Panasonic Lumix TS5

Panasonic continues to upgrade its widely popular underwater Lumix line this year with new models. The Lumix TS5 is the company’s new flagship rugged camera.

Like its predecessors, the Lumix TS5 has a rugged waterproof, shockproof, dustproof and freezeproof body, making it an ideal camera to use for underwater shots. But this year the company has also followed the lead of other manufacturers (notably Olympus) and added a crushproof rating to this camera. The TS5 is now waterproof to 43 feet, shockproof to falls from up to 6.6 feet, freezeproof down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, dustproof and crushproof to forces up to 220lb (100kg) of force.

Features of the Panasonic Lumix TS5
In addition to the rugged design protections mentioned above, the Panasonic Lumix DMC –TS5 offers the following features:

• 16.1 MP 1/2.33-inch High Sensitivity MOS Sensor
• 4.6x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 28-128mm)
• 3-inch 460K-dot LCD screen with a 100% field of view
• 1920 x 1080 60p Full HD Video Recording
• Built-in Wi-Fi for instant online sharing and remote control from your smartphone
• Measures 4.3 x 1.14 x 2.6 inches and weighs only 7.5 ounces
• With features like Intelligent Auto Mode, GPS, compass, altimeter and barometer features
• Improve your shots with Sonic Speed Auto Focus, Creative Panorama Shots and more
• With 12 Creative Control functions
• Comes in a variety of colors to adapt to your changing styles

Pros and Cons of the Panasonic Lumix DMC –TS5

Pros:
1. The Panasonic Lumix DMC –TS5 is an ideal camera to use for pretty much any type of sports. It’s great not just for water sports but also for any active sports such as skiing, diving, trekking and mountaineering.

2. This camera doesn’t require a special waterproof casing like many of today’s action cams, but instead the entire camera body is sealed to make it waterproof, freezeproof, shockproof, dustproof and crushproof.

3. The ability to connect via Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication makes this camera model efficient in transferring files directly to your PC or your Mac. No need to use wires or connect to the web to transfer photos and videos, and you can also control the camera from your smartphone.

4. It has plenty of features that make taking photos and videos easy. With features like Intelligent Auto Mode, you can take shots in a hurry with no need to make time-consuming adjustments.

Cons
There’s really nothing to dislike about this camera, as it offers an amazing array of functionality and durability and would be a great waterproof camera for anyone. But not everyone needs all the features packed into this little camera. You’re going to pay more for the TS5 than other comparable models that don’t have Wi-Fi, GPS and remote access through a smartphone, and as with any camera offering these features, the TS5 will drain your battery more rapidly when you use these options.

If you don’t need all of these additional features for remote access, a better choice might be the Panasonic Lumix TS25. It offers many of the same photographic options without extras such as Wi-Fi, and is therefore able to offer a lower selling price.

Recommendations:
The Panasonic Lumix DMC –TS5A is a waterproof camera that you will enjoy taking anywhere you go. With its impressive design that allows it to withstand the elements, it’s an ideal camera to use in sports, outdoor activities and in demanding and tough environments. It also has practical features and impressive connectivity to easy transfer and edit data. But there are less expensive waterproof cameras on the market without features such as Wi-Fi, so if you don’t need the ability to upload instantly, you might want to consider one of these instead.

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Waterproof Cameras with Time Lapse Function

Waterproof cameras are great for taking to the beach, the lake, the local water park or anywhere you want to shoot photos underwater or not worry about getting your camera wet. But they also come with many features that make them great for taking creative pictures every day. One such feature is the time-lapse function (sometimes known as interval shooting mode). If you’re not familiar with cameras with time lapse function, this feature allows you to take automatic photos at specified intervals, which may be anywhere from seconds to hours apart. It’s great for capturing the changing colors in the sky during sunrise or sunset, tracking moving objects, or recording any type of progressive event. At the bottom of this page, you can see a stunning example of one photographer’s journey around the world, captured completely with time lapse still photos.

Sound like fun? Then take a look at these waterproof cameras with time lapse. They’re rugged, waterproof, and two of them have GPS geotagging built right in. They’re the perfect cameras for travel and adventure.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4
waterproof cameras with time lapse function - panasonic ts4The Panasonic TS4 is one of the most popular underwater compact cameras. It’s loaded with a host of features, including time lapse mode. Just select the time you want to start taking photos, set the interval time, indicate the number of total photos you want to shoot and then sit back and let the camera do the work. Because it’s waterproof, dustproof and freezeproof, you won’t need to worry about the elements when you’re shooting outdoors. This is an extremely versatile camera that you can take with you just about anywhere without worrying about the elements.

