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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 is a rugged, outdoor point and shoot digital camera.

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HDMI output for direct playback of images and videos onto compatible displays / HDTVs

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built-in GPS for geotagging

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records to easy to find, affordable and capacious SD/SDHC/SDXC flash storage

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ruggedized design - waterproof, shockproof, dustproof, freezeproof

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fast auto-focus - claimed by Panasonic to be 28% faster than the AF on the FT2/TS2

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fairly compact - pocketable

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shoots video in full 1080p high definition

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relatively fast 3.7FPS continuous shooting at full resolution

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improved ruggedness from previous generations (eg/ from the FT1/TS1 it can now go 3x deeper in water, can be dropped from 33% higher)

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good consistent image quality

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lens cover is glass - is prone to be covered in fingerprints and dirt

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low resolution 230k dot display - the same found all the way back on the first FT1/TS1

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somewhat chunky

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 is a rugged, outdoor point and shoot digital camera that is waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof, and dustproof. As an upgrade from the DMC-TS1 (2009), the Lumix DMC-TS3 adds the Panasonic 3D Photo mode, in which a 3D photo can be produced by taking 20 consecutive shots (auto) and then overlaying the best two. Another improvement involves video capture, which goes from 720p to full 1080p HD. Also added is an altimeter, barometer, compass, and GPS function, the latter of which can tag a picture based on a database featuring over 1,000,000 points of interest (POI). Additional features include auto uploads to social networking sites, an ultra-low shutter lag of only .005 seconds, and advanced auto-focus tracking.

  • 12.1MP MOS Sensor
  • Waterproof (40’)
  • Shockproof (6.6’)
  • Freezeproof (14D Fahrenheit)
  • Dustproof
  • 28mm Ultra-Wide Angle
  • Full HD JPEG Still Image
  • Full HD MPO 3D Image
  • Full HD AVCHD Videos
  • 2.7" TFT LCD Display
  • Compass
  • Altimeter
  • Barometer
  • 6400 ISO
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC Expansion
  • AV Output (NTSC/PAL)
  • USB 2.0
  • HDMI
  • Mono Microphone
  • Monaural Speaker
  • Li-Ion Battery Pack
Color Variations
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3-D | Orange
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3-S | Silver
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3-A | Blue
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3-R | Red
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03/11/2011 06:16

Aaaargh! I got the TS2 in December..... I really wanted a rugged one with GPS but back then there was none available. Now there are at least two!

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