Shock Proof: 6.6ft
Freeze Proof: Yes
Focal length: 28-128mm
We like the fact that Panasonic has decided to equip this camera with only 12.1 MP resolution instead of the 14.1MP like they did disastrously last year. They have also added a GPS to make your pictures more memorable and a new software to make sharing your adrenaline pumping adventures on YouTube far easier than before.
The pictures and videos are sharp, the body is as solid as ever and the GPS has certainly make the pictures faster to find. If you don’t mind spending a little more money for a tough camera, we wholly recommend the Panasonic TS3.
- Waterproof to 40 ft. Perfect for snorkeling or deeper underwater adventure.
- Beautiful, vivid videos.
- Battery Life. It won’t lasts as long as the previous model.
- Lack manual controls.
- High price.
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|Picture Quality||Compared to the previous models, the TS3 gives better sharpness and color whether on land or underwater. And while indoor pictures are relatively softer, they are not riddled with noise. Grains will only start to appear when you push the ISO higher than ISO800.|
The 4.6x optical zoom could be limiting but overall we are happy with what we see – the stabilizer works great and the intelligent mode is smart enough to pick the right setting for most of your shots.
|Video Quality||Like the TS1 & TS2, the video quality of this model is far better than any other waterproof camera brands in the market. |
The TS3 also has two more enhancements. Firstly, there’s a dedicated recording video button to help you change your shooting mode in an instant. Secondly, you could record your video in 720p 30fps mode to make it easier to upload them to YouTube and Facebook.
The only minus point is the mono sound recorded may not be enough for some people.
|Ease of Use||Shooting sharp pictures and videos is easy with this camera. The bright 2.7 inch LCD handles sun pretty well. And it smartly adjusted its brightness according to the surrounding light. |
The TS3 controls are also relatively simple and key features like the ISO speed, white balance and continuous mode could be accessed quickly.
But those who shoot with their gloves on may have trouble with the normal size buttons.
|Battery Life||From a full charge, this camera can muster around 310 shots. This is lower than the previous models but is much higher than any of its rivals. You’re looking at 2 to 3 hours of continuous use before you need a fresh battery.||A|
|Built Quality||The TS3 feels solid and is more ergonomic than the TS1 or TS2. When you hold it in your palm, you’ll get the impression that this tank-like camera could handle mud and water as well as a Land Rover jeep.|
We like the bulging right hand grip because it helps keep the camera in our wet hands, but we hate the fact that Panasonic has moved the zooming button to the back of the camera.
|Speed||This camera is faster than the TS2. You can shoot your first picture within 3 seconds of powering up with less than 0.5 seconds of shutter lag. Shot to shot time is good at less than 1.5 seconds.|
If fast action water sport photography is in your blood, this is a great camera to buy.
|Toughness||The casings are made of brushed metal with rivets holding the shells intact. The battery, memory and connection ports have also been also been housed in only one compartment to ensure less water leakage. |
Panasonic claims this freeze-proof and could be used up to 12 meters underwater. We didn't test this camera to the limits. But the industrial design makes the claims believable.
|Number of Functions||This camera has more features than you will ever need to use. But like most waterproof cameras, you won’t have much manual controls. |
One important feature of this camera is the smart Beach & Snorkeling mode. Instead of changing your camera setting back and forth when snorkeling and when on the beach, this one mode saves you plenty of time by automatically adjusting itself to detect whether you’re on land or on shallow water.
Panasonic has also added an altimeter, a barometer , a compass and a GPS to this camera. Except for the GPS, they all work fine. The GPS performance is erratic and will not work as fast as a dedicated GPS.
-The Panasonic TS3 is also known as the FT3 in certain countries like Japan
-Your GPS won’t work in China.
The Panasonic TS3 video function is put into tests by the legendary underwater film maker, Jack McCoy. Read More »
Water Proof Depth: 40feet
Shock Proof: 6.6feet
Freeze Proof: -10degrees Celcius
Focal length: 28-128mm
LCD Size: 2.7inch
Image Stabilizer: yesMechanical
Type: Full HD
Photos: 310photos per charge
Video: 110minutes per clip
SD, SDHC, SDXC
Lithium-ion 940 mAh
To get the most out of the TS3 camera:
- Upgrade your camera to the latest firmware. This helps improve the GPS performance.
- Buy the fastest memory card you could find. We suggest “Class 6″ or higher.
- Use the silicon cover when going underwater. It helps provide an extra protection against water and sand.
- Turn off the Auto Power LCD Mode and Power LCD Mode if you need to squeeze more pictures from the battery.
We suggest you :
- Buy an original Panasonic backup battery. Third party batteries probably won’t work.
- Check for water droplets or fingerprints on your uncovered lens. The LCD will not show you any of them. Shake or wipe them off so that your won’t end up with blurred vacation photos.
- Get a floating strap if you plan to take it to the sea.