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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Announced Jan 25, 2011

The DMC-TS3/FT3 rugged compact inherits core features from previous generation of weatherproof compacts and adds a built-in GPS function, a compass, altimeter and barometer. The body also gets a cosmetic makeover offering a better grip while retaining its pocketability. It is dustproof, waterproof up to depths of 12m (40 feet), shockproof against a drop of up to 2 meters (6.6 ft), and freezeproof down to -10 degrees C (14F). Along with the still photography features, the camera offers full 1080i60 HD video recording capability along with Panasonic's latest Active mode for less shaky videos and a 3D photo mode.

Quick specs
Body type Compact
Max resolution 4000 x 3000
Effective pixels 12 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm)
Sensor type CCD
ISO Auto, Hi Auto (1600-6400), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Focal length (equiv.) 28–128 mm
Optical zoom 4.6×
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 2.7
Screen dots 230,000
Min shutter speed 60 sec
Max shutter speed 1/1300 sec
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 197 g (0.43 lb / 6.95 oz)
Dimensions 103 x 64 x 27 mm (4.06 x 2.52 x 1.06)
GPS BuiltIn

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Our review

The Panasonic DMC-TS3 is one of the best-featured and best-performing cameras in the 'rugged' compact camera class. It is capable of delivering consistently high quality images and video in just about any circumstances, and its operations are very straightforward.

Good for: High quality everyday photography and videography in virtually any situation.

Not so good for: Users who do not want to adjust manual settings, as the DMC-TS3 has some nice features that must be turned on manually, like its LED light.

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