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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 (Lumix DMC-FT4)

Announced Jan 31, 2012 •
12 megapixels | 2.7 screen | 28 – 128 mm (4.6×)

I won't go into depth on all the aspects of the DMC-TS4/FT4, that have been covered elsewhere, but the GPS functionality (or lack of it) is worthy of mention. GPS functionality was one of the main reasons I purchased this camera, because I love to be able to automatically record photographic location (without having to synchronize afterwards with a separate GPS device, based on time stamp). The TS4 also has the useful feature of automatically stamping altitude and of recording the direction ...

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I'm looking for a durable, versatile and extremely easy to use waterproof that my family can use on vacation. Narrowed it down to the DMC-TS4 and AW-100 since the Sony a20 won't be out for another month. As usual, there are mixed reviews on both, so I ordered one of each and will return my least favorite. Here's an overview from my perspective after a week of non-swimming use. I'm not going to regurgitate the specs - you know where to read them. Just the features that stood out to me... ...

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Foggy lens @ -5 C and 10000 ft. high. Slow processing and misworking display and controls until rewarmed. Bad sound (windy, not wind proof like Bose or plantronics bluetooth). Foggy lens @ scuba diving 12m (40ft) depth but sharp and vivid video (bad sound also) and crispy but slow zoom (optical unsufficient). NOT WATERPROOF due to any condition, although obsessively keeped the recomendations of underwater and sand or hair or any at the seals in the cap. One big wave turns me face down to the ...

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I bought the FT4 about 4 hours ago and have taken some 240 pictures and a few videos at late afternoon, twilight, in the dark and indoors and I think that it exceeds my expectations with one exception - the hammering noise when recording video (and it's bad!). Good news is that I've figured out the what, why and when of it, so I can work around it, but it remains one of the biggest engineering oversights I've ever seen in a camera. Considering that it's carried over from the FT3, after it ...

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