Camera features:
– 12.1 MP sensor
– Waterproof, dustproof, shockproof and freezeproof
– Full 1920 x 1080p HD video
– 2.7″ LCD
– Leica lens
– GPS, compass, barometer, alimeter

GoPro Hero2
waterproof cameras with time lapse function - gopro hero2If you’re interested in capturing a series of time-lapse POV (point of view) photos, the GoPro Hero2 may be the perfect camera for you. This series of cameras come with various mounts, straps or harnesses to attach this compact camera to your body, helmet, or just about any sports equipment. Take it surfing, snow skiing, mountain biking or scuba diving, and the GoPro Hero2’s 170-degree wide-angle lens will capture all the action in still images or HD video. The time lapse function on this camera can be set to record an image every 0.5 seconds.

Camera features:
– 11 MP resolution
– 10 photos per second burst
– HD video up to 60 FPS
– Wi-Fi enabled

Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS
waterproof cameras with time lapse mode - pentax optio wg-2The Optio WG-2 and WF-2 GPS are the newest models in the Optio line, representing the 13th generation of Optio cameras from Pentax. And they’re built with some of the newest features available in compact rugged cameras. In addition to time lapse function, both of these cameras offer creative functions such as voice memo, in-camera cropping, fisheye effect, starburst, sepia, color emphasis, miniature effect and much more. The GPS version also includes geotagging. And all of this is available in bodies that are waterproof to 40 feet, shockproof to 5 feet, crush-proof to 100kg of force, freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and dustproof.

Camera features:
– 16 MP CMOS snensor
– Waterproof to a depth of 40 feet, shock proof to 5 feet, cold proof to 14 degrees F, dustproof
– Wide angle optical zoom (28-140mm equivalent)
– Large 3″ LCD

 

An Amazing Example of Time-Lapse Photography

This amazing video called “Time is Nothing” by Kien Lam was created with 6237 time-lapse photos. The photographer didn’t have a camera with time lapse function – he actually pushed the shutter button manually for every shot using a Panasonic Lumix GF-1 (a micro four-thirds) camera. It’s a great example of what you can do with time-lapse photos.

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Panasonic TS4 Review

The Panasonic Lumix DSC-TS4 is the next generation of the hugely popular DSC-TS3. Panasonic has kept the best features of the waterproof and shockproof TS3 and added more creative controls to the new model. This is a great camera for underwater and all-around use. Here’s why.

Panasonsic TS4 Features
The TS4 is built for outdoor adventures. It’s waterproof to 40 (12m) feet, shockproof to 6.6 feet (2m), freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 degrees C) and dustproof. That means you won’t need to worry about accidentally dropping this camera or having it freeze up while taking photos on the ski slopes. And it’s compact, so you can stick it in your pocket and take it just about anywhere.

Since it’s designed with sports and travel in mind, the Lumix TS4 comes equipped with GPS, compass, altimeter and a barometer to show and record altitude, barometric pressure and orientation data. You can even use the barometer as an indicator for depth underwater. The smart electronics in this camera also will automatically adjust the camera’s time to the local time wherever you are, so you won’t need to adjust it when you travel across country or go abroad.

Of course, a camera with a lot of fancy features and poor quality photos would be a bad investment, so Panasonic has made sure the TS4 lives up to consumer’s expectations. It has a 12.1 MP CCD sensor, a 28mm wide angle lens and a 4.6x optical zoom that can extend to 9.3x with enhanced resolution technology. That makes it easy to bring your subjects closer and still get exceptionally sharp images. See the sample images below. (Images copyright Panasonic)

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The camera also makes it easy to capture action shots. It is equipped with Sonic Speed AF, which provides a quick startup time and focus time, and AF Tracking, a function that will continually track a subject until you press the shutter button. With AF Tracking, you won’t need to press the shutter button halfway repeatedly to readjust the focus of quick moving subjects like kids or pets.

Of course, you can also capture action on video with the Panasonic TS4. The camera can shoot full 1920 x 1080 HD video with one-touch ease, and you can take still photos while recording video. However, the photos will be recorded at 3.5 MP, regardless of whether you’ve set a higher resolution in the camera.

