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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 12.1 MP Rugged/Waterproof Digital Camera with 4.6x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized...
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 516 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.8
Returned or considering to return: 9.5%

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Individual Feature Rating
Quick5.0   above average
Sharp5.0   above average
Beach4.8   above average
Color4.7   above average
Setting4.5   above average
Video4.5   above average
DSLR4.4   above average
Outdoor4.4   average
Performance4.3   average
Photo4.3   average
Speed4.3   above average
Underwater4.3   average
Quality4.0   average
Image3.9   average
Charging3.8   above average
Light3.8   average
Photography3.8   below average
Zoom3.7   below average
Battery3.6   average
Point-and-shoot3.5   below average
Button3.3   average
Design3.2   below average
Focus3.1   average
Lens3.0   average
Screen2.9   below average
Shutter2.9   below average
Indoor2.4   mediocre
Manual2.3   mediocre
Service2.0   mediocre
Warranty2.0   average


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Battery

Battery:
"Every properly charged Panasonic battery you plug in will give this error."
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"Well the TS3 camera when you turn it on,runs a self-check on the TS3, then checks the battery to see if it is identifying as a Panasonic:battery (similar to the way toner cartridges id when they are inserted to a printer).If the id circuit has shorted because of a salt water leak, you will see the error message,This battery can not be used."
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"Takes decent images, but the battery doesn't last very long - which is a problem when it's wet and you can't open it to change them out."
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"The proprietary battery is one drawback to this unit, though I get a good amount of life out of the battery."
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"Battery life is not great, but if you're conservative you can make it through most of a day on vacation."
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"Yes it has few downsides, its not great in low light and battery life is shortened by underwater shooting but the quality of the underwater pictures and video is amazing."
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"Takes decent images, but the battery doesn't last very long - which is a problem when it's wet and you can't open it to change them out."
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"Pros:TRULY waterproof, never had a drop of water get insideTakes great picturesColor makes it easy to findRechargeable battery is great and lasts for lots of pictures1080p video looks awesomeLots of different picture modes for pretty much any situationShock resistant feature has worked from the small drops that I've had with itCons:Pictures routinely come out a little soft and therefore require some editingNeutral:While I expect that the camera itself will withstand freezing temperatures I've always been skeptical of the battery being able to do so."
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"The proprietary battery is one drawback to this unit, though I get a good amount of life out of the battery."
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"Fantastic photos, clear, and many photo functions, but turn on GPS and or Altimeter, and battery is good for less than an hour."
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Beach

Beach:
"The camera takes nice pictures, but is not really tough or waterproof, the first time i took it to the beach, stopped working after submerse it no deeper than two feet, the camera was bought especially for those beach vacations you can imagine what a disappointment it is to have the only camera that you took with you on your vacations not working"
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"Ive been able to capture wonderful memories at the beach and in the rain without the worry of ruining the camera."
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"Great photos, endured MANY trips to the beach with the kids."
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"Well worth the loot if you want to go hiking, to the beach, or anyplace you don't have the option of babying your camera."
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"- didn't test the GPS stuff- I found quite a few snorkelling photos affected by camera shake - probably my technique - video was more successfulNow the positives:- a camera to use in the rain, beach etc- nice and compact- simple to use ( clean)5 stars as this is the ultimate vacation camera (for now), especially on close-out deals... pretty sure the TS-4 doesn't add much to the spec."
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"Even taking picture from the water toward the beach, no water marks, clear as ever."
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Button

