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Panasonic Lumix TS4 12.1 TOUGH Waterproof Digital Camera with 4.6x Optical Zoom (Silver)
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 12.1 Megapixel Compact Camera - Silver - 2.7" LCD - 4.6x Optical Zoom - Optical (IS) - 4000 x 3000 Image - 1920 x 1080 Video - HDMI - PictBridge - HD Movie Mode
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Panasonic LUMIX TS4S 12.1 TOUGH Waterproof Digital Camera with 4.6x Optical Zoom, Shockproof, 14F Freezeproof, Dustproof & GPS Function with Altimeter - Silver
A Waterproof GPS Digital Camera with a Tough Body and Rugged Design for Extreme Moments (Water-Shock-Freeze-and-Dustproof)
With the Panasonic LUMIX TS4S waterproof GPS digital camera, submerge stress-free as deep as 40ft as you swim along tropical fish to capture vivid shots of coral reefs or fish families. Use the waterproof camera to shoot underwater in the pool or on the beach. Shockproof from a height of up to 6.6ft you can shoot with one hand while maintaining your balance. For your hiking or camping, the TS4S digital camera withstands fine dust particles, eliminating worry and reducing the chance of a malfunction. Simply wash off dirt, soil, and dust with water and you're ready to keep climbing. Shoot while skiing, snowboarding, or skating, the TS4S laughs off freezing cold temperatures as low 14ºF.
Mark Your Terrain with Quad Indicator, GPS, and Altimeter Log
Specially designed for active outdoor use, the Quad Indicator with GPS, compass, altimeter and barometer show and record altitude, barometric pressure, and orientation data. The built-in GPS function, on the TS4S digital camera, displays real-time area information covering 203 countries or regions as well as landmark information for over a million locations in 82 countries/regions. The compass guides you on your way with maps as you trek and stop to shoot. Enjoying a mountain hike or climb? The altimeter comes in handy as it records locations and heights along your route. Finally, the depth indicator lets you switch between ch and underwater conditions, seamlessly organizing all of your diving shots.
Take a Picture and Record It in Full 1080/60p HD with 4.6x Zoom with the LUMIX TS4S Waterproof GPS Digital Camera
The waterproof GPS camera's Motion Picture button lets you record while taking photos without having to switch modes. Make videos in full HD 1,920x1,080 60p in both AVCHD Progressive and MP4 formats. POWER O.I.S. with Active Mode stabilizes images and corrects blur which will assure your active shots while walking, swimming, or hiking will be stable. The Wind Cut function cancels background noise in windy locales or even underwater. And LED light lets you capture memories even in dusky marine environments or as you roast marshmallows around a camp fire at nightfall. And for fun, add the Miniature Effect and playback your shots in diorama form, creating spectacular shots.
Zoom Intelligence. Wide-Angles. Minimized blur. Folded Optics Technology.
Featuring a high-quality LEICA DC camera lens with 4.6x optical zoom and a 28mm wide-angle view, the folded optics technology comprises 10 elements and a prism unit in 8 groups that delivers exceptional performance, clearing edges and maintaining a sharp focus. Use the digital Intelligent Zoom function to extend your reach to 9.3x as you record that rock that turns out to be a sea turtle. And with Intelligent Resolution technology, preserve the image quality of your underwater or outdoor scenes as naturally clear shots emerge with this rugged and waterproof camera. POWER 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 in the TS4S Waterproof GPS Digital Camera
The 12.1-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 on the TS4S digital camera. 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. And with AF Tracking, take pictures of grazing deer and your waterproof GPS camera will track them.
Fun Shooting and Playback Options To Tell Your Photographic Story
If you want to capture wild animals hunting and gathering for their newborns, then prep your camera and Time Lapse will shoot the action over time. For fun, apply Miniature Effect and turn your shots of big fish into tiny fish. The Panorama Shot feature on the TS4S 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. This is great for lightening images taken on a beach at dusk. And in Handheld Night Shot, generate a beautifully illuminated night scene. For ultimate fun photography, 3D Photo Mode synthesizes 3D composites.
An Easy to Use Digital Camera Because the Camera Does the Work For You
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
With the LUMIX TS4S GPS 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. Viewing images taken in the 3D Photo Mode via the 3D VIERA TV will offer an exciting experience. And 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. Add a title or comments or even tag family and friends with Face Recognition right on the camera.
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Go underwater to take stills or to record marine life. Exposure and colors are automatically optimized with special functions.
16GB SD card with intelligent data security, content/media write protection switch, power fail protection and smart data writing
Lithium-Ion Battery for select Panasonic LUMIX Digital Cameras.
