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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1 / DMC-TS1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 969 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the water proof and value for money are on the whole positive. The usability and image quality also get good feedback. There are some mixed views about the sensor, and many are negative about the energy efficiency and viewfinder.

portability, image quality, usability, value for money, water proof

shutter, features, zoom, viewfinder, energy

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1 / DMC-TS1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 Review


The Panasonic Lumix TS1 is a tough, go anywhere camera that is water and dust resistant as well as tough enough to drop from 5ft. Its set of features and image quality put it at the top of the list for a tough, compact camera, as does the price. Read...

iAuto shooting mode; Dedicated Video Capture Button; AVCHD Lite HD video capture is high quality and small files; "Tough" features: Waterproof, Dustproof, 5ft. Drops; Excellent Image Quality; MEGA O.I.S. is very helpful when shooting on the move; Nice,...

Possible issue with water entering the battery/memory card compartment; Increasing noise at at lower ISO settings; The default minimum shutter speed setting of 1/8 of a second in Program Auto mode limits low-light capabilities, users will need to...

The Panasonic Lumix TS1 is a tough, go anywhere camera that is water and dust resistant as well as tough enough to drop from 5ft. Its set of features and image quality put it at the top of the list for a tough, compact camera, as does the price. Read...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1


Some photographers are careful enough that they never have to worry about dropping a camera, or getting it wet. For the rest of us, most major camera manufacturers make ruggedized pocket cameras that can withstand the elements and keep on shooting....

4.6x wide-angle lens. 720p AVCHD video capture. Intuitive interface. HDMI port

Image quality drops significantly at the outer edges of the frame. In our tests, water leaked into the battery compartment, resulting in some internal rusting. Zoom slider only worked sporadically after several trips to the beach

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 is built for abuse, but in our tests this ruggedized shooter didn't quite live up to expectations.

Editor's Choice!

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 (Orange)


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 is the company's first attempt at a rugged compact camera and, generally speaking, it's a success. The camera isn't as impervious to shock and the elements as some of the competition; it is waterproof up to a depth of 10...

Well designed; very good performance, photo, and video quality.

Expensive; soft photos.

A full-featured waterproof/shockproof pocket point-and-shoot, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 is a near-perfect rugged camera for everyday use.


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 First Impressions Digital Camera Review


Panasonic has joined the ranks of a number of other companies producing a tough, water-proof camera that can take a significant amount of abuse. The DMC-TS1 shoots 12-megapixels, comes in silver, green and orange, can deal with up to 10-feet of water...

The DSC-TS1 from Panasonic has joined a market where a number of other manufacturers have already released water and crush proof cameras. It doesn't have quite the level of toughness of the Olympus 1030SW, and will have a hard time settings itself...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1


In conclusion, the Panasonic DMC-TS1 may just be the perfect point-and-shoot camera that can go anywhere the photographer does. While it is more rugged than other models on the market, you should still take care in this point and shoot as it can still...

Waterproof, shockproof and even dustproof4.6x optical zoom28mm wide angle to a 128mm telephoto shot2.7 in LCD Screen

no aperture or shutter priority

Check out the Panasonic DMC-TS1 if you tend to be a little rough with...

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Review Of The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 Camera


The TS1's feature set is very similar to the company's non-rugged FP8. It has two operating modes; the AE mode called Normal Picture gets you the most control over results with settings for focus, light metering, color effects, white balance, ISO, and...

Smooth in design; good performance; superb photo and video quality; HD movie capture, a wide-angle lens, and a long battery life

Photos are not sharp, prices are a bit steep

The TS1 qualifies for both a rugged as well as an everyday pocket camera. It may be priced at $399.99, but the TS1 is something that you cannot judge by looking at the price tag. Panasonic have really pulled a rabbit out of the hat here with the TS1....

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1


The Lumix DMC-FT1 is Panasonic's first rugged point-and-shoot camera and the company claims that it is waterproof, dustproof and shockproof. Is it a worthwhile investment?

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Panasonic Lumix DMC TS1 Digital Camera Review


A detailed review of the rugged Panasonic Lumix DMC TS1 digital camera. This tough cookie is a master of both worlds - a hard shell to protect itself from dust, water and shocks, and a sensitive and flawless lens system to produce nearly perfect...

The provided 3.6-volt, 940mAh lithium-ion battery (DMW-BCF10PP) lasts for around 300 shots, which is quite above average for this class of cameras (around 220-250 shots).

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Panasonic Lumix FT1 Review


At first sight, Panasonic's FT1 looks the nearest rival to Olympus' mighty Mju 8000. It's a similar size, weight and shape and is also waterproof, shockproof and operable down to -10 degrees.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 Waterproof Camera Review: My Favorite So Far, Oddly


It's not the most rugged, waterproof, or compact of its kind. And its photos aren't the best. But for some reason I really like this camera. Maybe I'm wrong.

did better). Images, overall, were second best to the Canon with its traditional lens system, but this camera doesn't have that problem of a protruding snout which makes it a lot more pocketable. The camera has optical stabilization, which is pretty...

Product Specifications

The camera body is waterproof to 3m. It's dustproof too, so you don't have to worry about dust or sand getting inside. And it has passed drop tests at a height of about 1.5m. This is one tough little camera that you can take wherever action takes you. The TS1 records HD motion images with 1280 x 720-pixel resolution. It uses the AVCHD (MPEG-4/H.264) format, via AVCHD Lite which stores less data than other formats and thus lets you shoot more minutes of HD motion images before running out of memory. Just set the camera to iA mode, aim and shoot. The camera does the rest for you. It automatically sets the optimal mode for the shooting situation, and helps correct blurring, focus, and brightness problems. It also activates the Face Recognition function, which finds familiar faces in a group of people and captures them in a clear focus and with proper exposure. 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.


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CCD
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:1/2.33''
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:60
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/1300


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:Internal + External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: Yes
SDXC Card: No
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Panasonic DMW-BCE10
Battery Type:Panasonic DMW-BCE10


Aperture Priority: No
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: No