Button:
"Right from the start i realized this camera was going to be a hassle the C. D. was for a p. c. not a MAC and downloading was a whole new deal,the video record button is tiny and hard to use underwater also the L. C. D. does not read well when submerged you cant see a thing,i have cleaned the camera as per instructions and sealed it with the weird double clasp on the back which seemed to loosen after a month or so,my last trip to the river i found the L. C. D. was fogging because of condensation amazingly the so called tech i talked to at Panasonic said this was normal when a camera was used in different locations and temperatures and i should open the camera up and leave it for two days at room temperature,i informed him i had done this in California for a week and i still had condensation,so he advised me to return the camera,which i will have to pay for,if you look on the website you then discover that they will replace returned cameras with reconditioned models not new ones also they have stated it may not be the exact model or color i sent in just whatever is available,read the website if you dont believe me,all in all i wish i had replaced my Olympus Tough with another Olympus it worked like a charm and was a better price,all the negative reviews i have read are exactly what i myself have experienced,bad customer service a camera that went very wrong after a few usages in river water not the ocean."
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"One downside to the buttons on the camera is that the power, shutter, and auto record are close together, and on occasion, I would accidentally turn off the camera instead of taking a snapshot or video."
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"As other have noted, having a button for still and movie is great, and the (the only negative for me so far) location of the lens is not ideal..your finger may wander over it if you are not careful."
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"-Buttons are usable (but not easy) with gloves on."
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"Using zoom in out buttons is a bit inconvenient for one handed operations (although quite possible)."
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"If I had a complaint at all, it would be that the menu thumbwheel button location can be accidentally hit when I one-hand the camera."
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"It is very quick to use: boots from off to on very fast, plus it has a picture button and a separate movie record button which makes things really easy esp under water when you don't want to fuss with switching modes, etc."
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"Video record button is a nice shortcut."
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"Well, sand got stuck in the zoom buttons and it was SUCH a pain trying to get it out."
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"The buttons are clearly marked and well placed."
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"Easy to use video recording button (although could be a little bit bigger), good range of pictures options (portrait, landscape, macro etc."
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Charging

Charging:
"Ridiculous design flaw here: when it's charging, a green LED is on."
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"But I couldn't send the camera w my solider husband because we didn't know if he would be able to charge the battery."
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"I have so many gadgets, each with their own charger, that it's a ridiculous exercise to travel with them all (phone, iPad, Kindle, cameras, camcorders, etc)."
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"That being said, Panasonic replaced it free of charge, and the second one has been perfect."
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"Definately get a floating strap for wrist and I also purchased knock off baterries and charger that worked great as well."
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"I won't ding Panasonic for not doing this now, but I do wish manufacturers would be brave enough to not have a different charger for each and every model they make (well, based on the battery)."
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"This camera functions well for summer vacations, but it's charger is not."
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"My old casio had a dock which made it significantly easier to charge."
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Color

Color:
"The color balance on the camera isn't quite as nice as our Canon S95, but that's to be expected."
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"After looking at Amazon reviews and other website reviews, all three cameras had people complaining about color reproduction and indoor picture quality."
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"And the color quality is quite nice for a rugged camera, of which I have had others."
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"Nice options, good color quality."
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"It takes in colors well, even without sunlight."
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"we bought the same one color and all off craigslist we liked it so much in comparison to the other waterproof options we had."
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"I chose this qualification and I am very happy with the camera I received the blue color is spectacular, the one I liked is that it is VERY RESISTANT CAMERA .. has very good resolution, I WILL SERVE brother walk to the PREOCUMARME BEACH .. AND NOT BY DUST AND WATER .."
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Compact

Compact:
"(b) It seemed that while all compact waterproof cameras have a lot of 1-star negative reviews, the Panasonic seemed to have the fewest."
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"My main complaint with compact digital cameras is the shutter lag."
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"I'd like to get a camera with better performance in low light and more zoom but for a compact, lightweight,go anywhere,waterproof camera this one is hard to beat!"
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"By far and away the best compact digital I have brought for my travels."
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"- didn't test the GPS stuff- I found quite a few snorkelling photos affected by camera shake - probably my technique - video was more successfulNow the positives:- a camera to use in the rain, beach etc- nice and compact- simple to use ( clean)5 stars as this is the ultimate vacation camera (for now), especially on close-out deals... pretty sure the TS-4 doesn't add much to the spec."
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"For a compact waterproof camera, I would highly recommend the Panasonic!"
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"But again for a compact camera, I think it does an amazing job!"
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"But this is not a major problem and is very typical for compact cameras."
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Design

