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Panasonic Lumix TS20 16.1 MP TOUGH Waterproof Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom (Red)

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  • Waterproof
  • HD Video
  • 2.7" LCD
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Technical Details

Color: Red
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Built-in Flash
  • Image Stabilization
  • Waterproof

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Product Details

Color: Red
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 2.3 x 0.8 inches ; 4.3 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00728ZC4C
  • Item model number: DMC-TS20R
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (633 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,755 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 30, 2012

Product Description

Color: Red

From the Manufacturer


Panasonic LUMIX TS20 16.1 TOUGH Waterproof Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom, Shockproof, 14ºF Freezeproof, Dustproof & Mega O.I.S., Red


A Stylish Exterior and a Tough Interior Body Withstands your Adventures
Dust Proof, Shock Proof up to 2 m/6.6 ft, Water Proof 3 m/10 ft, Freeze Proof down to -10C/14F

Flat and Slim, the TS20 LUMIX waterproof GPS digital camera shoots in style in any environment. Submerge up to 16ft for underwater fun or beach scenes. Shockproof from 5ft, the TS20 rugged camera lets you shoot with one hand while maintaining your balance. For your hiking or camping trips, the digital camera can withstand fine dust particles, reducing the chance for a malfunction. Simply wash off dirt, soil, and dust with water and you're ready to keep climbing. Shoot while skiing, snowboarding, or skating in temperatures as low as 14.

Outdoor Scenes & Shooting in Strong Sunlight
Intelligent Scene Selector

On the TS20 rugged camera, select the outdoor Scene Mode that best fits your day ahead (like Sports, Snow, Beach & Surf, and Underwater). And with a 2.7-inch LCD not only do you get wide-angle views, you get brightness adjustments in 11 steps and Anti-Reflective AR coating that minimizes glare for better visibility even under strong sunlight or locations with bright daylight.

Take a Picture and Record It in Full 1280p HD with 4.6x Zoom
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TS20D 16.1 MP Waterproof  GPS Digital CameraOn the water or at the campsite: Shoot and Record in Full HD with DOLBY Sound, MP4, and AVCHD.
Full HD 1920x1080p

The waterproof digital camera's Motion Picture button lets you record while taking photos without having to switch modes. Make videos in full HD 1,280 pixels in MP4. MEGA O.I.S. stabilizes images and corrects blur not only for your active shots while walking, swimming, or hiking, even your evening shots will also be. When the camera is in Active Mode, MEGA O.I.S. counters blur by stabilizing images against blur while you record movies or videos for optimal clarity. This is especially useful while walking, hiking, or shooting underwater. Panasonic digital cameras use a technologically advanced optical system where the image is not electronically processed resulting in minimal degradation and higher quality.

Zoom Intelligence. Wide-Angles. Minimized Shake. Folded Optics Technology.
Mega O.I.S.

The 16.1-megapixel high-resolution DMC-TS20 waterproof digital camera features a 25mm wide-angle lens with 4x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 25-100mm). The 25mm ultra wide-angle lens has about twice the shooting area as a standard 35mm lens. Use the digital Intelligent Zoom function to extend your reach to 8x as you record that rock that turns out to be a sea turtle. And with Intelligent Resolution technology, the waterproof digital camera preserves the image quality of your underwater or outdoor scenes as naturally clear shots emerge. MEGA O.I.S. stabilizes your underwater footage and reduces blur. And the Venus Engine revs up the high-speed processing so you won’t miss the action.

Shoot like a Pro with these Professional-Grade Control Features on the TS20 Digital Camera
Venus Engine

The 16.1-megapixel CCD Sensor with its 2-channel signal output structure boasts higher signal transfer speed for the active moments you need to capture that require high performance and fast processing like continuous shooting of the dolphins dancing across the ocean. Image quality is bettered with condensing light thanks to increased lens sensitivity. The CCD sensor and the Intelligent Noise Reduction system in the Venus Engine adjusts photos and videos taken in sensitive areas and creates clear, crisp imagery. You also get quick start-up time with Sonic Speed AF so you can follow sea lions with AF Tracking.

Shooting and Playback Options Tell Your Photographic Story
Panorama Assist Mode

If you want to capture wild animals while they hunting and gathering, prep the TS20 Time Lapse feature to shoot the action over time. For fun, apply Miniature Effect and turn your shots of big fish into tiny fish. A Panorama Shot feature, on the TS20 waterproof digital camera, lets you shoot a 360º view scene. When you playback, use Auto Retouch to adjust the contrast and brightness as you recreate your shot with the touch of a button (great for lightening images taken on a beach at dusk). And in Handheld Night Shot, generate a beautifully illuminated night scene.

