Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 Waterproof Compact Camera

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72% Tried & Tested
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.”

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Key Features

  • 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

Product Description

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.

Specs

Body type
Body type Compact
Sensor
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)
Sensor type CMOS
Image
ISO Auto, Hi Auto (1600-6400), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
White balance presets 4
Custom white balance Yes (1)
Image stabilization Optical
Uncompressed format No
JPEG quality levels Fine, Standard
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 28–128 mm
Optical zoom 4.6×
Maximum aperture F3.3 - F5.9
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (4.6x)
Manual focus No
Normal focus range 30 cm (11.81)
Macro focus range 5 cm (1.97)
Number of focus points 23
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 460,000
Touch screen No
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type None
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 60 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/1300 sec
Aperture priority No
Shutter priority No
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash Yes
Flash range 5.60 m
External flash No
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Continuous drive 10 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
Exposure compensation ±2
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage included 15 MB Internal
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes with NFC (Near Field Communication) capabilities
Remote control No
Physical
Environmentally sealed Yes (Waterproof, Shockproof, Freezeproof, Dustproof)
Battery Battery Pack
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)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes
GPS BuiltIn

Reviews

DPReview Conclusion

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category at the time of review.

Score Breakdown
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Ergonomics & handling
Features
Exposure and focus accuracy
Image quality (jpeg)
Flash performance
Low light / high ISO performance
Optics
Performance (speed)
Movie / video mode
Connectivity
Value
Tried & Tested
Tried & Tested
72 %
Overall Score

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.

User Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
  • Shahzack, Jun 25, 2013 GMT:
    Tough camera

    Best in line-up of rugged cameras with excellent features

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  • markusbi, Jul 11, 2013 GMT:
    FT5 Wifi Review

    This review doesn't cover the Lumix FT5's photo quality (which is of course very important and I think, from a first impression point of view, is very good). Its design for rough situations (waterproof, shock resistant etc.) is convincing and seems well done. This is not covered here either. BUT Panasonic seems to know how to make cameras, not Wifi devices... If you buy this camera with great expectations on a sleek Wifi setup, try again. The speed of user menus is slow. While for normal ...

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Questions & Answers

QUESTION

panasonic DMC- TS5 question

Hello all :-) New to your fine forum and have a question. I do environmental work and need a digital cam, so I purchased one. I have a panasonic DMC- TS5 with the built in compass (to show aspect), GPS, altimeter, as well as the time and date shown. Is there any way to have this info "stamped" on my pics? Im still trying to figure this little piece of technology out. The above info is shown when I take the pic and view it on the camera, but when I download to my PC the info is not on the pics. If so it sure would make my reports a lot easier to make as well as present. Thanks in advance for any and all replies.

ABMike asked
3 months ago

ANSWERS

QUESTION

FT5 Wifi issue

How do I connect my FT5 camera to my pc using wifi - I have followed the manual and found the pc on the wireless network but I then get asked for another username and password. What are these for - and where do I find them? Thanks

AndyMck asked
5 months ago

ANSWERS

QUESTION

Trying to decide between 3 waterproof point and shoots

I need a weatherproof, dirtproof camera that takes excellent shots (yeah, a pipe dream, I know) especially excellent action shots. I am trying to decide between the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5, Pentax WG-3, and Olympus Tough TG-2. Does anyone have any experience with any of these cameras in regards to picture quality, action/motion shots, etc.? Or have a different camera to recommend? I don't really need to take the camera underwater, but it will be in situations where it will get wet and dirty, so I want something that is somewhat weatherproof.

CoolRabbit asked
5 months ago

ANSWERS

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/2013-waterproof-roundup?utm_campaign=internal-link&utm_source=featured-image&utm_medium=image&ref=featured-image Continue Reading

PenPix answered
5 months ago

My Panasonic TS/FT (mostly) underwater photos & movies: http://www.flickr.com/photos/primozp/sets/ http://www.youtube.com/user/PrimozP/videos?flow=list&view=1 Continue Reading

primozp answered
5 months ago

Thank you so much. Your pictures are all great. My computer monitor stinks so I don't see much difference in photo quality between the cameras. Since you have a lot of experience with these, which camera works best in low light, and for action shots? In your opinion, which camera is your favorite? I am ready to buy, but really torn between the three cameras because they all seem so similar. Continue Reading

CoolRabbit answered
5 months ago

Warranty Information

"If your product does not work properly because of a defect in materials or workmanship, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company or Panasonic Puerto Rico, Inc. (collectively referred to as “the warrantor”) will, for the length of the period indicated on the chart below, which starts with the date of original purchase (“warranty period”), at its option either (a) repair your product with new or refurbished parts, or (b) replace it with a new or refurbished product. The decision to repair or replace will be made by the warrantor."

PRODUCT OR PART NAME PARTS LABOR
DIGITAL STILL CAMERA 1 (ONE) YEAR 1 (ONE) YEAR
CCD 6 (SIX) MONTHS 90 (NINETY) DAYS
RECHARGEABLE BATTERY PACK (IN EXCHANGE FOR DEFECTIVE BATTERY PACK) 90 (NINETY) DAYS NOT APPLICABLE


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