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)
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.
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