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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)


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  • 4 Active Outdoor Scene Modes: The DMC-TS3 has 4 active outdoor Scene Modes - Sports, Snow, Beach & Snorkeling and Underwater
  • LEICA DC Lens with Folded Optics Technology: The DMC-TS3 features a high-quality LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR 28mm wide-angle lens with a 4.6x optical zoom
  • 28mm Wide-angle Lens: The 28mm wide-angle lens lets you easily capture large groups of people indoors
  • Newly Developed 12.1-megapixel Hi-speed CCD: The newly developed 12.1-megapixel CCD with 2-channel signal output structure
  • Sonic Speed AF: The Sonic Speed AF system includes numerous re-engineering enhancements
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Technical Details

Color: Silver | Size: One Size
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Flash
  • Image Stabilization
  • Video Capability
  • HD Compatible
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Product Details

Color: Silver | Size: One Size
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.1 x 2.5 inches ; 5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B004KKZ0J2
  • Item model number: DMC-TS3S
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (486 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,608 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 25, 2011

Product Description

Color: Silver | Size: One Size

From the Manufacturer

Panasonic's Lumix DMC-TS3, specifically designed for active users who want to capture high-quality photos and 1920 x 1080 full-High Definition videos, incorporating a powerful rugged design and new outdoor-friendly features, such as a built-in GPS function, a compass, altimeter and barometer. The new 12.1-megapixel Lumix TS3 further strengthens its toughness, when compared to its Lumix TS2 predecessor, and is now waterproof to approximately 40 feet (12m); shockproof to approximately 6.6 feet (2m); freezeproof to 14ºF (-10 degrees C); and dustproof.

The Panasonic Lumix TS3 also features the new Panasonic 3D Photo mode, which produces a realistic 3D photo by taking 20 consecutive photos and overlays the two best to create a 3D image that can then be played on a Panasonic VIERA 3D HDTV. The format of 3D images is compatible with MPO, and can also be played back on other MPO-compatible equipment such as a televisions, digital photo frames and printers. Panasonic also adds the Lumix Image Uploader, for seamless and instant sharing via Facebook (for digital photos) or YouTube (for videos). Users can checkmark the photo or video files they want to share, connect it to a PC with the included USB cable or by inserting the SD Memory Card directly into the PC's SD Card slot, and then the uploading automatically launches with an easy-to-follow menu option.

The Panasonic Lumix TS3 features a 28mm wide-angle Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens, complete with a folded optics design. With an optical zoom up to 4.6x, the Lumix TS3 works even while shooting video--giving the user the flexibility for a variety of different scenes--especially underwater, where movement is often restricted and the angle of view becomes important for composing shots. Thanks to the newly incorporated Intelligent Resolution technology, the Intelligent Zoom is available and extends the zoom to 6x equivalent.

Empowered by a newly developed 12.1-megapixel Hi-Speed CCD sensor, the Lumix TS3 is compatible with high-speed, large-capacity signal processing required for 1920 x 1080 full-HD AVCHD video recording and high speed continuous shooting. The advanced image processor, the Venus Engine FHD, powers Panasonic's Intelligent Resolution and the Sonic Speed AF, allows for a shutter release time lag as short as approximately 0.005 second. Beyond full-HD video recording capabilities, Lumix TS3 excels in shooting videos with a Dolby Digital Creator so audio quality is also high. The built-in LED light greatly supports shooting in dark situations. The Lumix TS3 also features a 2.7-inch, 230,000-dot Intelligent LCD screen with wide-viewing angle and Anti-Reflection coating.

Panasonic's iA Mode, a suite of technologies that engage automatically, has evolved for more powerful image stabilization while video recording and taking still photos with Active Mode which boosts POWER OIS to excel in suppressing blur when recording videos at wide angle while walking. Other features of iA include: POWER OIS, Face Recognition, Face Detection, AF Tracking, Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector and Intelligent Exposure. With iA, taking beautiful photos is possible for users at any skill level. In addition, the Intelligent Resolution technology is always activated in the iA mode, which helps produce even clearer photos by precisely performing signal processing pixel by pixel to help ensure clear and sharp images.

The newly-integrated GPS function shows the name of the Country/Region, State/Prov./County, County/Township, City/Town/Village and Landmark by using the internal data to give users details on where the photos or videos were taken. The area information covers 203 countries or regions for global users. Plus, more than 1,000,000 landmarks over 78 countries or regions are in the database. Using the included software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.1 HD Lite Edition, photos and videos can be searched by location and names. The Lumix TS3 also features an internal clock that automatically adjusts to the local time when GPS is enabled--a handy feature for travelers.

