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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

Last year's editors' Choice compact Panasonic Lumix DSC-TS2 was a power, offering a great picture and build quality, and video capture HD and this game was robust water resistant to 33 feet. Panasonic continues the trend with this year's 12.1 megapixel Panasonic Lumix DSC-TS3, maintaining the same list price of $ 399.95, but adds an even more difficult to construct that is water resistant to 40 feet, along with the video options better, GPS and digital compass.
Panasonic also throws in a barometer and altimeter to adventurous types who want to know the elevation and air pressure information of each photo you snap. Despite producing images that are on the soft side, the Panasonic TS3 is a tough cookie that can withstand the weather. It is difficult to build and innovative features that will be our last option robust editors point and shoot digital camera.

Design
TS3's body comes in four metallic colors (silver, red, orange and blue) and not exactly minimalist. In fact, it seems difficult: There are plenty of stops and exposed screws to help ensure that the camera can take a beating. The 7-ounce, 2.5 by 4.1 by 1 inch (AAP), the body is water resistant up to a maximum of 40 feet, freeze-proof to a minimum of 14 ⁰ C, can withstand drops of up to 6.6 feet (2 meters) , and dustproof. The TS3 is as tough as getting a compact camera.

Like most resistant cameras, the 4.6x optical zoom lens (28-128mm, 35 mm equivalent, f/3.3-f/5.9) never extends beyond the camera body. The TS3 uses what is called folded optics: the movements of the zoom lens into the camera side and a mirror doubles his view perpendicular to the body. The addition of more glass and light bending can affect image quality, which could explain the soft images the camera produces. He also rugged and waterproof Canon PowerShot D10 ($ 329.99, 4 stars) does not use the folded optics, but its disadvantage is a much larger body. As with the D10, the lens of the T3 is securely protected by a window that must be cleaned regularly to clean fingerprints. The Tough Olympus Stylus 8010 (399.99 U.S. dollars, 2.5 stars) solves this problem by adding a sliding screen that protects against fingerprints.

The 2.7-inch LCD is not massive, and contains the standard of 230 000 points. I have yet to see a sturdy camera offers a higher resolution screen. This screen, however, shows significant movement blur, moving images to leave marks when you're framing your shots.

Panasonic user interface is simple to use, with multiple routes to access popular features. You can make adjustments through the regular menu, shortcut menu, or typical dedicated buttons for video recording, timer, flash, etc.

Outdoor Features
Like the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX5V ($ 349.99, 4 stars) and the Casio Exilim EX-H20G ($ 349.99, 4 stars), TS3 packages both GPS and digital compass. When you geotag a photo, plus its location, you can see the direction in which it was taken (with a free program like Picasa or Google Earth you can view photos on a map). To track their location, the camera must have a clear line of sight to satellites, so that it can not geotag photos indoors or underwater. The Exilim EX-H20G is the only camera to provide a solution, but pairs the GPS and compass with a pedometer and accelerometer so it can calculate which are based on your last known location of the GPS.

Panasonic has added two features that have never seen a camera before, an altimeter and barometer. You can use the altimeter to see his height relative to sea level or compare the height between two places. The barometer displays the atmospheric pressure (measured in hectopascals) to its current location and time, the last 24 hours, or even 90-minute intervals. All this information is actually shown on the LCD of the camera. In Playback mode, I was able to see the barometer and altimeter to my captured images.

Performance
The TS3 is so fast, turning and shooting took an average of just 2.3 seconds. And once that starts, the TS3 fit individual photos with just 0.5 seconds of shutter lag, and the wait time between shots averaged only 1.2 seconds. You will be hard to find a compact camera that is faster, resistant or not.

In the PC Magazine labs use to measure objectively Imatest image quality. The average TS3 offers smooth, center-of only 1347 lines per picture height. A camera in the same price is not waterproof, like the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 ($ 399.95, 4 stars) or the Canon PowerShot S95 ($ 399.99, 4 stars) offer sharper images, with a center-weighted average of 1,817 and 1,858, respectively. In the footage outside the laboratory, TS3 images are clear, but not strong poppingly eyes. Despite the soft images TS3, the camera offers solid performance noise. Was able to keep noise levels below the threshold of acceptability Imatest 1.5 percent up to and including ISO 1600. This means good in low light-sans-flash shooting results.

One of the best compact cameras for video recording, the TS3 offers the option of recording video 720p30 (at 6 megabits per second) in a file format that is natively compatible with YouTube and Facebook. Or you can walk up to 1080p30 higher quality AVCHD 17 megabits per second which is not natively compatible with YouTube and Facebook, but it looks much better. Not only exceptional video (even when shooting underwater), but not hear the noise of the target, while the zoom during recording or redirection which is rare. Like the photographs, videos can also be geotagged.

You can also take pseudo-3D images with TS3. The camera basically a trick that works pretty well, but does not produce results comparable to a true 3D camera with two lenses. In 3D mode, the camera directs you move from left to right, cutting 20 shots in the course of a few seconds. Then select two images merge into one file. MPO, which is the industry standard for 3D.

Under a side compartment waterproof, you'll find a micro-HDMI connection to connect the right TS3 in an HDTV to play your pictures and video. The camera features a slot SDXC, which also supports SDHC and SD cards. The camera uses a property of a USB port, so if you do not have SDXC / SDHC card reader, you have to tote wire transfer ownership of your images and video.

The $ 400 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 is not cheap, but for the price, you get a lot of bells and whistles. Images could be sharper, but if you are the type of outdoor activities that are looking for a tough compact camera with excellent video and localization features, the TS3 delivery.

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