Shutterbugs who aren’t satisfied with just typical point-and-shoot photos will also enjoy some additional features offered by the TS4. The DMC-TS4 has added more manual controls than offered by its predecessor, the TS3. Users can now set their own shutter speed and aperture, a feature serious photographers will appreciate. You can also take 3D photos, shoot panorama images, or add a special miniature effect that defocuses the peripherals while emphasizing saturation and contrast to make the picture look like a diorama. There’s also a time lapse mode for shooting at intervals.

Who Should Buy the Panasonic TS4?
The TS4 is a great camera for anyone looking for an all-purpose camera that can stand up to the rigors of outdoor adventure. It’s equipped with high quality photo and video capabilities and extra features such as GPS that sports enthusiasts will enjoy. If you need a waterproof camera with all the extra features, the TS4 is definitely right for you. But if you simply want a high resolution waterproof camera that can take great photos, and you don’t need GPS and some of the other features in this camera, you might want to take a look at the cheaper Panasonic TS20 or the Olympus Stylus Tough 8010.

 

Additional Images of the Panasonic Lumix TS4

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Sample Photos: Panasonic TS4 v. Nikon AW100

The following photos were taken with the Panasonic Lumix TS4 and the Nikon Coolpix AW100. All were handheld and shot on the camera’s automatic settings. More photos to be added soon.

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What’s the Best Underwater Camera for You?

What’s the best underwater camera? In 2011, the bestselling and best-rated waterproof shockproof digital camera on Amazon was the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3. But is this the camera for you? Choosing the perfect waterproof camera for you really depends on your needs. Are you a snorkeler who wants to take great photos on your vacation to Hawaii? A sports enthusiast who wants a camera to go with you on any type of outdoor adventure? A scuba diver who needs a camera that can go to 200 feet? Or maybe someone looking for an inexpensive second camera? Here are some of the bestselling, most popular and best-rated waterproof cameras separated into categories of users to help you find the best camera for you.

Best Underwater Camera for All-Around Use

The new model of the most popular waterproof camera in 2011

best underwater camera 2012 - panasonic lumix ts4The best underwater camera for everyday use and one that could easily serve as your primary all-purpose camera and camcorder is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4. This is a new waterproof camera for 2012 from Panasonic. Its previous incarnation, the DMC-TS3, was the best-rated and bestselling waterproof camera on Amazon in 2011, and the new TS4 is even better. The reason consumers love this camera is because it’s rugged and can go wherever you go. It’s waterproof to 40 feet, shockproof for falls from up to 6.6 feet, dustproof and freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit.

This Panasonic Lumix isn’t just tough, however; it’s popular because it shoots great photos and video. It has a 12.1 MP Hi-Speed CCD sensor for high resolution still images and the ability to shoot 1920 x 1080 full HD video in either AVCHD or MP4 format. For creative control, the TS4 allows users to adjust the shutter speed and aperture and offers automatic time lapse images and panoramic stitching. And if you’re taking it on an adventure, the TS4 comes complete with GPS, a compass, altimeter and barometer.http://underwatercamerareviews.org/wp-admin/post-new.php

This is the best waterproof camera for anyone who only wants to own one camera that can go everywhere and do just about anything.

Best Underwater Camera for Hands-Free Shooting

best underwater cameras 2012 - gopro hero2 outdoor editionIf you want the best waterproof camera for hands-free shooting, there’s no better choice than the GoPro Hero2: Outdoor Edition. This is currently the most popular underwater hands-free camera on Amazon and it has a 4- out of 5-star average rating from more than 100 pleased customers. The GoPro series of cameras are designed for athletes and outdoor enthusiasts who want to capture their adventures on film. You can strap this little camera to your helmet, surfboard, bike handlebars or just about anywhere else to capture 11 MP still photos or full (1080p) HD video. This camera measures only 3.9 x 3.9 x 9.6 inches and weighs a mere 1.7 pounds, so it’s easy a small companion to have along for your adventures.

The GoPro Hero2 is waterproof to 197 feet (60m) and capable of capturing 170-degree wide angle 1080p video and 11 megapixel photos at a rate of 10 photos per second. For hands-free shooting, the GoPro Hero2 is the best waterproof camera you can currently buy.