An Easy to Use Digital Camera Because the Camera Does the Work For You
iA

In iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode, the camera does all the work, leaving you free to compose shots and record videos. In iA Plus Mode, you have a range of creative settings from Motion Deblur to Scene Detection to Face Detection. The Intelligent Scene Selector senses your environment, automatically selecting the right Scene like Sunset. With Happy Mode, optimize color for brilliant stills. Intelligent Exposure corrects backlighting issues reproducing its natural likeness. And with a 2.7-inch LCD not only do you get wide-angle views, you get brightness adjustments in 11 steps and Anti-Reflective AR coating that minimizes glare for better visibility even outdoors.

A LUMIX Camera that Makes Sharing Your Photos With Your Social Media Circles Easy
LUMIX Link

With the LUMIX TS20 waterproof digital camera, upload photos and videos instantly to Facebook and videos to YouTube. Photos or videos recorded in AVCHD on the SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards are easy to view on a Panasonic VIERA TV. The PHOTOfunSTUDIO 8.1 AE makes it possible to sort and organize new photos and videos and those stored on your computer. You can also enjoy making slideshows using varying effects as well as your iTunes library for background music.

Accessorize Away with these Great Panasonic Camera Products
16GB Memory Card RP-SDU16GU1K16GB Memory Card RP-SDU16GU1K
16GB SD card with intelligent data security, content/media write protection switch, power fail protection and smart data writing
Battery DMW-BCK7Battery DMW-BCK7
Back Up Lithium-Ion Battery for select Panasonic Lumix Digital Cameras.
Replacement HDMI Mini Cable RP-CHEM15-KReplacement HDMI Mini Cable RP-CHEM15-K
Replacement high speed HDMI Mini cable with ethernet 4.9ft long, transmits HD digital video up to 1080p resolution in 16-bit color

Panasonic Point and Shoot Camera Comparison Chart
Dimensions (W x H x D)
101.0 x 58.3 x 19.2 mm / (3.98 x 2.30 x 0.76 inch)
101.0 x 58.3 x 19.2 mm / (3.98 x 2.30 x 0.76 inch)
Camera Effective Pixels
12.1 Megapixels
16.1 Megapixels
Optical Zoom
4.6x
4.0x
Focal Length
f=4.9 - 22.8mm (28 - 128mm in 35mm equiv.) / (30 - 140mm in 35mm equiv. in video recording)
f=4.5 - 18.0mm (25 - 100mm in 35mm equiv.) / (29 - 108mm in 35mm equiv. in movie recording)
Lens
LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR / 10 elements in 8 groups / (5 Aspherical Lenses / 6 Aspherical surfaces / 1 ED Lens)
LUMIX DC VARIO / 11 elements in 10 groups / (5 Aspherical Lenses / 9 Aspherical surfaces / 1 ED Lens)
Optical Image Stabilizer
Power O.I.S. (On with Active Mode (only for motion picture) / Off)
