expectaions.
Pros: Doesn't Leak Good pictures and vid in and out of water Easy to use right outta the box Battery life isn't bad Orange...hard to lose lol
Summary: Using 1.1 firmware (just noticed that there is a 1.2 available.) The supplied battery is 940 mAh. This is less than a single rechargable AA which is 2000 mAh. There is no good reason for Panasonic to have shipped such a low power battery if they knew GPS was going to use a lot of power.
Pros: Good photos, good set of features, fast response, easy to use set of buttons and controls. A high quality weatherproof (and underwater) camera is what I wanted and what I got.
Cons: I wish it had the HDR (high dynamic range) feature now available on other cameras - in bright outdoor scenes the camera often washes out bright areas. GPS can sometimes take a long time (10 or more minutes) to acquire the location from OFF - end result: you show up some place, turn on GPS, take a...
Pros: Quick point and shoot, waterproof, good quality image
Cons: Panasonic Canada does *NOT* honour any warranty services on newegg.ca purchases as it is a US SKU. Don't assume newegg.ca is considered a Canadian retailer so you don't get burned. Lens has no cover -- potential liability for dust/sand scratches without a case Very slow GPS acquisition
Summary: I guess I'm a brand loyalist: I trust this thing based on name and colour.
Pros: Dandy. And orange. Really does the job. The 23-area focus thingie produces very good snapshot-grade images; the anti-shake works reliably. I have not dropped it yet, but I expect to, which is why I bought this one. I may even take it swimming. So far, a very good camera.
Cons: I tend to put my finger over the lens. Hardly the camera's fault. Less megapixels for the money, but hey - it looks great anyway.
Summary: Always make sure you pick up at least 2 spare batteries. Even though 1 is really enough for almost all day stills and video (we'll see how much of an impact 1080p recording has on this), when traveling or just plain being active all day, you will be thankfull that you had 1.
Pros: Seeing how this is an improve ment over the last generation (TS2) I can only imagine that this will be an even more impresive device. They have increased the functionality while keeping the "TOUGH" blood running from the previous generation. The TS2 that I own has exceeded all my expectations. Tr...