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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 16.1 MP Tough Digital Camera with 9.3x Intelligent Zoom (Orange) (Discontinued by Manufacturer) by Review Summary ,  Aug 4, 2015

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 16.1 MP Tough Digital Camera with 9.3x Intelligent Zoom (Orange) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 370 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.2
Returned or considering to return: 3.2%

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Individual Feature Rating
Sharp5.0   above average
Price4.8   above average
Size4.6   average
Speed4.6   above average
Photo4.5   average
Image4.4   above average
Color4.3   average
Performance4.2   average
Quality4.2   average
Video4.1   average
Underwater4.0   average
Battery3.9   above average
Setting3.9   average
Focus3.8   above average
Zoom3.7   below average
Light3.5   below average
Wi-Fi3.5   below average
Lumix3.4   below average
Screen2.7   below average


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Amazon

Amazon:
"So, Amazon gets my high remarks, but unfortunately, this Panasonic camera does not."
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"The next day shipping was awesome, I thought it was an error for Amazon to state that they will deliver it on Sunday but it really did arrive on Sunday."
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"For those complaining about the charger, I have two chargers I bought through Amazon that have the power prongs built in."
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"Luckily amazon has nice big SDXC cards (we got the Sony 64gb) for good prices so get one of them when you get the camera."
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"The online reviews were excellent and we got a tremendous buy on the camera from Amazon."
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"I purchased a back-up with a plug-in wall charger that worked well from Big Mike on amazon."
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"As always its nice to purchase from Amazon, no problems, quick on time."
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"UPDATED:so i received a replacement camera from Amazon and the clicking noise is still there, easily reproduced as stated below, but the noise is slightly less and more muffled."
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Battery

Battery:
"The battery needs to be charged very frequently though - my only complaint."
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"The battery died more quickly than I anticipated, so I missed some photo ops."
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"If you are still worried then pick up the BM Premium DMW-BCM13E Battery."
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"However, my main gripes with this camera are simple things which irritate me all the time:1 The battery charger."
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"Disappointed with UW battery life and battery in general."
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"GPS tagging (tip: dont post while on vacation...wait until you get back home), depth gauge altimeter is awesome and the battery life was amazingly long."
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"My old Cannon Power shot Elph would go an entire week on backpacking trips and take over 350 pics with no battery problems whatsever."
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"Battery charge of 2 hours is reasonable."
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"they do sell chargers that you can charge the battery outside of the unit and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND doing this so you can charge extra batteries to have available and carry in the case as we do so you never have to worry."
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Charging

Charging:
"However, my main gripes with this camera are simple things which irritate me all the time:1 The battery charger."
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"Charger - Battery is charged outside of the camera unlike the TG-2 which may seem like a negative until you factor in the charge time while you are on vacation."
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"For those complaining about the charger, I have two chargers I bought through Amazon that have the power prongs built in."
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"Battery charge of 2 hours is reasonable."
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"they do sell chargers that you can charge the battery outside of the unit and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND doing this so you can charge extra batteries to have available and carry in the case as we do so you never have to worry."
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"I think next time I will bring the charger just so I am not worried about having to conserve my batteries."
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"I was able to find a 64 GB Sony SDXC Class 10 card (40 MB s) for $35 & a 2 pack of batteries with an extra small charger from Big Mike's for another $26.All in all, once you do your homework you will be very happy with any of the top 5 tough waterproof PAS's."
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Color

Color:
"I was disappointed that the color of my photos seemed off - more yellowish and hazy - than other people's photos."
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"Not only is it durable and compact, it captures natural colors well."
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"The orange color is great, very easy to find when you drop it."
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"They were clear and the color was pretty good."
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"Love the orange color easy to spot in water."
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"Love the blue color."
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"Very happy with the color balance."
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Focus

