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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1

Waterproof 12.1-megapixel digital camera with 4.6X optical zoom and HD video recording (Silver)

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Our take on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1

by Kristen Schaub
Panasonic

Waterproof and ready for adventures

Carry along a rugged waterproof camera the next time your travels take you to the beach, pool, or ski slopes, and capture unforgettable snapshots of your vacation. These cameras can go underwater with you, and they usually stand up to other hardships, too, like extreme temperatures and accidental drops, so you can spend less time worrying about your camera and more time having fun.

A rugged, capable camera that's easy to use

Panasonic's Lumix DMC-TS1 is one tough little camera that you can take with you on all your outdoor adventures. Shoot detailed 12.1-megapixel photos with plenty of resolution for cropping, enlarging, and printing. Capture smooth, high-definition video clips and then play them back on your compatible HDTV using an optional mini HDMI cable.

in green in orange in Silver

Tough, go-anywhere design

This tiny-yet-rugged camera is waterproof down to about 10 feet so you can snap photos in the pool, take it along on ski trips, or make the most of a rainy day. It's also built to withstand accidental drops from about five feet, and it's dustproof so you won't have to worry about dust or sand getting inside. The camera's LCD screen automatically adjusts its brightness and contrast based on the surrounding light, making it easy to compose and review your shots. Zero in on friends across the room or birds on the back fence with 4.6X optical zoom. Or use the "macro zooming" mode for sharply focused closeups of small objects, like a flower or insect.

DMC-TS1 in green
DMC-TS1 in orange

DMC-TS1 in hand

Smart features for simple shooting

The 'TS1 features a sophisticated automatic mode designed to give you great results without the need to make adjustments. Face detection helps you take sharp, natural portraits. For subjects in motion, an intelligent sensitivity setting accounts for the movement and prevents blurred photos. Optical image stabilization counteracts accidental camera shake. And a special scene recognition mode selects optimal exposure settings to suit your shooting environment.


This camera's built-in 40MB memory holds approximately 6 photos at top resolution — add optional SD memory cards for more storage.

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Highlights:

  • 12.1-megapixel effective recording
  • 4.6X optical zoom (4X digital/18.4X total zoom)
  • waterproof to 10 feet
  • shockproof up to 5 feet
  • 2-11/16" LCD screen with automatic 7-step brightness adjustment
  • optical image stabilization
  • wide-angle lens for shooting landscapes and large groups
  • 35mm equivalent focal length: 28-128mm
  • top JPEG resolution: 4000 x 3000
  • high-definition movie mode with audio (1280 x 720 at 30 frames per second)
  • face detection adjusts focus and exposure settings for better portraits
  • intelligent ISO detects subject movement and adjusts camera settings to prevent blur
  • high sensitivity mode for better low-light and flash-free shooting
  • variable ISO sensitivity (film speed equivalent) settings
  • variable burst mode lets you select shooting resolution and speed (up to 5 frames per second)
  • selectable white balance settings
  • 27 scene modes including Sports, Starry Sky, and Baby
  • macro zoom for sharply focused closeups
  • Tracking AF "locks" on and follows moving subjects for optimal focusing and exposure
  • built-in flash
  • playback options including thumbnail display, slide show, and image resizing and trimming
  • compatible with PictBridge-enabled printers
  • high-speed USB interface
  • 40MB internal memory (holds about 6 photos at top resolution)
  • uses optional SD/SDHC cards and MultiMediaCard™ memory cards
  • mini HDMI output for connecting the camera to a compatible HDTV (cable not included)
  • 3-15/16"W x 2-9/16"H x 1-1/16"D
  • weight: 5.73 oz. (without battery or memory card)
  • warranty: 1 year (6 months on CCD, 90 days labor)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • rechargeable battery
  • battery charger
  • audio/video & USB cables
  • wrist strap
  • software CD-ROM

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Features and Specs
General
LCD Screen Size
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2.7"
Wi-Fi
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No
Touchscreen
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No
GPS-enabled
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No
Lens 35mm Equivalent
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28-128
Optical Zoom
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4.6x
Digital Zoom
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4x
Filter Diameter
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N/A
Manual Focusing
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No
Manual Exposure
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No
Built-in Flash
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Yes
HDMI Output
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Mini
Memory
Internal Memory
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40MB
Memory Media
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SD/SDHC
Image
Effective Megapixel Count
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1.21e+007
Total Megapixels
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1.27e+007
Image Stabilization
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Optical
Highest Resolution
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4000 x 3000
HD Video Recording
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Yes
Dimensions
Width (inches)
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3-15/16
Height (inches)
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2-9/16
Depth (inches)
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1-1/16
Weight With Battery (ounces)
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6.48
Warranty
Parts Warranty
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1 Year/6 Months CCD
Labor Warranty
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1 Year/90 Days CCD
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What's in the box?

