Panasonic TS5 Review: Waterproof Rugged Shockproof Digital Camera

| August 15, 2013

Panasonic TS5 review compact camera front view

The rugged and waterproof Panasonic TS5 compact digital camera is geared towards active lifestyle, family and travel photographers. The camera serves as a replacement to the popular Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 introduced last year.

The Panasonic Lumix TS5 underwater camera offers a number of upgraded features and technologies compared to its predecessor. In terms of major updates, the TS5 digital camera gains a new 16 megapixel (MP) high sensitivity MOS sensor versus the 12MP CCD sensor found in the Panasonic TS4.

One direct benefit is that the Panasonic Lumix TS5 is able to offer improved low light sensitivity up to 3200 ISO in Auto mode, one stop faster than the Panasonic TS4 (1600 ISO). An advantage when shooting and recording in dim lighting conditions.

The Panasonic Lumix TS5 features the same rugged construction as the Lumix TS4. The TS5 digital camera is shock-proof (up to 2m drop), and offers the same level of dust / sand protection, and the same level of cold weather temperature resistance (down to -10 degrees Celcius) versus its predecessor.

The Lumix TS5 offers improved protection against water, with the camera rated as submergible down to 13 meters (43ft) versus a maximum recommended depth of 12 meters (40ft) for the TS4. The TS5 is also more resistant to external pressure thanks to a new internal body construction (crush-proof 100kgf).

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Panasonic Lumix TS5 rugged waterproof compact camera back view

The Panasonic Lumix TS5 digital camera provides an improved LCD viewing experience by incorporating a larger 3-inch and higher resolution 460,000 dot monitor. The TS4 featured a smaller 2.7-inch screen with 230K dot resolution.

The Panasonic TS5 can record location data and geotag images using the camera’s built-in GPS system, a technology that has been updated to provide even greater accuracy compared to the earlier model.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 offers the benefit of Wi-Fi connectivity and NFC (Near Field Communications), allowing for the transfer of images and video to a compatible smartphone or tablet.

Users also have the ability to remotely control the camera and adjust settings from a smartphone or tablet running the free Panasonic Image App.

Read our Panasonic Lumix TS5 review to learn more and check out our Panasonic TS5 sample images gallery to see how the camera performs.

  • Panasonic Lumix TS5: Major Features

  • Panasonic Lumix TS5 Review: Intro

  • Panasonic Lumix TS5: Sample Images

  • Panasonic Lumix TS5: Specifications

  • In terms of ergonomics, the Panasonic Lumix TS5 digital camera features a new body design with a broader rubber texturized grip that extends on both sides of the camera providing the benefit of a more secure hold compared to the TS4.

    The TS5 also incorporates a new clear Anti-Fog lens cover, designed to prevent condensation from fogging the front of the lens.

    Panasonic TS5 compared to the TS4 rugged compact waterproof camera

    The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 is available in Canada in blue and orange for a manufacturer’s recommended retail price (MSRP) of $399.95 Canadian.

    Panasonic Lumix TS5 Review: Camera Features

    16.1-megapixel MOS sensor: the new sensor in the Panasonic Lumix TS5 is designed to offer better image quality and improved low light performance. The camera’s 16MP resolution also allows for more latitude when cropping an image from full size, while still being able to maintain enough detail in the edited photo. Images can be cropped and resized in-camera.

    28mm Wide-angle 4.6x optical zoom Leica DC Lens: The Panasonic Lumix TS5 underwater camera features a 4.6x wide-angle optical zoom lens offering a range from 28mm to 128mm telephoto in 35mm equivalent terms. The zoom aperture range is F3.3-F6.3, and the lens features ED glass to help minimize flare.

    Power O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer): The lens based Power O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) technology incorporated in the Panasonic TS5 is designed to help get sharper photos, by minimizing the effects of camera shake that typically occurs when handholding the camera in low light situations.

    Panasonic TS5 waterproof compact camera

    Waterproof: With waterproof performance to a depth of 13m equivalent to the “IPX8” standard, the Panasonic TS5 supports active shooting on a beach, underwater or in a pool. If the camera gets dirty, soil and dust can be washed off by using water.

