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.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 Waterproof Compact Camera
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“ While GPS, Wi-Fi and NFC are nice add-ons, performance and photo quality remain the most important 'features' a camera can have. In that regard, the DMC-TS5 rarely disappoints.”
- 16.1 MP 1/2.33" CMOS sensor
- 28-128mm equivalent f/3.3-5.9 lens (4.6x optical zoom)
- 5-axis optical image stabilizer
- Up to 10 FPS continuous shooting (7 images max./full resolution) plus 40 FPS high-speed burst
- ISO 100-3200 (expandable to 6400)
- 1080/60p HD video (AVCHD/MPEG-4)
- 3" TFT LCD with 460,000 dots
- Built-in GPS, WiFi and Altimeter
- Pressure resistance of 200 lbf/100 kgf
- Waterproof to 43'/13m
- Shockproof from 6.6'/2m
- Freezeproof to 14°F/-10°C
|Max resolution||4608 x 3456|
|Other resolutions||4608 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:h||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||16 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||18 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, Hi Auto (1600-6400), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200|
|White balance presets||4|
|Custom white balance||Yes (1)|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, Standard|
|Optics & Focus|
|Focal length (equiv.)||28–128 mm|
|Maximum aperture||F3.3 - F5.9|
|Digital zoom||Yes (4.6x)|
|Normal focus range||30 cm (11.81″)|
|Macro focus range||5 cm (1.97″)|
|Number of focus points||23|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Minimum shutter speed||60 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/1300 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|Subject / scene modes||Yes|
|Flash range||5.60 m|
|Flash modes||Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro|
|Continuous drive||10 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 sec)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal|
|Storage included||15 MB Internal|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|Wireless notes||with NFC (Near Field Communication) capabilities|
|Environmentally sealed||Yes (Waterproof, Shockproof, Freezeproof, Dustproof)|
|Battery description||DMW-BCM13 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||370|
|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″)|
Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.
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|Low light / high ISO performance||
|Movie / video mode||
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.
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.
Best in line-up of rugged cameras with excellent features
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