16MP | 28-128mm (4.6X) Zoom | $349/£279/€318
This is the fourth in a series of short underwater/rugged camera reviews on DPReview. We're testing the cameras concurrently, and once all six cameras have been reviewed, we'll publish a roundup of the class, comparing them directly.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 (known as the FT5 outside of North America) is a rugged camera that has been stuffed with virtually every feature imaginable (see below for a list). It replaces the DMC-TS3/FT3, and can take even more of a beating than its predecessor. Other new features include a higher resolution MOS sensor (16MP CMOS vs. 12MP CCD), Wi-Fi with NFC capability, faster burst shooting, true 1080/60p video recording, and much more. Battery life has also been improved by 20%, due to the use of a more powerful battery, which is alway helpful on cameras with battery-draining features like GPS and Wi-Fi.
- 16.1 effective megapixel MOS sensor
- F3.3-F5.9, 28-128mm equivalent zoom lens (4.6X)
- 'Power OIS' optical image stabilization
- Waterproof to 13m, shockproof from 2m, crushproof to 100 kg, freezeproof to -10C
- 3-inch LCD with 460,000 dots
- Manual exposure control
- Built-in GPS with compass, manometer, landmarks, and tracking
- Wi-Fi with NFC allows for image sharing and remote control with smartphones/tablets and Mac/PC
- 1080/60p movie mode with stereo sound
- 'Torch Light' illuminates your subjects while recording movies
- Optional marine case lets you take camera 45m underwater
As we said, that's about as full-featured as you'll get on a rugged camera. About the only thing you won't find on the DMC-TS5 are built-in maps for use with the GPS.
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