    Shockproof: The Lumix DMC-TS5 is drop-proof from a height up to 2m in accordance with the “MIL-STD 810F Method 516.5-Shock” test standard. It lets you shoot actively while moving around with the camera in one hand.

    Dustproof: The Panasonic TS5 is dustproof equivalent to the “IPX8” standard. While hiking or playing sports, fine dust particles can enter through gaps in the camera body and cause malfunction. The Lumix TS5 can be used in these activities without problems.

    Freezeproof: Freezeproof to -10 degrees Celsius, the Panasonic TS5 digital camera is designed for shooting in colder weather conditions.

    Full 1080/60p HD Movie with Stereo Sound: the Panasonic TS5 compact digital camera offers a number of HD movie recording options and a convenient one touch movie recording button. Users can record 1920 x 1080 60p full HD video in the AVCHD format for best quality, or 1080p at 30fps in MP4 format, complete with stereo sound.

    Wi-Fi and NFC Transfer: images and video can be transfered from the camera using Wi-Fi. Send wirelessly to a Smartphone, Tablet, PC, HDTV or to Social Networks and Web Services. The Panasonic TS5 also offers NFC (Near Field Communications) technology designed to allow for fast and easy Wi-Fi communication with compatible smartphones or tablets.

    With the free downloadable Panasonic Image App, users can turn their smartphone or tablet into a remote, with the ability to take pictures or video and adjust camera settings while monitoring a liveview feed on the screen of the device. Put yourself in the picture and use your smartphone to trigger the camera (timer), or set the camera on a tripod and walk away to photograph wildlife undisturbed.

    GPS, Compass, Altimeter, and Barometer:  the Panasonic TS5 digital camera is specially designed for active outdoor use. The camera features GPS, compass, altimeter and even barometer that show and record altitude, barometric pressure and orientation data.

    3-inch LCD Screen with 460K resolution: the TS5 features a 3-inch 460K-dot LCD monitor that provides a 100% field of view. The camera’s Intelligent LCD function automatically adjusts the brightness in 11 steps according to shooting conditions. The LCD also features a wide viewing angle and anti-reflective coatings to improve visibility.

    Panasonic TS5 compact camera with 3-inch LCD and wide viewing angle

    23-Area AF: When using Multi-area AF, the camera automatically determines the most appropriate AF area from 23 points. This ensures accurate focusing even for difficult compositions. You can also select the AF setting from five patterns – Face AF, 1-area AF, Spot AF and AF Tracking – according to your shooting situation.

    AF Tracking: Once you focus on your subject, AF Tracking automatically tracks it until you press the shutter. When you’re taking images of an active subject, like children or pets, this function eliminates the need to press the shutter button halfway down repeatedly to readjust the focus.

    Fast AF Response: The Sonic Speed AF system includes numerous re-engineering enhancements, including a higher-speed actuator, optimized algorithms and parallel software processing. The result is fast and accurate AF performance.

    Fast Continuous Shooting: the Panasonic TS5 offers up to 10 frames per second continuous shooting at full resolution (max 7 frames).

    Automatic and Manual Exposure Control: the Panasonic TS5 offers a range of exposure options. Users can select to leave the camera in iA Auto mode, and simply point and shoot. The TS5 also offers manual exposure control and exposure compensation for greater creative control.

    iA (Intelligent Auto): In iA Mode, the camera does all the work, leaving you free to compose your shot and capture the moment. Simply point and shoot. The TS5 automatically selects the appropriate Scene mode based on how it interprets the subject at hand. Available modes include; Landscape, Portrait, Macro, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, and Sunset.

    The Panasonic Lumix TS5 also offers a number of user selectable Automatic Scene modes, common to most point and shoot cameras. The dedicated Scene Modes available on the Panasonic TS5 include; Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Handheld Night Shot, HDR, Food, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Starry Sky, Through Glass, and 3D Photo.

    Intelligent ISO Control: The Intelligent ISO Control function which is activated in iA mode detects subject movement and automatically adjusts the ISO setting and shutter speed to best suit the movement and light conditions. When it detects subject motion, the TS5 automatically raises the ISO setting and increases the shutter speed to prevent motion blur.

