Horrible noise reduction even at ISO 100. Look at the leaves.
Dmitri Alexander: “Light field" technology seems like a needlessly complex way to achieve the goal of selective focus after taking a shot. As the review correctly states, “in a small-sensor conventional camera, you tend to get depth-of-field that stretches from near the camera, out to infinity.” Given that, a camera maker should simply develop user-friendly, in-camera firmware that allows you to selectively defocus everything in the image except what you want to be sharp. In other words, synthetic bokeh. Could that be so hard to invent?
SONY is working toward this with their new compacts. They call it "Background Defocus". Needs some improvement though.
I have the TS3 and in Europe compass and barometer are very good. Ok the compass has a granularity of 45 degrees (meaning it doesn't display for example 32 degrees) and the barometer is not that accurate. I don't know if they improved these functions. Other than that the only new thing is the time lapse and manual settings. I don't see this as a worthy upgrade.If Panasonic added something like the SONY intelligent panorama then we would be talking.
It would be great though if we could set limits for the AutoISO to play in. For example if we could set the AutoISO to be from 100-400 etc.
The million dollar question for me is "Does it clog?"
I own the Panasonic for a few months now and used for snorkeling and general photography.A few remarks:1. There is a quirk when shooting video underwater that the autofocus motor is audible in the movie. So one should turn that off. This happens because mic autolevels kick in when the environmental sound is low. The same happens in very quite environments, silent rooms etc. And there's no way to turn off mic autolevels to avoid this.2. The supplied software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.1 HD Lite can't show geotagged photos on a map. So you need to install Google Earth to see the locations, unlike the SONY PMB that has a tool to show geo photos using google maps and optionally correct their locations.3. In iA mode you can't set the image dimensions to 8Mpix at 4:3. It's either unnecessarily full 12Mpx or 5mpx and lower.4. The high dynamic mode doesn't shoot HDR photos in the traditional sense (meaning to merge multiple shots). Just shoots one pic and processes the darks to look like HDR.