Panasonic Lumix TS2


If you really think about it, point-and-shoot digital cameras are almost perfect accessories for outdoor activities. They’re small enough to tote around, with fast start-up times and image acquisition. Most digicams also have a slew of shooting modes to match whatever situation they may find themselves in. We say almost perfect, because frankly, they should be built of sterner stuff. Able to withstand exposure to the elements, and then some. To put it simply, they should be more like the Panasonic Lumix TS2.

The TS2 (aka the FT2 in other regions) is Panasonic’s second take on the rugged, outdoor digital camera. Carrying on from its predecessor (appropriately named the TS1), the TS2 has more megapixels, an updated image processor to go with that, and of course, increased survivability.

To keep in step with the TS2’s 14.1-megapixel sensor, Panasonic’s crammed the Venus Engine HD II under the camera’s hood. This uses dual CPUs to speed up image processing, allowing you to shoot up to 10 frames per second in Burst Mode. It also makes for more realism in image captured. Plus, you can crop a still image from a captured HD movie.

All these bells and whistles won’t mean jack if the camera itself isn’t easy to use. Suffice to say that the TS2’s ergonomics, as well as the menu interface, aren’t perfect, but they do a very good job in keeping things intuitive. One thing we’d like to change is the shutter button, or the zoom rocker’s, location. Their proximity to each other means that you have to be a bit careful with your finger placement – especially when you’re wearing gloves (such as when cycling or scuba diving). That, and the lens location (a necessity to keep things compact), are the only caveats with this camera, but they were easy to adjust to. The TS2 also has an Intelligent Auto mode, wherein the Panny’s brain automatically selects the optimal settings by evaluating variables such as available light and the distance of your subject. Brains and brawn. As for beauty, well, the heft of the TS2 feels reassuring, and it comes in a slew of colors that can match your personality as well. And of course, the consistent output, in various conditions, is eye candy in itself.

Underwater is where you’ll appreciate not just the durability of the TS2, but its capability in capturing underwater scenes as well. There are, however, a few things you may need to be aware of before, during, and after immersion. For one, you have to ensure all latches are securely closed. You should avoid submerging the camera deeper than 33 feet (and for longer than an hour), and finally, you have to make sure that you rinse off any saltwater afterwards. Pretty basic FYIs, really, for a camera that is anything but.

Click here to see the Panasonic Lumix TS2 in the Buyer's Guide.

 

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  • Rugged exterior
  • Smart image processing
  • HD-movie recording
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  • Less-than-optimal control placement
  • Bulkier than other point-and-shooters
Bottom Line
  • Looking for a worthwhile digicam investment? Look no further
Gold Award
Editor's Pick Yes
Price P19,000 (import)
Tech Specs
  • Type: Weatherproof
  • Resolution
    • Stills: 14.1 megapixels
    • Video: 1280 x 720p at 30fps (AVCHD Lite)
  • Zoom
    • Optical: 4.6x
    • Digital: 4x
  • Storage: SD/SDXC
  • Screen
    • Size: 2.7 inches
    • Resolution: 230,000 dots
  • Image Stabilization: yes
  • Face Detection: yes
  • Live View: no
  • ISO Range: 80-1600 (boost to 6400)
  • Shutter Speed: 60-1/1300 sec.
  • Aperture Range: f/3.3-5.9
  • Interface
    • Hot Shoe: no
    • USB: yes
    • HDMI: yes
  • Battery
    • Type: li-ion
    • Life (Shots): approx. 360 photos
  • Others
    • Water Proof up to 10.0 m
    • Freeze Proof up to  -10.0 °C
    • Shock Proof  up to 2.0 m
    • Dust Proof
  • Size: 99.3 x 63.1 x 24.3 mm
  • Weight: 188g with battery and card


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  • Fatima December 30, 2020; 1:28 pm Report Abuse
    Hi. Great review. Where can I buy a lumix ts2 here in the Philippines? Thanks.
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