    Intelligent HDR: the Lumix TS5 records several still pictures consecutively at different exposure levels that are then overlaid to produce a single composite picture without whiteout (over-exposure) or blackout (under-exposure).

    Built-in Auto flash and Torch Light: the camera features a built-in flash with Auto control. The flash range extends from 0.3 – 5.6m (Wide/ISO Auto), 0.3 – 3.1m (Tele/ISO Auto).

    The DMC-TS5 also provides a ‘torch light’ feature that acts as a video light to illuminate closer subjects when recording video in dark environments.

    Panorama Mode:  the TS5 is equipped with a Panorama mode that stitches a series of images together taken in rapid succession while panning the camera in a vertical or horizontal position.

    Panasonic TS5 digital camera in Panorama Mode

    Face Detection AF/AE with Face Recognition: The Panasonic Lumix TS5 features Face Recognition, a function that “remembers” faces. Face Recognition prioritizes focus and exposure right on the face of the person you have selected when there are several faces in the frame. In playback, you can choose to display only photos that contain a specific registered face using the Category Playback feature.

    Face Detection also allows for Digital Red-eye Correction (Red-eye Removal). The camera takes care of the red-eye effect that often happens when shooting with a flash.

    Creative Control / Creative Retouch: The Creative Control (in recording mode) and the Creative Retouch (in playback mode) features built-in to the TS5 provide for a variety of creative filter image processing effects. Options include; Expressive, Retro, High-Key, Low-Key-Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Star Filter, Soft Focus and One Point Colour (example below).

    Panasonic TS5 compact camera one point colour retouch feature

    Time Lapse Shot: with the camera’s Time Lapse function you can easily create Time Lapse movies. Simply select the number of images to be captured and the desired time interval between each shot. The captured still images are combined into a Time Lapse Movie.

    New Li-Ion Battery: the Panasonic Lumix TS5 digital camera comes supplied with a new longer lasting Li-Ion rechargeable battery (and multi-voltage charger). The battery provides up to approximately 370 shots per charge (vs. 310 frames for the Panasonic TS4).

    Panasonic TS5 rugged compact camera front view

    Panasonic TS5 Review: Camera Overview

    The Panasonic TS5 digital camera is waterproof to a depth of 13 ft, shockproof from falls as high as 2m, and dustproof thanks to its airtight construction. The Panasonic TS5 is designed to withstand cold weather conditions, and is rated to operate down to -10 Celcius.

    The new 16MP MOS sensor incorporated in the Panasonic TS5 promises improvements in image quality versus the 12MP CCD sensor in the Lumix TS4. We did a low light test at 1600 ISO comparing the quality from the Panasonic TS5 versus the TS4 to see for ourselves.

    Panasonic TS5 versus TS4 compact camera quality

    Although the high ISO output from the Panasonic TS5 is fairly average versus competing cameras in the same category, there is a noticeable improvement compared to the previous Panasonic TS4 model.

    At the highest 3200 ISO setting the image quality from the Panasonic TS5 is not great, although still usable in a pinch for smaller file size applications. The resulting output is similar to the results seen from the Panasonic Lumix TS4 at 1600 ISO.

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 compact digital camera top view

    The On/Off button, shutter release and one touch movie recording button are located on the top of the Panasonic Lumix TS5, while the remaining controls are placed on the back of the camera.

    The camera’s zoom is controlled by pressing one of two buttons. Press the (W) button to go wide in order to capture sweeping landscapes or group shots of people, or press the (T) button to zoom in on the action for a closer look.

    The playback button is located below the Tele zoom button (T). Pushing the playback button displays the last image or movie taken.

    The Mode button is found below the playback button, and is used to select the desired shooting or playback mode.

    The Panasonic TS5 compact camera offers a number of different shooting modes. Pushing the camera’s mode button with the camera set to record displays the Rec Mode Menu with the following options; iA Mode, Program AE (P), Manual (M), Creative Mode, Sports Mode, Snow, Beach, Advanced Underwater, Panorama, and Scene Modes.

    Panasonic-TS5-Digital-Camera-Rec-Menu

    • iA Auto (Intelligent Auto): the Panasonic Lumix TS5 automatically selects an appropriate Scene mode to match the subject conditions as detected by the camera. No need to worry about camera settings, just point and shoot.

