Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TS4 Digital Camera (Orange)

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Product #:
PND1249
Manufacturer #:
DMC-TS4D
UPC:
885170069770

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- 12.1Mp Hi-Speed CCD Sensor - 4.6x Optical Zoom - 28-128mm LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR Lens - LSI Venus Engine - Sonic Speed AF - 1920 x 1080 HD Video Capture - Built-In GPS System - Water/Shock/Freeze/Dust-Proof - Compass/Altimeter/Barometer - Manual Operation

Total Resolution:
12.5
Total Resolution:
The full count of pixels on a camera's sensor.
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Screen Size:
2.7" (6.7 cm)
Screen Size:
The size of the screen listed by height and width.
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Megapixels:
12.1
Megapixels:
A megapixel is one million pixels. It is commonly used to describe the resolution of digital cameras. For example, a 7.2 megapixel camera is capable of capturing roughly 7,200,000 pixels. The higher the megapixel number, the more detail the camera can capture. Therefore, the megapixel count is a significant specification to look for when buying a digital camera.
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Video Resolution:
1,920 x 1,080 pixels / 1,280 x 720 pixels / 640 x 480 pixels (VGA
Video Resolution:
The measurement in height x width of a captured video file. Common sizes are VGA, 720p, and 1080p.
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Overview

Overview

LENS PERFORMANCE

LEICA DC Lens with Folded Optics Technology

The DMC-TS4 features a high-quality LEICA DC lens* with 4.6x optical zoom from 28mm wide-angle (35mm camera equivalent: 28-128mm). The folded optics of shaft guide method is adopted to secure the toughness of the lens unit. This lens unit comprises 10 elements and a prism unit in 8 groups, including an ED lens and 5 aspherical lenses with 6 aspherical surfaces passing the Leica's stringent standards to deliver exceptional optical performance to the edges.

28mm Wide-angle Lens

The 28mm wide-angle lens* lets you easily capture large groups of people indoors or expansive architectural structures and scenes with dynamic width and rich perspective, even from short distances.

9.3x Intelligent Zoom

The Intelligent Zoom is an extensive zoom function using digital zoom, however, you can even draw the subject 2x closer than the original optical zoom with minimum deterioration of image quality thanks to the Intelligent Resolution technology. This means the 4.6x optical can virtually extend to 9.3x equivalent.

POWER O.I.S.

The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) suppresses the low-frequency vibration hand-shake component, which is physically generated when pressing the shutter button or when shooting at night with a slow shutter speed.

Active mode is effective for video recording.

IMAGE QUALITY

12.1-megapixel Hi-Speed CCD

The 12.1-megapixel CCD with 2-channel signal output structure boasts higher signal transfer speed for the operations that require high performance and speed such as full HD video recording and high speed continuous shooting. The image quality is also improved thanks to the higher sensitivity which is made possible by highly efficient light condensation adoption larger on-chip micro lenses.

Venus Engine

The DMC-TS4's Venus Engine processes large amount of full HD data at high-speed. At the same time, the multi-task image-processing engine, the Venus Engine realizes a super-fast response time.

Intelligent Noise Reduction System

The excellent S/N ratio of the CCD sensor and the Intelligent Noise Reduction system in the Venus Engine make both photos and videos shot at any sensitivity from low to high and boast outstanding clearness.

VIDEO

1920 x 1080 Full HD Video in AVCHD Format / MP4 Format

The DMC-TS4 is an advanced photographic tool for recording not only great photos but also beautiful full HD 1,920 x 1,080 videos in AVCHD (MPEG-4 / H.264) format*1 / MP4 format. The AVCHD format excels in the compatibility with AV equipment like HDTVs or Blu-ray Disc players. The MP4 format has higher compatibility with computers.

High-quality Sound

The videos come with the high-quality sound of Dolby Digital Creator, to offer highly realistic sound to the motion images.

Dolby and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.

Wind Cut

The Wind Cut function is available to block out most of the noise from background wind. This gives you higher quality sound when taking images on breezy days.

POWER O.I.S. with Active Mode

For more effective countermeasure against blur, the Active Mode is equipped with the DMC-TS4 for an option of image stabilization in video recording. This mode is especially effective in active video recording such as shooting while walking.

SHOOTING FUNCTIONS

Time Lapse Shot

Once the start time, the interval and the number of picture to shoot are set, the camera automatically records images. You can leave the camera and get a record of stationary observation for subjects such as flowers coming into bloom, scudding cloud, or wild animals in nature.

Miniature Effect

The Miniature Effect Mode in which the peripherals are defocused while saturation and contrast is emphasized to make the picture look like a diorama.