Panasonic Lumix TS3 Highlights

3D Photo Mode
The newly added 3D Photo Mode* produces a 3D image in the camera. The image-processing method used by LUMIX records beautiful images with less distortion or visible image links. Take 20 panning shots and the camera automatically selects the two most suitable images--one for the right eye and one for the left eye--to synthesize a 3D composite.

The 3D image can be viewed on a VIERA HDTV. The 3D image format is compatible with MPO, so it can be played back on other MPO-compatible equipment such as TVs and digital photo frames, or printed.
*The picture size is fixed to 2-megapixel (16:9)

3D Image Viewer/VIERA Link
Photos or movies recorded in AVCHD on the SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards are easy to view on a Panasonic VIERA TV. Simply insert the card into the VIERA Image Viewer (SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card slot) on VIERA TV or DIGA Blu-ray Disc Player to playback your contents. Alternatively, you can use an optional HDMI micro cable to output the still and motion images you took from the DMC-TS3 directly to the TV for VIERA Link. Most of the control is possible using only the TV's remote control.

Leica DC Lens
The DMC-TS3 features a high-quality LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR 28mm wide-angle lens with a 4.6x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 28-128mm). The folded optics of shaft guide method is adopted to secure the toughness of the lens unit. This lens unit comprises 10 elements and a prism unit in 8 groups, including an ED lens and 5 aspherical lenses with 6 aspherical surfaces passing the Leica's stringent standards to deliver exceptional optical performance to the edges.

The DMC-TS3 is drop proof from a height up to 2.0m in accordance with the "MIL-STD 810F Method516.5-Shock" test standard. In addition to reinforcing the exterior of the camera with shock-resistant material, the DMC-TS3 uses folded optics to prevent its lens unit from taking damage when dropped during operation. The lens unit is protected by a supplementary damper to absorb the force from shock impact. All components including the lens unit are reexamined to endure the temperature as low as -10 degrees C to make the DMC-TS3 freezeproof.

2.7-inch high-resolution LCD
The DMC-TS3's large 2.7-inch LCD features a high 230,000-dot resolution, and a wide-viewing angle that lets you frame your shot in a variety of ways for both shooting and viewing. LUMIX's acclaimed Intelligent LCD function also automatically adjusts the brightness in 11 steps according to shooting conditions. In addition, the AR (anti-reflective) coating LCD minimizes glare and provides clear images, for high visibility even in outdoor brightness.

This LCD provides sharp, clear images in virtually all shooting situations, ranging from nighttime to bright daylight scenes and from low-angle to high-angle shooting. And it lets you share the fun of viewing images with family and friends.

Lumix Image Uploader
The DMC-TS3 gives you a new form of communication by letting you share your photos and movies. All you have to do is checkmark the photos and movies you want to share and connect the camera or SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card to a computer. Uploading automatically starts by simply following the guidance. It's easy to share photos and movies on the spot, which means that your friends don't have to wait for you to come back home to see them.

Product Description

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 12.1 Megapixel Compact Camera - 4.90 mm-22.80 mm - Silver DMC-TS3S Digital Cameras