Focus:
"Doesn't focus well and images are grainy unless you're in daytime daylight."
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"We've owned underwater, tough digitial cameras from Fujifilm and Olympus, both of which have filled up with water or had the autofocus stop working, and otherwise fail on us."
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"I thought I had found it with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5.Unfortunately, I recognized a TERRIBLE AUTOFOCUS NOISE IN VIDEOS when I tried it out playing the video on my computer."
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"Good camera, has a tendency to focus on krill, etc underwater rather than the fish (if there is a lot of it), but it's severed me well 80% of the time."
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"Good camera, has a tendency to focus on krill, etc underwater rather than the fish (if there is a lot of it), but it's severed me well 80% of the time."
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"It's pretty easy to focus it correctly."
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"However, we went with a friend who brought the Nikon and their photos were overall better for the underwater shots (crisp and clear) and they had an easier time focusing on their subjects."
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"Exposures are good; the focusing system is flexible and effective once you learn how to use it while in motion."
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Image

Image:
"Wifi function is very hard to setup Otherwise, takes great pics."
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"The battery died more quickly than I anticipated, so I missed some photo ops."
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"Doesn't focus well and images are grainy unless you're in daytime daylight."
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"The image does not stabilize well when moving while shooting."
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"In fact probably more of the photos have the same problem but is not as noticeable due to the content of the image."
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"I tried the sport setting for this and was disappointed in the photo quality; most movement photos showed blurr; maybe because the photos were taken inside."
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"My old Cannon Power shot Elph would go an entire week on backpacking trips and take over 350 pics with no battery problems whatsever."
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"Worst interface I have ever seen takes good pics overly complicated."
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"Great image quality for the price, but no raw images as would be expected at this price point."
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"Takes good pics and used it snorkeling just great! "
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"Wifi function is very hard to setup Otherwise, takes great pics."
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Light

Light:
"Just not so great in low light shooting."
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"Poor quality and weak compensation filming at low light."
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"Not very good in low light."
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"Macro with 1 led light was ok but not at good as my Optio, but the wireless fun, greature aperture and shutter speed with options make up for it."
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"It has worked as advertised and took great pictures (including low light)."
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"good light for videogreat video qualitygreat screen and menu navigation."
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"And low light performance is much better as well."
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"Pro's: 1) The low light capability is amazing 2) the anti-shake system exceeds my expectations 3) The Panorama mode is terrific."
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"The cave tour was on a tube in water with very little light and the pictures came out beautifully."
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Lumix

Lumix:
"Main negatives are that camera is a little more bulky that previous Lumix and other rugged cameras."
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"Takes good pictures but is not as easy to operate as my last Lumix."
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"Pictures quality are ok. not the greatest for this LUmix"
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"NOT recommended for salt water - I think Lumix is playing it safe here, rinse it properly and I haven't had any problems4."
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"This is my third Lumix camera, the others were fantastic too, but they all broke over time from hard usage."
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"It was at that moment that my Lumix failed."
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"Lumix was first recommended to me by a relative in the camera business and he owned one, also Here are some underwater pictures I took of honu here in Hawaii:"
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"This is my third Lumix camera and they are excellent digital cameras, user-friendly."
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"The track record with the Lumix series is good - we have a friend who is a professional photographer, and he said this is the best point and shoot on the market."
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"I'm pretty sure if you choose the Lumix TS5 you will be tickled pink."
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"You simply can't go wrong with the Panasonic Lumix TS5."
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Noise

Noise:
"Good image quality both for pictures and filming at day light.16Mpixes will get a lot of noise since sensor and optics are not that good."
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"i did notice in some of the reviews that people complained about clicking and snaping noises while videoing underwater."
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"I thought I had found it with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5.Unfortunately, I recognized a TERRIBLE AUTOFOCUS NOISE IN VIDEOS when I tried it out playing the video on my computer."
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"I could care less how the video looks (it looks great) because the noise is incredibly irritating."
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"As with ALL pocket cameras - it does have noise issues at high ISOs - so you need a flash or good light or be prepared to have a bit of noise."
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"As Contra:- I think the megapixels should be smaller, because the pictures in the biggest shots shows some noise and you can note the correction at isos up 100.- Should be good that you can shot pictures while you are filming videos."
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"The video is super nice and I have not noticed the noise some have mentioned during recording."
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"UPDATED:so i received a replacement camera from Amazon and the clicking noise is still there, easily reproduced as stated below, but the noise is slightly less and more muffled."
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Performance

