johnami: I don't have the the time to read everything, so please excuse me if I'm repeating something, but how does the image quality of these 'tough' photoboxes compare to your average smart phone?
Same as my iPhone 4S. But has an optical zoom, video is awesome for my needs, no shutter lag, and I can take on the beach and in the water. So far 3m deep but soon a chance to take it down to the max 13m.
My TS5 controls are just fine even underwater in a 2m deep pool. The screen is bright and easy to see even on a sunny beach.
I have bought the Lumix TS5 and I'm very pleased with it. The image quality is as good as it can be in this class but would not care more about. I do shoot Canon 6D but I can not take in the water or running or snorkeling. The video is as advertised and it looks awesome and that was one of te reasons I opted for TS5. I had no issues with the wifi and it connects smoothly to my ipad, iPhone and the LG android I'm using. Neat to be able to control the zoom and the settings in the camera remotely.
Thanks for the reviews I did follow them and it did help me.
I bought it the day I bought the 6D. Awesome combination for traveling light yet full frame
Lucafeb: I am maybe one of the first 6D buyers . I wrote in the forum about 500 comments ago. I took the 6D in field trips in India and Korea and I have to say the camera is fantastic : lightweight : you can carry it for 4-5 hours without getting tiredErgonomic : perfect handling (at least for my hand size) . All the dials and buttons can be operated without leaving your sight from the viewfinder Autofocus : fantastic . Never lost a shot in any light conditionHighlights : very forgiving . Very smooth transition , few clippings Silent shot mode: very useful in several occasionHigh Iso : excellent . Canon Lens: the kit lens is a L series 24-105 f4. Great traveling companion : light and sharp, I agree with many , this lens has notable distortion at 24mm and vignetting at full but you can fix both in LR, so no worries
You can see some photos in 500px : user name mega-pixel
Even though I wish it had the joystick, two card slots, more crosshair AF points and 1/8000 i still bought it and I agree with Lucafeb 100%. I also bought the 2.8 40mm STM that makes it very, very portable.
Some real life ISO.
All shot in JPG as my LR3.6 does not see RAW. All settings normal, all noise reduction off.
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