Lumix DMC-TS2


Lumix DMC-TS2A

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The Hiking/Biking/Swimming/Camping kit...

After going hiking WITH the full Canon DSLR outfit, it was clear that taking the Canon and lenses on a full backpacking trip would not be possible. Well unless I wanted an 80 pound pack... We went on a backpacking trip and I left my camera home, and could not borrow my wife's Lumix DMC-TZ5 because she was using it. And it would have been vulnerable to the rough handing and weather if I brought it.

Later, we went on a cross-country ski trip and I brought my SONY Mavica MVC-CD500 but found that it was a bit bulky, and also vulnerable. I had already decided that the Lumix DMC-TS2 would be a suitable all-purpose camera for times when I wanted to travel light and faced the possibility of exposing the camera to moisture, cold or rough handing. This kit is very compact, provides reasonable image quality given the abuse the camera is capable of withstanding, and is well rated among such cameras.

I purchased a carry case that holds all the provided camera accessories (listed below), a ultra-light-weight monopod and mini-ball head, and a couple different soft cases that can be placed on the belt or hung around the body by a strap. I also bought a few spare batteries.

 Lumix DMC-TS2A with Remington Shooter's Rest and Giottos MH 1004 ball head

Lumix DMC-TS2A with Remington Shooter's Rest and Giottos MH 1004 ball head (L) beside MX450 monopod with Manfrotto 494 ball head and Leica M3


The specs are OK: 14 MP 4.6X optical zoom ~300 pictures per battery charge ~2700 pictures on a 16mb memory card - HD video (1080i) - Waterproof down to 10 meters, drop-proof up to 6 feet, and freeze proof down to -10C.


Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 14.1 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 4.6x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 2.7-Inch LCD (Blue)

Included with camera:

  • Battery Charger

  • Battery and Battery Case

  • Latex Protective Case

  • USB cable

  • A/V cable

  • strap

  • CD-ROM (not shown)

  • Instructions (behind foam padding in case)

Additional items:

I have a heavy, prosumer-grade DSLR that makes incredible images. I love to use it and for the first year and a half of ownership, carried it everywhere along with a tripod, a monopod, four lenses, charger, extra batteries, and all the little gadgets that go with it. Almost 30 pounds of gear in a purpose-built backpack. And I have made some very pleasing images. And then my sons started having outdoor activities involving hiking, camping, water, and ice. As I like to be in the outdoors, I naturally participated and brought my "pack of lead" with me. Well that was fine for the trips where the weather was nice and I didn't need to carry anything but my camera gear.

But at the end of the day, I was whipped and I had to be concerned with securing my DSLR kit so it would not get wet, cold or in some other way damaged. Then came the multi-day hikes and activities like Cross-Country skiing... It was clear to me (what took so long you must be saying?) that this was not going to work. I went on one hike with no camera and spent the whole trip feeling that I was missing photo-opportunities. It's just the way I am wired. I have been recording my kids outdoor activities for their entire lives and this left a gap. I tried to revert to my previous digital camera but it was a bit large and also vulnerable to the elements, and a bit dated from the technology point-of-view. I needed to get a camera that was going to be small, rugged, and capable of producing better than average images.

Which brings me to the Lumix DMC-TS2. I looked at the variety of cameras in this class (waterproof, "drop-proof", freeze-proof, dust-proof) and found that from the choices offered by Canon, Pentax, Fuji, Olympus, and Panasonic, only the Canon and Panasonic had image quality that would rise to the level I needed. The others are fine cameras and produce good images, but I wanted to get the best image quality possible and have a camera that would withstand some abuse.

Comparing the Canon D10 to the Lumix DMC-TS2, I found the Canon to be larger, though just as well qualified to produce great images. In fact my inclination was to go for the Canon but the size was the determining factor. The Lumix just fits better in the pocket and on my backpack belt. The image quality (according to numerous reviews) is a toss-up, so there it was - choice made.

In actual practice this camera is quite good, though you will need to spend considerable time with the advanced owners guide to get the most from the camera. If you just want to point-and-shoot, the camera has a terrific setting for this, along with some basic "scene" presets (snow, beach, underwater, portrait, etc.) that in my experience produce some great pictures.

The memory card this camera uses offers storage from a couple giga-bytes to 64 GB. At 64GB you are paying more for the memory than the camera, but you have a bottomless store for pictures - great if you plan to be on a multi-week outing with no computer access.

With my DSLR, I use a two-battery grip that gives me about 1000 images between charges. Panasonic rate the batteries for the Lumix DMC-TS2 to give about 300 images per charge. Consequently I recommend, as I have done, to get two or three batteries if you expect to be away from a power source for a few days. The batteries fit well into any number of small belt-sized camera cases that you may wish to purchase for carrying the camera.

Lumix DMW-BCF10PP Battery

The best results I have gotten with this camera to date are sunsets, morning skies, some people shots, and landscapes in general. There are also some great portrait settings that I just starting to explore with good results.