    • Program Mode: the camera automatically determines the exposure. Manual override settings such as exposure compensation and adjustments for image quality parameters (example: White Balance, ISO control) are available.

    • Manual Mode: manually select the shutter speed and aperture.

    • Creative Control Mode: allows for the selection of Creative Control filters before taking the picture.

    • Sports Mode: this Scene mode can be selected when taking pictures of faster moving action.

    • Snow Mode: the camera’s metering system compensates for the under exposure that would otherwise occur when photographing subjects in snowy conditions.

    • Beach & Snorkeling Mode: an automatic Scene mode for taking pictures underwater and at the beach.

    • Advanced Underwater Mode: colour reproduction is adjusted to compensate for deeper underwater shooting. Intended for deeper than 10 feet (3m).

    • Scene Modes: When you select a Scene Mode to match the subject and recording situation, the camera sets the optimal settings to obtain the desired picture.

    Available Scene modes include:Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scene, Handheld Night Shot, HDR, Food, Baby 1, Baby 2, Pet, Sunset, High Sens., Glass Through, and 3D.

    The Panasonic TS5 digital camera offers a number of video recording modes. For best quality, the TS5 can record full HD 1,920 x 1,080 videos in AVCHD Progressive (MPEG-4 / H.264) format. The camera can also be set to record full HD 1,920 x 1,080 30p videos in the more common MP4 format, more suitable for editing on a computer. The 4.6x optical zoom is available in video recording.

    The camera’s stereo microphone features a ‘Zoom Noise’ reduction system to counter the noise produced by the cameras moving lens system during zooming, and the ‘Auto Wind Cut’ function is designed to block out noise from background wind.

    Panasonic TS5 digital camera Movie recording menu

    Movies can be played back directly and viewed on the camera or while connected to a larger TV. The camera also offers the option of 1080p HD movie recording at 30 frames per second in the more standard MP4 file format suitable for editing on a computer.

    The Panasonic Lumix TS5 features a built-in stereo microphone and the optical zoom can be used while recording. The camera also offers a Wind Noise reduction function designed to cut down on interfering wind background noise while outdoors.

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 4-way control pad

    The Panasonic Lumix TS5 features a 4-way push button control pad that surrounds the inner Menu / Set button. The 4-way control pad is used to navigate menus and make changes to camera settings.

    Pushing on the right of the 4-way control pad activates the camera’s flash settings. Options in Normal Picture shooting mode include; Auto Flash, Redeye Reduction Flash (pre-flash), Fill Flash, Slow Sync./Redeye, Flash Off.

    Pushing on the bottom portion of the 4-way control pad displays the camera’s Macro AF (Close-up) settings, including; AF Macro, Macro Zoom and Macro Off. The Panasonic TS5 is able to focus down to 5cm from the subject with the lens set to the wide-angle position.

    Pressing on the left of the control pad activates the camera’s Self-Timer menu. The three available settings include; 10 sec, 2 sec and off.

    Pressing up on the control pad activates exposure compensation settings. Exposure can be adjusted by +/- 2 EV in 1/3 steps (to brighten or darken the image in difficult lighting conditions).

    With the TS5 set to record mode, camera settings are accessible under one of five Menu tabs. The Menu categories include; Rec, Motion Picture, GPS/Sensor, Setup and Wi-Fi. In Playback mode, the Lumix TS5 offers 4 setup Menus including; Playback, GPS/Sensor, Setup, and Wi-Fi.

    Panasonic TS5 digital camera Menu setup

    The options available in the Panasonic TS5’s ‘Rec Menu’ varies by selected shooting mode. In iA Auto and Scene modes some settings are not available in the Menus.

    In Program AE and Manual shooting mode the following settings can be adjusted; Aspect Ratio, Picture Size, Quality (image compression), ISO Sensitivity, White Balance, AF Mode, Quick AF, Face Recognition, i.Exposure, Min. Shutter Speed, i.Resolution, Digital Zoom, Burst Mode, Time Lapse Shot, Colour Mode, AF Assist Lamp, Redeye Removal, Stabilizer, Date Stamp, Clock Set.

