Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

Last updated (14 September’11):
– Review & Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 is a 12.1 Megapixels Digital camera features 4.6x zoom (35mm equivalent: 28-128mm), ISO 100-6400, Altimeter / Depth Indicator / Compass / Barometer / GPS, 3.7 fps in 12.1-megapixel Full Resolution, 1920 x 1080 Full HD Movie in AVCHD Format, iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode for Movie, POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) – Shake Detection, PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.1 HD Lite Edition, and Large, 2.7-inch, 230,000-dot High-resolution LCD. The camera measures (W x H x D) 103.5 x 64.0 x 26.5 mm (4.07 x 2.52 x 1.04 in) and Approx. 175g without Battery and SD Memory Card (0.386 lb).

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info: sold start from $195.00

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Reviews

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 and writes;
“The outdoor image quality was a little surprising, as it struggled a bit with the high contrast scenes, but once indoors it was back to the outstanding quality that we are used to seeing from Panasonic. “
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ePhotozine reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 and writes;
“Noise at ISO100 is minimal and at ISO200 there is just of touch of noise present. Noise slowly increases through the ISO range from ISO400 to ISO800, with images remaining sharp. ISO1600 is where detail and sharpness starts to worsen.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 and writes;
“Still pictures from the review camera were similar to those from the FT2 we reviewed. and sharp and artefact-free for the size of the sensor. Colours were naturally recorded under a wide range of conditions, a factor confirmed in our Imatest tests.”
Rating: ★★★★½ reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 and writes;
“We got reasonably sharp images in low-light with the onboard image stabilization mode, where photos taken at 1/15 second appeared sharp. Colors looked reasonably accurate and exposure was often spot on due to its Intelligent Exposure mode.”
Rating: ★★★★½ reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 and writes;
“Video quality isn’t the sharpest and cleanest you’ll see from a compact camera, but it’s certainly more than serviceable – and you can film underwater too, which as a bonus feature is pretty darn impressive.”
Rating: ★★★★★

TechRadar reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 and writes;
“If you need a hard-wearing compact and you’re prepared to spend a little extra, the Panasonic FT3 should definitely be on your shortlist – otherwise, you may find the same money will get you an equivalent compact with a slightly larger LCD screen and none of the operation issues associated with sealing the camera against water.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

TrustedReviews reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 and writes;
“As for low light performance, it’s best to stick to ISO800 and below to avoid noise becoming particularly intrusive and/or visually distracting. The built in flash isn’t the most powerful with a maximum range of 5.6m but it’ll do for more casual shots, and there’s a powerful focus assist lamp as well. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Features

Panasonic is pleased to introduce a new LUMIX DMC-TS3(FT3), specially geared for active outdoor use, incorporating more powerful features in even more rugged design. The new 12.1-megapixel DMC-TS3(FT3) further strengthens its toughness to be waterproof to 12m with shockproof to 2m, freezeproof to -10 degrees C and dustproof reliability. The built-in GPS function, compass, altimeter and barometer are all newly incorporated for users to enjoy active outdoor even more.

The LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens in folded optics boasts not only high quality image but also rugged design. Starting at the 28mm wide angle, and zooming up to a useful 4.6x in telephoto, this camera gives you the flexibility for virtually all shooting scenes – especially underwater, where movement is often restricted and the angle of view becomes important for composing your shots.

Empowered by a newly developed 12.1-megapixel Hi-Speed CCD sensor, the DMC-TS3(FT3) is compatible with high-speed, large-capacity signal processing required for 1920 x 1080 full-HD movie recording in AVCHD and high speed continuous shooting. And the advanced image processing LSI, the Venus Engine FHD, assures high picture quality in both photo and movie recording. It also compiles the Intelligent Resolution technology to perform the optimum signal processing depending on the part of a picture to give a whole image outstandingly natural clearness with fine details. The powerful 4.6x optical zoom* increases its power to 6x equivalent with the Intelligent Zoom function taking advantage of the Intelligent Resolution technology maintaining the picture quality even using digital zoom. The Sonic Speed AF and a quick start-up time give the DMC-TS3(FT3) super high speed response that helps to catch even the most fleeting photo opportunities.

