Panasonic has released a pair of rugged cameras that have very minor changes compared to their predecessors. The top-end model is the Lumix DMC-TS6, which offers minor cosmetic changes versus the TS5. The TS6 is waterproof to 13m (43ft), shockproof to 2m (6.6ft), crushproof to 100kgf/220lbf, freezeproof to -10C/+14F, and dustproof. It has a built-in GPS, altimeter, barometer, and compass. Photos can be shared easily via built-in Wi-Fi with NFC. The TS6 will be available camouflage, blue, orange, and red for $299.

The budget-friendly DMC-TS30 can dive a meter deeper than the TS20 that came before it and also has more onboard memory (220MB). It's waterproof to 8m (26ft), shockproof to 1.5m (5ft), and freezeproof to -10C/+14F. Other features include a 16MP CCD, 25-100mm equivalent lens, and 2.7" LCD. The TS30 will be priced at $179 and will come in black, blue, and red.

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The Panasonic LUMIX TS6 and TS30: Two rugged cameras with style for the adventurer

New tough cameras deliver incredible endurance and stunning picture quality

LAS VEGAS, NV (January 5, 2015)– Panasonic is introducing two new rugged cameras to its waterproof, freeze-proof, shockproof and dustproof tough camera range, the LUMIX TS6 and TS30. Designed and built with adventurous personalities in mind, the LUMIX tough cameras provide stunning picture quality and exceptional performance and endurance, even in the toughest conditions.

Panasonic is introducing a new 16.1-megapixel LUMIX DMC-TS6 (TS6) with 28mm wide angle 4.6x optical zoom LEICA lens(35mm equivalent: 28-128mm) to its rugged design TS series exclusively geared for outdoor use. Featuring 1920x1080 60p full HD video recording capability, the new TS6 empowers its toughness with waterproof performance to 43 ft, / 220 lbf pressure resistance, Wi-Fi® connectivity with NFC(Near Field Communication) technology, and a variety of shooting options to be an ultimate multi-capable camera.   

The high durability of being waterproof to 43 ft, dustproof, shockproof to 6.6 ft, freeze-proof to 14 degrees F and pressure resistance to 220 lbf protects the camera under use of almost any severe conditions. The TS6 is equipped with built-in GPS(Global Positioning System) and complies with GLONASS(Global Navigation Satellite System) for high accuracy. In addition, the TS6 has a  compass, altimeter and barometer for users who enjoy active outdoor adventures.

A newly integrated 16.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor is adopted and the advanced image processor Venus Engine feature high speed, high sensitivity image recording to realize 1,920 x 1,080 60p astonishingly smooth full-HD video recording in AVCHD Progressive format and high speed burst shooting at 10 fps** with high picture quality. It also contributes to the Light Speed AF to catch the most fleeting shooting opportunities.

With the Wi-Fi® connectivity with NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, users can connect the camera to their smartphone/tablet anywhere at one-touch without a need of cabling or searching a Wi-Fi® hotspot. In addition, users can utilize smartphone/tablet for another monitor of camera that enables setting focus, zooming or releasing the shutter away from the spot where the camera is positioned. It is also possible to record video watching the motion image live on a smartphone/tablet. With the Instant Transfer function, photos are automatically be sent to the designated electronic devices such as smartphones/tablets or tablet right after shooting.

A variety of special effects that add fun to the shooting experience are integrated in the TS6 – Creative Panorama, Creative Control, Creative Retouch, and Time Lapse Shot. For beginners, LUMIX’s popular shooting assist function iA (Intelligent Auto) mode helps to shoot beautiful photo/video without a mistake. The Advanced Underwater Mode features Red Color Reproduction to reproduce original natural color of subjects and Torch Light function allows the camera to serve as a light with its built-in LED.

Ruggedly-built, the LUMIX TS30 is the ideal companion for capturing those once-in-a-lifetime moments on your travels – from snorkeling with dolphins, to trekking in the desert, to ascending a mountain in sub-zero temperatures. 

The LUMIX TS30 has been designed and built to be the ultimate tough camera, whatever conditions you find yourself in. Waterproof to 26 feet, shock-proof to 5 feet, freeze-proof to 14F and dust-proof, the LUMIX TS30 will be your ideal photographic companion whether you’re camping, diving, surfing, mountain climbing or skiing.

The LUMIX TS30 also boasts stunning picture quality giving you incredible results, no matter where your adventures take you. The camera features a high-quality LUMIX DC VARIO lens with 4x optical zoom from 25mm ultra wide angle.

For divers and snorkelers, the red color reproduction of the Advanced Underwater mode compensates for the red hue which is easily lost in underwater shooting and a new Torch Light function illuminates subjects further in dark underwater conditions enabling users to record beautiful videos.