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  • Digital camera (silver)
  • DMW-BCF10PP Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.6 Volts/940 mAh)
  • Plastic battery case
  • Wrist strap
  • DE-A59B Battery Charger
  • 59" Audio/Video cable (has proprietary plug on one end and a stereo RCA audio and an RCA composite video plug on the other)
  • 40" USB cable (with proprietary connector on one end and a USB-A connector on the other)
  • Cleaning brush
  • LUMIX CD-ROM software
  • Operating Instructions (English)
  • Basic Operating Instructions (Spanish)
  • Supplied Software instructions (Eng/Fre)
  • Product Registration Card
  • "Important" note
  • "Face Recognition" note
  • "AVCHD Lite Motion" note
  • UL note

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Recording Features
Play, Edit, And Print Functions
Battery Information
Inputs And Outputs Notes
Supplied Software

Recording Features

Waterproof, Dustproof, and Shockproof: The Panasonic TS1's camera body is waterproof to 3 m (9.84 ft). It is also dustproof, so you do not have to worry about dust or sand getting inside. And it has passed drop tests at a height of approximately 1.5 m (4.92 ft).

LCD Monitor: The Panasonic Lumix TS1 digital camera features a clear, bright, high-resolution, 2.7" (diagonal), low-temperature polycrystalline TFT LCD wide-screen (16:9) monitor for framing shots and displaying your recorded images. The LCD monitor has approximately 230,000 pixels with a field of view of about 100% of the image being recorded. You can manually adjust the LCD monitor's brightness in seven steps. The LCD monitor can be set to automatically turn off after 15 or 30 seconds.

Note: This camera does not feature a separate viewfinder.

Image Sensor: The images are captured on the TS1's 1/2.33" CCD with 12,700,000 total pixels; 12,100,000 effective. The CCD features a primary color filter which ensures the correct extraction of color information from the CCD for vivid, rich color images.

Leica Lens: The TS1 is equipped with a high-quality 28mm wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens with 4.6x optical zoom. A retracting lens with folding optics is used in this 4.6x zoom lens system, which lets you take shots from the 28mm wide-angle to 129mm telephoto. This gives you the flexibility for virtually any shooting situation - even underwater shots, where the angle of view is naturally narrowed, or when you just want to fill the frame with your subject.

Digital Zoom: The camera has a digital zoom with a maximum of 4x. Combined with the 4x optical zoom, the total zoom is 18.4x. The digital zoom can be turned off if you prefer.

Extended Optical Zoom: When the resolution is not set to the highest quality for a given aspect ratio, you can use the extra capacity to effectively increase the optical zoom power without picture quality deterioration. The Extended Optical Zoom function uses the center part of the high-resolution CCD and crops the picture to the size you have chosen. The result is an optical zoom power maximum of 9.1x (under 3M). Combined with the 4x digital zoom, the total maximum zoom is 36.4x.

MEGA Optical Image Stabilization: To prevent blurry images caused by hand movement, you can activate the MEGA Optical Image Stabilization (MEGA O.I.S.). Inadvertent hand movement generally occurs during telephoto, macro, or self-portrait shooting, or when taking photos at night or in dim lighting. The MEGA O.I.S. system uses built-in gyrosensors to detect even tiny camera movement, then shifts a lens in the opposite direction to compensate. You can choose between three O.I.S. modes: Mode 1 (continuous stabilization) , Mode 1 (activated only when shutter is pressed), or Auto (optimum jitter compensation is select depending on the condition).

Recording Format: The digital camera supports JPEG still images, as well as QuickTime Motion JPEG and AVCHD Lite (MPEG-4/H.264) for recording standard-definition or high-definition video clips.