The iA (Intelligent Auto) mode is also evolved. For more correction effect in movie recording, Active Mode is added to the conventional POWER O.I.S. It excels in suppressing blur when recording movie at wide angle in shooting while walking. Together with the POWER O.I.S., the DMC-TS3(FT3) powerfully prevents blur in both photo and movie recording. The Motion Deblur mode** is also available by updating the motion detection (Intelligent ISO Control) and brightness control (Intelligent Exposure) to gain as high shutter speed as possible. Face Recognition, Face Detection, AF Tracking, Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector and Intelligent Exposure work appropriately just by entering the iA mode for any user to take beautiful photos with maximum ease.

The newly added LUMIX Image Uploader realizes direct, instant image sharing via Facebook (photo) or YouTube (movie) with any PC on the spot to let users enjoy communication with photos and movies they take. The realistic, less-distorted 3D image produced by DMC-TS3(FT3) with the new 3D Photo mode can also be enjoyed on a VIERA 3D HDTV or other MPO-compatible 3D equipment.

Take DMC-TS3(FT3) out for your outdoor adventures anywhere in any season – diving, snorkeling, surfing, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, or camping – and bring back tremendous record of memory in stunning photos or in full-HD.

1. Tough Body with Rugged Design and a Host of Advanced Functions for Even Higher Outdoor Excitement
With the enhanced toughness, the DMC-TS3(FT3) is waterproof to a depth of 12m and dustproof equivalent to the “IPX8” and “IPX6” standard. Thanks to rubber padding and reinforced glass inside the camera, the DMC-TS3(FT3) features an airtight body protected against water immersion, dust and sand. Previously, there were two separate terminal covers for battery/memory card and for connection cables but these are relocated at one part covered by a single door. With the minimum apertural area, the DMC-TS3(FT3) boasts even higher tightness of sealing to withstand pressure in underwater as deep as 12m.

The DMC-TS3(FT3) is drop proof from a height up to 2.0m in accordance with the “MIL-STD 810F Method516.5-Shock” test standard. In addition to reinforcing the exterior of the camera with shock-resistant material, the DMC-TS3(FT3) uses folded optics to prevent its lens unit from taking damage when dropped during operation. The lens unit is protected by a supplementary damper to absorb the force from shock impact. All components including the lens unit are reexamined to endure the temperature as low as -10 degrees C to make the DMC-TS3(FT3) freezeproof.

The DMC-TS3(FT3) newly integrates GPS function, which is popular in the travel camera LUMIX ZS(TZ) series. It shows the name of the Country/Region, State/Prov./County, County/Township, City/Town/Village and Landmark using the internal data to give users real-time information of the place when taking photos to add fun of photo shooting during travel. The area information covers 203 countries or regions for global use. Plus, more than 1,000,000 of landmark information covers 78 countries or regions. The photos and movies with the location names are automatically sorted in the virtual folder alphabetically in the camera allowing quick reach. You can also refer to the location names via the included software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.1 HD Lite Edition. It is also easy to sort or search images by the location names. Internal clock of the camera is automatically adjusted to the local time of the place where the camera is, so you do not have to set the clock manually whether you go abroad or come back home.

Not only that, the TS(FT) series is the camera specially designed for active outdoor use adopts compass, altimeter and even barometer to show and record altitude, barometric pressure and orientation data. The barometer also works for indicator for depth underwater. The rugged design, GPS and the advanced measuring equipments offers a variety of fun in wide-ranging situations. Take out the camera to fishing or camping in the springtime, to diving, snorkeling, surfing in summer, or mountain climbing in autumn and to skiing or snowboarding in winter – The DMC-TS3(FT3) is an all-year-round active field player to record stunning memories in beautiful photo and movie.

2. Advanced Signal Processing System with New 12.1-megapixel Hi-Speed CCD and High Performance Venus Engine FHD and 28mm Wide-Angle LEICA DC Lens with 6x Intelligent Zoom*
The newly developed 12.1-megapixel CCD with 2-channel signal output structure boasts higher signal transfer speed for the operations that require high performance and speed such as 1920×1080 full HD movie recording and high speed continuous shooting. The picture quality is also improved thanks to the higher sensitivity which is made possible by highly efficient light condensation adoption larger on-chip micro lenses.

