Panasonic has announced that it suggests replacing the watertight seal each year. Presently they charge $180 for the work. But they may redo their pricing if enough people complain. There are only two screws in the door and the seal can be replaced. Soo simple yet they do not yet have their act together. I called the service center and they assured me that they were trying to get headquaters to redo pricing.
Is there any way we can use an o-ring spray or vaseline to protect the seal?
Toby80: Weak upgrade. This is worse than apples iPhone "s" models being considered an upgrade. Nothing changed with this camera!!! They didn't address the door latch and lock moving in the same direction. They didn't move the microphone to someplace a finger won't be. They didn't even give it a better screen. Let alone a CMOS sensor! Everything that was "upgraded" could have been done to the TS3 with a firmware upgrade. SO STUPID!
Increase screen resolution. Widen the lens and/or increase the zoom to full 5x like everyone else. AND WILL SOMEONE DEVELOP A SWEEP PANORAMA LIKE SONY!!!! It's by far the best out there but Sony insists on touch screens... Leave that to the cell phone market and give me buttons!
Sorry for the rant but I've been waiting for the new models of all rugged cameras to come out to buy one. After reviewing the specs of all the new models, I decided to pick up a TS3 for cheap while they're still out there. Almost 50% off retail and they're going like hot cakes!!!!!
Increasing the screen resolution will eat up a lot more power. This is important if you are up on the top of a mountain etc. The screen, (the camera), I believe, was designed with this thought in mind.
jeffharris: I can't believe they stuck with the crappy low-res 230,000 pixel display! Even the Olympus Tough TG-810 has 920,00 pixels!
They do this so as to save power. There is so much electronics packed into this camera they probably balanced it out.