    Panasonic TS5 digital camera Rec Mode Menu options

    The Display and Delete/Q.Menu buttons are found to the right of the camera’s LCD monitor under the 4-way push button control pad.

    Pressing the Display button repeatedly cycles through the cameras various monitor display options. The Panasonic TS5 offers the option of displaying both a Live Histogram and Playback Histogram feature to help judge exposure.

    Panasonic TS5 digital camera display settings

    The Lumix DMC-TS5 also offers the option of superimposed gridlines on the LCD monitor that when activated help in achieving straighter vertical and horizontal composition by dividing the monitors viewing area into a grid pattern.

    The Delete button is located to the right of the Display button and is used to Delete an image, a group of images or a movie.

    The Panasonic TS5 features a Quick Settings Menu that is easily activated by pushing the Q.MENU button.

    The Quick Menu options are superimposed over the live view display on the LCD monitor. The camera’s 4-way push button control pad is used to navigate and adjust settings.

    Panasonic TS5 rugged waterproof camera quick menu

    The Panasonic TS5 digital camera’s Wi-Fi features can be quickly accessed by pressing the dedicated Wi-Fi button. The Wi-Fi Menu offers four options; Remote Shooting, Playback to TV, Send Images While Recording, Send Images From Camera.

    Panasonic Lumix TS5 Wi-Fi settings

    Once a new connection has been established by entering Wi-Fi network settings in the camera, images can be wirelessly transfered to a variety of destinations, including; Panasonic Lumix Club Cloud Service, a Smartphone / Tablet, PC, TV or Printer. Wi-Fi connections can be stored in the camera’s ‘History’ menu for later use.

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 Wi-Fi connection menu

    It is also possible to use Wi-Fi to upload images and videos directly from the camera to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Picasa and Flickr. In order to take advantage of this feature, you have to first create a Lumix Club Cloud Service account, and then register your personal user login information for each of the services you want to use.

    Panasonic TS5 Wi-Fi social network connections

    By downloading the free Panasonic Image App and installing on a compatible smartphone or tablet, images and video can be easily transferred from the Panasonic TS5 to the device. The Panasonic Image App also provides for remote control of the camera using the smartphone or tablet.

    Panasonic TS5 Image App Menu Interface

    The Panasonic Image App menu interface displays a live-view feed as seen through the camera, and provides options for controlling various camera settings, including zoom control.

    The Panasonic Image App also allows you to switch from still image shooting to video recording while monitoring the results in real time on a smartphone or tablet.

    Panasonic TS5 review, Wi-Fi transfer with Panasonic Image App

    The Panasonic TS5 digital camera incorporates NFC (Near Field Communications) technology that allows for image and video transfer from the TS5 to a compatible smartphone or tablet – initiated by touching the two devices against each other.

    The camera’s internal GPS system shows the name of the Country/Region, State/Prov./County, County/Township, City/Town/Village and Landmark using available data to give users real-time information of the location while taking photos.

    The location information is embedded in the EXIF data of the image file. The photos and videos with the location names are automatically sorted in the virtual folder alphabetically in the camera allowing for easy sorting.

    GPS can be shut off in the ‘GPS/Sensor’ camera settings Menu in order to preserve battery power or to prevent location tagging. The Menu also offers an Airplane mode to deactivate GPS.

    Panasonic TS5 digital GPS Sensor settings menu

    The Secure Digital (SD) memory card slot, battery compartment, and interface connections on the Panasonic TS5 are found behind a waterproof hinged protective door located on the side of the camera.

    Panasonic TS5 digital camera connections side

    The Panasonic TS5 digital camera offers an HDMI output that allows for the connection to an HDTV. The camera does not come supplied with an HDMI cable (HDMI Micro D-type).

    The Panasonic TS5 also offers a standard A/V connection which also serves as the USB cable connection to a computer. A standard combination Audio/Video and USB cable is included in the box. The Lumix TS5 uses Secure Digital (SD) or SDHC media memory cards. The camera does not come supplied with a memory card. A small amount of memory is built-in to the camera, good for a few shots in a pinch.

    The Panasonic TS5 uses a new longer lasting Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery that provides up to approximately 370 shots per charge (approx. 20% more than Lumix TS4). The camera comes supplied with one battery and a multi-voltage charger.