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Customer Reviews

This thing is a beast and refuses to die. And the color quality is quite nice for a "rugged" camera, of which I have had others. Read more ›
Now, 3 years later i ended up getting a GoPro 3+ Black edition but I still have my Panasonic Lumix and won't get rid of it, I love this camera because the the quality of… Read more ›
The GPS can be a little slow to lock onto your location, but if you have the patience you'll get tagged photos which are great for reconstructing routes and setups once… Read more ›
Nice little camera that can hold a beating and can dive. However, the quality of the pictures is not great After using it over a year I have 2 big complains: Read more ›
Photos are generally clear and better than I expected from an underwater camera. While they don't compare to an SLR, I still feel I made the best purchase for a camera with… Read more ›
Always turns out fine. The pictures are pretty good - I'd guess typical for a point-and-shoot. Overall, I like it. Read more ›
Picture quality is good, not breathtaking but good. Video quality is pretty good. I love that this thing allows you to zoom in and out while doing video. Read more ›
inhole" filter and all the pictures came…The video quality is great as we also used it on a catamaran ride in the Caymans, and it worked wonderfully (sound and image). Read more ›
I purchased this product about a year ago, and was very excited to use it. I must admit it is extremely versatile, both stills and video are great quality. However, I… Read more ›
It survived a 7 year old taking down water slides and many dips in the pool. Video quality is great and pictures are too. We love it and use it all the time. Read more ›
In my opinion, the photos were very good in bright sunlight, and mediocre to…The underwater videos were good as long as there was ample sunlight and we weren't too deep. Read more ›
This camera is wonderful! The clarity of the photos are real good, the hd video recording is good, and it's very easy to operate. The camera takes photos pretty much… Read more ›
I bought this camera to take on a trip to St. Kitts-- I took my big fancy camera and this camera and ended up taking all my pictures with this camera-- it does great and… Read more ›
I'm not one for reading manuals, maybe I should have, because it took my a while to find the +/-…The basic menu, eg how to change settings, is very easy to navigate though. Read more ›
Pros: This camera is easy to use and the menu is easy to navigate (this was my reason for not buying the nikon, I hear it has a difficult menu). Waterproof up to 40 feet… Read more ›
Very fast start time has gotten me shots that I used to miss with my old point and shoot. Menus are easy to understand and quick to navigate. Read more ›
Quick camera speed (click the button and the photo is taken). Menu is really easy to navigate. Read more ›
You will not go wrong with it. Photos are near perfect for my older eyes and controls are intuitive. Read more ›
Works great in all conditions. Easy to operate. Will be taking on vacation to the beach soon. Read more ›
The camera sports a huge…(The newer TS4 does not have as many choices of scene modes) Moreover, I found the camera quite intuitive and easy to use once you get to know it. Read more ›
It is very quick to use: boots from off to on very fast, plus it has a picture button and a separate movie record button which makes things really easy esp under water when… Read more ›
Love this camera, takes awesome pictures, is tough as hell and easy to use. Would recommend it to any outdoors person. Read more ›
We followed all the guidelines for rinsing after using in saltwater and pool water and…I don't find it quite as easy to use as our other camera, but my husband likes it. Read more ›
It takes great pictures and is easy to manage from both the…Seriously recommend this product to anyone in need of a good, easy to use and durable point and click camera. Read more ›
Color makes it easy to find Rechargeable battery is great and lasts for lots of pictures 1080p video looks awesome Read more ›
Fantastic photos, clear, and many photo functions, but turn on GPS and/or Altimeter, and battery is good for less than an hour. Nice functions, but power consumption is high. Read more ›
I do reccomend a 2nd battery. While the battery life was decent, it is always nice to have a back up. I got this one. Read more ›
I pulled the battery and put it in the charger. It indicated the battery was fully charged and didn't do more. After using the USB cable to charge the battery it became… Read more ›
--Outdoor pics are great. --battery life is good. --seems solid enough. Read more ›
The photos are clear and the option of having GPS information on each photo is a benefit in our line of work. The camera is easy to use and the battery life is very good. We… Read more ›
GOOD…I chose this qualification and I am very happy with the camera I received the blue color is spectacular, the one I liked is that it is VERY RESISTANT CAMERA .. has… Read more ›
My friends and I love the day time photos I took with this camera while traveling in Europe…The clarity and color representation are excellent and it was a breeze to use. Read more ›
Images from the camera are excellent. Colors are great. Read more ›
Says its really…He takes it fishing and the red color is easy to find against the white boat interior, and when fish is caught, taking the picture is a quick no brainer. Read more ›
I had no issues with leakage or clouding. I thought the details and the colors were excellent and definitely worth the purchase. The camera is user friendly with buttons… Read more ›
I see lots of other folks with it, so I'm not alone in that opinion. Nice options, good color quality. It took some doing to find how to put the shutter speed on unlimited… Read more ›
