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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2

14-megapixel waterproof and shockproof digital camera (Silver)

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Item # 133TS2S

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The sky's the limit
Panasonic's eye-catching DMC-TS2 camera is shockproof, waterproof, freezeproof, and dustproof, so you can take it on every adventure and expect it to survive the journey.

The sky's the limit
Panasonic's eye-catching DMC-TS2 camera is shockproof, waterproof, freezeproof, and dustproof, so you can take it on every adventure and expect it to survive the journey.

The tough exterior is designed to protect the great optics and smart digital processing at the heart of the 'TS2; that way, you know that you'll make it home with clear, vivid pictures of snow-covered peaks or white sand beaches. An LED light helps you capture images even in dim light. And the camera also shoots HD video — even underwater — so you'll have more than one way to remember your travels.

This camera's built-in 40MB memory holds about 5 photos at top resolution — add optional SD or SDHC memory cards for more storage.

Product Highlights:

  • 14.1-megapixel effective recording
  • 4.6X optical zoom
  • waterproof down to 10 meters
  • shockproof (rated for drops up to 6 feet)
  • freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit
  • dustproof
  • 2-11/16" LCD screen
  • optical image stabilization
  • 35mm equivalent focal length: 28-128mm
  • high-definition movie mode (up to 720p resolution)
  • LED light for better shooting in dim environments
  • 40MB internal memory
  • uses optional SD/SDHC and SDXC memory cards
  • mini HDMI output (cable not included)
  • high-speed USB interface
  • 4"W x 2-9/16"H x 1-1/8"D
  • weight (without battery and media): 5.9 ounces
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor (6 months parts & 90 days labor on CCD)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • rechargeable battery
  • battery charger
  • USB cable and A/V cable
  • wrist strap
  • software CD-ROM

What's in the Box:

  • Digital camera (silver)
  • DMW-BCF10PP Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.6 Volts/940 mAh)
  • Plastic battery case
  • Wrist strap
  • Silicon camera jacket
  • 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
  • Basic Operating Instructions (Eng/Span)
  • Supplied Software instructions (Eng/Fren)
  • Product Registration Card
  • "AVCHD Lite Motion" note
  • Important Precautions sheet

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(3 Reviews)

Panasonic Lumix TS2

pointandshoot from Fort Collins, CO on 10/25/2010

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I've had my Lumix TS2 for about a week. I've tested it in several different settings, and I'm only partially satisfied with the performance. Sometimes simple snapshots are out of focus or strangely lit, even with the flash on. I've found that it takes better pictures on "normal" than on "intelligent auto". It's a good camera but I miss my old Canon Powershot, because it was more consistent and I think that it took better pictures. I'm going to keep it for the benefit of having a waterproof, shockproof camera. I think that for my lifestyle, I will sacrifice the photo quality.



Good product bad support

Jason from New York on 8/23/2010

I got the camera, used it and it worked amazingly. I was very happy with the image quality. However, my friend was handing it to me and I dropped the camera. The camera dented and now when I go from inside to outside in the humidity the lens fogs up. I sent it into Panasonic for them to repair it, because it was dropped from under 6.6 feet... but Panasonic said it wasn't covered under warranty because of the damage. How can they sell a camera which they advertise to be shock proof from height of 6.6 feet and then not repair it when it breaks from falling from a height less than that. Its a good camera with good quality, but if your buying it for its durability I would advise against it.



Best I've seen

Chris from Southern California on 7/9/2010

I am a professional photographer and was looking for a rugged take anywhere camera. It was also going to become my wife's point and shoot, so it needed to be easy to use. It is relatively small, it fits in my pocket. It comes with a silicon cover that helps protect it from drops. It is also light wieght. I am used to my professional SLR and was expecting the images to be very poor, but was pleasently surprised with out well they turned out. However, it does very poorly in low lighting. Most indoors were okay with the flash, but the camera wants to use a higher ISO, anything above 200 on it looks really grainy. The settings can be easily changed in the menu. I appreciate being able to either min or max on some settings. The Intelligent auto is good and easy to use. There are a couple of settings that I do not know what they do, the camera does not have a built in help nor is the manual very useful. OVERALL I am very happy with it. It is a perfect take anywhere camera. It allows my wife to do what she needs and still offers enough control that I can still get the pictures I want. I did not give it 5 stars because of the large amount of noise it gets in low lighting abilities even at ISO 400, and the poor instructions/manual. If you don't plan on using it in dark caves, or don't want to know every little button and option then I would give it 5 stars.