Winter Grass
Pierpont Church of the Nazarene
Booth's Creek
Cheat Lake - Morning Sky


I don't plan to go diving, but am happy that the camera will tolerate it. I don't plan to drop the camera but it's nice to know this camera will survive small bobbles. I spent a lot of time outside in bad weather and cold so feel good that this camera is made to do that. This gives me the solution to that heavy DSLR kit that cannot coexist with outdoor activities.

The best camera (for me) is the one I have with me...

Here's what I pulled together for my "light-weight expedition kit"

Professional Mini Ball Head Camera MountRemington Multi Functional Shooter's Rest Lowepro Ridge 30 Camera Case (Black)
Sony LCSCSQ Soft Carrying CasePlano 10137 Gun Guard SE Single Scoped Pistol Case




Camera Effective Pixels 14.1 Megapixels
Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter 1/2.33-inch / 14.5 Total Megapixels / Primary Color Filter
Aperture F3.3 - 5.9 / 2-Step (F3.3 - 10 (W) / F5.9 - 18 (T))
Optical Zoom 4.6x
Digital Zoom 1 4x
( Max. 18.6 x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom )
(Max. 39.3 x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)
Focal Length f=4.9-22.8mm (28-128mm in 35mm equiv.)
10 elements in 8 groups
(5 Aspherical Lenses / 6 Aspherical surfaces / 1 ED Lenses)
Optical Image Stabilizer 2 Power O.I.S. (Off / Auto / Mode1 / Mode2)
Photo & Movie
Focusing Area Normal: Wide 30 cm - infinity / Tele 30 cm - infinity
Macro / Intelligent AUTO / Clipboard : Wide 5 cm - infinity / Tele 30cm - infinity
Focus Range Display Yes
AF Metering Face / AF Tracking / 11pt / 1pt HS / 1pt / Spot
Focus Normal / Macro, Zoom Macro, Quick AF On/Off (On in Intelligent Auto), Continuous AF On/Off , AF Tracking
AF Assist Lamp Yes
ISO Sensitivity Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600
High Sensitivity (ISO 1600-6400)
White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / White Set
(Selectable at Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Panorama Assist, Sports, Baby, Pet, High Sensitivity, Highspeed Burst, Pinhole, Photo Frame, High Dynamic)
Exposure Program AE
Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV Step, ± 2 EV
Backlight Compensation Yes (only in Intelligent AUTO mode)
Auto Bracketing (AE) +/- 1/3 EV ~ 1EV step, 3 frames
Light Metering Intelligent Multiple
Face Detection Photo & Movie
Still Image Scene Mode Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Pan. Assist, Night Portrait&Scenery, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1/2, Pet, Sunset, High sensitivity, Hi-Speed Burst, Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Aerial photo, Pinhole, Film Grain, High Dynamic, Photo Frame, Underwater
Movie Scene Mode Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Low Light, Food, Party, Candle Light, Sunset, Aerial, Pinhole, Film Grain, Underwater, High Sensitivity, High Dynamic (Standard, Art, B&W)
Movie Scene Mode Note (Activated by selecting Still Picture Scene Mode then pressing movie button. Still Picture Scene Modes without corresponding Movie Scene Mode is recorded in Normal Mode)
Shutter Interval approx. 1.0 sec
Self Timer 2sec / 10sec
Auto Review 1sec, 2sec, Hold
Image Quality Fine/Standard
Motion Picture Recording 4:3 VGA: 640 x 480 pixels, 30fps (Motion JPEG)
QVGA: 320 x 240 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
Motion Picture Recording 16:9 WVGA: 848 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
Motion Picture Recording HD Movie 1280x720 pixels, NTSC Mode: NTSC model: 60p(CCD output is 30p)
(AVCHD Lite, SH: 17Mbps / H:13Mbps / L:9Mbps ) / 30fps (Motion JPEG)
Aspect Ratio 4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9
Intelligent Exposure Photo & Movie
Real-time Histograms Yes
Scene Mode Help Screen Yes
LCD Monitor 2.7" TFT Screen LCD Display (230K dots), AR Coat
Field of View : approx. 100% Wide Viewing Angle
AUTO Power LCD mode, Power LCD mode
Playback Mode Normal Playback, Slideshow, Category Playback, Mode Playback, Favorites Playback
OSD Language English, Spanish
Recording Media Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Interface AV Output (NTSC), mini HDMI, USB2.0 High speed, DC Input(requires optional Multi Conversion Adapter)
Viera Link Yes
HDMI Video: Auto / 1080i / 720p / 480p
Audio: Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator
Color Blue
Built-in-Flash Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
0.3 - 5.1m (Wide/ISO Auto), 0.3 - 2.8m (Tele/ISO Auto)
Included Software PHOTOfun STUDIO 5.0 HD Edition
Adobe Reader
