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Spotlight Review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Rugged/Waterproof Digital Camera

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4 oz to 8 oz

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2 in or more
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More than 12 megapixels
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Are you tough on cameras? Or do you like snorkeling with your camera? If you answered yes to either of those questions, the new Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TS3 is worth a serious look.

It’s a rugged camera, withstanding drops of up to 2 meters (military spec), freezing temperatures down to -10 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit), and can be used underwater up to 40 feet deep. The lens itself has its own internal shock-resistance to further protect it in drops. And you want to protect a precision lens designed by Leica. It’s a 28mm wide angle, with a 4.6x optical zoom. That wide end of the lens is great for photographing large groups or dealing with refraction underwater.

A 12.1 megapixel CCD sensor means you can make big prints of your photos. It shoots full 1080p HD video as well. The camera plays well with Panasonic VIERA TVs, either reading the SD/SDHC/SDXC card directly or connecting via HDMI micro cable to the camera itself. The VIERA remote will help you do the rest.

Built-in GPS will geotag your images so you know exactly where they were shot, and the GPS feature will also automatically set the clock to local time, so if you travel you won’t have to worry about the time being right. It has intelligent auto settings, optical image stabilization, and a built-in 3D mode to create 3D images anywhere, any time. The caveat here is that you’re limited to 2 megapixel images.

The back of the camera has a 2.3 inch LCD on the back. That sounds like a small LCD, but it takes up enough of the back to give you a good idea of how small the camera actually is.

The Lumix TS3 is available in silver, orange, red or blue.


  • 4 Active Outdoor Scene Modes: The DMC-TS3 has 4 active outdoor Scene Modes – Sports, Snow, Beach & Snorkeling and Underwater
  • LEICA DC Lens with Folded Optics Technology: The DMC-TS3 features a high-quality LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR 28mm wide-angle lens
  • 28mm Wide-angle Lens: The 28mm wide-angle lens lets you easily capture large groups of people indoors
  • Newly Developed 12.1-megapixel Hi-speed CCD: The newly developed 12.1-megapixel CCD with 2-channel signal
  • Sonic Speed AF: The Sonic Speed AF system includes numerous re-engineering enhancements
  • For more information or to purchase a Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TS3 digital camera, visit

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    2 Responses to Spotlight Review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Rugged/Waterproof Digital Camera

    1. KIRK RUSSELL September 21, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

      As Paul Harvey used to say. Now for the rest of the story. The camera is shockproof and waterproof and freeze proof but it is most defiantly not Fog proof. I needed to use this camera shooting couples from the water, on the sand, in the water or under the water. Well in each one of those setting the camera took anywhere from 20 to 35 min to temperature acclimate its self so I was stuck saying ok my camera lens has fogged up we need to wait before I can take photos of you in the water, and then ok I need to wait to take photos of you playing in the water. Now I am talking the Caribbean in Aug and Sept where the air temp and water temp are within 4% of each other if not the same and the camera would still fog up and not just for a min or 2. Now I know exactly what the problem is the outside glass that protects the lens needs a special gas that is used between window pains to keep them from fogging. There would be so much condensation on the inside of that glass and actual water droplet would form sometimes and then I was done for the day not just 20 to 30 min a guy we out on a dive with one and came back and said it took the whole tank of air when he hit the water with the camera before it un fogged, Thank God, it was a 2 tank dive. I can assure you a skier that keeps the camera in his pocket and it is anywhere close to his body would not be able to take photos on a ski trip because as soon as he took that camera out that had been warmed by his body and exposed it to the cold air I think from my experience that camera would fog up in a nano second. Now if you can keep the temperature constant the lumix takes great photos and could not be easier to use just don’t take it from the beach in to the water or the other way around without expecting a 20 to 35 min defogging time. Needless to say I am looking for something else to take photos on couple playing in the water any suggestions ?

    2. Tony Donaldson September 21, 2011 at 3:09 pm #


      Were you having this problem even with wiping the lens? I can see going from cool into hot/humid it will take some time to acclimate.

      Skiiers don’t have the same problem. If you keep the camera warmer in a pocket, when you take it out, the cool, dry air keeps it from fogging, instead of the other way around.

      I used to live in the midwest. Taking cameras from the trunk of a cold car inside to shoot an event was another story. Then it would easily take a half hour to let the lenses warm up so they didn’t fog.

      There are some anti-fog sprays you might try, the same kind of stuff you use on your mask or goggles to keep them from fogging.


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