Panorama Shot

The Panorama Shot Mode makes it is possible to shoot a 360-degree horizontal / vertical panoramic image with consequent shots taken by overlaying the previous picture.

Auto Retouch

The Auto Retouch function adjusts contrast and brightness to give different impression to the photo with just a press of a button. Appropriate retouch is automatically applied depending on the image if the image was shot too dark, it can be clear and bright to look it nicer with this function.

Handheld Night Shot Mode

The Handheld Night Shot Mode generates a beautiful night scenery with illumination by multi-layering the images shot consecutively. Bright, glamorous night scenery can be recorded without using a tripod.

3D Photo Mode

The 3D Photo Mode* produces a 3D image in the camera. The image-processing method used by LUMIX records beautiful images with less distortion or visible image links.

RESPONSE

Sonic Speed AF

The Sonic Speed AF and a quick start-up time give the DMC-TS4 super high speed response that helps to catch even the most fleeting photo opportunities.

AF Tracking

Once you focus on your subject, the AF Tracking automatically tracks it until you press the shutter. When you're taking images of an active subject, like children or pets, this function eliminates the need to press the shutter button halfway down repeatedly to readjust the focus.

3.7 fps in 12.1-megapixel Full-resolution

The DMC-TS4 lets you snap off consecutive shots at approx. 3.7 frames per second in full resolution*1. You can take a series of shots, then choose the one you like the best and delete the rest. You can also select High-speed Burst Mode or Flash Burst Mode.

USABILITY

iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode

In the iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode, the camera does all the work, leaving you free to compose shots and capture moments in both photo and video recording. The Intelligent Resolution technology and 9.3x Intelligent Zoom are always activated in the iA Mode.

Shake Detection - POWER O.I.S.*1

Gyrosensors detect hand-shaking and the O.I.S. lens shifts to compensate, helping prevent blurring caused by hand-shaking.

Motion Deblur

The Motion Deblur Mode*2 judges the appropriate shutter speed and suppresses motion blur. The shutter speed rises as high as possible activating the high-sensitivity recording by pixel mixed readout method.

Motion Detection Intelligent ISO Control*3

The Intelligent ISO Control function detects subject movement and automatically adjusts the ISO setting and shutter speed to best suit the movement and light conditions.

Face Recognition

The Face Recognition function remembers faces that have been registered in the camera and provides the faces with optimal focus and exposure.

Face Detection - Face Detection AF/AE

The Face Detection function detects faces anywhere in the frame and automatically chooses the optimal focus and exposure. The Face Detection also features the Digital Red-eye Correction (Red-eye Removal) in photo recording.

Subject Detection - AF Tracking

Once you focus on your subject, the AF Tracking automatically and continuously tracks it and keeps it in focus and proper exposure.

Scene Detection - Intelligent Scene Selector*5

The Intelligent Scene Selector senses the ambient conditions and automatically selects one of Scene Modes: Photo (Scenery, Portrait, Macro, Night Portrait*6, Night Scenery or Sunset), Video (Scenery, Portrait, Macro or Low Light).

Happy Mode

The Happy Mode optimizes color, saturation and brightness to make images more vivid and true to the color of the scene you remember.

Light Detection - Intelligent Exposure

The Intelligent Exposure corrects the brightness in parts of the image that are too dark due to insufficient lighting, backlighting or use of the flash. This produces natural images that are close to the way they actually look to the human eyes.

Manual Exposure

The DMC-TS4 provides easy-to-use manual controls. You can set the aperture to control the depth of field, and adjust the shutter speed to freeze moving subjects or create a motion blur that exaggerates the feeling of movement.

2.7-inch LCD with AR Coating

The DMC-TS4's 2.7-inch LCD features 230K-dot Intelligent LCD with wide-viewing angle. It automatically adjusts the brightness in 11 steps according to shooting conditions. In addition, the AR (anti-reflective) coating LCD minimizes glare and provides clear images, for high visibility even in outdoor brightness.

ARCHIVE AND SHARE

3D Image Viewer / VIERA Link

Photos or videos recorded in AVCHD on SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards are easy to view on a Panasonic VIERA TV. Simply insert the card into the VIERA Image Viewer (SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card slot) on VIERA TV or Blu-ray Disc players to playback your contents.

With the DMC-TS4, you can use an optional HDMI micro cable to output images you took from the camera directly to the TV for VIERA Link. The pictures taken with the 3D Photo Mode via the 3D Image Viewer offers you a whole new exciting experience.

LUMIX Image Uploader

You can upload images to Facebook (photos and videos) and YouTube (videos) with simple operation.