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

LCD Screen Size 2.7"
Wi-Fi No
Touchscreen No
GPS-enabled No
Lens 35mm Equivalent 28-128mm
Optical Zoom 4.6x
Digital Zoom 4x
Filter Diameter N/A
Manual Focusing No
Manual Exposure No
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output Mini
Internal Memory 40MB
Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
Sensor Size 1/2.33" CCD
Megapixels 14.1
Image Stabilization Optical
Highest Resolution 4320 x 3240
4K Video No
Video Resolution Yes
Width (inches) 4
Height (inches) 2-9/16
Depth (inches) 1-1/8
Weight With Battery (ounces) 6.56
Parts Warranty 1 Year/6 Months CCD
Labor Warranty 1 Year/90 Days CCD

Product Research

Inputs and Outputs Notes
Supplied Software


Advanced Durable Design: The Panasonic DMC-TS2 is an extremely versatile camera for the active photographer. It is shockproof, waterproof, dustproof, and freezeproof, so you can literally take it anywhere. Provided the care and maintenance guidelines are strictly followed, the camera should meet the following standards:

  • Shockproof: The DMC-TS2 is drop-proof from a height of up to 6.6 feet (2 meters) in accordance with the "MIL-STD 810F Method 516.5-Shock" test standard. In most cases, the camera should not sustain any damage if dropped from a height not exceeding 6.6 feet.
  • Waterproof: The camera should perform underwater to a depth of 33 feet (10 meters) for a time not exceeding 60 minutes, equivalent to the "IEC60529 IPX8" standard.
  • Dustproof: The TS2 is dustproof equivalent to the IEC60529 IP6X standard.
  • Freezeproof: The camera is resistant to sub-freezing temperatures down to 14° F (10° C), allowing you to use the camera while skiing, snowboarding, or skating.

Recording Media: The DMC-TS2 records images onto its internal memory (approximately 40 MB), or on SD Memory Cards, SDHC, and SDXC cards. The camera is compatible with SD cards from 8 MB to 2 GB, SDHC cards from 4 GB to 32 GB, and SDXC cards from 48 GB to 64 GB. Pictures may be copied between cards and the built-in memory if desired.

Lens: This camera is equipped with a Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens. Its 4.9-22.8mm focal length is equivalent to 28mm to 128mm in 35mm film photography. The focusing distance is 0.99' (11.8") to infinity in normal mode, and as close as 0.17' (2") in Macro mode.

Extended Optical/Digital Zoom: The 28-128mm focal length of the lens gives it an optical zoom of  4.6x. The camera's extended optical zoom can increase the zoom up to 9.8x, depending upon the picture size. In addition, the digital zoom extends the focal length by another 4x.

Image Sensor: For optimal image quality, the camera uses a 1/2.33" CCD image sensor with approximately 14.5-million total pixels and 14.1-million effective pixels.

Image Recording Format:The camera records still images in JPEG in 4:3, 3:2, and 16:9 aspect ratio. The camera can also record HD movies in AVCHD Lite, and HD and SD movies in QuickTime Motion JPEG in 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratio at 30 frames per second. You can choose from the following resolutions for still images and movies:

  • Still Images:
    • 4:3 Aspect Ratio:
      • 4320 x 3240 (14M)
      • 3648 x 2736 (10M)
      • 3072 x 2304 (7M)
      • 2560 x 1920 (5M)
      • 2048 x 1536 (3M)
      • 640 x 480 (0.3M)
    • 3:2 Aspect Ratio:
      • 4320 x 2880 (12.5M)
      • 3648 x 2432 (9M)
      • 3072 x 2048 (6M)
      • 2560 x 1712 (4.5M)
      • 2048 x 1360 (2.5M)
      • 640 x 424 (0.3M)
    • 16:9 Aspect Ratio:
      • 4320 x 2432 (10.5M)
      • 3648 x 2056 (7.5M)
      • 3072 x 1728 (5.5M)
      • 2560 x 1440 (3.5M)
      • 1920 x 1080 (2M)
      • 640 x 360 (0.2M)
  • Movies:
    • AVCHD Lite (60p) 1280 x 720:
      • SH: 17Mbps bit rate
      • H: 13 Mbps bit rate
      • L: 9 Mbps bit rate
    • Motion JPEG (30 fps):
      • HD: 1280 x 720 (16:9)
      • WVGA: 848 x 480 (16:9)
      • VGA: 640 x 480 (4:3)
      • QVGA: 320 x 240 (4:3)

Mega Optical Image Stabilizer: Mega O.I.S. technology helps solve the problem of unintentional hand movement that can result in blurry images, particularly with telephoto shots. You can choose from the following modes:

