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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1

Mark Peters
PMA 2018 Report
Monday 2nd, March 2009
Posted by: Mark Peters

Panasonic introduces the Lumix DMC-TS1, a new concept camera geared for active outdoor photography. The Panasonic TS1 (in Europe known as Lumix FT1) is shockproof, waterproof and dustproof in design with the capability to record high-definition movie in AVCHD Lite. Featuring a 28mm wide angle lens, 4.6x optical zoom and iA (Intelligent Auto) mode, this versatile digital camera lets you capture your moments no matter the intended shooting terrain. Tested with the same standards used to assess Panasonic’s acclaimed TOUGHBOOK series computers, the Lumix TS1 is waterproof to a depth of 3.0m, shockproof from falls up to 1.5m, and dust-proof - so you take this Panasonic camera to places thought not possible before.

Panasonic Lumix TS1

Panasonic Lumix TS1 digital camera functions
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 features a new 28mm wide-angle, 4.6x optical zoom Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens with 12.1-megapixel resolution. Starting at the 28mm wide angle, and zooming up to a useful 128mm in telephoto, this Panasonic camera gives you the flexibility for virtually all shooting scenes - especially underwater, where movement is often restricted and the angle of view becomes important for composing your shots. HD motion-image recording is available in AVCHD Lite allowing longer video recordings with breathtaking HD visual and audio quality, making it a true hybrid - a single model that performs admirably as both digital camera and digital camcorder while achieving smooth, easy operation in both modes.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 offers Intelligent Auto mode
Panasonic's Intelligent Auto mode - a hallmark of Lumix cameras - is now also available in movie recording. It automatically selects the most suitable Scene mode and helps to correct handshake, focus and brightness problems - making iA mode your one-stop solution to capturing beautiful still and motion images. It features Face Recognition, a function that "remembers" faces from previous shots. When a familiar face appears in the frame, the Panasonic TS1 camera will prioritize focus and exposure to capture it beautifully. This clever function makes it easy to get sharp and clear photos of loved ones in a group of people.

Enjoy images and movies on the 2.7" LCD screen
The adoption of AVCHD Lite lets users enjoy watching not only still images but also HD movies just inserting the SDHC/SD memory card from the camera in the VIERA Image Viewer(Built-in SDHC/SD Memory Card slot) on a VIERA HDTV to start playback. Alternatively, simply connect the digital camera via an optional mini-HDMI cable to a VIERA Link-equipped TV and use the TV's remote control to run slideshows including both still and motion images in the timeline. The Lumix TS1 features a 2.7-inch, 230,000-dot Intelligent LCD with a wide viewing angle, improving visibility during recording and playback by automatic brightness control according to the situation. Enjoy stunning photos and HD videos with tremendous ease on land and under sea - the DMC-TS1 is the ideal partner for your outdoor adventures.

Panasonic TS1 a waterproof, shockproof and dustproof camera
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 is drop proof from a height up to 1.5m in accordance with the “MIL-STD 810F Method 516.5-Shock” test standard. In addition to reinforcing the exterior of the camera with shock-resistant material, the DMC-TS1 uses folded optics to prevent its lens unit from taking damage when dropped during operation. The lens unit is further protected by a supplementary damper to absorb the force from shock impact. The Panasonic TS1 is waterproof to a depth of 3m and dustproof equivalent to the “IP58” standard. Thanks to rubber padding and reinforced glass and carbon resins inside the camera, the Lumix DMC-TS1 features an airtight body protected against water immersion, dust and sand. Panasonic Lumix TS1’s LCD panel is also deliberately thickened for protection against pressure, allowing the display to operate with clear visibility even underwater. The Panasonic DMC-TS1 is an extremely versatile digital camera that you can take with you wherever the action calls. Swim along with tropical fish and capture shots of a beautiful coral reef, or take recordings of your friend around a camp fire. The Lumix TS1 is an ideal compact camera to bring with you to the beach or on hiking trips.