It also has several different…All in all, for the price, it is an excellent ruggedized camera that performs as the manufacturer claims it does- at least in my experience. Read more ›
i also have a ts2 both cameras are awesome, a little pricey but cheaper than replacing water or drop damaged cameras, picture quality is pretty good too for these little… Read more ›
This Camera meets and exceeds very thing in a small HD camera for a person should be looking for at a great price. I would buy another Panasonic Lumix DMC - TS3 12.1 MP… Read more ›
Thanks Amazon, the product arrive yesterday, It is a very good Camera and is the best price that I found. Read more ›
This is a great camera, and for a great price too! I just got it a little while ago, and have been able to test it out a few times. Read more ›
If you're looking for a camera that is durable, versatile, and takes great pictures this is it. It's well worth the price. Read more ›
This is a great little camera, with very high,…Battery life is far better than my previous waterproof digital; and the zoom works well, as does the macro (and macro zoom!). Read more ›
For everything else, the camera was fantastic. The zoom works great, as does image stabilization. At the recommendation of other reviewers, I bought a second battery, but I… Read more ›
For a waterproof camera it's a very reasonable…The zoom is decent for a point-and-shoot, and it was able to take pretty good shots of surfing while standing on the shore. Read more ›
The lens has a nice wide end but doesn't zoom too far. I hate digital zoom and refuse to use it but the Extra Optical Zoom feature is nice and looked good. If you use any… Read more ›
The same can't be said from the microphone, this has not survived the scuba diving…Picture quality is reasonable, optical zoom range is limited by the waterproof casing. Read more ›
Video is awesome. Not good for zooming in obviously, so don't go bird watching. But if you're a hiker, trail runner or outdoors-er, this camera is great! Read more ›
Power button and shutter button can be mistaken for each other. Video record button is a nice shortcut. Somehow this doesn't get mistaken for power or shutter. Read more ›
2. Underwater performance is good. 3. Simple to operate and all required buttons are at ideal positions 4. Batter last very long. Read more ›
The camera has a good solid feel. The buttons are clearly marked and well placed. Every time you turn it on, there is a warning regarding the door lock to keep the camera… Read more ›
The quick menus are something I am getting used to (they were not on the TS2) but though limited on what you are 'allowed' to adjust there (As opposed to going in to the in… Read more ›
Plenty of different scene modes to chose from to give you the best quality photographs for every occasion. Buttons are easy to navigate, even in the water. It's durability… Read more ›
The design makes it easy and comfortable to hold while feeling solid, leaving me with a…The buttons are easy to use, and I found the dedicated video button a nice touch. Read more ›
I do not expect this camera to produce pictures as sharply or with color accuracy of my more expensive panasonic digital camera but those that I looked at on the lcd screen… Read more ›
If you are expecting the tiny gps sensor…The GPS data on the display screen is a nice bonus but again, don't fool yourself into expecting dedicated gps device performance. Read more ›
(The HDMI cable is not). 2. When transferring pictures via the USB cable to a computer, the full display on the camera is lit up completely white. This uses a GREAT DEAL of… Read more ›
[[VIDEOID:moFXYNZE97EHDG]]I've added a video of some…These videos play full screen on my 24" monitor with great clarity - they are of course reduced definition for the web. Read more ›
5) Battery life while snorkeling with the GPS OFF was great - I often got a few hours. 6) good view screen Read more ›
Battery life without flash was amazing. I easily got ~700 shots a day, and never even got a low battery warning. Read more ›
Picture quality suffers greatly when you zoom but for panorama or macros, it did just fine. Pretty good indoor flash. Read more ›
Love this camera's photo speed. Can take shots relatively quick even with flash. Video is exceptional with sound under water. Read more ›
It turns on quickly. It has a very powerful flash; seems to be able to light up a room. I've played with the burst function and it works really well; it will be great for… Read more ›
The night handheld shot works great, no flash and no blurry pictures. Also the one minute exposure captured some really cool night shots. Read more ›
The quality of the photos is great during the day, and it will take pictures fast enough to capture my 2 year old's split second smile. But I don't like the flash. In a… Read more ›
I needed a camera I did not have to worry about breaking or drowning. This is the perfect fit. It has been 2 years and it still works great with no issues. Read more ›
I found a nice, perfect fitting, shock-protective silicone jacket for the camera, which significantly helps protect the camera. Bought here on Amazon, LINK: Read more ›
I narrowed my…I wanted to love the Canon D10, since it seems to be the overwhelming fan favorite, but I ultimately decided that it wasn't going to be a good fit for me. T… Read more ›
I narrowed my…I wanted to love the Canon D10, since it seems to be the overwhelming fan favorite, but I ultimately decided that it wasn't going to be a good fit for me. T… Read more ›
Not wanting to get bit again, I also bought this Lewis N. Clark Waterproof Multi Purpose Pouch for double safety and found it to work great and it is a… Read more ›
Speaking of cases I also picked up a Lowepro Rezo 30 compact case which fits the TS3 perfectly, and is very well built with an extra pocket that holds… Read more ›