  • Auto: The optimum image stabilizer is performed automatically based on the recording conditions.
  • Mode 1: The stabilizer operates continuously and can assist during photo composition
  • Mode 2: The stabilizer function is in standby and activates at the moment the shutter captures the image. This mode offers a greater degree of stabilization.
  • Off: When image stabilization is not desired or when using the camera with a tripod

Battery: The TS2 is powered by a rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery (DMW-BCF10). A fully charged battery gives you approximately 180 minutes of recording time, or about 360 images. When recording movies, the battery offers approximately 110 minutes of continuous recording time, and 70 minutes of typical recording time (with starts and stops). Playback time using the LCD monitor is approximately 300 minutes. The battery takes approximately 130 minutes to fully charge with the supplied DE-A59B battery charger.

Optional AC Adapter/DC Coupler: If you wish to operate the camera using ordinary household current, you will need the optional DMW-AC5 AC adapter, along with the DMW-MCA1 Multi-Conversion Adapter. The AC adapter cannot be used alone, as the Multi-Conversion Adapter provides a plug-in jack for the AC adapter. This is helpful if you have the camera connected to your computer or printer for a long time, or playing back photos in a slide show.

LCD Monitor: The DMC-TS2 has a 2.7" TFT color LCD monitor featuring approximately 230,000 pixels. It has approximately 100% field of view.

Flash: The TS2 has a built-in flash with a range of approximately 2' to 22'. Available flash modes include:

  • Auto: The flash is automatically activated when the recording conditions make it necessary.
  • Auto/Red-eye Reduction: A pre-flash is activated before the main flash to reduce the red-eye phenomenon.
  • Forced Flash On: The flash is activated every time regardless of the recording conditions.
  • Forced Flash On/Red-eye Reduction: The flash is activated every time with a pre-flash to reduce red-eye effect.
  • Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction: Same as Slow Sync, but with pre-flash to reduce red-eye effect.
  • Forced Flash Off: Flash is not activated regardless of the recording conditions.

Shooting Modes: Using the rear-mounted Mode Dial and the menu, the TS2 allows you to choose from the following shooting modes:

  • Intelligent Auto Mode: Optimum settings are made automatically. The camera identifies the scene and sets one of the following: i-Portrait, i-Scenery, i-Macro, i-Night Portrait, i-Night Scenery, or i-Sunset.
  • Normal: The camera allows you to make your own settings for zoom, flash, picture brightness, close-ups, or coloring.
  • Sports: allows you to take pictures of a fast moving subject or sports scenes
  • Snow: brings out the natural color of snow in ski slope and mountain scenes
  • Beach & Surf: brings out the clear blues of the sky and sea without darkening subject
  • Scene Mode: allows you to select from different scene modes using the menu. You can save frequently used scene modes under "My Scene Mode". Available Scene Modes include:
    • Portrait: allows you to make the subject stand out from an unfocused background and adjust the exposure and the hue to achieve a healthy complexion on the subject
    • Soft Skin: use for taking pictures of people outdoors during the daytime; enables the texture of their skin to appear even softer than with Portrait mode
    • Transform: changes the appearance of the subject to improve skin appearance
    • Self Portrait: setting for taking pictures of yourself
    • Scenery: allows you to take a picture of a wide landscape
    • Panorama Assist: You can take pictures with connections suitable for creating panorama images
    • Night Portrait: The subject can be recorded with brightness in real life by using the flash and the slow shutter speed; use of a tripod recommended
    • Night Scenery: for taking vivid pictures of a landscape at night; use of a tripod recommended
    • Food: for taking pictures of food with a natural hue without being affected by the ambient light in restaurants, etc.
    • Party: allows you to take a picture in a dim room (e.g. a wedding reception, a party, a banquet in a bar, etc.) clearly. The shutter speed or the exposure is automatically adjusted according to the brightness of the room.
    • Candlelight: brings out the atmosphere of a candlelit room
    • Baby1/Baby2: two selectable settings for taking pictures of a baby; you can use text stamp to show baby's name, birthday, or age
    • Pet: for photographing your pet; you can use text stamp to show pet's name or age
    • Sunset: for taking pictures of a sunset (red colors accentuated)
    • High Sensitivity: prevents blurring of subject in dark, indoor conditions
    • Hi-speed Burst: takes pictures of rapid movement or a decisive moment
    • Flash Burst: enables continuous recording in dim locations takes
    • Starry Sky: takes clear pictures of starry skies or dark subjects (shutter speed can be set to 15, 30, or 60 seconds)
    • Fireworks: takes clear pictures of fireworks in the night sky
    • Aerial Photo: takes pictures of the view from aircraft windows
    • Pin Hole: Picture is taken darker and with soft focus around the subjects
    • Film Grain: produces black and white pictures with grainy texture
    • High Dynamic: Records pictures with bright and dark regions of the scene expressed with suitable brightness when looking into the sun, at night, or in similar circumstances.
    • Photo Frame: superimposes a frame over the image
    • Underwater: For taking pictures underwater deeper than 10 feet (the optional DMW-MCFT2 marine case should be used when taking pictures below 33 feet.