Performance:
"Cons: Sensors performance are mediocre."
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"None of the tough waterproof point and shoot cameras on the market today offer standout performance; each one has compromises."
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"Last trip was to Hawaii and the camera performed well in several conditions, including the flight back pictures as the closing of the Summer vacation."
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"Good performance, but stopped work in 2 weeks!"
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"Performance exceeded all expectations on our 3 weeks in Southeast Asia."
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"And low light performance is much better as well."
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"SO far it has performed very well an it is easy to use."
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Photo

Photo:
"I was disappointed that the color of my photos seemed off - more yellowish and hazy - than other people's photos."
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"In fact probably more of the photos have the same problem but is not as noticeable due to the content of the image."
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"I tried the sport setting for this and was disappointed in the photo quality; most movement photos showed blurr; maybe because the photos were taken inside."
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"Most of the photo options are available within a couple clicks, a few are hidden within the menu (multiple photos per second for example) I have tried a few other photo options, but the best seems to be intelligent autofocus, which is the default setting on the camera."
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"Wi-fi sounds like a gimmick, but if you are taking this underwater, which we fully intend to do, it will be much safer to upload photos wirelessly, than risk water damage from opening the waterproof door to take the SD card out for uploading photos every time."
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"Holds up well in the ocean and I love being able to automatically transfer photos to my phone just by touching it to the phone! "
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"Takes great photos!"
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"One of the best things we took away from our last vacation was all the the fun (and funny) underwater photos."
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"It followed with me on a bicycle across the United States Of America, then after the beating of a bike ride solo across the country it went to Hawaii with me where it encountered good surfing, bad surfing, a few drops over 10 feet, rappelling of waterfalls, a bike ride of volcano's with a mild drop, then when I got home it went white water rafting, zip lining (dropped it here) and in the end all the photos for a pocket camera were fantastic."
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"Great photos, nice interface, but the GPS logging feature is poor at best."
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Price

Price:
"I was also disappointed that some of the people who had very cheap non-rugged point-and-shoots had far better quality photos."
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"Great camera, good price"
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"Thankfully, Amazon took the camera back and made the return very easy and quickly refunded my money."
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"Great camera at a good price."
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"Great image quality for the price, but no raw images as would be expected at this price point."
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"takes great pictures is tough works perfectly underwater and above on dry land money well spent"
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Quality

Quality:
"But even more disappointing was the picture quality."
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"It was replacing an Olympus TG-839 that I was not happy with the quality on."
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"Picture quality is not great, it's ok but not something I'm happy about."
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"Poor quality and weak compensation filming at low light."
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"Pictures quality are ok. not the greatest for this LUmix"
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"I tried the sport setting for this and was disappointed in the photo quality; most movement photos showed blurr; maybe because the photos were taken inside."
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"good picture quality, lots of extra features as wi-fi and gps."
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"The quality under the water is amazing and it was one of my best buy to travel around the world and snorkeling!"
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"I would recommend this camera to anyone looking for a quality camera, great picture, and all the other beat the heck out of it options this contains."
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"Excellent picture and video quality."
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"The picture quality is great."
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Remote

Remote:
"PROS:good design and feeling how it sits in your hands,good video quality,a lot of WiFi options (when you eventually go through that glitches I described above - it works),remote management over WiFi is a really nice feature,optical image stabilization does a good job,logically organized menu with descriptions to every optionCONS:low image quality at low light conditions - that is my primary complainsometimes visible distortions on a wide end if you shoot something that is closed to you."
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"The good:- remote control over wifi - it works really well to about 10 meters in an open space, and is easy to work with if your smartphone tablet has NFC built-in- rugged build (in other words: it's childproof)- waterproof chassis - I had mine out to sea several times, without paying attention if it gets splashed on, submerged or else - no issues at all- video quality - good image quality, OK soundThe bad:- picture quality - while the videos are OK, the stills are pretty poor even by compact camera standards, unless there's plenty of ambient light- battery life - what battery life!"
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"I was able to test it's remote control-ability from a phone and it works flawless."
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"I was psyched that this worked so well and we were on a remote island!"
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"Remote shooting with your smartphone is amazing too!"
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"I have not been on a vacation to take advantage of this, but I am looking forward to trying it out in a remote setting."
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Screen