MEGA O.I.S. (On with Active Mode (only for motion picture) / Off)
Focusing Area
Normal: Wide / Tele 30 cm - infinity / Macro / Intelligent AUTO / motion picture: Wide 5 cm - infinity / Tele 30cm - infinity
Normal: Wide 50 cm - infinity / Tele 100cm - infinity / Macro / Intelligent AUTO/ motion picture: Wide 5 cm - infinity / Tele 100cm - infinity
Mode Dial / Mode Button
Intelligent AUTO, P, M, Sports, Snow, Miniature Effect, Beach & Snorkeling, Underwater, SCN, 3D Photo
Intelligent AUTO, Normal Picture, Sports, Snow, Beach & Surf, Underwater, Miniature Effect, SCN
Still Image Scene Mode
Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Panorama Shot, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Handheld Night Shot, Food, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Glass Through
Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Panorama Shot, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Glass Through
Continuous Shooting Mode
Full-Resolution Image, 3.7 frames/sec Max. 6 images / High-speed Burst Mode: approx. 10 frames/sec / (recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9, 2.5M for 1:1) , Max. 100 images / Time Lapse Shot
Full-Resolution Image, approx. 1.3 frames/sec / High-speed Burst Mode: approx. 8 frames/sec / (recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9, 2.5M for 1:1) Max. 80 images
Motion Picture Recording
[HD Video] 1920 x 1080 pixels, 60i (GFS: 17Mbps, FSH: 17Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor output is 30p) / 1280 x 720 pixels, 60p (GS: 17Mbps, SH: 17Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor output is 30p) / 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps (FHD: 20Mbps / MP4) / 1280 x 720 pixels, 30 fps (HD: 10Mbps / MP4) / [STD VIdeo] 640 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (VGA: 4Mbps / MP4)
[HD Video] 1280 x 720 pixels, 30 fps (HD: 10Mbps / MP4) / [STD Video] 640 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (VGA: 4Mbps / MP4)
Still Picture Recording
[1:1] 2992 x 2992 (9M) / 2448 x 2448 (6M EZ) / 1920 x 1920 (3.5M EZ) / 1536 x 1536 (2.5M EZ) / 480 x 480 (0.2M EZ) / [4:3] 4000 x 3000 (12M) / 3264 x 2448 (8M EZ) / 2560 x 1920 (5M EZ)/ 2048 x 1536 (3M EZ) / 1600 x 1200 (2M EZ) / 640 x 480 (0.3M EZ) / [3:2]4000 x 2672 (10.5M) / 3264 x 2176 (7M EZ) / 2560 x 1712 (4.5M EZ)/ 2048 x 1360 (2.5M EZ) / 640 x 424 (0.3M EZ) / [16:9] 4000 x 2248 (9M) / 3264 x 1840 (6M EZ) / 2560 x 1440 (3.5M EZ) / 1920 x 1080 (2M EZ) / 640 x 360 (0.2M EZ)
[1:1] 3456 x 3456 (12M) / [4:3] 4608 x 3456 (16M) / 3648 x 2736 (10M EZ) / 2560 x 1920 (5M EZ) / 2048 x 1536 (3M EZ) / 640 x 480 (0.3M EZ) / [3:2] 4608 x 3072 (14M) / [16:9] 4608 x 2592 (12M)
Digital Red Eye Correction (Red-Eye Removal)
Yes
Yes
GPS
Yes
n/a

