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I tend to be very tough on the equipment I buy and my camera is no exception. The other day I was at a family outing by the pool and I accidentally dropped my camera in the pool while trying to capture all of the fun we were having.  Well needless to say, that was the end of my camera and I found myself in the market for a new one.  This time I was determined to find a camera that is waterproof while providing some of the latest innovations in technology.  I thought I was asking too much until I found out about the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 which exceeded my expectations.  I thought I would share what I discovered in this Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 review.

Tough Camera for People Like Me

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Of course I had to discuss these features first since the demise of my camera in the pool but they really make the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 waterproof camera a very durable device.  First, the camera has an airtight exterior shell that allows you to use the camera underwater if you wish.  The interior components are safe due to the rubber padding, carbon resin interior and reinforced glass.  There is also an ultra-thick LCD panel for added protection against underwater pressure.

The second feature is for people like me who drop their camera.  The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 is shockproof thanks to the shock-resistant material on the camera’s exterior and the TS1 contains folded optics and a supplementary damper that prevent damage to the lens if the camera is dropped.  What’s more is it is also dustproof and ultra portable and comes in a variety of designer colors including the popular Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 silver color.

HD Video Recording

I was amazed when I discovered that this camera provides high quality HD motion JPEG image recording in addition to sharp imaging for taking breathtaking photos all in a 2.5 x 0.9 x 3.9 inch device.  The high definition recording is also available in AVCD Lite which allows for extended recording time, sharpens HD images, and facilitates high quality audio.

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 also sports Intelligent Auto and an Optical Image Stabilizer which helps to prevent blurring if your hands tend to be unsteady.  It also recognizes faces and automatically adjusts the focus so the picture turns out accurately.  The Intelligent Exposure Feature automatically adjust to the light conditions with a scene selector that can automatically change between normal, portrait, macro, scenery and low light modes.  If you are shooting videos in windy conditions there is also a nifty feature that will help to cut down on the background noise.

All of the HD videos can recorded to the ACHD Lite via an SD memory card and then they can be played back through the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 VIERA link.  You simply use the card with the VIERA Image Viewer on VIERA TV. You can also opt to view videos and images through a Blu-ray disc player or to your HDTV through the HDMI mini cable.  The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 also contains great playback features for both still and motion images and you can also control the playback through the television remote.

Facial Recognition

Aside from the fact that Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 takes great pictures, it also has an awesome face recognition feature that is capable of remembering faces that you usually record more than once.  Once you shoot or record a face multiple times you will be prompted to register the face and when the same face appears again as your subject, the name is displayed on the screen along with focus prioritization.

It is also possible to view image slideshows of a particular person you designate and the camera is capable of automatically specifying the name and age of the subject.  I like this feature because your photos are automatically labeled if you forget to do it and then you can recognize people years down the road.

There is also a great AF system feature which focuses on the identified subject during the recording process prior to pressing the shutter button down halfway.  The advantage of this feature is that it allows you to capture images on the spur of the moment and all of these shooting functions are easily accessed through the iA mode.

Exceptional Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 Wide Angle Lens

I was quite impressed with the 28mm wide angle lens with a 4.6x optical zoom.  You can really take awesome wide angle pictures thanks to the prism unit, ED lens and 5 aspherical lenses with 6 aspherical surfaces.  What’s more, the zoom ratio extends up to 9.0x in 3 megapixel resolution mode without sacrificing the quality of the image.  This is partially due to the Extra Optical Zoom feature which uses the main area of the CCD which focuses on and magnifies subjects from a significant distance.

The only feature you have to be careful with is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 shutter release which is positioned directly behind the zoom which makes it easy to accidentally activate the zoom when you are aiming for the shutter release.

You can also take advantage of the Scene mode which is capable of capturing both still and moving images according to 26 different scene modes for still images and 17 for moving images. This feature is usually used to capture images of the outdoors, beach scenes and other different types of activities.  You can also use the Panorama Assist mode to align your shots according to a guide that performs frame overlapping.  You can then import the images into PanoramaMaker software to create a panoramic scene.

So if you are looking for a camera that is both durable and high-tech the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 may be just what you are looking for.  This great camera usually retails in the ballpark of $380.00 however if you want to find a steal of a deal that offers free shipping you can click here

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