Panasonic has announced the Lumix DMC-TS5 (FT5 in Europe) and TS25 (FT25 in Europe) compact waterproof and shock-resistant 'adventure' cameras. The higher specified TS5 is waterproof at depths of up to 12m (39 feet) features a 28-128mm equiv 4.6x zoom lens, 1080p60 video and Wi-Fi capability. New on offer is Near Field Communication (NFC), a close-proximity radio connection that the camera can use to initiate a Wi-Fi connection with a compatible device simply by tapping the two together. The cameras will be available at the end of March in a range of colors.

Many Android and Windows smartphones feature NFC communication but it is not available on current iPhone models.

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The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TS5: For the Adventurous Photographer Demanding the Ultimate Tough Still & Video Shooting Camera

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5

Las Vegas, NV (January 7, 2013) – Panasonic’s new compact LUMIX DMC-TS5, its toughest photo and video compact camera to date, is built for those seeking adventure and demanding the ability to document unbelievable moments anytime, anywhere. With impressive image quality and an outstanding range of features packed into a neat, durable, yet fun design, the TS5 is the perfect companion for capturing those breathtaking instances, whether underwater, atop a mountain or in the desert.

Reaching places other cameras can not go
The LUMIX TS5 is the ultimate hardy camera, ensuring that no matter where you find yourself, such as diving with sea life, hanging from a rock face or exploring the winding alleys of a foreign market, you will be able to take the best shot possible without having to worry about whether or not your camera is able to withstand the conditions. Waterproof to a depth of 39 feet, shockproof from a height of 6.5 feet, freeze proof from a temperature of 14 degrees Fahrenheit and pressure resistant to 220 lbs, the LUMIX TS5 really is the tough-man of the compact camera market.

Advanced video shooting
The LUMIX TS5 enables full HD, 1920x1080 movie recording in AVCHD format and allows exceptional audio capture with Dolby Digital Creator. For those times when operating the camera with two hands may be difficult a dedicated button makes it possible to let you instantly start recording movies without having to choose any extra settings.  Furthermore, the iA Mode is available in movie recording and the POWER O.I.S. with Active Mode comes in handy when shooting while on the move or from challenging places, countering handshake and vibrations.

Jam-packed with high-end specifications
A LEICA DC-VARIO ELMAR lens (28mm wide with a 4.6 x zoom), Full HD video,1920x1080 (60p) and a 3.0 inch LCD all combine to ensure that the TS5 punches well above its weight. Additionally a 16.1 megapixel high sensitivity sensor, new Venus engine, time lapse recording and 10 frames per second burst shooting, means this camera is not only tough, its intelligent. The TS5 is packed full of features ready to help you capture any moment that you encounter.

One-touch easy Wi-Fi connection
The LUMIX TS5 boasts one-touch easy connection to Wi-Fi with NFC, allowing for remote picture capture, via the LUMIX remote app, and quick and easy upload. You will be able to take photos from more remote places: simply download the LUMIX remote app to a mobile device and use it as your viewfinder to take incredible photographs while the TS5 is nestled in a tough-to-shoot location such as hanging down in between a crevice or the back of a boat. Furthermore, you can tag the location of the photo using the built-in GPS functionality. Other benefits from the Wi-Fi connectivity include 1GB cloud storage, upload and back-up, as well as connectivity to your TV for viewing on the big screen and easy transfer for printing by wireless printers.

A high quality, smart, yet tough all-rounder
Marc Sorkin, Senior Product Marketing Manager, said “Panasonic’s TS5 really is the tough man of our LUMIX family. Equipped with a full range of smart, high quality features, we really do believe it is the ultimate compact camera for any adventurer. Whether you’re snowboarding in the winter, rock climbing in the spring, or diving in the summer, the TS5 is ideal for capturing special memories wherever you are. For both the entry level user and the more advanced intrepid explorer, the TS5 should be packed in every backpack.”

