Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 (Lumix DMC-FT5)
The LUMIX TS5 is rugged -- waterproof to 43 feet, shockproof from 6.5 feet, freezeproof from 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and pressure resistant to 220 lbs. New on offer is Near Field Communication (NFC), a close-proximity radio connection that the camera can use to initiate a Wi-Fi connection with a compatible device simply by tapping the two together, allowing remote shooting and sharing from a smartphone or tablet. It also has a Leica 28-128mm f/3.3-5.9 lens, 1080 HD video, and plenty of creative and automatic modes.
|Max resolution||4608 x 3456|
|Effective pixels||16 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, Hi Auto (1600-6400), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200|
|Focal length (equiv.)||28–128 mm|
|Max shutter speed||1/1300 sec|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||214 g (0.47 lb / 7.55 oz)|
|Dimensions||110 x 67 x 29 mm (4.33 x 2.64 x 1.14″)|
The Lumix DMC-TS5 is a good choice for those seeking a rugged camera with a robust feature set that includes a well-implemented GPS, plus Wi-Fi. The camera takes good quality photos for its class, has a great LCD, and offers a top-notch movie mode. However, its lens is on the slow side, and the flash is very weak. The Wi-Fi system could also be a lot more user-friendly.
Good for: Adventurous photographers looking for a rugged cameras with a great LCD, well-implemented GPS, and photo sharing via Wi-Fi. Video lovers will also appreciate the 1080/60p movie mode.
Not so good for: Photographers planning on taking a lot of flash and low light photos.