Product Description

DCAM Lumix 16.1MP Waterproof Black The Panasonic LUMIX TS20 digital camera, which features a rugged design allowing for it to be waterproof to approximately 16 feet (5 meters), shockproof to approximately 5 feet (1.5 meters), dustproof and freezeproof to temperatures as low as 14 F. The LUMIX TS20 (16.1-megapixel) features a flat and slim profile with a 25mm ultra-wide-angle lens and a 4x optical

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Really, really happy with this camera. We got it to take photos of our son underwater and the image capture is amazing - crystal clear. It's a fantastic camera; regular or… Read more ›
No problems. The quality of the images was fairly good if you remembered to wipe off the muddy water. This winter of 2014 I took it to Hawaii and took it out in the light… Read more ›
I understand that this is not a $1600 camera, but with today's advances in digital cameras, you think you could at least get picture quality that is as good, if not better,… Read more ›
I have had this camera around the world and back, it takes a licking and keeps on ticking as the old slogan goes, I bought it as a back up camera, The pictures are not… Read more ›
Good Underwater camera. Out of water pictures are good not great. I have a Canon SLR, so I might be biased. Read more ›
The underwater option works great and don't mind our daughter using it to take fun pics at the pool and beach, The pic quality is pretty good, but we found some tweaking… Read more ›
We never even tested it out at home before we left. Just as easy to use as you would expect. Out of water shots were just as clear as underwater shots. Read more ›
Took this camera particularly to use for "cave tubing" on rivers through mountain caves in Belize, Central America, as well as for use Snorkeling out in the Gulf of… Read more ›
This little camera is super easy to use and the display is large enough to see pretty clearly underwater. We took it diving off the Mexican coast and got great pics. Read more ›
Only have used it is saltwater and snorkeling and it worked great. Awesome quality of shots and easy to use while swimming. Read more ›
I bought this for my boyfriend, a whitewater kayaker and raft…He thinks the interface is a bit difficult to use, but good for basic use, and it's definitely waterproof! Read more ›
I haven't used any of the other features yet other than the Panorama function. Which was easy to use. I only gave it 4 stars because I haven't tried it underwater. Read more ›
I bought this for my husband and he loves it. The video feature is easy to use. It takes very clear pictures. Read more ›
It takes great out of water shots. Video mode is easy to use. Didn't like the fogging of the lenses a full night after using it under water. Read more ›
We charged it a couple of times and download pictures from it without a problem. Pictures and videos were clear. I'm sold on this camera. Read more ›
I bought this camera for a trip to the…It's compact and easy to use, takes pretty good photos and videos and works well in its waterproof capacity completely submerged. I… Read more ›
I was pleasantly surprised after I returned home and downloaded the pics and videos to my computer. The videos are excellent in hd, puts my old canon to shame. The pictures… Read more ›
Took it to the beach and it shot very clear and bright photos underwater. The video was very clear underwater as well. I was surprised how nice the shots was above water… Read more ›
This was on offer, saving about $50.00. Price is reasonable even without discount. I would definitely buy again. Read more ›
Easy to use. And the price was great! Can't beat all the qualities for a waterproof camera. Read more ›
So this survived Hawaii in both fresh and…The picture quality is what you would expect from such a small lens/sensor but for the price, this is a great waterproof camera. Read more ›
I did purchase the extended warranty. The price was very good though. Read more ›
This camera was just what I wanted for vacation pix. The Amazon price was great. It is safe around the pool and ocean and takes better than average pix almost anywhere. Read more ›
Overall very satisfied and comparable to my other three Pana/Lumix cameras, specs to price ratio is very good but would have serious reservations if the price were greater… Read more ›
A few drops of leakage, but they stayed in the gasket, and never a problem. It's easy to use, the menus are simple, ample buttons and sizes. The only downside is the volume… Read more ›
I think that this camera works fine i like how it has the safety lock door for the battery and the SD memory It has good focusing and the settings work very well. The… Read more ›
Overall, it's a decent camera, and I will be using…The features are pretty cool, although I don't understand the need for TWO baby settings (I'm also not a mother, though). Read more ›
I love it can put it in your pocket and take it any where.warns you if not sealed so you know it's ok to get it wet. Settings are easy to use. I love it. Read more ›
We spent a lot of time taking pictures underwater and they came out great. The settings are easy to learn and to change back and forth between. Here are the big pros in my… Read more ›
4. It is waterproof and takes decent underwater photos. 5. Panoramic mode is neat and stitches the pictures together for you Read more ›
Be careful of the rubber seal around the battery compartment - keep it free of debris. ---Battery life was pretty good. We bought an extra battery (Wasabi Power Battery,… Read more ›
Everything…At first we hoped that maybe the battery was just dead, but when we got back to the place we were staying, the charger acted as if the battery was fully charged. Read more ›
I used it during my Hawaii vacation. Both underwater performance and battery life are good enough. 2 things need to be improved, one is the setting of video taping button,… Read more ›
Looking forward to that not being an issue on this trip!! Battery life was decent. I bought an extra battery and SD card so that I wouldn't have an issue with letting it… Read more ›
Made sure battery door was perfectly clean and took it out snorkeling in St. Thomas and never took it deeper then 8ft and didn't have it in the water for longer then 30… Read more ›
