Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 (Lumix DMC-FT3)

Announced Jan 25, 2011 •
12 megapixels | 2.7 screen | 28 – 128 mm (4.6×)
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I've been using slrs for 40 years.  I've had this camera for 2 years.  My dslr is gathering dust.  Aside from situations requiring manual control there's no advantage in it.  Besides the obvious that everyone mentions;  I like that I can shoot into the sun with amazingly little flare.  I like that bracketed exposures release in quick succession.  It makes a difference when hand holding for hdr.  I tried the Canon G15.  It takes twice as long to make the same 3 exposures in the same ...

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Got this when the TS-4 came out at a v reasonable price for a beach holiday that included snorkelling and cenote swimming. Have to say its proved v good, taking in-pool photos as well as coral reef photos. A good outdoors camera as it now means I can take photos in the rain! Used with a Golden Hour wrist mount for flexibility outdoors. Problems: No problems, but design compromises: flash is weak, and GPS seems a solution looking for a problem (I don't use it).

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himpo
 
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Bought this camera after carefully considering my options (opposed to when I once walked to a store and bought a red Olympus Tough because we were about to start the babyswim ;) and this won. When I saw the specific video recording button I was sold (did not even try to explain to my young kids how to navigate the menus and selectin the video recording mode on our Tough) now the kids can take videos, witch causes some problems as our hard drives are filling fast with the HD videos ;) Everythi ...

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haleoz
 
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Only after using the camera three times in water it stopped working. The service agent (Panasonic outsources their 'tough' camera servicing in Australia) tested the camera and found no leaking of the seals but found evidence of corrosion in the electrics. As the camera did not leak in the test, they informed me that I have not followed their interpretation of the instructions correctly resulting in water entering the camera (there must have been foreign matter in the seal and it was not ...

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This is my 4th waterproof camera from this 'tough' category and definitely the best by a mile. I've had 2 Pentax's and one Olympus. The image quality and color is fantastic. The video is totally incredible and the image stabilization works very well. I've used it on a boat set on a mini-tripod and could see the camera and everything else in the boat vibrating all over the place but the video is great. Got it as a work camera and I'm a fish biologist...so it goes in the water all the time. I ...

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Obake
 
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I'm just writing about the GPS because it was my main reason for upgrading my DMC-TS1. In short, it's useless. It's slow and does not update location automatically. The location only updates when it is turned on or if you select 'reposition', which can take several minutes, if at all. I've had many occasions where it could not update the location, even on top of a mountain! I got so frustrated with it on my trip to Japan that I turned off the GPS feature. The camera will also remember it's ...

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The Nikon waterproof camera came out a week after I got my Panasonic. Oh, how I wish I had waited. To be fair, I'm pretty sure that my camera is actually defective. The image quality is mushy, for lack of a better word. It thinks just about every situation is low light, and it is REALLY BAD in low light. Think glowing, blown-out highlights and lack of detail elsewhere. I have yet to find a lighting situation in which this camera performs acceptably (unless I have tech support on the phone, ...

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In favor: Very good image quality. Against: Water resistance, not true to state by Panasonic. After just two months of very moderate usage, the camera showed condensation on the lens ansd stopped working. It died, but died in a very strange way, because Panasonic states that it's water resistance is intact, yet, it is totally corroded by humidity on the inside. So, I have a piece of trash, that Panasonic refuses to substitute. Don't buy this model. It's not worth the money they ask.

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The positive points are: 1. The camera feels solid and 'tough'. 2. Buttons are reasonably well placed and there is enough space between them so you can operate them without looking at the buttons (useful when underwater or in a dimly lighted situation). I do appreciate the one touch video recording (after you've turned on the power button of course). The rocker is firm and decisive. 3. Focusing is impressively fast for a point and shoot camera. In fact it is on par with some of the pro-sumer ...

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I've read a lot of waterproof camera reviews before choosing this. The biggest advantage compared to other waterproof cameras is the picture quality. Especially the metering is very accurate (better than the auto mode of my DSRL)! Full HD video is nice, and I like that AVCHD coding uses much less disk space than motion JPEG (which my Canon compact camera uses). I'm not a big fan of the so called "intelligent modes", but have to admit that it works well. I recognizes the scene very well and ...

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