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Panasonic Lumix TS4 12.1 TOUGH Waterproof Digital Camera with 4.6x Optical Zoom (Orange) (OLD MODEL)

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The LUMIX DMC-TS4, the company’s top-of-the-line rugged digital camera with features such as a built-in GPS*1 system, compass, altimeter, barometer, plus outstanding toughness, including: waterproof*2 to approximately 40 feet (12 meters), shockproof*3 to approximately 6.6 feet (2 meters), freezeproof to temperatures as low as 14ºF, and dustproof*2. Beyond its rugged design, the LUMIX TS4 also excels in photo and video quality, offering the best of both worlds with a LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens with a 4.6x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 28-128mm), a 12.1-megapixel Hi-Speed CCD sensor and the advanced image processing LSI Venus Engine, and the ability to shoot 1,920 x 1,080 full-High Definition (HD) video in AVCHD and MP4 formats.What's in the box: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 Digital Camera (Orange), Battery Charger, Battery Pack, AV Cable, USB Cable, Brush, Hand Strap, CD-ROM and 1-Year Panasonic USA Warranty.

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Panasonic LUMIX TS4D 12.1 TOUGH Waterproof Digital Camera with 4.6x Optical Zoom, Shockproof, 14F Freezeproof, Dustproof & GPS Function with Altimeter - Orange

A Waterproof GPS Digital Camera with a Tough Body and Rugged Design for Extreme Moments (Water-Shock-Freeze-and-Dustproof)
Dustproof, Shockproof, Waterproof, Freezeproof

With the Panasonic LUMIX TS4D 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 TS4D 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 TS4D laughs off freezing cold temperatures as low 14ºF.

Mark Your Terrain with Quad Indicator, GPS, and Altimeter Log
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TS4D 12.1 MP  Waterproof GPS Digital Camera Camera The TS4D Camera's Quad Indicator remembers your steps, telling you where you were.
Quad Indicator

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 TS4D 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 TS4D 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 TS4D 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 TS4D 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 TS4D 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
Facebook and You Tube Ready

With the LUMIX TS4D 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.

Accessorize Away with these Great LUMIX Products
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TS4D 12.1 MP  Waterproof GPS Digital Camera Waterproof Marine Case (DMW-MCFT3) - Dive with LUMIX TS4 GPS Digital Camera!
Go underwater to take stills or to record marine life. Exposure and colors are automatically optimized with special functions.
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TS4D 12.1 MP  Waterproof GPS Digital Camera 16GB Memory Card RP-SDU16GU1K
16GB SD card with intelligent data security, content/media write protection switch, power fail protection and smart data writing
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TS4D 12.1 MP  Waterproof GPS Digital Camera Battery DMW-BCF10
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
12.1 Megapixels
16.1 Megapixels
Optical Zoom As the focal length of a zoom lens is changed, the subject is magnified. When an image is magnified via the lens, the resulting image looks natural.
Focal Length The distance from the middle point of the lens to the focus point. Assuming that the camera's position is fixed, the larger this value becomes, the larger the subject appears (telephoto). Conversely, the smaller this value becomes, the smaller the subject becomes (wide angle).
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 O.I.S. technology helps solve the problem of unintentional hand movement that can result in blurry images, particularly with telephoto shots.
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)

Product Information

Product Dimensions 4.1 x 1 x 2.5 inches
Item Weight 1.1 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.1 pounds
Item model number DMC-TS4D
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
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3.9 out of 5 stars 341 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #9,402 in Camera & Photo
#142 in Electronics > Camera & Photo > Underwater Photography > Cameras
#885 in Camera & Photo > Point & Shoot Digital Cameras
Date first available at January 30, 2012

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Color: Orange
I have just purchased the Orange DMC TS4. It is a vast improvement over the TS3 in many respects. I appreciate the full manual mode in particular. I like to take shots of the night sky, the stars in particular... the option to set the shutter speed up to 60 seconds is amazing.

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 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.
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Color: Silver Verified Purchase
I just got this camera and after setting it up which was very easy i am impressed with the video and picture quality, as far as the previous review about water safety warnings, when i turn my camera off and on total time for the display to show up is 3 seconds and with NO water safety warnings, i dont know why the previous reader keeps getting the warning. i have not tried the camera in underwater setting yet and thats why i am giving it a 4 star, but will be using it in Tahiti next month and will leave a follow up comment. Nice job panasonic for now.

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
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Color: Orange Verified Purchase
I received the orange Panasonic TS4 two weeks ago for my birthday. My intended purpose for this camera was for my trip to Jamaica, which is where my sister just got married. I was in Jamaica for 1 week and took about 950 pictures. I returned home 2 days ago and after reviewing my pictures on my TV and new iPad, all I can say about this camera is WOW!

The reason I got this camera is because I wanted an all purpose camera that is water proof but can still take great pictures on a day to day basis. In Jamaica I used this camera for my sister's wedding, to go snorkeling, when we climbed waterfalls, went on a lazy river tubing ride, horseback riding in the Caribbean Sea, and everything in between. This camera took outstanding pictures a majority of the time, but did have some difficulty with night time pictures. The images came out a little blurry for some night pictures, so I had to play with the settings a little bit to try to improve the picture quality. Some night pictures did look great with the night setting, but others did not. So night pictures were a hit or miss.

For my sister's wedding, I used this camera for all the pre-wedding pictures as well as during the ceremony which was on the beach. It rained a little during the ceremony (which is supposedly a blessing in Jamaica!) and did not have to worry about my camera failing because of the rain due to the waterproof feature. All the pictures looked amazing.

For the underwater/beach pictures and videos, this was my first waterproof camera so I was a little nervous at first going underwater, but I made sure I followed all the cleaning/soaking rules to make sure it maintained its water tight seal. There were times when the lens would fog due to a quick change in the temperature (which is normal).
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Color: Blue Verified Purchase
Do not buy this camera / very expensive paper weight.
I purchased this camera to take on our honeymoon in May to the Society Islands in French Polynesia. I read through all the reviews of the TS-4 and TS-3 both positive and negative and thought I was smart enough to not have this camera break, I was wrong. I followed all the instructions making sure the seals were clear and soaking it after snorkeling (never more than 1hr and never below a few feet). 7 days into our trip, and arguably the most amazing day post-camera death, the camera stopped working.

When we returned from the trip I called Panasonic and was told to send to their repair center in TX. I received a call this week that the camera was out of warranty and it would cost $180 for them to start the repair and I would have a 90-day warranty with their work. So my 1-month old camera has now cost me 50% more and will have 33% of the original warranty. The best part, and I'll update once I find out, is that this $180 may not actually cover their repairs...this is just to figure out the repair plan.

Getting a hold of a Panasonic representative has been almost impossible. I've never actually reviewed anything (positive or negative) but I am so upset with Panasonic that I had to. If this helps one person avoid buying this camera or anything from Panasonic I'll be somewhat satisfied.

Update 7.5.12: Received a call two weeks ago that they could not fix the camera, but would send me a new one for an additional $40 more than the $180 to repair. They told me it would be a new camera and would have 90 days of warranty. I said a standard factory warranty was 1 year and asjpked if it was a refurb unit. They said no and that the factory warranty ran concurrently with the 90days and covered 1 yr.
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