 

Best Budget Underwater Camera for Snorkeling

best underwater camera 2012 - fuji finepix xp30The Pansonic Lumix waterproof camera line offers some of the best underwater cameras available today, but you’ll pay a price to get these top-of-the-line cameras. A good alternative for snorkeling and other water sports is the Fuji FinePix XP30. Like the Lumix TS4, the FinePix is waterproof, shockproof, dustproof and freezeproof, but not to the extremes of the Panasonic model. The FinePix is only waterproof to 16.5 feet (5 meters), but that still makes it a great camera for snorkeling.

It also features a 14-megapixel CCD sensor, a 2.7-inch LCD screen, GPS tagging, panoramic mode and 720p HD video. At only 5.5 inches and 1.1 pounds, it’s also small enough to take just about anywhere or to slide into your luggage on your next vacation.

 

Best Underwater Camera For About $100

best underwater cameras under $100 -kodak sport c123As of this writing, the Kodak Sport C123 is one of the top 5 cameras in the underwater category on Amazon and is just a tad over $100 at $102.85 (Prices subject to change. See Amazon for the latest prices). You’ll pay about $125 right now for a different color, but that still makes the Sport C123 a good deal. And with a 3.5- out of 5-star rating from over 400 customers, this little camera has been tried and tested. The Sport C123 offers 12 MP resolution and a 2.6-inch LCD viewing screen. It’s only waterproof to 10 feet, but that’s plenty deep enough for most snorkeling and swimming, and it’s dustproof, too. This is not a camera you’d want as your primary photographic piece of equipment, but as a backup or an inexpensive way to capture photos underwater, the Kodak Sport C123 is the best waterproof camera about under $100.

 

Best Underwater Camera for Scuba Diving

Until recently, scuba divers basically had two options when taking photos underwater – get an expensive underwater housing for your SLR /DSLR, or use a waterproof compact camera that didn’t have the high resolution or creative controls offered by a DSLR. There’s still no underwater DSLR, but the SeaLife DC1400 is a good alternative at a great price.

best underwater cameras for scuba diving - sealife dc1400This is the best underwater camera for scuba divers who don’t want to spend thousands on a waterproof housing and strobes for their DSLR but want to capture great underwater photos. This camera can go to 200 feet underwater and allows users to set the ISO from 64 to 3200, select a shutter speed from 1 second to 1/2000 and manually adjust the white balance or choose from several settings. It comes with 6 underwater modes and 27 modes from shooting on dry land without the underwater housing.

The SeaLife DC1400 was introduced in late 2011 as the successor to the popular DC1200, which Sport Diver magazine selected as the Editor’s Pick for Underwater Cameras for New Photographers.

 

New Waterproof Lumix Camera Offers More Creative Control

new panasonic waterproof lumix camera DMC-TS4Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-TS3 has been one of the bestselling waterproof digital cameras on the market since it was released, but now Panasonic is taking their waterproof Lumix line to new levels by introducing the Lumix DMC-TS4.

The new Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 will give users more creative control than the earlier point-and-shoot Lumix cameras by allowing users to adjust the shutter speed and aperture. The TS4 also comes with new creative modes – Time Lapse Shot, Miniature Effect and Panorama Shot. With Time Lapse Shot, the user selects the start time, interval time and number of photos to shoot and the camera does the rest. The Miniature Effect mode emphasizes saturation and contrast while defocusing the peripheries of the image, making the photo look like a diorama. Videos recorded in Miniature Effect mode are played back in 10x fast forward, making the effect more comical. As the name suggest, Panorama Shot allows users to shoot a horizontal or vertical panoramic image by taking consecutive shots and overlaying the images to create a panoramic photo up to 360 degrees.

In addition, the latest waterproof Lumix camera from Panasonic comes with GPS, a compass, altimeter and barometer. The DMC-TS4 is bundled with a DVD that integrates the camera’s new GPS system with more than a million landmarks and 82 countries and regions. Users who geo tag their photos can automatically sort and play the images by location so they can literally trace their journey through photos.

These fancy features are in addition to many of the popular features found on earlier models of the waterproof Lumix camera series. Like its predecessor the DMC-TS3, the Lumix TS4 is rugged. The camera is waterproof to approximately 40 feet (12 meters), shockproof from falls up to 6.6 feet (2 meters), freezeproof to temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and dustproof. It has a Leica DC VARIO-ELMAR lens with a 4.6x optical zoom (equivalent to a 28-128mm 35mm lens), a 12.1 MP Hi-Speed CCD sensor, and the ability to shoot full-HD (1920 x 1080) video in both and MP4 formats.