Panasonic Lumix TS1

Motion picture recording on the Panasonic Lumix TS1
In addition to Motion JPEG images, the Panasonic DMC-TS1 can record high-definition motion picture in AVCHD Lite. It features almost doubling the recording time in HD quality compared with the conventional Motion JPEG format. The Panasonic Lumix TS1 also features Dolby Digital Creator to record high quality audio, so you can match the beautiful motion images with outstanding sound. Now on the Panasonic TS1, the popular iA (Intelligent Auto) is also available in motion image recording. Optical Image Stabilizer (O.I.S.) helps prevent handshake when using high-powered zoom. Face Detection automatically detects a face in the frame and adjusts focus, exposure, contrast, and skin complexion on it so it always turns out beautifully. Intelligent Exposure continually checks the ambient light level and adjusts the exposure setting as conditions change to prevent blown highlights and blocked shadows. And Intelligent Scene Selector automatically switches between Normal, Portrait, Macro, Scenery, and Low Light modes according to the situation to optimize visual quality.

Available functions in motion image recording mode
Motion image recording can be started by pressing a dedicated button on the camera's back panel - an extremely quick, convenient way to start motion image recording. Most of the camera’s settings will be carried over when switched to motion picture recording. The 4.6x optical zoom is available in movie recording, too. A Wind Cut function is also available to block out most of the noise from background wind. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 also provides a Color mode and carries over 17 different scene modes from photo scene modes in movie recording. In AVCHD Lite recording, you can select from three levels of motion image quality: SH (17 Mbps), H (13 Mbps) and L (9 Mbps). In dark places such as nigh camping, the built-in LED light automatically turns on while recording motion images.

View Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 photos on a VIERA TV
Still or motion images recorded in AVCHD Lite on SD Memory Cards are easy to view on a Panasonic VIERA TV. Simply insert the card into the VIERA Image Viewer (SDHC/SD Memory Card slot) on VIERA TV or DIGA Blu-ray Disc Player to playback your contents. Alternatively, you can use an optional Mini HDMI cable to output the still and motion images you took from the TS1 directly to the TV for VIERA Link. You can take maximum advantage of Lumix camera’s playback functions including the slideshow in which both still and motion images integrated in the timeline, category playback according to the scene mode you used or calendar display and so on. All control is possible using only the TV's remote control. In addition, with the included software PHOTOfunSTUDIO HD Edition, it is easy to view and edit your recorded contents. You may also choose to upload your videos to YouTube or burn them to a DVD disc for archiving.

Panasonic Lumix TS1

Panasonic PHOTOfunSTUDIO 3.0 HD Edition software
The latest version of the exciting bundled software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 3.0 HD Edition allows you to view, edit and archive your captured contents with greater ease and fun. Still and motion images can be transferred to the PC via a USB cable for viewing and archiving on the PC with the PHOTOfunSTUDIO 3.0 HD Edition installed. Using PHOTOfunSTUDIO 3.0 HD Edition, you can edit and remove unwanted portions of your video clips recorded in AVCHD Lite. Contents recorded in AVCHD Lite can be burned directly onto a DVD disc for viewing on a DIGA Blu-ray Disc player. Alternatively, you can use the software to convert your contents to MPEG2 format to burn onto a DVD disc.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 software
The portrait images taken with the camera’s Face Recognition function are organized neatly in the folder of the name registered with the camera. Not only that, the software also features an independent Face Recognition function that recognizes the faces in the picture stored in your PC to sort the photos by the face. You do not have to pick out each photo one by one out of thousand of photos when you only want pictures of a specific person. With PHOTOfunSTUDIO 3.0 HD Edition, the software automatically sorts your images into virtual folders based on the faces you registered. You can also enjoy slideshows with a variety of effects and use your iTunes music library as background music. Motion pictures can be uploaded directly to YouTube using the built-in YouTube uploader.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 review
As soon as we receive a Panasonic Lumix TS1 test sample, we will publish a picture gallery with high resolution photos, followed by an extended Panasonic TS1 review.

Panasonic Lumix TS1

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