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5.0 out of 5 stars Worked well for me..., March 28, 2012
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This review is from: 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 - Red (Camera)
I recently purchased this camera to take on a trip to the Bahamas, as we were planning on snorkeling the reefs there. The camera worked very well for me. We took it snuba-diving (which I would highly recommend if you ever get the chance) and snorkeling to a depth of about 15-20 feet for a couple of hours. It took great underwater shots and was completely watertight. One thing, though... I did notice some vertical white lines on the LCD screen for brief moments while in a water park's lazy river, and actually sent the camera in for warranty service, thinking that it might be having a problem. The camera was determined to be in fine condition, and the repair technician sent a note stating that sun rays may produce the lines effect when pointed toward the sun. I will accept that this may have been the problem, as I did not notice any such issue when using the camera underwater or for routine picture-taking. I have recently learned that there is a silicone jacket available for this camera (actually recently discontinued, I understand) that I think will further add to the camera's durability, helping keep the battery/SD card compartment door switch from being tripped (I must confess that I did pay a good deal of attention to this switch when using it in the water, as this would be the main way for any internal water damage to occur, should the switch become tripped and allow the compartment door to open). The location of the battery/SD card compartment door is probably my biggest gripe about this camera, as it is located on the right side and falls underneath your right hand when holding the camera. My concern is that it could be tripped with even normal use, allowing internal water damage should the door seal become compromised during water use. This could be even further improved (in my opinion) by requiring a "double-lock" mechanism for the compartment door to minimize any such occurrence. I also recommend an extended warranty for such cameras (or any expensive electronic device, for that matter), such as can be purchased from SquareTrade. I have this coverage on cameras, netbooks, iPods, etc. It is very reasonably priced (much cheaper than through the product retailer) and usually provides better coverage. Finally, and most importantly, my wife really liked this camera, especially now that we have underwater pictures of us and our teenage sons by which to remember our trip.
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