Here are the specs from dpreview.com.
| ||Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1|
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Panasonic's first rugged digital compact and the world's first to feature AVCHD lite HD video recording. The TS1 (FT1 in Europe) is designed to be dustproof, waterproof up to 3 meters and shockproof up to 1.3 meters. It incorporates AVCHD Lite video compression in 3 quality levels to allow longer HD video recording. Sporting a 12.1MP sensor, 28-129mm equivalent lens and 2.7" LCD, the camera also includes features such as Intelligent Auto Mode, Optical Image Stabilizer and Face recognition. April 2009
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| Also known as ||Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1|
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| Max resolution ||4000 x 3000|
| Low resolution ||4000 x 2672, 4000 x 2248, 3264 x 2448, 3264 x 2176, 3264 x 1840, 2560 x 1920, 2560 x 1712, 2560 x 1440, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1360, 1920 x 1080, 1600 x 1200, 640 x 480|
| Image ratio w:h ||16:9, 4:3, 3:2|
| Effective pixels ||12.1 million|
| Sensor photo detectors ||12.7 million|
| Sensor size ||1/2.33 " (6.13 x 4.60 mm, 0.28 cm²)|
| Pixel density ||43 MP/cm²|
| Sensor type ||CCD|
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| ISO rating ||Auto, 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 (1600-6400 with boost)|
| Zoom wide (W) ||28 mm|
| Zoom tele (T) ||128 mm (4.6 x)|
| Digital zoom ||Yes, 4x|
| Image stabilization ||Yes, Optical|
| Auto Focus ||TTL autofocus (11-point with face detection)|
| Manual Focus ||No|
| Normal focus range ||50 cm|
| Macro focus range ||5 cm|
| White balance override ||6 positions plus manual|
| Aperture range ||F3.3 - F5.9|
| Min shutter ||60 sec|
| Max shutter ||1/3000 sec|
| Built-in Flash ||Unknown|
| Flash range |
| External flash ||Unknown|
| Flash modes ||Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync|
| Exposure compensation ||-2 to +2 EV in 1/3 EV Steps|
| Metering ||Intelligent Multiple, Center-Weighted, Spot|
| Aperture priority ||No|
| Shutter priority ||No|
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| Lens thread ||No|
| Continuous Drive ||Yes, 2.3 fps, 5 images|
| Movie Clips ||Yes, 1280 x 720, 30 fps, 848 x 480, 30 fps, 640 x 480, 30 fps, 320 x 240, 30 fps|
| Remote control ||No|
| Self-timer ||Yes, 2 or 10 sec|
| Timelapse recording ||No|
| Orientation sensor ||Yes|
| Storage types ||SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal|
| Storage included ||40 MB Internal|
| Uncompressed format ||No|
| Quality Levels ||Fine, Standard|
| Viewfinder ||None|
| LCD ||2.7 "|
| LCD Dots ||230,000|
| Live View ||No|
| USB ||USB 2.0 (480Mbit/sec)|
| HDMI ||Yes|
| Wireless ||Unknown|
| Environmentally sealed ||Yes, Waterproof, Shockproof, Dustproof|
| Battery ||Lithium-Ion rechargeable & charger|
| Weight (inc. batteries) ||189 g (6.7 oz)|
| Dimensions ||98 x 63 x 23 mm (3.9 x 2.5 x 0.9 in)|
| Notes ||First rugged compact with AVCHD Lite HD recording|
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Firstly, the Lumix TS-1 does take HD videos at 720p, which is pretty good for something this size and waterproof. With a 2.7" LCD Screen in the back and Leica "Lens" image stabilization, I would say the specifications are slightly better then the rest of the class.
So far, I've brought it out to the cold, dropped it from 5ft to the ground, soaked it in the bathtub, it is still performing well.
The photos are pretty good for day shot, and the speed of 1/3000 is not bad for a camera like that. I like the button locations, and how the dial worked, but still, with gloves, it is hard to switch and call up the menu.
The colors are pretty good and image looks sharp too. I guess for most cameras, taking pictures outdoors in the day is not much of a test, but for a waterproof and shock proof point and shoot, being able to do 1/3 Steps in EV is pretty good.
Being able to do a little bit of setting modification control is pretty important to take photos at unusual locations. The above photo did not come out at all in my phone camera, and most cameras give a fuzzy white cloud. Lumix did pretty well.
The flash works pretty ok, and there are a few flash modes, sync flash, red eye reduction, etc, and they do come in handy at times.
Here is a comparison on photos with and without flash.
The photo taken at ISO 3200 isn't that noisy for a 4" x 6" print, and taking with the flash shows that it is snowing. I would say that the Lumix TS1 is the best weatherproof camera for night shots as it seemed to have the least noise at ISO 800 and still ok photos at ISO 1600. (Photos taken without tripod) It has F3.3 at 28mm
Well, I would say that if any camera could take photos with just the street lamps, and the photo is still clear and without tripod and flash, then the camera is indeed pretty good for night photos.
Other cameras tested:
Canon D10 (ISO 400) relatively good at night, but anything more gets noisy.
Fuji Z33 seemed to have high noise even at low ISO 200, and image quality is not good.
Olympus Stylus Tough 8000 has very noisy images at ISO 400 and up, and image seemed to lack contrast at night. I did not test the flash, but heard the flash sync is slow.
Overall, I would say the Lumix TS1 has good images throughout the test, Canon D10 has great images at ISO 100 as well, but for the other cameras, the quality is no where close to the 12.1 MP of the Lumix DMC-TS1.
Likes: HD Video, Good images to ISO 1600, Sharp images in day, Weatherproof, Good metering, Optical Image Stabilization, High Battery Capacity, Histogram, Dedicated Movie record button, Built in wind buffer to keep wind noise low.
Dislikes: Terrible power button, very unresponsive, Slow zooming, Does not take burst shots at -1/3 EV intervals, uses Panasonic Lumix connector to USB on camera, no RGB Histogram, average sound quality.