Panasonic Waterproof Digital 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|
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)
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)
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)|
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The time lapse is also a marked bonus as well. I am a bit worried when leaving the camera in one spot for so long as it may be stolen, but so far I have made some amazing short films.
The overall picture quality seems to have improved as well.
The only MAJOR PROBLEM is that the manufacturer suggests that the watertight seals be replaced to maintain the water-proof integrity of the camera. They have not established what I consider a reasonable pricing structure for this maintenance procedure. To replace the seal you need to unscrew two screws on the door and replace the seal. Yet the service department for Panasonic now charges $180 plus shipping costs (both ways) to do this. I have spoken with the service department and they have assured me new pricing is being considered..so BEWARE!
One minor limitation I see with the camera is, beside the repair issue, the menu is a bit quirky and takes a little while to get used to. Another is to keep your finger off the lens, and keep your finger off the mike. If you cover the mike even a little while recording you will record both your subject but also the internal whizzing and other sounds of the camera.
I have included some of my shots in the customer images section of the product page.
5/8/2012 UPDATE.. Panasonic parts department says you can buy the "water packing" kit for about $32. Part number VUMG 1978.. call 1-800-833-9626 to buy this part. They say this is the part that needs to be replaced each year to keep the watertight integrity of the camera.
6/17/2012 UPDATE... I have just come back from a trip to Japan. A nice Panasonic repair person told me that the lens is prone to come loose and rattle when off. This is weird but normal so he says. The rattle stops when you power up the camera.
**I also discovered a neat feature of the panorama function. When you play back panorama pictures on the camera, when you push the up button, same as when you playback movies, on the camera it makes a movie out of the panorama. It is like you are there. Amazing!!
6/26/2012 UPDATE... Just spoke with Panasonic repair person in TX, USA and they have confirmed that they now charge only $50 to change all of the waterproof seals. (down from $180)
***be warned however, they said they will also look for other things to repair and if they find something the price for those repairs (not covered by any existing warranty) will be $180+.
**8/10/2012- NEW REPAIR POLICY. I just spoke with Panasonic repair person in TX again, a new policy has been initiated regarding ts models. They no longer will question camera leaks if under warranty. They told me, at least for now, that they will be replacing them with new, not refurbished, cameras of the same model and color. Good news!! It looks like Panasonic has listened to all the negative comments and decided to do something about it!!!
4/22/2012, this is followup for those who have doubts about this camera, after using it for 2 days in Moorea Tahiti, i could not be happier, it has done a great job on pictures and videos, the camera comes on within 1 second and ready for use, i have used it under water down to 12 meters (40 feet) not one leak into the door housing, the seal is great, i clean the camera under fresh water after every use, and when i open the door to change the battery i wipe the wetness from the seat. i rate this camera a 5 star. i will load a video and pictures when i have access to free internet. cheers
About a month after getting it, the screen started flashing often. Sometimes every few minutes (when in photo mode), sometimes every few seconds. The 'flashing' also resets the camera to ready to shoot mode, and happens almost instantly any time a menu is entered, meaning I can't even get in to do a reset of the camera to see if that helps. My best guess, and this is a guess, is that one of the buttons is being automatically pushed and causes the camera to drop everything and go back to the main screen.
I've searched for the possibility of doing a hard reset, but haven't found anything so far.
Camera has not been dropped, frozen or used in water (which is too bad, because kayaking was the long term plan for it).
Edit - 05/16/13
I eventually got the camera stable enough to dig and find the reset option. This did nothing. Still thinking it might be a button, I disassembled the entire thing (FYI two of the front screws are fake and never come out). I didn't see any notable damage to the PCBs, ribbon cables or internal connectors. I eventually noticed that the video out connector had some corrosion. Scrubbed that out with a stiff brush and some pure alcohol (not the common 30% water variety), and voila, camera works like normal. I went back with a tiny scalpel and made sure to clean up the pins well. Camera has worked fine since. I'm thinking that a drop of water got into the connector port causing the corrosion. The camera then saw some signal between pins and kept switching over to external video mode - which correlates with the 16:9 or 4:3 messages I would see flashed on the screen.
I'm confident enough that this was the complete problem and that it is fully fixed that that I gave it back to my girlfriend (it was hers) and bought a second one for myself.
I'll give it four stars now, because I suspect that it could have been designed to not have voltage on those pins when they are not in use, which is what made it susceptible to the corrosion, but also, I believe I did get water on the connector, which is completely my fault. Also, if video out were a manual setting, the corrosion would still exist, but since I never used video out, it never would have caused a functional issue with the camera.
Editing again, a year and a half later:
The camera has continued to work well after the fix.