The Panasonic LUMIX TS4 is available in orange, blue, black and silver options with a suggested retail price of $399.99.

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Samples Photos from the Panasonic Lumix TS4 waterproof camera

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Choosing and Underwater Point and Shoot Camera


It was not that long ago that the first digital waterproof camera entered the market. Now new waterproof shockproof digital cameras are being released every year. So how should you choose an underwater point and shoot camera? The first thing you need to do is figure out what you really need in a camera. Here are some questions to ask yourself.

How will you use your camera?
If you’re looking for an underwater point and shoot camera, it might seem obvious that you will be using your camera in water. But what type of water? Are you planning a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Great Barrier Reef where you want to take photos while snorkeling or scuba diving? Or are you getting something to use in your backyard swimming pool? Is this going to be your primary camera or a secondary one? The answer to these questions is important, as you might want to splurge on a higher-end camera like the Panasonic TS4 for a snorkeling trip to the Great Barrier Reef or for an all-purpose camera to take everywhere. But if you’re buying a secondary camera to use while swimming, going to the lake or visiting the local water park, you might want to save some money, get fewer features and select something like the Fujifilm XP30 or Nikon S30.

What feature is most important to you?
Are you buying your camera for its waterproof ability? Its shockproof features? The GPS function? Popular underwater point and shoot cameras offer various levels of toughness and a variety of different features. While most can withstand dust and freezing temperatures down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, they differ greatly in their waterproof and shockproof qualities. And some, like the new Sony TX200v, are waterproof but not shockproof. If you’re buying a waterproof camera for its GPS features, you may not be as concerned about these features, but consider whether you want something that can be dropped and survive from 2 feet or 6 feet.

How simple or complicated do you want your camera to be?
One of the least complicated underwater cameras on the market today is the Nikon Coolpix AW100. It’s designed to be easy enough for everyone, from kids to grandparents, to use. On the other end of the spectrum, the Panasonic TS4 and Nikon AW100 are packed with so many features, from panorama and 3D images to GPS and compasses, that you will need to take some time learning how to use all of these nifty gadgets.

What’s your budget?
Finally, you need to consider your budget. While you may love the 18.2 MP resolution and 3.3-inch LCD on the Sony TX200v, your bank account may not love the $500 price tag. So what features do you absolutely positively need in your camera? Are you willing to pay a little more for GPS? Or would you rather have higher resolution at a lower price? There are waterproof point and shoot cameras for every budget, so

5 Affordable Digital Cameras for Diving

In the past, underwater photography was quite an expensive hobby. You either had to invest in an underwater camera like the Nikonos or buy a waterproof housing for your existing camera. Either option was pricey. But times have changed. While underwater housings for top-of-the line DSLRs can still set you back over $1000 for the case alone, not to mention the strobe lights you’ll need to get good underwater photos, there are much cheaper alternatives on the market for those who are just exploring underwater photography for the first time and can’t afford to invest thousands of dollars in equipment. Here are five affordable digital cameras for diving. All of these underwater cameras, along with the necessary underwater lights, can be purchased for under $1000.

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GoPro HD Hero2

Waterproof to 197 feet

The 11 MP GoPro HD HERO2 is a very popular and well-rated 11 MP waterproof camera that also shoots HD video. Over 300 reviewers on Amazon have rated it 4 out of 5 stars. Many of these reviewers aren’t scuba divers – the camera is popular with all types of outdoor enthusiasts because it comes with a variety of accessories that allow you to wear it or mount it on your sports gear. That’s why the basic camera comes in three editions: Outdoor Edition, Motorsports Edition and Surf Edition. Each edition comes with a different set of mounts and straps. Its rugged design and depth rating make it great for scuba divers. With a waterproof depth rating of 197 feet and a full 170º wide angle field of view, the GoPro Hero2 is well-suited for either Open Water or technical diving. This underwater camera shoots both video and still frames, and has the ability to shoot photos automatically every .5 seconds in TimeLapse mode or to shoot a burst of 10 photos in a second.