Design:
"Now if you're reading this review before buying this model or its successor with the same basic body design: beware."
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"Either way, I view this problem as a design flaw that should be covered under warranty."
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"I think the opening door design is faulty and it slowly allows the water to enter the camera till it affects the circuitry."
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"Ridiculous design flaw here: when it's charging, a green LED is on."
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"Obviously, you will be able to see your finger on the viewer window screen, but some may dislike this design of having the lense close to the left side of the camera (when holding it).Picture Quality."
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"I have tried the Panasonic Lumix TS3, and have some issuesI can said that it is really intuitive in the design and the controls,but the quality of pictures are not good enough when taking pictures and using the zoom the quality dimished a lot, and at night , gosh !"
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"It is a very complete and very good designed for water chamber that was what I was looking With GPS and many very useful features, but lacks some zoom, but its favor is that it is not designed for that."
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"It promised to be a quick, easy point-and-shoot pocket camera that was faster on the draw than the TS1 that I was replacing it with (the TS1 was always a bit lagging on the shot speed, especially in the active, outdoor environment where this camera was designed to be used).After about 6 happy weeks of ownership, I took it on a ski trip to Colorado... where I promptly lost it on the side of the mountain."
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"it is rugged and has a sleek design."
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"When I was reading the directions for underwater usage and getting familiar with the camera, the external door didn't feel particularly well designed."
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"The Panasonic DMC-TS3 is a very good camera for the application it was designed for."
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Flash

Flash:
"Battery life without flash was amazing."
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"One annoying feature is that you can't just turn the flash on off if you use burst mode."
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"Cons-Indoor shooting is subpar, but avg for a P&S, probs because of the sensor size and weak sauce flash."
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"Pretty good indoor flash."
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"My cure for the flash back scatter was to purchase an Underwater kinetics SL4 LED flash light and inserting a piece of diffuser material (Artist velum, tracing paper) into the flash light lens this results in a nice soft diffused light source."
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"So far, no problems at all and he absolutely loves this camera - the picture quality is great, with very sharp, clear images with or without flash, and very fine detail."
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"The flash functioned well on macro and normal shots."
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"First results are very impressive: flash, outdoors, inside available light."
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Focus

Focus:
"), it routinely fails to focus on the subject of interest."
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"Most of the cameras I have used have been Canon (both professional DSLRs and point-and-shoots) and this is hands-down the worst camera I have yet seen for focusing."
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"Update (3 JUne 2011):I have had more time to work with the focusing issues on this camera, and my conclusion is that it is _terrible_ on focus -- slow and inaccurate."
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"I did take some shots ok with my gloves on, but it was a challenge to work the focusing to shoot part."
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"The mode selections,zoom ability, focus and color quality are so great that I used this Panasonic Lumix for ALL my photo taking, wet & dry."
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"The snorkeling pics are great in shallow water with more sunlight on subjects; typical greenish cast for deeper shots; however the zoom & focus are amazing."
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"All you have to do is press the shutter button once as if setting focus exposure to turn this off and you're good to go."
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"The focus tracking is good at following my baby around."
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"Focus with AE bracketing was too soft to make decent HDR pictures."
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Image