For the image processor, the Venus Engine FHD is incorporated that features exceptionally advanced signal processing capabilities. By separating chromatic noise from luminance noise and applying the optimal noise reduction to each, you can capture clear and beautiful images even when shooting at high ISO sensitivity levels. The Venus Engine FHD also provides precisely selective noise reduction to the chromatic noise without affecting the border of colors which is judged from the brightness level of a pixel. With the Intelligent Resolution technology, 3 areas – outlines, detailed texture areas and soft gradation areas are automatically detected. The outline parts are enhanced effectively to give edges more clearness while giving a moderate accentuation to the texture areas to look more finely detailed. To the soft gradation part, superior noise reduction process of the Venus Engine FHD is applied to make it smoother. Apart from the uniform enhancement of sharpness, the innovative technology, Intelligent Resolution, precisely performs signal processing pixel by pixel in the most effective way for it. As a result, images are naturally clear and crisp in both photo and movie recording.
Linking smoothly with the new Hi-Speed CCD sensor, the Venus Engine FHD processes a large amount of signals at high speed, making it possible to record 1,920 x 1,080 full-HD movie recording and high resolution consecutive shots at 3.7 fps in 12.1-megapixel full resolution and max.10 fps at 3-megapixel recording.

At the same time, the multi-task image-processing engine, the Venus Engine FHD realizes a super-fast response time. The shutter release time lag is as short as approx. 0.005 second and the camera’s quick response makes it easier to capture sudden, spur-of-the-moment photo opportunities together with the Sonic Speed AF (Auto Focus) which boasts approx. 28% faster speed compared with the DMC-TS2(FT2). The Venus Engine FHD also supports a High Sensitivity mode that lets the DMC-TS3(FT3) record at a setting of up to ISO 6400, sensitive enough to capture subjects in near-total darkness without using a flash.*

The DMC-TS3(FT3) incorporates a high-quality LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR 28mm wide-angle lens with a 4.6x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 28-128mm). The folded optics of shaft guide method is adopted to secure the toughness of the lens unit. Comprising 10 elements and a prism unit in 8 groups, including 1 ED lens and 5 aspherical lenses with 6 aspherical surfaces passing the Leica’s stringent standards to deliver exceptional optical performance to the edges. Thanks to the newly incorporated Intelligent Resolution technology, the Intelligent Zoom is available with the DMC-TS3(FT3) which extends the zoom ratio by approx. 1.3x maintaining the picture quality even combining the digital zoom. This means the 4.6x optical can virtually extend to 6x equivalent. Furthermore, the Extra Optical Zoom function that extends zoom power to 9.1x (at 3-megapixel resolution) by using the center part of the CCD to bring subjects even closer.

3. Enjoy 1,920 x 1,080 Full-HD Movie Recording in AVCHD
with the Advanced iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode featuring O.I.S. Active Mode

According to the rise of movie recording popularity, digital cameras are now more compatible with it. Now, the DMC-TS3(FT3) has recording capability of AVCHD movie even in 1,920 x 1,080 full-HD. The AVCHD format features almost doubling the recording time in HD quality compared with the conventional Motion JPEG. The picture quality is greatly enhanced thanks to the Intelligent Resolution technology. The DMC-TS3(FT3) also boasts Dolby Digital Creator to record high quality audio.

On the DMC-TS3(FT3), the popular iA (Intelligent Auto) mode is also available in motion image recording. For more effective countermeasure against blur, the Active Mode is newly equipped for an option of image stabilization in movie recording. In addition to the conventional POWER O.I.S., the Active Mode is especially effective in active movie recording at wide angle such as shooting while walking.

The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), Face Detection, Intelligent Scene Selector and Intelligent Exposure also support shooting beautiful movie with ease. The Intelligent Scene Selector automatically switches between Normal, Portrait, Macro, Scenery, and Low Light modes according to the situation to optimize visual quality. The Intelligent Exposure that also optimizes the exposure to prevent over/under exposure part from occurring.

The 4.6x optical zoom is available in movie recording, too. With the Video Divide function, users can divide the video into two sections to shorten or delete the unwanted part on the spot in the camera. You can cut out a clear still image from a movie in the camera thanks to the Intelligent Resolution technology. A Wind Cut function is also available to block out most of the noise from background wind. A host of options enhances the usability and fun of recording high quality full-HD movie.

4. The Evolving iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode Makes
Every Photo and Movie More Beautiful

Panasonic incorporated the Intelligent Auto mode in pursuit of the ultimate ease of operation and the reduction of misshots. In the iA mode, the camera does all the work, leaving you free to compose shots and capture moments. Just press, aim and shoot.