Self Timer: The self timer is useful when you want to include yourself in the picture when recording still images. The delay time for single shots can be set to 10 seconds or 2 seconds. You can also use the self timer in Burst mode to take 3 pictures after the delay and in Flash Burst mode to take 5 pictures.

Exposure Compensation: If you are shooting against a bright background or strong backlight, you may need to correct the exposure so that the subject doesn't come out too dark. You can set the adjustments from -2 to +2 in 1/3-step increments.

Burst Modes: Pictures are taken continuously while the shutter button is pressed. In Normal Burst mode, approximately 1.8 pictures per second are taken. The number of pictures you can take depends upon the available memory and the picture size chosen. In the Hi-speed Burst Mode, pictures are recorded at approximately 5 pictures per second (image priority) or 10 pictures per second (speed priority). Images sizes are fixed at 3M (4:3), 2.5M (3:2) or 2M (16:9). Up to 100 total pictures can be recorded. In the Flash Burst mode up to 5 shots with flash are taken.

White Balance: You can choose from the following white balance modes:

  • Auto: automatically adjusts the white balance
  • Outdoor, Clear Sky: for recording outdoors on a bright day
  • Outdoor, Cloudy Sky: for recording outdoors under a cloudy or shaded area sky
  • Outdoor, Shade: for recording outdoors in the shade on a bright day
  • Incandescent: for recording under incandescent lighting
  • Set Manually: sets the white balance manually on a white object
  • Manual Setting: saves the setting obtained with Manual White Balance

ISO Sensitivity: ISO sensitivity represents the sensitivity to light in values. If you set the ISO sensitivity higher, the camera becomes more suitable for recording in dark places. In the Intelligent ISO setting, the camera will automatically set the optimal ISO sensitivity, in a range up to 1600, according to the movement of the subject and the surrounding brightness. In the Preset ISO mode, you can select 80, 100, 200, 400, 800, or 1600. In High Sensitivity (Scene) mode, the range is ISO 1600-6400, and in the Flash Burst (Scene) mode, the range is ISO 100-3200.

Metering: The camera measures the most suitable exposure by judging the allocation of brightness on the whole screen automatically.

Auto Focus Mode: You can choose one of the following AF modes:

  • Face Detection: Camera automatically detects a person's face, adjusting the exposure and focus to fit the face, regardless of what portion of the picture it is in. (maximum of 15 areas)
  • AF Tracking: Focus can be adjusted to a specified subject, and follow the subject even if it moves.
  • 11-area Focusing: Up to 11 points for each AF area can be focused. This is effective when the subject isn't in the center of the screen.
  • 1-area Focusing: Camera focuses on the subject in AF area on the center of the screen. Position and size of AF area can be changed.
  • 1-area Focusing (High Speed): The camera quickly focuses on the subject in the AF area in the center of the screen.
  • Spot Focusing: The camera focuses on a limited narrow area on the screen.

Still Image Playback: You can manually display images one at a time, 12 at a time, or 30 images at a time.

Calendar Playback: You can display pictures by recording date using the calendar playback function. If there are multiple pictures with the same recording date, the first picture recorded on that date is displayed.

Slide Show: Images can be played back in slide show fashion. You can set the duration between images at 1 sec, 2 sec, 3 sec, or 5 sec. You can also set on or off the repeat mode, music, and audio.

Playback Zoom: You can view the picture at the original size, or enlarge the picture to 2x, 4x, 8x, or 16x. Using the arrow buttons, you can move the position of the zoomed picture in the monitor.

Auto Review: After an image is recorded, it will appear in the LCD screen for a preset number of seconds for reviewing. Auto Review lets you choose one of the following settings: Off, 1 second, 2 seconds, or Hold.

Resizing Pictures: This function is useful if you want to reduce the file size of the picture in cases when it needs to be attached to an e-mail or uploaded to a website. Once an image is resized, you can choose to keep the original image. You can set up to 50 pictures to be resized at one time.

Cropping Pictures: This function lets you trim unnecessary parts of the recorded picture. Motion pictures and pictures with text stamps cannot be trimmed.