Recording Media: In addition to the 40 MB built-in memory, the TS1 can record images on SD Memory Cards of 8 MB to 2 GB capacity, SDHC (High Capacity) Memory Cards of 4GB to 32GB, and MultiMediaCards (MMC). You can copy the data of the pictures you have taken from the built-in memory to a card or from a card to the built-in memory.

Note: MMC read and write speeds are slower than SD and they cannot be used to record motion video.

Image Resolution: You can record still images in multiple sizes, three aspect ratios (4:3, 3:2, and 16:9), and two quality settings (Fine or Standard). The number of images you can record is as follows:

Aspect Ratio Image Resolution Number of Recordable Images
40 MB built-in memory 2 GB SD Card 8 GB SD Card
Fine Std Fine Std Fine Std
16:9
9M (4000 x 2248) 7 15 350 680 1410 2750
6M EZ (3264 x 1840) 10 21 470 930 1910 3720
3.5M EZ (2560 x 1440) 23 46 1040 1980 4160 7920
2M EZ (1920 x 1080) 41 79 1800 3410 7220 13640
3:2 10.5M (4000 x 2672) 6 13 310 620 1410 2750
7M EZ (3264 x 2176) 9 19 440 850 1910 3720
4.5M EZ (2560 x 1712) 20 39 890 1700 4160 7920
2.5M EZ (2048 x 1360) 31 60 1360 2560 7220 13640
4:3 12M (4000 x 3000) 6 12 290 560 1160 2270
8M (3264 x 2448) 8 18 400 790 1630 3180
5M EZ (2560 x 1920) 13 26 590 1130 2380 4540
3M EZ (2048 x 1536) 28 54 1220 2360 4910 9440
2M EZ (1600 x 1200) 45 84 1910 3610 7670 14440
0.3M EZ (640 x 480) 200 320 8770 12290 35080 49120

Motion Pictures: The TS1 can record standard-definition and high-definition motion pictures with audio at 30/60 fps using multiple picture sizes. In standard-definition, you can record at 848 x 480 pixels in the 16:9 aspect ratio, and at 640 x 480 pixels or 320 x 240 pixels in the 4:3 aspect ratio using motion JPEG. In high-definition you can record a 1280 x 720 pixels in the 16:9 aspect ratio using either motion JPEG or AVCHD Lite.

Video Format Aspect Ratio Picture Size Frames Per Second (fps) Recording Times (hr.min.sec.)
50 MB Internal Memory 2 GB SD Card 8 GB SD Card
AVCHD Lite 16:9 SH (Super High Quality): 1280 x 720 60 fps ***** 15 min. 00 sec. 1 hr. 00 min.
H (High Quality): 1280 x 720 60 fps ***** 20 min. 00 sec. 1 hr. 20 min.
L (Lone Play): 1280 x 720 60 fps ***** 29 min. 00 sec. 1 hr. 54 min.
Motion JPEG 16:9 HD: 1280 x 720 30 fps ***** 8 min. 20 sec. 33 min. 40 sec.
WVGA: 848 x 480 30 fps ***** 21 min. 20 sec. 1 hr. 25 min.
4:3 VGA: 640 x 480 30fps ***** 22 min. 10 sec. 1 hr. 28 min.
QVGA: 320 x 240 30fps 1 min. 27 sec. 1 hr. 4 min. 4 hr. 15 min.

Note: A maximum of approximately 2GB can be recorded in any one session. A 512MB or larger SD memory card is recommended for video recording.

Shooting Modes: The digital camera features the following shooting modes.

  • Single Shot: The camera records a single image with each press of the unit's shutter-button.
  • Burst Mode: You can take multiple shots consecutively in the Burst Mode. Select from three Burst Mode settings; Limited, Unlimited and Off. You can record up to 5 standard quality or 3 fine quality images at a speeds of 2.3 images per second in the Limited Burst mode. When set to Unlimited, the camera can record approximately 1.8 images per second until the memory is full.
  • Self Timer: The camera has a self timer feature that delays the shutter release, allowing you take pictures of yourself. The self timer can be set for 2 seconds or 10 seconds.

Focus Range: The TS1's focus range is approximately 0.99 feet to infinity in normal mode and 0.17 feet (W) or 0.99 (T) feet to infinity in Macro mode. There is also a Macro Zoom mode so can also take a picture with the digital zoom up to 3x while maintaining the distance to the subject for the extreme wide position.