PHOTOfunSTUDIO

The PHOTOfunSTUDIO 8.1 Advanced Edition makes it possible to sort and organize photos and videos not only of those newly taken but also of those stored in your computer with quick start-up and fast read-in of images.

Recorded videos can be edited with the Short Movie Story function and written into MPEG2 to burn onto a DVD disc. You can also enjoy making photos and videos slideshows with a variety of effects and use your iTunes music library as background music. It is also possible to put a title or add comments on the scene utilizing the information from the people's names registered in Face Recognition.

TOUGH DESIGN

Tough Body with Rugged Design

The DMC-TS4 is shockproof, waterproof, dustproof and freezeproof in design. Swim along with tropical fish and capture shots of beautiful coral reefs, or take recordings of your friends around a camp fire. The DMC-TS4 is an extremely versatile camera that you can take with you wherever the action calls.

With waterproof performance to a depth of 12m equivalent to the "IPX8" and "IP6X" standard, the DMC-TS4supports active shooting on a beach, underwater or in a pool. If the camera gets dirty, soil and dust can be washed off by using water.

The DMC-TS4 is shockproof from a height up to 2m in accordance with the "MIL-STD 810F Method 516.5-Shock" test standard. It lets you shoot actively while moving around with the camera in one hand.

The DMC-TS4 is dustproof equivalent to the "IPX8" and "IP6X" standard. While hiking or playing sports, fine dust particles can enter through gaps in the camera body and cause malfunction. The DMC-TS4 can be used in these activities without problems.

Quad Indicator

The DMC-TS4 is specially designed for active outdoor use. It adopts GPS, compass, altimeter and even barometer to show and record altitude, barometric pressure and orientation data. The barometer also works for indicator for depth underwater.

Altimeter Log

The altitude gains higher accuracy by using GPS data with DMC-TS4. The barometric trend is available which helps users to forecast the climate and the log of altimeter log tells how high he/she was.

GPS Function

The LUMIX GPS displays not only latitudes and longitudes, but also the area information that covers 203 countries or regions and the landmark information of over 1,000,000 locations in 82 countries or regions.

Product Reviews

Great for extreme conditions

Reviewed on Friday, September 21, 2012

By: Anonymous

Rated 4.0 out of 5 stars.

When looking for a user friendly, durable, lightweight point & shoot I knew that this camera was the right choice. Though it struggles a bit in low light, I find that this Lumix takes great pictures when shooting with good light. Because this camera is compact, waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof, and dustproof, you can literally take pictures anywhere. I love to travel but hate to carry around heavy equipment, so this perfectly suits my needs. The GPS function is also very useful because I can always look back on my pictures to find out where exactly I took them. I recommend getting a second battery if you intend on using the GPS feature a lot, because it tends to drain the battery faster. The lack of a viewfinder doesn't hinder my use of the camera either. Overall, I'd say that this is a great camera with many features, and I would absolutely recommend it.

Specifications

Brand
Panasonic - panasonic Panasonic - Logo
Image Sensor
Total Resolution: 12.5
Total Resolution:
The full count of pixels on a camera's sensor.

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Display Specifications
Screen Size: 2.7" (6.7 cm)
Screen Size:
The size of the screen listed by height and width.

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Display Type: TFT Screen LCD Display / AR Coating
Display Type:
The type or brand of the screen.

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Detailed Specifications
Image Sensor: CCD
Image Sensor:
Describes the makeup, build, and technology of the sensor that is in the camera. An Image Sensor is a device that converts an optical image to an electric signal. It is used mostly in digital cameras and other imaging devices. It is a set of charge-coupled devices (CCD) or CMOS sensors such as active-pixel sensors.

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Image Stabilization: yes
Image Stabilization:
This is a family of techniques used to reduce blurring associated with the motion of a camera during exposure. Image stabilization helps in low light situations using slower shutter speeds.

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Megapixels: 12.1
Megapixels:
A megapixel is one million pixels. It is commonly used to describe the resolution of digital cameras. For example, a 7.2 megapixel camera is capable of capturing roughly 7,200,000 pixels. The higher the megapixel number, the more detail the camera can capture. Therefore, the megapixel count is a significant specification to look for when buying a digital camera.

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Shutter
Shutter Speeds: Approx. 60 - 1/1,300 sec
Shutter Speeds:
The amount of time the shutter stay open for exposure. Measured in fractions of seconds.

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Self Timer: 2 sec / 10 sec
Self Timer:
Allows a delay between pressing the shutter release button and the actual firing of the shutter. Commonly used to give photographers time to put themselves in the shot and to take photos without having to physically have their hands on the camera during exposure.