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213 of 216 people found the following review helpful By Vincent M. Gonzalez on April 12, 2011
Color Name: RedSize Name: One Size Verified Purchase
I am a serious photographer and I usually shoot with a pro Nikon camera. I purchased this camera because I did not want to expose my pro Nikon to the elements, and this camera is wonderful for that purpose.

I have added some sample shots for you to judge the quality for yourself. I have to agree with other reviews that the GPS function is ok at best. I have found that I need to be in clear view of the sky for the GPS to find the current location. I have noticed that while the GPS is searching, it really uses lots of battery power. I now geotag a few photos and then turn off the GPS to save on battery power.

In strong light, the camera sensor washes out some images... I would like to see a feature to allow for strong backlight as well.

It is very easy to put your finger in front of the lens by mistake.

If you use a Mac, the AVCHD (30 min recording at a time) mode does not play, I have to A) convert the file or B) set the camera to HD (10 min recording at a time) mode.

I have dropped the camera from 5 feet or so into the sand where it was 75% buried, I found that I needed to rinse the camera off under running water to get all the sand out before I opened the door. No damage or issues with this.

I have operated the camera in 20 degree weather for hours with no issues.

I have operated the camera in 90 degree weather for hours with no issues.

I love that I can simply push a button to start and stop the recording process.

If you have some basic knowledge of photography, you will be able to use all of the different available settings to your benefit. If you simply want to point and shoot, keep the camera in the iA mode and this will work out fine for you.
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271 of 278 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 30, 2011
Color Name: BlueSize Name: One Size
This camera has exceed my expectations in every way. I've had the opportunity to use in the rain, the sea and in a pool. The image quality is far superior than I imaged, especially underwater. The HD video is very good both above and below water. The unit seems sturdy based on the abundant amount of metal use on the body. I wouldn't be worried if I drop it.

Why did I buy this? Well for one an upcoming Caribbean vacation, reviews and specifications. I plan to take video of Stingrays and turtles soon. Originally I purchased a Pentax WG-1 which really had terrible HD video and image stabilization on land. Admittedly, I am extremely picky about HD video quality (I do videos) and the Pentax just didn't cut it for me. So I returned it and obtained this unit. Glad I did.

Photos and video taken with the Ts3 underwater are sharp + balanced. The water tight seal seems adequate and did not fail after three hours in the pool and several excursions in the sea. The pictures taken on land are very good and appear 85% as good as a DSLR (this will never replace a DSLR). I enjoy using it and what appeals the most is that I can get it wet and not worry. I can accidentally drop it and not worry. Plus I can slip this camera in my pocket- its portable.

Things to know about this camera:
1) Don't expect to record your cannonball jump into the pool. The units water tight seals are not meant for impact in the water. Don't put it into rushing water like a creek or massive wave.
2) Sand- a sand grain got wedged into my shutter button and made the camera act as if it was attempting to focus all of the time (this made the other buttons on the camera useless). The camera comes with a little brush and I used it to take the sand out.
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143 of 144 people found the following review helpful By SAvery on May 1, 2011
Color Name: OrangeSize Name: One Size
I purchased this camera as an upgrade from my Fuji xp10. I also bought an xp30 and the Panasonic consistently blows it away.

GPS: First sat aquisition takes a while, that is to be expected. After than in clear view (no trees, etc) I have gotten quick consistent signals in Hawaii and decent signals in Washington. Hawaii is much better as would be expected because there are more available sat's the closer to the equator. If you are expecting performance on par with your Garmin device, you will be disappointed. If you are expecting the tiny gps sensor to work under most reasonable circumstances, then you will be pleased. The GPS data on the display screen is a nice bonus but again, don't fool yourself into expecting dedicated gps device performance.

Underwater camera: I've snorkeled in 75 degree salt water for four days in a row for not less than 3 hours. In clear water the underwater pictures are amazing. I never got anything close to this quality out of the XP10 and it is a good camera. It completely blows the XP30 away. The full 1080 movies underwater are also excellent, though to be fair I've only watched them on the 720 laptop screen. The camera has gotten a rinse in fresh water after each ocean bath and plenty of time to air dry. So far very good. I can't say enough about how much better the images are from this device.

Battery: yet another custom sized battery and accompying charger. I'm not going to pick on companies for having a custom sized battery too much, but for my sanity, please just make the darn camera charge over a standard usb plug.
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