Can't wait to take it snorkeling! Battery life was awesome! Went all day on one charge, taking at least 150 shots over about 8 hours. Read more ›
I cannot tell anyone how much I love this little camera and I have countless friends who bought it…The zoon is fabulous for a pocket camera and the color is really nice. Read more ›
Got some pictures of sea turtles way underwater and…The orange color is great because I can always find it really quickly in my bag among all the other black electronics. Read more ›
but it's all good. The colors were nice as well. I took it snorkeling at a couple shipwrecks and dove down at least 9-10ft with it, and it continued to work at that depth… Read more ›
I really like it, because it provides me to take unforgettable pictures that are great and unussual one, it in fact take pictures into water and it is anti falls,also in… Read more ›
Nice camera for the money. Haven't had it long, but so far we are happy with the camera. the color is nice too! Read more ›
Works great under…I took it to the beach and underwater images are beatiful, nice colors, and it even has an internal memory in case you forget the memory card as I did :) Read more ›
My daughter dropped it on a wooden floor from 3 feet high and the camera stopped working. Quality of lens and zoom is not great. Needs improvement. Read more ›
He was able to swim down about 10-15 Meters and it didn't effect the camera one bit! The zoom works well under water as well. Cleaned up nicely too, not to much maintenance… Read more ›
Our first foray foray into the water (pool) went off without a hitch. Great images, easy to use event the zoom was easy underwater. I took movies and about 50 pictures and… Read more ›
I followed the care directions and I think this camera is going to last for many more…I got some fantastic, clear shots of marine life and the zoom was great too! The… Read more ›
Not quite as good as my Panasonic Lumix ZS5, but much better than a…The zoom is only good enough for framing a picture, but again, more zoom than the throwaways I've used. Read more ›
I love that it is waterproof and can take pictures under water. The picture quality is very good and can zoom pretty far. It is also a good price. Read more ›
It takes minimal time to power on and snap a picture so you won't miss the quick shots you…The size is perfect, fits nicely into jeans pockets, and pretty much anywhere. Read more ›
Beats the Go-Pro in my book. Smaller, great resolution, small size, great battery life, and no extra case for waterproofing. Read more ›
She was very happy on our vacation taking pictures at the beach, the pool and on long hikes. Quality of pictures is good and the compact size of the camera is great. Read more ›
This camera is a great size and the fact that it is waterproof, dust proof, and freeze proof is super handy. It would be better if it used regular batteries instead of a… Read more ›
I bought this camera both for its compact size and its tough, waterproof casing. The idea was to have as easily accessible camera to use while hiking and kayaking. Read more ›
The ability to go under water is a nice addition besides the super compact size. Its body is super small and metal, what is excellent compared to so many plastic ones around. Read more ›
I thought this camera would work great to carry along in my pocket and take slightly zoomed in pictures of kayakers surfing, since the GoPro is too wide. Turns out the… Read more ›
I would definitely recommend this to anyone. It is small, easy to carry, easy to use, and takes great pictures. I have yet to figure out how to take pictures under water… Read more ›
I read that most people now tend to use the…We enjoy bringing an easy to carry camera that we take with us to the beach and into the water...plus on future vacations. T… Read more ›
This camera is nicely packages for easy carry. The controls are simple and the performance is very good. Read more ›
It has a nice little 5X optical zoom, a battery that holds lots of picture juice, can take HD films, and has a bunch…It's light, easy to carry, easy to use and priced well. Read more ›
It's also much easier to carry around than my larger DSL camera. Read more ›
Tips: 1) Keep your camera wrapped…A lens that has been cooled for hours and brought out into a warm moist tropical environment is going to fog up (just like sun glasses). Read more ›
In flash pictures I get a lot of snow and artifacts. I guess this all has to do with it being waterproof so it has a solid glass lens cover which gives optical problems. Read more ›
Of course the camera takes video under water as well. It has a great zoom lens and takes very clear photos. The only issue was that sometimes consecutive pics would have a… Read more ›
It had to be…Occasionally there would be a water spot on the lens that would create a blurry spot in pictures, but this was easily fixed by wiping the water drop away. W… Read more ›
I do have to say that some photos came out smudgy only because it was hard to clear out the lens from all the mud and I was so dirty and muddy that wiping it off on me… Read more ›
We dropped it once in the ocean but the orange camera color made for easy rediscovery. Nice wide lens for close shots. The 4x optical zoom was not a limitation because… Read more ›
W…I didn't notice until the evening when I took it out to take some shots and the screen looked funny, like there was too much light and the top of the screen was all bright. Read more ›
After I was done, I got to the shore and I wanted to see the awesome…I tried again at home but no luck, and it seems water good into the screen (I can see condensation). Read more ›
We took it to the beach and on a caving tour we did. It worked really well and the screen always prompts you to double check the camera is locked, for the water settings. We… Read more ›
The pic quality is horrible. Although pics looked good on the LCD screen, once I uploaded them they were washed out, blurry, etc. The underwater pics were a hit or a miss. Read more ›
Pro: nice size, good display screen, sturdy feel Con: rarely took a sharp picture, refused to focus at times Read more ›
I took a lot of pictures with this camera on vacation. It slid into a pocket easily, had a bright screen, and didn't attract attention so I got a lot of candid shots. The… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