Auto Focus: You can select any of six Auto Focus modes:

  • 11-Area: the camera focuses on any of 11 points, effective when the subject is not in the center of the frame
  • 1-Area: the camera focuses on the subject in the AF area in the center of the screen
  • 1-Area (High-Speed): camera quickly focuses on the subject in the AF area on the center of the screen
  • Spot: the camera focuses on a limited narrow area in the screen
  • Face Detection: recognizes faces (up to 15 people) and adjusts exposure and focus accordingly
  • AF Tracking: it is possible to set the focus to a specified subject, so the focus of the camera keeps following the subject automatically even as it moves

AF Assist Lamp: The camera has an AF Assist Lamp which provides extra lighting as a focusing aid for slightly dark situations where auto focusing would ordinarily be difficult. The effective range of this AF assist lamp is 5.0'.

Face Recognition: Face Recognition allows the face of a person that is taken often to be registered along with information such as name and birthday. Face Recognition allows you to search for the face similar to the registered face, setting the focus and exposure preferentially. The camera will also remember the face during face recognition, and detect an often photographer face automatically, displaying the face recognition screen. Up to six face images can be registered together with information such as name and birthday (it makes recognition easier to register multiple images of the same person).

Exposure Modes: The Panasonic Lumix digital camera offers the following exposure modes.

  • Normal Picture Mode: In this mode the camera automatically sets the shutter speed and the aperture value according to the brightness of the subject while allowing you to make other various camera settings.
  • Intelligent Auto Mode: The camera will set the most appropriate settings to match the subject and the recording conditions to quick and easy point-and-shoot operation.
  • Scene Modes: When you select a scene mode to match the subject and recording situation, the camera sets the optimal exposure and hue to obtain the desired picture. Available scene modes include:
    • Portrait: subject stands out from the soft background and has natural facial tones
    • Soft Skin: camera detects the face or skin area to achieve a smoother appearance of the skin than the Portrait mode
    • Transform: subject can be recorded either slim or stretched, and at the same time, skin can be recorded smoothly
    • Self Portrait: take a picture of yourself at arm's length
    • Scenery: focuses preferentially on a distant subject, allowing you to take pictures of a wide landscape; the focus range is 16.4' to infinity.
    • Panorama Assist: takes pictures with connections suitable for creating panorama images
    • Sports: allows you to take pictures of sports or other fast-moving subjects; the minimum focus range is 16.4'
    • Night Portrait: take pictures of a subject and a landscape at night with near real-life brightness by using the flash and slowing down the shutter speed; the focus range is approximately 3.94' to 16.4'
    • Night Scenery: vividly record nightscapes; the shutter speed is greatly reduced (up to 8 seconds) so a tripod is recommended; the focus range is 16.4' to infinity
    • Food: take pictures of food with a natural hue without being affected by the ambient light in restaurants; the focus range is 0.17 (wide) or 0.99 (tele) to infinity
    • Party: record pictures at indoor gatherings, the party mode slows down the shutter speed and uses the flash so both the subjects and the background are recorded at natural brightness; subjects should be about 5.0 feet away and a tripod is recommended
    • Candle Light: take pictures in a candlelit atmosphere; a tripod is recommended
    • Baby 1 & 2: photograph babies with a healthy complexion, the effect of the flash is weakened, you can enter the birthdays of two babies and display the age of the baby in each picture
    • Pet: like the Baby mode, you can set the birth date of your pet
    • Sunset: take vivid pictures of the red setting sun; the flash and AF assist lamp are off and the white balance is fixed
    • High Sensitivity: sensitivity is set higher than usual, from 1600 to 6400, this mode helps minimize the blur of moving subjects in situations with inadequate lighting
    • High Speed Burst: take pictures of rapid movement or a decisive moment; this mode is capable of taking approximately 10 pictures per second (in Speed Priority) and 6 pictures per second in (Image Priority); you can record up to 15 images on the built-in memory and anywhere from 15 to 100 images on a memory card (depending on size)
    • Flash Burst: still pictures are taken continuously (up to 5 images) with the flash; this is convenient to take continuous still pictures in dark places.
    • Starry Sky: take vivid pictures of a starry sky or a dark subject; the shutter is open for 15, 30, or 60 seconds, so a tripod is necessary
    • Fireworks: photograph fireworks exploding in the night sky, a tripod is recommended, most effective when 32.8 feet or more away
    • Beach & Surf: takes pictures up to 10 feet underwater and at the beach
    • Snow: the exposure and white balance are adjusted to make the white color of the snow stand out
    • Aerial Photo: take pictures through an airplane window
    • Pin Hole: picture is taken darker and with soft focus around the subjects
    • Film Grain: picture is taken with a grainy texture as though blasted with sand
    • Photo Frame: records the image with a frame around it
    • Underwater: optimal for taking picture underwater (10 feet or more), if using the marine case (DMW-MCFT1, sold separately)
  • Scene Detection: The camera can automatically identify the optimum scene setting for your subject between Portrait, Scenery, Macro, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, and Baby scene modes.
  • Clipboard Mode: This setting is useful when taking pictures of timetables, route maps, or other information instead of taking notes. Regardless of whether a card is present or not, the data is store in the dedicated clipboard folder of the built-in memory so it can be differentiated from the regular pictures and made available for immediate viewing. You can set the Clipboard resolution to either 2M or 1M. You can capture of to 84 clipboard images at 2M or 124 clipboard images at 1M.
  • Motion Picture Mode: This mode allows you to record standard-definition and high-definition motion pictures with audio.