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SeaLife DC1400 Pro

Digital camera for diving to 200 feet

If you’re looking for high-quality underwater cameras made for scuba divers, SeaLife manufactures some of the most popular cameras on the market. Last year, Sport Diver magazine chose the SeaLife DC1200 Elite as their Editor’s Pick for “Underwater Cameras for New Photographers.” The SeaLife DC1400 Pro, the successor to the DC1200, builds on an already great product. The new model can capture beautiful still images and HD video with a 14 megapixel CCD, 6 underwater modes and 4 built-in digital color correction filters. Most importantly, the camera can be paired with one or one two off-the-camera strobes for great underwater color. The SeaLife DC1400 was designed with deep diving in mind – it has 5 “piano key” controls that make it easy to operate, even with wetsuit gloves on. It also has a “spy mode” that will automatically shoot photos at set intervals. If you want creative control and high quality images, but can’t afford a DSLR with an underwater housing, this is a great digital camera for diving.

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Liquid Image Wide Angle Scuba Series HD Camera Mask

Hands-free camera mask also takes video to 130 Feet

An innovative option for hands-free underwater photography is the Liquid Image Wide Angle Scuba Series mask. This new addition to Liquid Image’s line of camera masks has a 136-degree wide-angle lens that offers a greater field of vision than the previous models and allows you to capture 720p HD video or 5 MP still images down to 130 feet. An LED inside the mask indicates whether you are in still image or video mode, and lever-style buttons make it easy to use while wearing gloves. It’s available in two sizes. The mask doesn’t come with filters or a flash, but you can purchase these separately. Liquid Image makes both a 4.7-watt and 5.5-watt light that can attach to the camera mask, so you won’t need to carry it in your hands. For hands-free underwater photography, the Liquid Image scuba mask is a good choice.

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Intova CP9 Digital Camera for Diving

An inexpensive scuba diving camera to 130 feet

If you’re really on a budget, the Intova CP9 for diving may be the model for you. The MSRP on this underwater camera is $139.95, which is a pretty low price for an underwater camera anyway, but you can get it for about half that price on Amazon. The CP9 can shoot 9 MP still photos and VGA resolution (640 x 480) video down to 130 feet. It comes with a number of scene modes, including Sports, Night, Portrait, Landscape, and Backlight, plus Program AE. You can choose between three quality options for stills (fine, standard, and economy) and two options for video (fine and standard). The one thing it’s lacking is a light source, but with the money you’ll be saving on the camera itself, you should be able to get a decent handheld light source to illuminate your photos.

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Panasonic DMC-TS3

A waterproof camera for shallow diving to 40 feet

This waterproof Lumix camera from Panasonic isn’t particularly suited for scuba diving except in shallow waters, as it’s only waterproof to 40 feet. But if you want a top-rated camera for everyday use that is also waterproof, shockproof, dustproof and freezeproof, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 is all of those things. It’s been the most popular camera in Amazon’s underwater camera department for months. In addition to offering a 12.1 MP Hi-Speed CCD Sensor and 1920x1080p HD video in AVCHD and MP4 format, the DMC-TS3 has fun features like GPS and 3D photo mode. If you only want one camera that can go just about anywhere and do just about anything, this is a good choice. And if you really like it, both Panasonic and Ikelite make underwater housings that will allow you to take this camera to deeper depths.

Any of these waterproof cameras can get you started in underwater photography for less than $1000.

Lumix DMC-TS2 Review

[easyazon-block asin=”B004KKZ0J2″ align=”left”] Panasonic has released a camera that no serious underwater photographer can ignore.  What’s not to love about this camera?  It’s waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof.  The camera gives you the ability to quickly zoom in on your captured photos up to 16x to see the finer details.  It’s very rugged so you can be assured that the camera itself will be ell protected against any harsh conditions that you may encounter.

Yes, it may be a bit costly compared to some of the other dive cameras on the market but it more than makes up for the cost by providing you with excellent HD video quality and underwater photos.  It features a whopping 14.1 megapixels that will makes capturing underwater photos a joy.

The controls are easy to use even if you are a total newbie.  You’ll definitely appreciate the tough outer hardware of the camera that is able to take a licking and keep on working while fitting conveniently into your pocket.  Be sure and read the full review on the Lumix DMC-TS2 Review.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 Review

[easyazon-block asin=”B003960F8Y” align=”left”] If you plan on using your photography skills underwater you’re going to need a reliable and durable underwater digital camera.  Expect to invest a bit more for an underwater camera because it will offer more features.  The camera is designed in such a way that all of the cameras components will remain in tact once you submerge it under water, in other words the camera is water resistant.