448 of 458 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca on May 13, 2012
Color Name: Blue
I have had this camera for about five months and I absolutely love it. I wanted a waterproof camera so I wouldn't have to worry about ruining it in rain, snow, dirt, or anything else I throw at it.

Here are some my favorite things about this camera:
-It has a really fast shutter speed so it captures subjects in motion without blur.
-It has a burst function that takes lots of pictures in a row, and so far they have come out incredible. I recently went cliff jumping and got some really good progressive shots of people falling in the air.
-The camera has really good speakers when playing back video.
-Picture quality is fantastic for a point and shoot, both inside and out. Some pictures taken in darker rooms turn out grainy, but that has happened with all my other cameras in the past.
-The wrist strap is adjustable so it can be securely fit to your wrist while in the water.
-The interface is really quick and easy to use.
-The camera turns on incredibly fast so it's good for spur of the moment photo-ops.
-You don't have to change settings between photo and video, you just push a different button for video to start recording. This is really nice because on my previous camera I often forgot to switch it back to photo mode and would take videos instead of pictres.

All in all I love this camera. I don't have any complaints about it yet and I would definitely recommend it! I would also recommend buying a spare battery. The charge holds pretty well but if you are using it a lot in a day it's better to be safe and have a spare just in case. Wouldn't want to miss any great opportunities for a picture!

TO ADD ON:
I recently had my camera at the beach and someone dropped it in the sand.
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74 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on August 5, 2012
Color Name: Orange Verified Purchase
I got this camera a few months ago after researching waterproof digital cameras and reviews extensively. The price has come down a bit from what I paid, but it was worth every penny. My camera has been in the water in San Diego, Cabo San Lucas, and Maui. It has survived in my boardshorts pocket while:
Surfing - heard it knock against my board multiple times
body surfing
swimming in river
jumping off 20 ft waterfall
Have taken video underwater with good quality. This camera is great. Hopefully it will last longer than my previous waterproof cam that was by a different manufacturer, but I didn't properly care for that one. I've been more committed to using the suggested maintenance procedures when using this one, like soaking it in a bowl of water after having it in salt water and keeping the seal clean with the brush they provide. The pictures are sharp and defined - high quality.
In 7 days in Cabo I didn't have to recharge the battery once. I expect this camera to last for years.
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242 of 279 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Burokas on May 29, 2012
Color Name: Orange Verified Purchase
I have to admit, that I wanted to like this camera. It was to replace my old and now, not working, Olympus SW720- a precursor to the "tough" cameras. That camera went through a lot and kept working, till the screen went white for no apparent reason, but I digress...

This camera is thin & light. It has a 4x zoom (longer than my old cam). It shoots HD video (not SD like my old cam). It doesn't have a lens cover to jam up on sand, like my old cam. More resolution. Panny's "intelligent resolution" to ensure sharper looking images and "intelligent exposure" to brighten some darker areas. I looked forward to using it.

But the image quality was not up to what I expected. Even bright daylight photos, with a forced flash to fill dark detail, when you look at the photos at 100%- the images just get muddy and undefined, they lack the detail I'd expect. In darker situations, image quality deteriorates pretty quickly. I tried forcing the ISO to 100. I tried letting the camera pick everything. I tried dropping the frame size in case it was "interpolating" to a higher resolution. Nothing helped. At best, some images are "nice" but none are great. Some suck. Several wee missed because the camera wasn't focused. I mean- on the beach, there's my boy, and the whole shot is out of focus. What did it focus on? I have no idea.

The video is rough and heavily compressed. Audio is "eh." Audio in my old camera was bad too. I guess that's the nature of being an underwater camera. But why is the microphone on TOP of the camera when the lens is capturing something in FRONT of the camera.
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127 of 148 people found the following review helpful By Kiael Long on April 21, 2012
Color Name: Orange Verified Purchase
I bought the Panasonic TS20 digital camera for my trip and was very pleased! The camera is made of mostly metal and feels very solid and durable. It is very compact and fits in my pocket without a problem, a big plus+ for traveling and wanting to avoid carrying a big camera. Also, having this camera made me feel more comfortable about not scratching or damaging it because it is made to be handled without the 'white glove' treatment. I'll get to the main point of having this camera; it does take really nice pictures -- outdoors / indoor and with good light. Night time pictures can be a bit tricky and you will have to play with the scene settings. Just like MOST small compact cameras, their strong points are NOT taking pictures in low-light situations. Don't forget, this camera is waterproof and can take picture / video under water. I haven't tried this feature, yet. Will this camera replace a DSLR or micro 4/3 camera? Not quite. It will be a great in taking quick snapshots when you want to go out and not worry about carrying an expensive camera/equipment. For example, going out for dinner with your wife/husband and/or friends.... IMHO you really don't want to be carrying any big camera ( I have a micro 4/3 camera and I think it is sometimes a bit big to carry in certain situations). Did I mention that it fits easily in your pocket? If you are looking for professional photos, this will not meet your needs. If you are looking for a rugged, all-around fun, waterproof and durable camera that takes great pictures, the Panasonic TS20 will fit your needs... especially at a reasonable price. Highly recommended!
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