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Playback Specifications
Mode File: Normal Playback, Slideshow, Filtering Playback (Picture Only, Video Only, 3D, GPS Area, Altimeter Log, Travel, Category, Favorites), Calendar Playback
Mode File:
Allows you to look through the images that were taken.

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Focus Control
Face Detection: yes
Face Detection:
Type of face detection that a camera has.

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Control Specifications
Exposure Control: Intelligent Auto, P (Program), M (Manual), Sports, Snow, Miniature Effect, Beach&Snorkeling, Underwater, Scene, 3D Photo
Exposure Control:
The settings on a camera that adjust to get the correct exposure. Shutter speed, aperture and ISO sensitivity are generally three basic types of exposure control.

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Meter Modes: Intelligent Multiple
Meter Modes:
The various modes in which the camera will measure light. Most DSLRs and some advanced point and shoots have the ability to meter an entire scene (matrix/evaluative) or a specific point (centerweighted/spot)

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A/V Mode
Video Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 pixels / 1,280 x 720 pixels / 640 x 480 pixels (VGA
Video Resolution:
The measurement in height x width of a captured video file. Common sizes are VGA, 720p, and 1080p.

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Audio Recording: With video
Audio Recording:
Describes the camera's audio recording capability. Will describe the type of microphone and any additional XLR/miniphone jacks.

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Physical Specifications
Color: Orange
Color:
The color of the item.

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Flash
Flash Modes: Auto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Flash Modes:
Different modes that determines how a flash will be used in a photo.

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Exposure Compensation: 1/3 EV step, 2 EV
Exposure Compensation:
Refers to the option for the user to override the internal light meter in the camera to either OVER or UNDER expose based on middle/18% gray. This is especially useful when photographing either extremely white/bright scenes or when in very dark/dimly lit scenarios.

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Interface
Direct Print Capable: No
Direct Print Capable:
Allows camera to connect directly with a compatible photo printer and make prints without the need of a computer.

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Video Output Terminal: Yes
Video Output Terminal:
A terminal for video output.

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Audio Output: Yes
Audio Output:
An audio output jack for a device.

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Imaging & Exposure Control
ISO Speed: Auto / i.ISO / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 High Sensitivity Mode (ISO1600 - 6400)
ISO Speed:
The ISO speed setting dictates sensitivity to light. The higher the ISO speed, the more sensitive the film or digital sensor is to light. Higher ISOs have the effect of noise in an image. The actual ISO at which the noise occurs varies from camera to camera. Low ISOs are generally used for brighter lighting conditions and high ISOs are often used for low light or action shots.

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Power System
Drive Modes: Approx. 20MB
Drive Modes:
Also referred to as release modes, cameras often have several different modes in which they will capture images including: single shot, continuous drive (low and high), self timer, and mirror lock-up.

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Shooting Capacity: 310 pictures (CIPA Standard)
Recording Data
Number of Recorded Pixels: 12.1
Number of Recorded Pixels:
"The number of recorded pixels" refers to the number of pixels in an image (a pixel is a cluster of dots). The larger the file size, the better the image quality when printed.

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Image Formats: Still Image: JPEG (DCF / Exif 2.3) 3D Image: MPO Motion Picture: AVCHD, MP4
Image Formats:
The types of files that a particular camera produces. All cameras output JPEG images, but some of the more sophisticated models will shoot in RAW mode. RAW Image Formats will vary based on manufacturer.

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Brand
Brand: Panasonic
Focusing Control
Focus Modes: Normal / AF Macro / Macro Zoom, Quick AF On / Off (On in Intelligent Auto), Continuous AF (only for motion picture), AF Tracking
Focus Modes:
The types of focus modes an item has.

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Camera Attributes
Camera Type: Digital camera
Camera Type:
The type of camera. Examples: SLR, point and shoot, mirrorless.

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Lens
Digital Zoom: 4x (When Digital Zoom is used simultaneously with Intelligent Zoom, you can only increase the zoom ratio up to 2x.)
Digital Zoom:
A function of a digital camera that makes an image seem close-up.

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Focusing Range: Normal: Wide / Tele 30 cm - infinity Macro / Intelligent Auto / Motion Picture: Wide 5 cm - infinity / Tele 30 cm - infinity
Focusing Range:
The range a camera is able to focus on for a certain image.

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Focal Length: f = 4.9 - 22.8 mm (28 - 128 mm in 35 mm equiv.) (30 - 140 mm in 35 mm equiv. in video recording)
Focal Length:
The distance between the film and the optical center of the lens when the lens is focused on infinity.

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Lens Specs
Maximum Aperture: 4.9
Maximum Aperture:
How wide a lens can be opened.

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Battery Charger

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USB Cable

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CD-ROM

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