    Panasonic Lumix TS5 Image App remote shooting to Apple smartphone

    Panasonic TS5 Review User Experience:

    With a rugged protective design, underwater capabilities, GPS tagging and advanced measuring technologies (compass, barometer and altimeter), the Panasonic TS5 digital camera, like the TS4 before it, lends itself well to active lifestyle, family and travel type photography.

    The camera’s 4.6x optical zoom lens provides good results throughout the zoom range, and the built-in optical image stabilizer technology works well allowing you to handhold the camera under lower light conditions and still get decent results. Some edge softness and noticeable barrel distortion (curvature of vertical lines) is seen in wide-angle images although this is fairly common to most point and shoot cameras in this class.

    The Panasonic TS5’s digital camera’s Auto Focus (AF) system does a good job at maintaining focus, and the camera’s Face Recognition system is very responsive and quickly locked in on faces in the scene during our tests.

    The camera’s metering system performed well in most situations. The camera does not offer the option of selectable metering. Taking advantage of Manual settings as well as some of the camera’s built-in selectable Scene Modes allowed us to compensate and get the desired shot that might not have been as achievable by simply using point and shoot Auto mode.

    While we found the 2.7-inch screen on the Panasonic Lumix TS4 to be adequate, the new larger 3-inch and higher resolution (460K) LCD monitor on the Panasonic TS5 offers a big benefit over its predecessor, and we would say best in class performance versus the competition. Colours look natural on screen, and the monitor incorporates anti-reflective properties that provide for improved and clearer viewing in bright lighting conditions. An 11-step Auto brightness feature adjusts the LCD display to fit viewing conditions.

    The menu interface on the Panasonic TS5 digital camera is intuitive and geared towards simple operation. With the default settings the camera is set to simply point and shoot.

    In general we enjoyed using the TS5 and felt the camera was easy to handle and use. The Panasonic TS5 is able to deliver some of the better image and movie quality that we have seen come from this type of an enhanced rugged all weather compact camera.

    Our main issue with the camera relates to its claimed Wi-Fi functionality. The Panasonic TS5 digital camera’s Wi-Fi interface and setup process is rather confusing compared to competing models. We were unable to test the NFC transfer technology in our Panasonic TS5 review, since we were unable to set up our NFC compatible test devices to communicate with the camera. We tried to connect using two different smartphones without success. We have asked Panasonic tech support for assistance, and have still not been able to get the NFC function in the Panasonic TS5 to work.

    We were able to set up our smartphone to communicate with the TS5 using the camera as a network, while running the Panasonic Image App on the device. Once installed we tested the Panasonic Image App remote capture functions, and transfered images from the camera to our smartphone without issues.

    If you are looking for a user friendly, sleek and compact digital camera that can easily be brought along wherever your travels take you, we do not hesitate to recommend the shock-proof, waterproof Panasonic TS5 digital camera.

    What we like about the Lumix TS5:What we do not like:
    • Compact strong design and almost everything proof – fun for underwater use
    • Delivers good image and movie quality overall for its class
    • Very good LCD monitor for its class
    • Responsive, fast start up, fast AF, fast capture
    • Shoots 1080/60P HD video + stereo sound in AVCHD format (1080p MP4 at 30fps)
    • GPS and Sensor system offers useful features and Geotagging
    • iAuto and Selectable Scene Modes work well
    • Battery life is good versus competition
    • Poor implementation of Wi-Fi / NFC transfer, confusing setup and menu interface
    • Slower lens aperture (F3.3-5.9) versus competing models. Not as good for low light shooting.
    • Corner lens softness and barrel distortion visible in some images (wide-angle), although fairly similar to most compact cameras
    • High ISO image noise is an issue, although improved versus earlier Lumix TS4 model

    Based on our experience with the camera (with the exception of the Wi-Fi/NFC setup issues), we assign the Panasonic TS5 a high score within its category for a combination of image and video quality, construction, performance and handling. In our opinion one of the best models in its class.