The LUMIX TS30 is also equipped with a range of manual and automatic modes to help you realise the most creative shots, regardless of the conditions and the model sports a 2.7 inch LCD to provide the most flexible shooting options.

For beginners, or for when there’s not enough time to set-up the perfect shot, the LUMIX TS30 also boasts a range of automatic functions to support you. With the Creative Panorama function you can shoot a horizontal or vertical panoramic image, while Creative Control and Creative Retouch modes featuring a total of 12 filter effects give you the tools you need to enhance any scene you’re looking to take a picture of.  With Time Lapse shot meanwhile, you can capture flowers coming into bloom or slow moving cloud in minuscule detail.
Retro, Expressive, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Toy Effect, Miniature Effect, Cross Process and One Point Color


  • Waterproof to 43 ft, dustproof, shockproof to 6.6 ft, freeze-proof to 14 degrees F
  • 28mm ultra wide angle of view lens with 4.6x optical zoom
  • 16.1-megapixel sensor
  • Variety of shooting functions including Advanced Underwater, iA(Intelligent Auto), Creative Panorama, Creative Control, Creative Retouch, and Time Lapse Shot modes
  • 3.0-inchTFT Screen LCD 
  • Wi-Fi , NFC and GPS
  • Available in camouflage, blue, orange and red.

LUMIX TS30 Specs:

  • Waterproof to 8 metres, shockproof to 1.5 m, freezeproof to -10℃, and dustproof
  • 25mm ultra wide angle of view lens with 4x optical zoom
  • 16.1-megapixel sensor
  • Variety of shooting functions including Advanced Underwater, iA(Intelligent Auto), Creative Panorama, Creative Control, Creative Retouch, and Time Lapse Shot modes
  • 2.7-inch Intelligent LCD
  • Available in black, blue and red

To learn more about Panasonic’s line of LUMIX Digital Cameras and other consumer electronic products please visit and  You can also follow Panasonic on Twitter (@PanasonicUSA) and Facebook.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6 (FT6) / DMC-TS30 (FT30) specifications

 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6 (Lumix DMC-FT6)Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 (Lumix DMC-FT30)
Body type
Body typeCompact
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Other resolutions4608 x 3072, 4608 x 2592, 3648 x 2736, 3456 x 3456, 2560 x 1920, 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors18 megapixels17 megapixels
Sensor size1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm)
Sensor typeCMOSCCD
Color filter arrayPrimary Color filter
ISOAuto, 100-3200 (high sensitivity mode: 100-6400)Auto, 100-1600 (High sentivity: 100-6400)
Boosted ISO (maximum)6400
White balance presets4
Custom white balanceYes (1)
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatNo
JPEG quality levelsFine, Standard
File format
  • JPEG (DCF, Exif v2.3)
  • MPO (3D)
  • JPEG (Exif v2.3)
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)28–128 mm25–100 mm
Optical zoom4.6×4×
Maximum apertureF3.3–5.9F3.9–5.7
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (2X-4X)
Manual focusNo
Normal focus range30 cm (11.81)50 cm (19.69)
Macro focus range5 cm (1.97)
Number of focus points23
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size32.7
Screen dots460,000230,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeNone
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed60 sec8 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/1300 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Manual
  • Program
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Soft Skin
  • Scenery
  • Night Portrait
  • Night Scenery
  • Hand Held Night Shot
  • HDR
  • Food
  • Baby 1/2
  • Pet
  • Sunset
  • High Sensitivity
  • Glass Through
  • 3D photo
  • Portrait
  • Soft Skin
  • Scenery
  • Night Portrait
  • Night Scenery
  • Food
  • Baby 1/2
  • Pet
  • Sunset
  • High Sensitivity
  • Glass Through
Built-in flashYes
Flash range5.60 m4.40 m
External flashNo
Flash modesAuto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, slow sync w/redeye reduction, off
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive10.0 fps1.3 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
Exposure compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±1 (3 frames at 1/3 EV steps)
WB BracketingNo
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage included10MB internal220MB
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Microphone portNo
Headphone portNo
Wireless noteswith NFC
Remote controlNo
Environmentally sealedYes (Waterproof (12m), shockproof (2m), crushproof (100kgf), freezeproof (-10C), dustproof)Yes (Waterproof to 8m/23ft, shockproof to 1.5m/5ft, freezeproof to -10C/+14F)
DurabilityWaterproof, Shockproof
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium ion battery & chargerLithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)370250
Weight (inc. batteries)214 g (0.47 lb / 7.55 oz)142 g (0.31 lb / 5.01 oz)
Dimensions110 x 67 x 29 mm (4.33 x 2.64 x 1.14)104 x 58 x 20 mm (4.09 x 2.28 x 0.79)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYesNo
GPS noteswith GLONASS