Intelligent Exposure: Contrast and exposure will be adjusted automatically when there is a big difference in brightness between the background and subject, to bring the image close to real life.

Exposure Compensation: If you cannot achieve the proper exposure due to the difference in brightness between the subject and background, exposure compensation allows you to adjust the exposure between -2EV and +2EV in steps of 1/3EV.

Auto Bracketing: If you are unsure of the proper exposure, you can use the Auto Bracketing feature to take multiple pictures with a single press of the shutter button, each using a different exposure. The camera will take three exposures, one using the average exposure, one over exposed and one under exposed. The amount of compensation for each picture is +/-0EV, -1 EV, and + 1EV.

ISO Sensitivity: The camera's sensitivity to light (ISO) can be set automatically, or you can manually select a sensitivity of ISO 80, 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800, or ISO 1600. When set to Auto, the camera automatically sets the optimal sensitivity based on the brightness of the scene. There is also an Intelligent ISO Sensitivity Mode which detects the movement of the subject near the center of the frame and sets the sensitivity and shutter speed according to the movement and brightness of the subject. The Intelligent ISO mode can be set to ISOMAX 400, ISOMAX 800, or ISOMAX 1600.

Backlight Compensation: This function compensates the backlight by brightening the whole picture automatically.

LED Light: The built-in LED light will illuminate the subject when taking pictures in dark surroundings.

Built-in Flash: The built-in flash has a range of 0.99' to 16.7' in wide-angle. The camera has the following flash modes:

  • Auto: the flash is automatically activated when recording conditions make it necessary
  • Auto/Red-eye Reduction: the flash is automatically activated when necessary, it is preceded by a pre-flash to reduce the red-eye effect
  • Forced On: the flash is activated regardless of the recording conditions
  • Forced On/Red-eye Reduction: the flash and pre-flash are always activated
  • Slow sync./Red-eye Reduction: with a dark background, the shutter is slowed down when the flash is activated so the background will brighten, simultaneously, the red-eye phenomenon is reduced
  • Forced Off: the flash is not activated under any recording conditions

White Balance: To reproduce colors accurately, you can set the White Balance to match the ambient light around the subject, or use the automatic setting. Presets include Outdoor/Clear Sky, Outdoor/Cloudy Sky, Outdoor/Shade, and Halogen Lighting. You can also manually adjust the camera to the present lighting situation.

Color Effect Mode: You can set a color effect for recorded pictures for a special touch:

  • Standard: normal pictures
  • Natural: picture becomes softer
  • Vivid: picture becomes sharper
  • Cool: picture becomes bluish
  • Warm: picture becomes reddish
  • B/W: picture is black and white
  • Sepia: picture becomes sepia

Wind Cut: This feature reduces the noise from wind hitting the camera's built-in microphone.