Standard Accessories Battery Charger, Battery Pack, Battery Case, AV cable, USB Cable, Brush, Hand Strap, Silicon Jacket, CD-ROM
2-Speed Zoom No
Quick Menu Yes
Continuous Shooting Mode Full-Resolution Image, 1.8 frames/sec Max. 5 images (Standard mode), Max 3 images (Fine Mode) High-speed Burst Mode: approx. 6.0 frames/sec (image priority) approx. 10 frames/sec (speed priority) (recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9)
Focus Icon Select Yes (in Face Recognition only)
Optical Zoom in Motion Picture Yes
Macro Zoom Yes
Orientation Detector Yes
Playback Still Images with Audio Yes
Additional Playback Mode Yes ( AVC HD Lite / Motion JPEG)
Slideshow Mode All / Still Images Only / Motion Picture Only / Category / Favorites / BGM Effect (Natural / Slow / Swing / Urban / OFF)
Show Histogram Yes
Delete Image Single / Multi / All / All except Favorites
Cut Animation Yes
PictBridge Support Single / Multi / All / Favorites / DPOF
AVCHD / AVCHD Lite REC NTSC (North America)
One-Touch Movie Button Yes
Water Proof 10.0m (IEC60529 IPX8 compliant)
Dust Proof Yes (IEC60529 IP5X compliant)
Freeze Proof -10.0℃
Shock Proof 2.0m (MIL-STD810F Method 516.5-Shock compliant)
Wind-Cut in Motion Picture Yes
Flash Burst Continuous Shooting Mode Max. 5 images (Standard mode)
Intelligent ISO Control Photo
Face Recognition Photo
Intelligent Scene Selector Photo (Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Sunset, Macro) & Movie (Portrait, Scenery, Low Light, Macro)
File Format Still Image: JPEG (DCF/Exif2.21)
Image with Audio: JPEG (DCF / Exif2.21) + QuickTime
Motion picture: AVCHD Lite / QuickTime Motion JPEG
Mode Dial / Mode Button Intelligent Auto, Normal Picture, Sports, Snow, Beach & Surf, SCN, Clipboard
Still Picture Recording 4:3 4320x3240(14M) / 3648x2736(10M) / 3072x2304(7M) / 2560x1920(5M) / 2048X1536(3M) / 640X480(0.3M)
Still Picture Recording 3:2 4320x2880 (12.5M) / 3648x2432 (9M) / 3072x2048 (6M) / 2560x1712 (4.5M) / 2048x1360 (2.5M) / 640x424 (0.3M)
Still Picture Recording 16:9 4320x2432 (10.5M) / 3648x2056 (7.5M) / 3072x1728 (5.5M) / 2560x1440 (3.5M) / 1920x1080 (2M) / 640x360 (0.2M)
Color Mode / Color Effect Standard, Vivid, Natural, Black & White, Sepia, Cool, Warm, Happy (only in iA Mode)
Copy / Title Edit / Text Stamp Yes / Yes / Yes
Dimensions (W x H x D) 99.3 x 63.1 x 24.3 mm
(3.91 x 2.48 x 0.96 in)
Weight(lbs) Approx .41lb with Battery and SD Memory Card
Approx. .37lb without Battery and SD Memory Card
Extra Optical Zoom (EZ) 5.5x (4:3 / 10M), 6.5x (4:3 / 7M), 7.8x (4:3 / 5M), 9.8x (under 3M)
Shutter Speed Still: 8 - 1/1300 sec
Starry Sky Mode : 15, 30, 60sec.
Digital Red Eye Correction (Red-Eye Removal) Photo
Mode Switch [Recording] / [Playback]
Composition Guide line Yes (2 pattern)
Easy Zoom / Zoom Resume No / No
Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback 12,30-thumbnails / Max 16x
Calendar Display / Dual-Image Playback Yes / No
Set Favorites / Rotate Image Yes / No
DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection Yes / Yes
Resize / Trim / Aspect Conv. / Leveling Yes / Yes / No / Yes
Travel Date / World Time Yes / Yes
Built-in-Memory Approx. 40MB
Microphone / Speaker Mono / Yes
Power 3 ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, Minimum: 940mAh) (Included)
AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC) (Optional)
Battery life (approx.) 360 pictures (CIPA Standard)*1
Intelligent Zoom 6x
AF Tracking Photo
Intelligent Resolution Technology Photo & Movie
CRT (motion pictures ) AVCHD Lite with picture quality set to [SH] Approx. 110 min
CRT MOTION JPEG with picture quality set to [HD] Approx. 110 min
Still Image with Audio Recording 5 sec
Video Divide Yes
ART (motion pictures) AVCHD Lite with picture quality set to [SH] Approx. 70 min
ART (motion pictures) MOTION JPEG with picture quality set to [HD] Approx. 70 min


1   As digital magnification increases, resolution significantly decreases.

2   MEGA O.I.S. may not be available depending on the lens that is mounted

3   This cameras comes with a function to check whether the battery and unit can be safely used together. Batteries made by other companies which have been certified by Panasonic may be used with these units, but we offer no guarantee as to the quality, performance or safety of such batteries. Exercise care when purchasing batteries. Many fake or imitation batteries have been found among those sold at unusually low prices and those which customers cannot check for themselves before purchasing. Please confirm the latest information about batteries on the following website.




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