Panasonic DMC-TS30A LUMIX Active Lifestyle Tough Camera (Blue)

Panasonic DMC-TS30A LUMIX Active Lifestyle Tough Camera (Blue)
From Panasonic

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Average customer review:
(3.5 stars, based on 192 reviews)

Product Details

  • Sales Rank: #432 in Camera & Photo
  • Color: Blue
  • Brand: Panasonic
  • Model: DMC-TS30A
  • Released on: 2015-03-23
  • Dimensions: 2.28" h x .79" w x 4.09" l, .31 pounds
  • Battery type: Lithium Ion
  • Display size: 2.7

Features

  • Instant creativity with built-in creative effects
  • Capture stills or (720p) HD video in and out of water
  • Travel confidently with go-anywhere freeze-proof (14 degrees), shockproof (4.9 ft.) and waterproof (26 ft.) toughness

LUMIX Active Lifestyle Tough Camera


Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

246 of 261 people found the following review helpful.
5Put this one at the top of your short list
By PhotoGraphics
[[VIDEOID:e503520681627d4c2bcd1d47773d7021]]As a professional photographer I have had quite a bit of experience in using my camera gear under unfavorable conditions, including underwater. However when I am taking family snapshots my first choice of camera when I am heading out the door for a fun time with the family and friends is ... well, my cell phone - because it's always with me and it takes good pictures. That puts me squarely in category of being the average person, but with the difference that I know a bit more about cameras and how to capture a good photo than average. And what would be my SECOND choice of the ideal camera to take along for a fun outing? A ruggedized, weather-resistant, easy-to-use snapshot camera that doesn't get in the way of having fun while capture great photo memories. And that is the kind of camera I recommend to you if you are looking for an everyday point-and-shoot digital camera.

Of all the brands and models available, Panasonic Lumix has carved the strongest niche into the ruggedized/weatherized camera market and this is one of their best all-around offerings to date. Here's why you should consider it, along with an explanation of what it lacks and why.

The DMC-TS30A is a brand-new model as of April 2015 and has a 16MP sensor, more than adequate to capture excellent photos. Thankfully the hype about more megapixels has long passed and most people realize that a good lens and a capable internal processor are at least as important (if not more) than how many megapixels the camera has. And Panasonic Lumix has the track record for producing high quality lens and processors, especially at this, the lower price range of cameras.

The lens is a 25-100mm (equiv), the most ideal range I could recommend for everyday picture taking. And it's fast for an entry-level point-and-shoot at f/3.9 meaning better low-light photos and less blur. The other specs like shutter speed and ISO rating are not stellar but they are well suited for a camera of this type and how it will be used.

Why is this camera the one you want to take along even if you have a decent camera in your cell phone? The manufacturer's advertising claims that is that it is submersible to 26ft, shockproof to 5ft, freeze-proof to 14 degrees F and also dustproof. Which means you won't have to baby it, just take it where you go and snap away. And the fact that it only weighs about 5 oz (slightly more than an iphone 6) and is MUCH smaller than the iPhone guarantees that it will not be a hassle to carry with you all day.

If you are into taking photos underwater (like shallow water snorkeling, not deep diving, this is NOT a dive camera) Panasonic has all the right answers for you including an underwater illuminator to help the colors "snap", and special circuitry to optimize underwater colors. By the way, that torch (as Panasonic calls it) is totally independent of the camera operation, very handy if you are trying to take a photo of someone or something in total darkness, you can turn it on to visually locate your subject for framing.

The feature list is impressive for its price: 1280 x 720 pixel HD video (that looks awesome), built-in time-lapse, 12 creative modes and 13 scene modes and a burst mode of 8 frames/second at reduced resolution. What is lacks is Wi-FI (which greatly reduces battery life - I never use it), NFC (nice on a cell phone, useless on a camera), and GPS (a nice feature to have but it also eats up your batteries much faster). One final note is that this camera has enough built-in memory to take about 30 or so pictures without a memory card. You may never use it but it's a great "just in case" backup for that once-in-a-lifetime shot.

CONS:

For what it's designed for this camera doesn't really have any significant downsides. I've taken some nice sharp clear photos with it and in the fully-automatic mode it is really difficult to take a "bad" picture. The only reality check is that the rear LCD's resolution is only average, certainly not bad and definitely comparable to other cameras in the price range, but once you have used a camera with a higher resolution screen (or most new smartphones) you won't get excited about how ordinary the viewing screen is on this camera. Not really a con but a reality check is that the pictures this camera is capable of are sharp and the color reproduction is very accurate. The camera is capable of taking good pictures under good conditions. But it does have its limits.

BOTTOM LINE:

Considering photo quality, features, extreme compact size, excellent shockproof and weather-resistant qualities AND a price that won't break your budget I would put this camera at the top of your short list of everyday fun cameras that you will want to take with you everywhere you go. I want to make it clear that a 5-star rating is because it rates well in its price range compared to competitive models. But don't expect DSLR quality and features out of a little point-and-shoot pocket camera, nor should you expect it to substitute for a true dive camera. You get what you pay for with any camera.

Check out the attached video for unboxing photos and a real-life glimpse at the first photos and videos I took with this camera. I've used it under a variety of conditions including some underwater video since I made the video and I will add those soon plus some photos/video I've shot in less-than-ideal conditions.

50 of 52 people found the following review helpful.
5Five Stars
By Greg Lauck
Great camera for the price! The photos were amazing both in and out of the water!

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful.
1Real Review from a TS20 and TS30 Owner
By Jeremy Ray
I've had a Panasonic Lumix-TS20 for about 3-1/2 years and love it. I use it for engineering inspection work in crawlspaces, attics, etc. and the fact that it is waterproof makes it pretty much dustproof too. Well after being in wet crawlspaces, underwater several times, dropped from ladders, and about 63,000 pictures on my TS20, I noticed that the photos had become rather "shady" in sunny conditions, so I decided it was time to buy a new one. I wanted another TS20 because it had performed so well for so long, but they are now like $300 on Amazon because its the "old model".

I decided to upgrade to the TS30 because all of my spare batteries, etc., would work with the "new and improved model"...big mistake. It worked fine until the first time I had to put it underwater on a pool inspection. When I went to get the photos off the SD card, my computer indicated there was a "problem with the drive". When I inserted the card back into the camera, it said "reinsert card", so I pulled the card out and it was wet...I turned the camera on and the inside of the lens is foggy. Water apparently infiltrated the camera despite being in the "locked" position.

Maybe I got a dud or maybe this new model just isn't the same quality as the TS20. As we say down south, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".

Luckily I was able to salvage the photos after reinserting the SD card back into my computer several times and I think I've found a setting on my old TS20 that will work out the "shadiness", so I'm sticking with that one until it completely dies or get so beat up it won't take good pics anymore.

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