Recording Guidelines: This used to divide the entire screen into 3x3 for taking pictures with a well-balanced composition. When you align your subject on the camera's horizontal and vertical guidelines or the cross-point of these lines, you can take pictures with well-designed composition by viewing the size, the slope, and the balance of the subject.

Histogram: A histogram is a graph that display brightness along the horizontal axis (black to white), and the number pixel at each brightness level on the vertical axis. It allows you to easily check a picture's exposure.

Travel Date: You can record information as to what day and where pictures were taken by setting departure dates and destinations.

Multi-Language Menu: The unit supports the following menu languages - English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, and Japanese.

Play, Edit, And Print Functions

Auto Review: After taking a picture, Auto Review will display it on the LCD monitor. Setting options are off (no review), 1 second, 2 seconds, hold (pictures are displayed until any of the buttons are pressed) and zoom (the picture is enlarged after a brief display at original size). At any time you can view the last recorded picture for about 10 seconds without leaving the recording mode. While the picture is displayed, you can enlarge the picture 4x. The picture can be deleted (Quick Deletion) during the review, if desired.

Auto Rotation: When the camera is rotate to shoot a portrait (vertical) image, the camera records it position change and displays the image in the portrait position.

Play Modes: The Panasonic digital camera offers the following playback modes.

  • Normal Play: A single image is displayed on the camera's LCD monitor.
  • Index Play: Recorded images can be displayed on the LCD screen one at a time, or using multi-playback 12 or 30 at a time.
  • Slide Show: This function of the camera allows you to automatically play pictures in order. You can change the duration (1, 2, 3, or 5 seconds) and effect (Natural, Slow, Swing, Urban, Auto, or Off) between image changes.
  • Category Play: Pictures can be classified automatically and viewed by scene modes or categories. Automatic classification starts "Category Play" is selected from the playback mode selection menu of the camera. Auto-categories include Portraits, Scenery, Night Scenery, Events, Babies, Pets, Food, Travel Date and Motion Picture.
  • Favorite Play: You can mark your favorite pictures so the camera will only playback these images. You can select up to 999 pictures.

Playback Zoom: Playback zoom allows you to enlarge an image on the LCD screen by 1x, 2x, 4x, 8x or 16x.

Image Rotation: Images can be rotated clockwise or counterclockwise 90-degrees.

Edit Functions: The camera features the following editing features.

  • Title Edit: You can edit names from the Baby and Pet scene modes, or destinations in the Travel Date mode, or give titles to your favorite pictures.
  • Text Stamp: You can stamp the recording date or text registered in in the Baby, Pet or Travel Date modes.
  • Resize: Picture size can be reduce to facilitate e-mail attachment and use in homepages, etc.
  • Trimming: You can enlarge your pictures and trim unwanted areas.
  • Leveling: Tilting of an image up to 2-degrees (clockwise or counter-clockwise) can be adjusted.

Delete Pictures: You can delete a single picture, up to 50 pictures, or all pictures at once.

Protect: Set the Protect feature to prevent deletion of important pictures.

VIERA Link: VIERA Link allows you to control the TS1 from the remote control of your VIERA Link compatible Panasonic television which is connected to the digital camera via an HDMI cable.

DPOF Setting: You can write the data of still pictures to be printed and the number of copies of each onto an SD card. The camcorder uses Digital Print Order Format (DPOF), so you can take the SD card to a photo printing shop or device that supports DPOF to make prints. You can setup to 999 pictures.

PictBridge: The TS1 can be connected to any PictBridge-compatible printer via the supplied USB cable for direct printing. The print size, layout, date, and other settings can be made with the camera prior to printing.

Battery Information

Battery: The TS1 uses a single DMW-BCF10PP rechargeable Lithium Ion battery. The estimated battery life is 340 recordable pictures or approximately 170 minutes of recording, and approximately 300 minutes of playback time. The battery provides up to 100 minutes of motion picture recording. Estimated charging time is approximately 130 minutes using the supplied DE-A59B battery charger. The battery is not charged inside the camera.

Optional AC Adapter: You can operate the camera on AC power using the optional DMW-AC5PP AC adapter (available from the manufacturer). The adapter is recommended when the camera is connected to your PC or printer.

Note: The camera's battery is not charged when the AC adapter is in use.