Buying a digital underwater camera can be a big undertaking and before you buy you want to make sure the camera you use will be able to hold up in extreme aquatic conditions.

We’ve just reviewed one of the more popular digital cameras, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2.  Jump on over to get a summary of our review.

Panasonic Lumix T3

[easyazon-image-link asin=”B004KKZ0J2″ alt=”Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 12.1 MP Rugged/Waterproof Digital Camera with 4.6x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7-Inch LCD (Silver)” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41ys1-rLDoL.jpg” align=”center” width=”500″ height=”386″]The Lumix T3 from Panasonic with its plethora of features, rugged design and unique color, is the perfect camera for users who value the functionality and aesthetic appeal of a product. The waterproof design and wide angle zoom are ideal for capturing Mother Nature in all her glory, so if you are thinking about investing in this digital camera, here are its benefits and features.

The Features:

Sturdy Design: The Lumix T3 is sturdier than its predecessors like the TS2, with a design that can withstand water depth of almost 40 feet and is resilient to snow, dust and shock. This makes the Lumix T3 exceptionally well suited for outdoor photography where mishaps are common.

3D Pictures: A unique feature of the Lumix T3 is its ability to capture images in 3D; a realistic 3D image is produced by capturing 20 consecutive photos and using two of the most suitable images to create a composite three dimensional photograph.

A Myriad of features that keep you from getting lost: When trying to capture the essence of the great outdoors, the last thing you need is a bunch of gadget to keep track of. The Luminex T3 with its in built GPS function, barometer, altimeter and compass, is all you will need to keep you from getting lost.

28 mm Wide Angle Lens: The Leica DC vario-Elmar lens with its 28 mm wide-angle can offer an optical zoom of up to 4.6X which makes the Lumix T3 the ideal camera for under water photography where movement is restricted. The built in LED light also supports night shooting and underwater photography.

2.7 inch LCD: The large LCD screen of the Lumix T3 with its 230,000-dot resolution allows you to optimally frame your pictures for shooting and viewing

Lumix T3 performs superlatively providing crystal clear and sharp images whether the pictures are clicked at night or in bright daylight. Since the images can be displayed using a wide variety of devices, you can share your work with friends and family.

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Panasonic Lumix Reviews

[easyazon-block asin=”B004KKZ0KG” align=”left”] Almost all Panasonic Lumix reviews have one thing in common. The Panasonic Lumix range of cameras are packed full of useful features. The Lumix DMC-FX7 is no exception to this rule because it comes with an incredible array of built-in features.

As a compact digital camera, this model is suitable for a good choice for holiday snaps and for the occasional photographer. Its 5-megapixel resolution means that the picture quality is good with details remaining sharp and in focus.

For close-ups, there is 4X optical zoom that is enhanced even further when shooting in macro mode. Amongst the features in the DMC-FX7 are nine shooting modes, a choice of three image parameters and a convenient continuous shooting mode.

Design wise, it is of good proportion and weight for a compact camera. It is easy to carry around in a pocket and is light enough that it will not become a burden if carried around all day. The controls are easy to use and despite the small size of the body, the LCD viewing screen is still a sizeable 2.5 inches.

This large screen makes it easier to frame shots properly and offers a high standard of detail when viewing the images on playback. The downside of the small design is it is more susceptible to picture shakes and excessive use of the image stabilization feature is sometimes needed.

Overall, the DMC-FX7 is a well-designed compact camera that offers better features than some its rivals. Apart from some issues with picture shakes, it is a good quality, reliable camera that takes some great images. Its small-bodied design makes it ideal to take everywhere you go and the easy to use controls make it great for beginners. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX7 stands out especially when compared to other compact models in reviews.  Be sure to read our more in depth Panasonic Lumix Reviews.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 14.1 MP Waterproof Digital Camera

[easyazon-block asin=”B003966MJU” align=”left”] One of the things that makes an underwater digital camera special is that it has special housing that helps to keep the camera safe while it’s submerged in deep waters.  The cameras lens are designed in such a way that also helps to keep it safe.  Regular cameras wouldn’t be able to resist the fog that you will undoubtedly face underwater.  You need an underwater camera that will be able to easily handle underwater.

The best underwater cameras are able to store those great underwater photos digitally.  That’s why its important that you have a sufficient memory on your memory card before you decide to go underwater.

We’ve just completed an comprehensive review of one of the best underwater digital cameras on the market – Panasonic Lumix Waterproof Camera.