Key features include:

  • Advanced toughness: Waterproof to a depth of 39 feet, shockproof from a height of 6.5 feet, freeze proof down to a temperature of 14 degrees Fahrenheit and pressure resistant to 220 lbs, the LUMIX TS5 is the tough man of the compact camera market
  • Advanced video shooting: 1920x1080, 50p Full HD video recording and a stereo microphone allow you to shoot the highest quality movies
  • One touch easy Wi-Fi connection: The LUMIX TS5 boasts one-touch easy connection to Wi-Fi with NFC, allowing for remote picture capture and quick and easy upload
  • Underwater mode: The new underwater red color reproduction feature allows you to capture the colors of the underwater world, as it is seen, eliminating dull, grey colors often associated with underwater pictures
  • Quality photography within easy reach: With a 9.3x Intelligent Zoom anda 24mm Ultra Wide Angle LEICA DC lens, renowned for its exceptional quality, every detail of those epic moments is captured with super-sharp results
  • Stunning results whatever the situation: The new, sharper 16.1-megapixel high sensitivity MOS Sensor gives you stunning image quality even in low light conditions and the improved POWER O.I.S capability in photo and movie modes helps prevent handshake even when using the high powered zoom
  • Map your memories: The enhanced GPS functionality allows you to automatically record your location and view the map and associated photos directly on your camera
  • Add your own personal touch: The Creative Control / Retouch feature includes many creative modes such as soft focus, toy effect and retro

The TS5 will be in available in the stores and online at the end of March in orange, blue, silver and black.

'TS25: The TS5’s Little Brother

Panasonic is also announcing the launch of the TS25, a stylish tough camera for everyday usage and perfect for those less extreme adventurers.

The TS25 is waterproof to a depth of 23 feet, shockproof from a height of 4.9 feet and freeze proof down to a temperature of 14 degrees Fahrenheit.

Users can also take advantage of the 16.1 megapixel sensor, MEGA O.I.S with Active Mode to reduce motion blur and Creative Control’s 12 effects to make an image more impressive 

Other key features include:

  • A 25mm wide angle, 4x zoom lens
  • MP4 HD video, 1280x720 (25p)
  • 2.7” LCD
  • Underwater Red Color Reproduction

The TS25 will be in available in the stores and online at the end of March in blue, black, white and red.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 and DMC-TS25 specifications

 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 (Lumix DMC-FT5)Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS25 (Lumix DMC-FT25)
Body type
Body typeCompact
Sensor
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Other resolutions4608 x 3072, 4608 x 2592, 3648 x 2736, 3456 x 3456, 2560 x 1920, 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors18 megapixels17 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm)
Sensor typeCMOSCCD
Color filter arrayPrimary Color filter
Image
ISOAuto, Hi Auto (1600-6400), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200Auto, Hi Auto (1600-6400), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
White balance presets4
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatNo
JPEG quality levelsFine, Standard
File format
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
  • 3D: MPO
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)28–128 mm25–100 mm
Optical zoom4.6×4×
Maximum apertureF3.3 - F5.9F3.9 - F5.7
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (4.6x)Yes (4x)
Manual focusNo
Normal focus range30 cm (11.81)50 cm (19.69)
Macro focus range5 cm (1.97)
Number of focus points23
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size32.7
Screen dots460,000230,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed60 sec8 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/1300 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Manual
  • Program
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Soft Skin
  • Scenery
  • Panorama Shot
  • Night Portrait
  • Night Scenery
  • Hand Held Night Shot
  • Food
  • Baby1
  • Baby2
  • Pet
  • Sunset
  • High Sensitivity
  • Glass Through
  • Underwater
  • Portrait
  • Soft Skin
  • Scenery
  • Panorama Shot
  • Night Portrait
  • Night Scenery
  • Food
  • Baby1
  • Baby2
  • Pet
  • Sunset
  • High Sensitivity
  • Glass Through
Built-in flashYes
Flash range5.60 m4.40 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive10.0 fps1.3 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
Exposure compensation±2
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
FormatMPEG-4, AVCHDMPEG-4
MicrophoneStereoMono
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage included15 MB Internal70 MB Internal
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYesNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Wireless noteswith NFC (Near Field Communication) capabilities
Remote controlNo
Physical
Environmentally sealedYes (Waterproof, Shockproof, Freezeproof, Dustproof)
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionDMW-BCM13 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & chargerLithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)370250
Weight (inc. batteries)214 g (0.47 lb / 7.55 oz)144 g (0.32 lb / 5.08 oz)
Dimensions110 x 67 x 29 mm (4.33 x 2.64 x 1.14)104 x 58 x 20 mm (4.09 x 2.28 x 0.79)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYesNo
GPSBuiltInNone