Power Save Mode: The Power Save mode allows you save battery power by automatically turning the camera off after a set amount of time without operation; 2, 5, or 10 minutes, or Off.

Inputs And Outputs Notes

USB/AV Output: The Panasonic TS1 features a proprietary jack on the side of the camera for connecting the supplied USB and AV cable. This one output and the supplied cables allow you to download your photos to your computer or printer via USB, or view your photos on a TV via composite video and stereo audio RCA. The USB interface is USB 2.0 Full Speed compatible (equivalent to USB 1.1). The unit's video output can also be set to display either a 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio

mini-HDMI: The Panasonic Lumix TS1 is equipped with a mini-HDMI terminal for connecting the camera to your HDTV for high-definition playback using a mini-HDMI to standard HDMI cable (sold separately). The mini-HDMI output can be set to 480, 720p, 1080i, or Auto to match your television's resolution.

Supplied Software

Lumix Digital Camera Software: The following two types of picture related software are included on the supplied Lumix Digital Camera CD-ROM.

  • PHOTOfunSTUDIO Viewer v.3.0 HD Edition (Windows only): This software allows you to acquire pictures to the PC, and also categorize these acquired pictures by their recording date or the model name of the camera used. You can resize pictures and add effects to the pictures. Various printing functions, such as layout printing, and writing function to CD-R (only for Windows XP/Vista) are supported too. If you forgot to set the date on the digital camera, you can add the date of recording to pictures with this software. Also, AVCHD Lite motion picture can be loaded and written to DVD (Windows XP/Vista only).
  • ArcSoft Software (Windows and Macintosh): The ArcSoft Software Suite includes the following two software applications.
    • ArcSoft MediaImpression: Still pictures can be edited, modified, printed or written to a CD-R.
    • ArcSoft Panorama Maker 4: It is possible to combine several still pictures to make panoramic photos.

System Requirements:

PhotofunStudio HD 3.0  (Windows only) ArcSoft Software Suite (Windows and Mac) USB-Connectable Environment (Windows and Mac)
w/ JPEG or Motion JPEG w/ AVCHD Lite
OS Windows 2000: Professional
Windows XP: Professional and Home Edition
Windows Vista: Ultimate, Business, Home Premium, and Home Basic Windows XP: Professional and Home Edition
Windows Vista: Ultimate, Business, Home Premium, and Home Basic
Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Vista SP1

Macintosh Mac OS X (10.3 to 10.5) Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP Home Edition, Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Ultimate Mac OS 9.2.2, Mac OS X (10.1 to 10.5)
CPU IBM PC/AT compatible personal computer having Intel Pentium III 500 MHz or higher IBM PC/AT compatible personal computer having Intel Pentium III 800 MHz or higher Intel Core 2 Duo 2.16 GHz/Pentium D 3.2 GHz or higher (when playing back motion picture)
Intel Core 2 Quad 2.6 GHz or higher (when editing motion pictures)
Intel Pentium III 1 GHz or higher Power PC g4 or higher (Intel Mac compatible) *****
Display High Color 16-bit or more (32-bit or more recommended)
Desktop resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels or more (1280 x 1024 pixels or more recommended)
High Color 16-bit or more
Desktop resolution of 800 x 600 pixels or more
*****
Graphics Card DirectX 9.0c DirectX 10 ***** ***** *****
Video Software QuickTime Player 6.1 or later (required for playback of MOV file) ***** ***** *****
Internet Software Internet Explorer 6.0 or more ***** ***** *****
RAM 256 MB or more 512 MB or more 1GB or more 512 MB or more *****
Free Hard Disk Space Ultra DMA-100 or higher
450 MB or more for installing software
150 MB or more free space *****
Drive CD-ROM drive (required to install this program)
DVD-ROM drive required for DVD writing
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Sound Windows compatible sound device ***** ***** *****
Interface USB port (High Speed 2.0)
Other Equipment Mouse or equivalent pointing device
 
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5 out of 5

Awesome!

