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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 is a rugged, shockproof, waterproof, and dustproof digital camera with a sensor resolution of 14-megapixels, with a useful 28-128mm zoom range. The Panasonic TS2 has a 2.7-inch LCD with 230,000-dots of resolution. The Panasonic TS2's lens has a two-step aperture, which can select between f/3.3 and f/10 at wide angle, or f/5.9 and f/18 at telephoto. The minimum focusing distance for the Panasonic DMC-TS2 is ordinarily 30 centimeters, but drops to just five centimeters when switched to Macro mode. That rugged body is one of the biggest selling points, though, with the camera being well protected against harsh usage. Rated as capable of passing MIL-STD 810F Method 516.5, the Panasonic TS2 can survive a drop from 2.0 meters. It is also rated waterproof and dustproof to the IEC60529 IP68 standard, which means that it is dust tight, and is suitable for immersion at one meter or below, under conditions specified by the manufacturer. In the case of the TS2, Panasonic states that the camera is waterproof down to a depth of ten meters. The Panasonic TS2 has an 11-point multi-area autofocus system, which also includes a single-point "high speed" focusing mode.
The $399.95 (list) 14.1-megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 is an update to last year's DMC-TS1 ($399.95, ) - although based on its performance, the TS2 is far more than an incremental update - it has all the makings of an top-notch point and shoot camera, with the added benefit of a ruggedized housing. The camera's performance is comparable to last year's Canon Powershot D10 ($329.99, ), which has a bulkier design, but a more affordable price tag. If you want a sleeker camera that excels with HD video, and you don't mind spending a little more for the TS2, won't be disappointed. Compared with other ruggedized cameras, the TS2 is of average size. The Casio Exilim G EX-G1 ($229.99, ) and Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX5 are the thinnest, though neither camera can venture beyond underwater depths of 10 feet, compared with the TS2's 33 feet. The TS2 is significantly thinner than the Canon D10, however, which resembles a miniature submarine - you'd need to stack the 2.5-by-3.9-by-0.9-inch (HWD) TS2 on top of the Olympus Stylus Tough-8000 ($379.99, ) to match the D10's thickness. The TS2's build and control placement is nearly identical to its predecessor, the TS1.
A year after releasing the , Panasonic has updated its high-end waterproof model. The Lumix FT2 is heavily based on the FT1, but has a selection of new features that'll help give the toughest of cameras a run for their money. It's now waterproof to 10 m instead of 3 m, and shock resistant to 2 m instead of 1.5 m. We were big fans of the FT1, so will this upgraded 14-Megapixel model prove just as impressive? The FT2 is a spitting image of the FT1, with the same rough, tough and almost armoured look to it. Handling is pretty much identical, although the slightly painful yet incredibly effective sliding zoom control has been replaced with a kind of left-to-right rocker switch that's easily confused with the shutter-release button. The battery compartment features a reinforced locking system, but apart from that there's no real change in design. The screen is still limited to its 230,000 dots but it does have good viewing angles. One new feature is that the FT2 is now supplied with a separate silicone case for extra shock protection and improved grip with wet hands (the metal body can be a bit slippy). The only downfall is that the case blocks access to the battery compartment.
Many tough cameras sacrifice image quality for robustness, but the TS2 seems to have the best of both worlds, shooting good looking photos and standing up to rough treatment. Panasonic is definitely doing something right when it comes to the accuracy of the colors that the DMC-TS2 captures: in our tests, we found that the colors in captured images were very accurate. We test this by photographing a color chart under tightly controlled conditions and then using the image analysis program Imatest to analyze the difference between the original chart and the captured colors. For this camera, the differences were mostly minimal: we only found some slight color shifts in some blues and yellows. Click here for more on how we test color The DMC-TS2 offers a number of different color modes, but we found that the mode with the most accurate color was the Natural mode. The Standard mode is very close, though; the main difference is that the colors are a little more saturated, and the blues are a little less accurate.
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