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

Panasonic DMC-TS30A LUMIX Active Lifestyle Tough Camera (Blue)
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Average customer review:
(3.5 stars, based on 209 reviews)

Product Details

  • Sales Rank: #1183 in Camera & Photo
  • Color: Blue
  • Brand: Panasonic
  • Model: DMC-TS30A
  • Released on: 2015-03-23
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 2.30" h x 4.08" w x .77" l, .32 pounds
  • Battery type: Lithium Ion
  • Display size: 2.7


  • 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

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271 of 288 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.


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.


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.

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
3Not an underwater camera, still nice though
By laurieloo
I was very happy with this camera for two years. Threw it in my bag on many active trips. Great quality pictures, great battery life, no worries about damaging it, very easy to work with. But i never took it underwater. This vacation, i decided to do so figuring its served me well and i'd be ok if it leaked and died. leaked. And then died a slow death.
I followed all directions to a tee. Only had it under a few feet for a half hour or so. I got a fantastic shot though.
This is not an underwater camera but a great one to take on hiking, beach or other active vacations.
I will miss it.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
1Image quality is really bad.
By Brooke L. W. Miller
I bought this as a camera to have for trips with the family. We are active and I have ruined cameras from sweat when cycling etc. I thought it would be more robust as a water proof camera and handy in a light weight body for travel, such as backpacking trips. We just used it for the first time and was so disappointed in the image quality. The colors were really terrible. Very washed out and could not handle outdoor light well. There is a significant delay on the shutter speed making any sort of action type shots very difficult. In summary, it was far worse than my cell phone camera which I think is pretty bad. Sad that this didn't work out. Can't speak for water proof abilities as I never tested it. Honestly, didn't trust that it would actually be waterproof anyway, just wanted a camera that was robust. This might fit that bill, but it is certainly not worth having pictures with such bad images.

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