Screen:
"Most annoying thing is that on the screen, there is a constant vertical line of mis-aligned pixels - minor defect."
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"Naturally on the camera screen its simply a long narrow shot very hard to see."
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"Wish it had a separate view finder vs. screen- hard to see in sunlight at times."
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"The only downside to this camera is that the display screen can't be shut off, so it can drain the battery if you always leave it on between shots."
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"When my TS5 also came (new) with dead pixels on the display screen, it was an easy choice to return it."
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"The only thing that is negative about it is the screen has no protection from getting scratched."
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"What i liked the most is the non-touch screen compared to almost all competitors, this works a lot better in the sand, or with wet hands."
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"LCD screen is nice and bright."
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"good light for videogreat video qualitygreat screen and menu navigation."
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"It has good size screen and buttons are pretty easy to press."
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"When my TS5 also came (new) with dead pixels on the display screen, it was an easy choice to return it."
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Setting

Setting:
"I tried the sport setting for this and was disappointed in the photo quality; most movement photos showed blurr; maybe because the photos were taken inside."
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"The HDR setting was laughable and picture degrades fast when using zoom."
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"Now guess - how many times you'll have to enter your WiFi settings (like an SSID if it is hidden for security purposes and encryption key) if you stay with the same network and decide to try all these nice features?"
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"Intelligent auto does a great job of picking the right settings."
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"I found the vivid setting in Program mode to be the best."
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"There are also a ton of setting for fun effects and full manual control of the camera."
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"Use the intelligent setting OR have some fun and choose for yourself."
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"Most of the photo options are available within a couple clicks, a few are hidden within the menu (multiple photos per second for example) I have tried a few other photo options, but the best seems to be intelligent autofocus, which is the default setting on the camera."
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Sharp

Sharp:
"The picture is sharp and clear."
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"The picture quality is great, very sharp."
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"You won't believe the stuff you can do with under-water shots and with a decent tripod, you can get some really sharp top-amateur-quality shots extremely close-up with this camera."
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"- Long battery life (about an hour of video recording).- Very sharp pictures and great HD video (real HD, like an HD camcorder).- Rugged."
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"Don't get me wrong, this camera is as sharp as a GoPro, until you move."
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Size

Size:
"I'm so tired of people that pay for these small point-and-shoot cameras and then complain about picture quality."
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"Love the size and the fact that I can take it in water and on the trail and not worry about ruining it."
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"But this is something I can easily let slide simply because of how small we are talking."
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"My husband loves this camera and compares it to all others he owns......it does a great job, better than any other small camera he has used and he says it is water proof."
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"It is very durable, easy to use, and a great size."
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"Love the compact size."
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Speed

Speed:
"The HDR setting was laughable and picture degrades fast when using zoom."
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"Great product, great price, fast shipping, pro packaging."
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"This camera is great in low light, great shutter speed, great on battery life, great auto mode, so on and so on."
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"Great camera tough durable arrived fast battery last a long time great underwater pics along with Lo-light pics great deal for the price"
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"Oregon coast + 75 mph gusts with rain and blowing sand = good pictures."
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"Pros:* great screen* great picture quality* very ruggedThe cons:* slow software."
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Underwater

Underwater:
"If you check out other underwater camera reviews, there are so many in which people say that it failed once underwater."
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"On our snorkeling trip others also brought underwater cameras...one guy's failed as soon as he got in the water."
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"Haven't been able to use it underwater, but it passed all of the prelim underwater testing."
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"I now use an underwater housing to prevent failure."
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"this camera went underwater 10 times over a 2 week time with out any problems."
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"This is a great underwater camera that also doubles as a regular digital camera that is great for use in humid, rainy, snowy conditions as well."
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"Takes really nice picture and video above water, decent underwater."
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"One of the best things we took away from our last vacation was all the the fun (and funny) underwater photos."
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"Good camera, has a tendency to focus on krill, etc underwater rather than the fish (if there is a lot of it), but it's severed me well 80% of the time."
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"I was taking a trip of a lifetime to the to the Caribbean and had to have the best camera for underwater shots."
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Video