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    Panasonic TS5 Review: Specifications

    Sensor Type1/2.33-inch High Sensitivity MOS sensor / 17.5 Total Megapixels / Primary Color Filter
    Effective Pixels16.1 Megapixels
    Body ConstructionWater Proof: 13 m (IPX8 compliant)
    Dust Proof: Yes (IPX6 compliant)
    Freeze Proof: -10.0 °C
    Shock Proof: 2.0 m (based on MIL-STD)
    Pressure Resistant: 100 kgf
    Optical Zoom4.6x
    Focal Lengthf = 4.9 – 22.8 mm (28 – 128 mm in 35 mm equiv.)
    (30-140 mm in 35 mm equiv. in movie recording)
    Aperture RangeF3.3 – 5.9 / Iris Diaphragm (F3.3 – 10 (W) / F5.9 – 18 (T))
    Extra Optical Zoom (EZ)5.9x (4:3 / 10M), 8.4x (4:3 / 5M), 10.5x (4:3 / under 3M)
    Lens TypeLEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR
    10 elements in 8 groups
    (5 Aspherical Lenses / 6 Aspherical Surfaces / 1 ED Lens)
    Image Stabilizer SystemPOWER O.I.S. (On / Off)
    Focus DistanceNormal: Wide / Tele 30 cm (0.98 feet) – infinity
    Macro / Intelligent Auto / Movie Recording: Wide 5 cm (0.16 feet) – infinity / Tele 30 cm (0.98 feet) – infinity
    AF Assist LampYes (LED lamp in motion picture mode)
    AF ModesNormal / AF Macro / Macro Zoom, Quick AF On / Off (on in Intelligent Auto), Continuous AF (only for motion picture), AF Tracking
    AF TypeFace / AF Tracking / 23-area / 1-area / Spot
    Face Recognition AFYes
    Release Time Lag(Approx.) 0.005 sec
    Shutter SpeedStill: 4 – 1/1,300 sec
    Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30 sec
    Intelligent ISO ControliA Mode when shooting stills
    Intelligent Scene Selector(Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Sunset, Macro) & Movie (Portrait, Scenery, Low Light, Macro)
    Red -Eye ReductionDigital Red Eye Correction (Red-Eye Removal) for stills
    File FormatsStill Image: JPEG (DCF / Exif 2.3), DPOF
    3D Image: MPO
    Motion Picture: AVCHD, MP4
    Shooting Mode SettingsIntelligent Auto, P (Program), M (Manual), Creative Control, Sports, Snow, Beach&Snorkeling, Advanced Underwater, Panorama Shot, Scene
    Still Photo Scene ModesPortrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Handheld Night Shot, HDR, Food, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Starry Sky, Glass Through, 3D Photo
    Movie Scene ModesPortrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self Portrait, Scenery, Low Light, Food, Party, Candle Light, Sunset, Aerial, Pin Hole, Film Grain, High Sensitivity, High Dynamic (Standard, Art, B&W) (Activated by selecting Still Image Scene Mode then pressing movie button. Still Image Scene Modes without corresponding Movie Scene Mode is recorded in Normal Mode)
    Continuous ShootingFull-Resolution: 10 frames per second (maximum 7 images)

    With AF Tracking: 5 frames / sec, 2 frames / sec, Max. 100 images

    High-speed Burst: Approx. 40 frames / sec (recorded in 5M / 3M / 0.3M for 4:3, 4.5M / 2.5M / 0.3M for 3:2, 3.5M / 2M / 0.2M for 16:9, 3.5M / 2.5M / 0.2M for 1:1)

    Approx. 60 frames / sec (recorded in 2.5M / 0.3M for 4:3, 3M / 0.3M for 3:2, 3.5M / 0.2M for 16:9, 2M / 0.2M for 1:1)

    Flash Burst

    MeteringIntelligent Multiple
    ExposureProgram AE, Manual
    Exposure Compensation1/3 EV step, -2 – +2 EV
    Auto Exposure Bracketing1/3 – 1 EV step, Max. ±1 EV, 3 frames
    Back-Light CompensationYes (Only in Intelligent AUTO Mode)
    ISO SensitivityAuto / i.ISO / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200
    High Sensitivity Mode (ISO1600 – 6400)
    Real-Time HistogramYes
    Recording Aspect Ratio4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9 / 1:1
    Still Image Size4:3 Aspect Ratio:

    4,608 x 3,456 pixels (16M),
    3,648 x 2,736 pixels (10M EZ),
    2,560 x 1,920 pixels (5M EZ),
    2,048 x 1,536 pixels (3M EZ),
    1,280 x 960 pixels (1M EZ),
    640 x 480 pixels (0.3M EZ)

    3:2 Aspect Ratio:

    4,608 x 3,072 pixels (14M),
    3,648 x 2,432 pixels (9M EZ),
    2,560 x 1,712 pixels (4.5M EZ),
    2,048 x 1,360 pixels (2.5M EZ),
    640 x 424 pixels (0.3M EZ)

    16:9 Aspect Ratio:
    4,608 x 2,592 pixels (12M),
    3,648 x 2,056 pixels (7.5M EZ),
    2,560 x 1,440 pixels (3.5M EZ),
    1,920 x 1,080 pixels (2M EZ),
    640 x 360 pixels (0.2M EZ)

    1:1 Aspect Ratio:
    3,456 x 3,456 pixels (12M),
    2,736 x 2,736 pixels (7.5M EZ),
    1,920 x 1,920 pixels (3.5M EZ),
    1,536 x 1,536 pixels (2.5M EZ),
    480 x 480 pixels (0.2M EZ)

    Movie RecordingHD Video: 1,920 x 1,080 pixels

    [NTSC Model]
    AVCHD, 60p (FHD: 28Mbps) (Sensor output is 60fps)
    AVCHD, 60i (FHD: 17Mbps) (Sensor output is 60fps)
    MP4, 30fps (FHD: 20Mbps)

    [PAL Model]
    AVCHD, 50p (FHD: 28Mbps) (Sensor output is 50fps)
    AVCHD, 50i (FHD: 17Mbps) (Sensor output is 50fps)
    MP4, 25fps (FHD: 20Mbps)

    HD Video: 1,280 x 720 pixels

    [NTSC Model]
    AVCHD, 60p (HD: 17Mbps) (Sensor output is 60fps)
    MP4, 30fps (HD: 10Mbps)

    [PAL Model]
    AVCHD, 50p (HD: 17Mbps) (Sensor output is 50fps)
    MP4, 25fps (HD: 10Mbps)

    STD Video: 640 x 480 pixels (VGA)

    [NTSC Model]
    MP4, 30fps (4Mbps)

    [PAL Model]
    MP4, 25fps (4Mbps)

    (Max. of approx. 4 GB of continuous motion picture can be recorded in MP4. In AVCHD, recording may be continued until the card is full.)

    One Touch Movie RecordingYes
    White BalanceAuto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / White Set
    White Balance Adjustment (Except Auto)
    Quick MenuYes
    Creative Control FiltersExpressive, Retro, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Star Filter, One Point Color
    LCD Monitor3-inch TFT Screen LCD Display (460K dots), Anti-reflective Coating
    Field of View: Approx. 100%
    Auto Power Monitor Mode, Power Monitor Mode
    Compass / Barometer / AltimeterYes
    Composition Guide LineYes (2 pattern)
    Self Timer2 sec / 10 sec
    In Camera Cropping and ResizeYes
    Menu LanguagesEnglish, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Netherlandic, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Vietnamese
    Built-in FlashAuto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
    0.3 – 5.6 m (Wide / ISO Auto), 0.3 – 3.1 m (Tele / ISO Auto)
    Recording MediaBuilt-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
    MicrophoneStereo
    Interfacemicro HDMI, AV Output, USB (AV / USB Multi)
    Power SourceLi-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, 1,250 mAh, 4.5 Wh)
    AC Adaptor (Input: 110 – 240V AC) (Optional)
    Battery Life370 pictures (CIPA Standard)
    Dimensions109.2 x 67.4 x 28.9 mm
    (4.30 x 2.65 x 1.14 inch)
    WeightApprox. 214 g with Battery and SD Memory Card
    Included SoftwarePHOTOfunSTUDIO 9.1 PE, Adobe Reader
    Included AccessoriesBattery Charger, Battery Pack, AV Cable, USB Cable, Hand Strap, CD-ROM

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    Category: Compact Cameras, Popular Digital Cameras

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