Shock Proof: 5ft
Freeze Proof: No
Focal length: 28-128mm
- Has 28mm wideangle lens. Helps you capture the full breadth of a landscape or squeeze more people into your shots.
- Has HD Video. You can leave your cheap videocam at home.
- 340 pictures per charge. The longest lasting battery life among waterproof cameras (as of 2009).
- Brushed metal casing. No more worries about scratches.
- Not freezeproof.
- Metal button are pretty small and stiff to use underwater.
- Limited waterproof depth. Sufficient if you want to use it around the pool or waterfalls. But you’ll need an underwater casing for your deep underwater sea adventure.
|We Review||We Found||Rating|
|Picture Quality||The pictures from its wideangle lens are sharp, focused and properly exposed - suitable for you to post online or frame on your wall. |
We also found the optical image stabilization feature effective to help you get good shots - even while cruising down a river on a boat.
But like most point and shoot it may struggle when there's little lights. Our suggestion ? Use the preset scenes and you'll do fine.
|Video Quality||The 720p High Definition video is the best among other waterproof camera we've reviewed as of the end of 2009. |
You can zoom while shooting and the movies it produces are better than many low end video camcorders.
It also has HDMI playback to play those videos on your HDTV.
But the HD movies are in AVCHD format. You need to install softwares to view or edit it.
|Ease of Use||The bright 2.7 inch LCD handles sun pretty well. And it smartly adjusted its brightness according to the surrounding light. |
The user navigation is not as user friendly as the Canon, and you may need to spend some time getting to know this camera. But the menu graphics are big and easy to read and there are plenty of photo settings to play with.
Unfortunately, you may find it's scene dial hard to fiddle when you're getting pounded by the waves.
|Battery Life||A single charge will give you 340 shots - better than most rugged and regular compact cameras in the market.||A+|
|Built Quality||It fits in your hand well and is small enough to put in your cargo pants or pocket. |
The brushed metal casing feels tough and is intelligently designed - the thin drainage lines moves water away from the camera's openings. We also like the fact that it doesn't look any different from a normal compact.
|Speed||You need to hold the on button for 2 seconds to power it up. But that is the only thing that's slow about this camera. Autofocus is fast. And the time from shot to shot is around 1.5 second. The high speed burst mode is also good - with 10 pictures per second.||A|
|Toughness||The casings are made of brushed metal. The buttons and zoom controller are also made of steel. So we believe it won't have much trouble handling occasional bump or rough use. |
But it's not freezeproof.
|Number of Functions||We like the fact that there are ample scene modes not only for your pictures, but also for your movie clips.|
And if you need to do a fast editing, you can do simple functions like cropping and resizing pictures in the camera itself.
Panasonic TS1 Specifications
Water Proof Depth:
340photos per charge
Panasonic TS1 Tips
- Use SD or SDHC cards. You can use an MMC card but the camera won’t let you take HD videos with it.
- Use Motion JPEG for videos if you’re running out of space in your memory card. Of course, the picture won’t be as good as the HD.
- Install VLC Media Player if you have trouble installing the software from the Panasonic CD. It works on Mac, PC and Linux.
- Get extra software installed if you want to do more with your HD movie files. Here’s a list of software that can convert or edit your movie files. Note: Panasonic bundles the PhotoFunStudio CD software along with the camera. It does very basic editing but it won’t convert your file into other more useful formats.
- Buy a genuine Panasonic battery for your second backup battery. Unfortunately, since it’s latest firmware update, 3rd party batteries may not work in Panasonic TS1 cameras.
- 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.