Leveling: Minute tilting of the image, up to 2°, can be adjusted to level the picture. The grid bars can be used to straighten the subject in the frame.

Auto Power Off: The camera is automatically turned off if it has not been used for a predetermined amount of time. The amount of time can be set to 2 minutes, 5 minutes, or 10 minutes.

PictBridge Printing Capability: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer. PictBridge is the standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of brand.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

HDMI: The DMC-TS2 is equipped with a mini-HDMI jack for connecting the camera to an HDTV. If the camera is connected to a VIERA Link-equipped Panasonic TV, the TV's remote can control the camera through the HDMI control function (HDMI-CEC). It is compatible with VIERA Link Version 5.

AV/Digital/Multi: This proprietary jack allows you to connect the camera to your computer with the supplied USB cable. You can also connect the camera to a TV or other A/V device using the supplied audio/video cable. The jack can also be used for the optional DMW-MCA1 Multi-Conversion Adapter and the optional DMW-AC5 AC adapter.

Protected Connections: The connections for the camera are protected by lockable sealed covers to protect them from water, sand, and dust.

Supplied Software

PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0 (Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7): This software allows you to acquire pictures to the PC, and categorize the acquired pictures by their recording date or the model name of the camera used. You can also resize pictures and add effects.

Operating Environment for PHOTOfunSTUDIO 5.0:

  • PC: IBM PC/AT compatible having Intel Pentium III 500 MHz or higher (XP), Intel Pentium III 800 MHz or higher (Vista), Intel Pentium III 1 GHz or higher (Win 7)
    • Recommended for AVCHD Lite: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.16 GHz/Pentium D 3.2 GHz or higher (when playing back the motion picture.) Intel Core 2 Quad 2.6 GHz or higher when editing motion pictures
  • OS:
    • Windows XP: Professional or Home Editions (SP2/SP3)
    • Windows Vista: Home Basic (SP1/SP2), Home Premium (SP1/SP2), Business (SP1/SP2), Ultimate (SP1/SP2)
    • Windows 7: Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate
  • Display: High color 16-bit or more (32-bit or more recommended). Desktop resolution of 1024 x 768 or more (1280 x 1024 pixels or more recommended)
  • Graphics Card: DirectX 9.0c for XP, DirectX 10 for Vista or Win 7; DirectDraw Overlay support PCI Express x 16 is recommended
  • RAM: 512 MB or more if using Windows XP or Vista, 1 GB or more for Windows 7
  • Free Hard Disk Space: Ultra DMA-100 or higher; 450MB or more for installing software
  • Other Requirements: CD-ROM drive (required for installation), Compatible drive and media required for DVD writing, Windows-compatible sound device, USB Port, Mouse or other pointing device

QuickTime (Windows XP/Vista/7): This software allows you to playback still pictures with audio and motion pictures (QuickTime Motion JPEG format) recorded on a digital camera.

  • Included as standard in Macintosh OSs.
  • For Windows 98/98SE/Me/2000, download "QuickTime 6.5.2 for Windows" from the Apple website (URL included in manual) and install
  • Purchase Apple QuickTime Pro recommended for editing movies created with the camera.

USB-connectible Environment: Compatible OS include:

  • 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
  • Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Mac OS 9.2.2
  • Mac OS X 10.1 to 10.6


Estimated Still Image Capacity: The number of recordable pictures (Fine Quality):

Aspect Ratio4:3
Picture Size 14M 10M 7M 5M 3M 0.3M
Internal Memory
(40 MB)
SDHC Card 4GB66098088013101090172012802230241046401724024130
Aspect Ratio3:2
Picture Size12.5M 9M 6M 4.5M2.5M0.3M
Internal Memory
(40 MB)
SDHC Card 4GB720106094014101100182018803350268050201724024130
Aspect Ratio16:9
Picture Size10.5M 7.5M 5.5M 3.5M2M0.2M
Internal Memory
(40 MB)
SDHC Card 4GB800120099015601130197021503890354067002010030170

Estimated Moving Image Capacity: The available recording time:

File FormatAVCHD Lite
1280 x 720
Motion JPEG
Recording QualitySH
17 Mbps
13 Mbps
9 Mbps
1280 x 720
848 x 480
640 x 480
320 x 240
Internal Memory
(40 MB)
When the internal memory is used for recording video, the camera is automatically set to Motion JPEG QVGA 320 x 240.1 min 24 sec
SD Card 4GB30 min40 min 1 hour16 min 30 sec41 min 50 sec43 min 40 sec2 hrs 5 min

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