For more effective countermeasure against blur, the Active Mode is newly equipped with DMC-TS3(FT3) for an option of image stabilization in movie recording. This mode is especially effective in active movie recording at wide angle such as shooting while walking.

With the DMC-TS3(FT3), the Motion Deblur mode* is incorporated to prevent blur even more powerfully. The mode is a comprehensive integration of Intelligent ISO Control which automatically adjusts ISO setting and shutter speed according to the subject’s movement and the advanced contrast control system of Intelligent Exposure that also optimizes the exposure to prevent over/under exposure part in a picture. The camera judges the appropriate shutter speed to suppress the motion blur according to the movement of the subject. The shutter speed rises as high as possible activating the high sensitivity recording by pixel mixed readout method. Combined the newly incorporated Active Mode, the DMC-TS3(FT3) thoroughly prevents blur in both photo and movie recording.

Not only those, the Face Recognition function remembers registered faces to give an appropriate AF/AE on the people while removing the unwanted red-eye. The Intelligent Scene Selector automatically selects whichever of 6 Scene modes – Macro, Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery and Sunset – that best suit the shooting situation.
In addition, the Intelligent Resolution technology is always activated in the iA mode which results in the clearer and higher picture quality in every photo and movie with extended zoom range equivalent to 6x optical zoom by the Intelligent Zoom.
Plus, the light control of flash is optimized according to the scene more precisely and the portrait shots using flash, which tends to be overexposed, are now even more beautiful.

Once you enter the iA mode, these functions happen automatically together with other powerful shooting-assist functions – AF Tracking, Intelligent ISO Control and Intelligent Exposure – so you can shoot without the bother of adjusting settings every time conditions change. You can enjoy easy, trouble-free shooting in any situation and get the satisfaction that comes with capturing clear, beautiful images.

5. Other Exciting Features for More Fun of Photography
The DMC-TS3(FT3) features a new way of communication by sharing photo or movies taken by users via LUMIX Image Uploader. All you have to do is checkmark the photos you want to share in the camera and connect it to a PC with an included USB cable or just by inserting the SD Memory Card to the slot of PC. Uploading automatically starts just by following the guidance. You can add comment and let your friends know the update of your album via e-mail consequently. Facebook can be used for photos and YouTube for movies. Users can join these social networking service without installation of special software. It is easy to share photo and movies on the spot, which means that your friends do not have to wait for you to come back home.

A 2.7-inch, 230,000-dot Intelligent LCD with wide-viewing angle and AR (Anti-Reflection) coating is equipped with DMC-TS3(FT3). The screen brightness automatically adjusts in 11 steps as the surrounding brightness level changes, ensuring easy visibility at all times. The big screen reflects fine details, making it easy to check the focus before shooting. It also serves as a small photo and video viewer, allowing the user and friends to enjoy viewing the still and motion images together.

Scene modes, which are optimized for a variety of still-image shooting situations, are now available for motion images as well. The most commonly used scene modes for outdoor photography including Sports, Snow, Beach & Snorkeling and Underwater can be accessed directly via the mode button.

The newly added 3D Photo mode produces a realistic, less-distorted 3D image out of 20 consecutive images shot with panning. The 3D image can be viewed on VIERA 3D HDTV. The format of 3D image is compatible with MPO which can be played back on other MPO-compatible equipment such as TV, Digital Photo Frame or Printing.

Photos and movies taken with DMC-TS3(FT3) can be output to display them on a large HDTV via a micro HDMI. The built-in LED light greatly supports shooting in dark situations. The optional marine case (DMW-MCFT3) is available for underwater photography even to 40m.

PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.1 HD Lite Edition
The PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.1 HD Lite Edition makes it possible to sort and organize photos not only of those newly taken but also of those stored in your PC with quick start-up and fast read-in of images. The images recorded with GPS information are automatically sorted by the place name making it easy and fun to organize the images taken on your travel. For the portraits, the Face Recognition function that recognizes the faces in the picture automatically sorts the photos by the registered faces without picking out each photo one by one when you only want pictures of a specific person.

Recorded movies can be edited with the Short Movie Story function and written into MPEG2 to burn onto a DVD disc. You can also enjoy making photo and movie slideshows with a variety of effects and use your iTunes music library as background music. It is also possible to put a title or add comments on the scene utilizing the information from the place names recorded with GPS and from the people’s names registered in Face Recognition. In addition to the direct connection of the camera, you can upload photos to Facebook and movie to YouTube via this software, too.

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