Video:
"Somewhat annoying video file format but generally usable."
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"My only gripe is the incredibly weird structure of the way videos are stored."
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"It shoots amazing video and there is a dedicated video button on top, so switching between video and stills could not be easier."
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"Speaker is very quiet, which makes it hard to watch your videos on the camera, unless you're in a quiet location."
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"It ruined the memory card as well and 500+ pictures and videos were lost."
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"Worked well the first two days on our cruise and took video of us swimming with the dolphins, well unfortunately the day after we went snorkeling and snuba in less than 30 feet of water and in less than 30 mins the camera no longer worked."
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"Takes really nice picture and video above water, decent underwater."
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"Excellent picture and video quality."
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"Worked great underwater, both still and movie mode."
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"Video worked well, but it was difficult for me to tell if it was recording or not-fortunately it was, so I got some dolphin footage I thought I'd missed."
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"Videos are EXCELLENT."
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Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi:
"Only reason 4 not 5 stars is wifi feature doesn't work well - on trip and trying to send to phone to email and can't get it to work!"
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"Wifi function is very hard to setup Otherwise, takes great pics."
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"I haven't done much with the wi-fi, it does seem to be not the best feature."
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"I wan't able to get the WiFi or NFC working despite a few tries."
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"Pros:-seems well built (aside from sticking button)-battery lasts much longer than the last generation-camera UI is mostly straightforward-gps photo tagging is great when the camera has a location fixCons:-each panasonic point and shoot model (including new generations of the same model) seems to use a different proprietary battery--- neither of the batteries from my other recent point and shoot Lumix cameras fit this model--- other people on my trip had new and older Lumix P&S cameras and none of the batteries were interchangeable-to get a good photo you really need good light (and some luck)-for gps photo tagging to function correctly you need a location fix which can take up to several minutes (an eternity when you're worried about your batteries lasting for another 2 weeks)-wifi setup and usage is not intuitive-As far as I've been able to determine, the only way to charge the battery is to place it in the battery charging tray and plug it into AC current."
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"Now guess - how many times you'll have to enter your WiFi settings (like an SSID if it is hidden for security purposes and encryption key) if you stay with the same network and decide to try all these nice features?"
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"The panorama function worked quite well (see an attached) and in the end I am very happy especially with the wifi and gps functions."
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"I consider an excellent alternative to Sony TX30 that doesn't have wifi and GPS and Olympus TG-3 that is more expensive."
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"The camera also has WiFi GPS and is smartphone compatible not something I use personally but I could see how some would really like these features."
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"The good:- remote control over wifi - it works really well to about 10 meters in an open space, and is easy to work with if your smartphone tablet has NFC built-in- rugged build (in other words: it's childproof)- waterproof chassis - I had mine out to sea several times, without paying attention if it gets splashed on, submerged or else - no issues at all- video quality - good image quality, OK soundThe bad:- picture quality - while the videos are OK, the stills are pretty poor even by compact camera standards, unless there's plenty of ambient light- battery life - what battery life!"
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"The wifi connection worked so well for us while on a long trip."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"- Zoom is weak."
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"Dislike -More you zoom in, looses sharpness."
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"The HDR setting was laughable and picture degrades fast when using zoom."
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"Zoom is quick and quiet but i wont use digital zoom on any camera as it only degrades the quality--BUT this has a nice intelligent zoom that seems ok so far.13."
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"Zoom was perfect for me! "
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"Panorama is fun and I also love the zoom macro mode since I do a lot of close up work too."
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"We basically use it as our camcorder since our high-end panasonic camcorder quit, but sometimes I miss the zoom capability of a nice camcorder."
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"I've owned three different Panasonic ZS series cameras, for it's suprior image quality and LCD pixel count, as well as the wide angle 20x optical zoom combo."
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"The zoom and clarity are impressive for a tough-camera and the boldness of the colors that it can capture are fantastic."
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