Written By Maximiliano, Santa Barbara on Tuesday, September 28, 2010
 
One of the best cameras I have ever owned. Took great pictures and very rugged. I took it on my trip to South America it lasted me fall, salt and fresh water, sand boarding, and extreme cold. But I left it in a cab :'( so for this summer I bought the TS2 this cameras successor. You won't be disappointed especially if your into extreme sports or trips.
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4 out of 5

Great Camera

Written By LennyP, Banks, OR on Monday, July 27, 2009
 
Just got back from a river trip on the Sauk in the North Cascades. The camera got pretty wet and bounced about a bit. I used the IA mode strictly as I was too busy avoiding rocks to do much anything but go click. This camera worked GREAT!! The pictures are very good quality -- the AVCHD Lite works wonderful. Check out VLC (VideoLan) if you have trouble viewing -- it's a free, open source video viewer.) I was pleasantly surprised by the LCD as I could use it in pretty bright light.

Here are the three big negatives. First, when I grab the camera my finger naturally falls within the view area of the lens when using wide angle. I will need to consciously relocate my finger when taking pictures. This would not be a big deal, but, second, when I wear my contacts I can't see the LCD clearly. This is NOT the camera's fault buy it would be really nice to be able to distort the viewer to compensate. Hear this camera companies -- a diopter adjustment for we boomers. Third is the water drops on the lens. I would like to see a hydrophobic coating so I can just shake the camera to get rid of the drops.

Over all, with much research, this is the best all around active sports camera I've found.

Thanks Crutchfield -- best price on this camera with Crutchfield service.
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4 out of 5

Good pic/video careful with the screen

Written By IministerUS, Kokomo, IN on Wednesday, July 08, 2009
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Pros: Great at pictures and video. I used it on a mission trip to Alabama with my youth group and it did its job well. I even took pictures and video while in the Gulf of Mexico. I could put the camera on the Intelligent Auto mode, hand it to the kids and not worry about it getting wet or dropped and at the same time get good pictures or video. It is very easy to use.

Cons: Protect the screen on which you view pictures! I tossed this camera in a pocket in my backpack for the ride back from the Gulf of Mexico and when I pulled it out the screen was scratched up right in the center. I think I had my keys in the same pocket of the backpack but this camera sure wasn't as tough as I thought it would be. Now I worry about the lens. I talked to Crutchfield about returning it and they would have let me but I still elected to keep it (outweighing the scratches were the free memory card and camera case from Panasonic). Another con is that I still haven't found anything free that will let me edit clips together in the .mts file format. not even the software packaged with the camera will do that. ?

Pointers: AVCHDLite that people complain about isn't that big a deal. Free programs that you can download and use with the .mts file (that is the file type AVCHD hides in some obscure random folder so look for it) are VLC media player or you can install the FFDShow MPEG-4 decoder which when installed helps Windows Media Player play your .mts files flawlessly.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1

Written By GARY, pittsburgh on Friday, June 26, 2009
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excellent pictures and video. everything I wanted in a do all weatherproof camera.
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4 out of 5

Recommend against using AVCHD Lite

Written By John, USA on Thursday, June 25, 2009
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I like this camera EXCEPT I went to download my media and only found photos and no video. I had used the suggested setting of AVCHD Lite instead of JPEG. No program understands AVCHD Lite except PhotoFunStudio that comes with the camera. Even Sony Vegas Pro 9.0 does not understand it.

If you buy this camera I would recommend storing the video as a JPEG file. It can still be high definition 720p.

Most digital cameras have some sort of high definition proprietary software and all I can say is that I will only use mainstream file types.

Otherwise, get the camera. It is fun to use.
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4 out of 5

first impressions

Written By treasure mountain, rockies on Monday, May 04, 2009
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I love the camera, but there is a BIG problem - no lens cap. Consequently it's quickly covered in lint and finger prints. Worse, the plastic lens cover is at full time risk of being scratched.

Instead of babying a camera to shield it from rain or being dropped, I have to baby it all the time to protect the lens. I've made a cover that works ok, but the main reason to get a tough camera was to not have to worry about it. This issue has to be fixed.

Photo quality - close up is phenomenal. Macro fantastic. Landscape solidly good, but not spectacular. The stronger the light, the vastly better the photo. It has poor low light resolution - as reported elsewhere, anytime you go 400 iso or above, the results are crummy.

Intelligent auto feature definitely works for a well balanced, quality foto. To get the effect that I want, I haven't figured out how to get the fstop, shutter speed, and film speed to be what I want every single time, but I'm getting closer.

Cheers.
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