Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Review
It’s built to survive a 6.6 foot drop as well as dives up to 40 feet or even deeper with an optional marine case. If you’re aren’t able to go somewhere coastal with clear blue and calming waters then feel free to test the camera out in a local fish tank like we did to see how well the camera holds up underwater.
Despite the rugged construction of the Lumix TS3 it still does require special care to keep it running properly. Panasonic clearly spells this out with instructions located within the camera itself.
All of the above messages are included to help minimize any damage to the TS3 and to help insure your camera lasts you a very long time or at least until the next model comes out.
The battery, the SD card slot, the micro HDMI and micro USB port are all conveniently located under lock on the side of the camera. Outside of its ruggedness the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 a high end point and shoot camera.
You get a GPS for geotagging your photos. Geotagging shows exactly where your photos were taken. What exactly does this mean? This means that you can see on a map exactly where your photos where shot as well as search for your photos by location. Also, geo-friendly sites like Flickr and Picasa allow you to geotag photos online and share them with your friends and family.
The TS3 even has a built in digital compass, barometer and altimeter. These features appeases the photographer who is keen on knowing the elevation and atmospheric pressure of each stunning image that is shot.
This is a really fast camera so you’ll have no problem capturing pictures of your children, pets and action shots shouldn’t be a problem either. The TS3 also powers up fast and taking a shoot times takes about 2.3 seconds. And once you get the camera going you’ll be able to up the average time for a snapshot is 0.5 seconds and the time difference between each shot is averages about 1.2 seconds.
You also get for easily accessible scene modes for water and sports. You’ll also be able to capture full HD videos at the press of a button.
The photos in the video are on the soft side but as long as you have lots of light they look very good. You get 12.1 megapixels with this camera, which means you can print larger prints of any photos you take. The camera can shoot 1080p full high definition videos. It has a rather large 2.3 inch LCD screen that consumes most of the back portion of this compact camera.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Pros
- Integrated GPS, altimeter and barometer
- Waterproof up to 40 feet deep
- Freezeproof to 14⁰ F
- Can withstand bangs and bruises up to 6.6 feet
- Good performance in low levels of light
- Exceptional high quality video capture at 1080p HD
- The ability to Zoom in while recording and refocusing
- Get a price on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 on Amazon
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Cons
- Pricey but has lots of bells and whistles
- Soft images but with adequate lighting not a problem
- LCD shows motion blur
- The lens is prone to accumulate unwanted fingerprints on them
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 isn’t the cheapest camera on the market but with all of the extra perks that it offers it definitely one our favorite cameras. If you favor the outdoors and you like shooting with a top of the line underwater camera then this camera is well worth the money.
Slide Show – Images Taken with the Panasonic TS3 (click to enlarge)
Check Out The Video Taken With the Panasonic TS3