Image:
"not great build quality, the internal shutter for the image sensor or whatever blacks out the image gets stuck...frequently, requires a firm tap on a semi-hard surface"
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"Takes decent images, but the battery doesn't last very long - which is a problem when it's wet and you can't open it to change them out."
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"However, we were disappointed in image quality in twilight and low light conditions - we could only get grainy, blurry shots using the built-in low-light setting, or flash-glare shots if we engage the flash."
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"It's not a professional camera, so don't expect perfection... but it takes really good pics in most conditions."
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"on that note...DO NOT enable the timestamp unless you want it on the front of each image...without an easy way to remove them and not jacking up your image quality...quality of the images has been very satisfactory."
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"Images under low-light is not good compared to my old Sony H2."
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"But the photo quality is great and with a toddler it is small enough and durable for every day photos."
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"Takes really good video & the best hiigh quality pics of any digital camera I've ever had...ok bye now."
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"Takes decent images, but the battery doesn't last very long - which is a problem when it's wet and you can't open it to change them out."
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"GoPro was more video and i wanted more photo while still being able to shoot HD video at 1080p."
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"The bonus is that its very cool to take underwater pics as well."
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Indoor

Indoor:
"Indoor low light performance of this camera is terrible."
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"The only downside i can think of is that indoor and low-light shots can be very challenging."
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"It takes great outdoor pictures, but indoor ones are sometimes not as great."
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"In my opinion, the photos were very good in bright sunlight, and mediocre to poor indoors, or in any kind of low lighting."
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"It's great for outdoor shots, but not so good indoors."
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"Cons:-Slow response from GPS (indoor, mostly) When outdoor, the GPS seems to pick up quickly (firmware version 1.2 would help."
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"In my opinion, the photos were very good in bright sunlight, and mediocre to poor indoors, or in any kind of low lighting."
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"Pretty good indoor flash."
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"Basically all I want is a camera that will take great pictures during the day and at night indoor and out."
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"Typical Lumix behavior: great performance in natural outdoor light, and adequate snapshots indoors and in low-light (expected graininess and contrast issues at higher ISOs)."
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"I wanted a waterproof camera which would produce high-quality photos in all settings (indoor, outdoor, and underwater."
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Lens

Lens:
"The only issue is that I feel the lens always gets dirty and gets water spots, but I guess this is normal under the conditions it's beeing used!"
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"after 1 week of use began to fog the lens, damaging photos"
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"The second is the location of the lens: usually gets dirty with my fingers and get blurry pictures."
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"The only complaint I had and it was a personal one - I had to get use to where the lense was located."
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"Only downside is that the lens is small and fixed, so that limits it's use."
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"Compared to the Sony Bloggie that one of our travel partner's brought along, the land videos weren't in the same league - the bloggie took much more vivid videos with less lense flare, and other weird abberations that the Lumix experienced, depending on the angle of the sun."
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"As a previous reviewer mentioned, it is easy to put your finger in front of the lens."
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"The lense can pick up fingerprints fairly easily if you aren't careful but they wipe clean and I haven't had any issues with scratching the lens yet."
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"CONS- Location of the lens makes it easy to get your finger in the way."
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"My cure for the flash back scatter was to purchase an Underwater kinetics SL4 LED flash light and inserting a piece of diffuser material (Artist velum, tracing paper) into the flash light lens this results in a nice soft diffused light source."
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"If I was to complain about anything, it would be that the battery life could be better and it's easy to get fingerprints on the lens but these are minor issues for me."
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Light

Light:
"Indoor low light performance of this camera is terrible."
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"However, we were disappointed in image quality in twilight and low light conditions - we could only get grainy, blurry shots using the built-in low-light setting, or flash-glare shots if we engage the flash."
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"The only downfall I would say it has is that it sometimes does not take the clearest photos in low light, but since this seems to be a common problem with all point and shoots I've used I don't believe it is a drawback to buying it."
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"Yes it has few downsides, its not great in low light and battery life is shortened by underwater shooting but the quality of the underwater pictures and video is amazing."
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"It does not preform as well in low light situations."
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"Weaknesses: Low light photography is difficult."
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"That camera is awesome - the shot quality and low light performance is really good."
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"By no stretch of the imagination could this camera replace a DSLR that allows you to adjust ISO and other camera settings to a granular level, but if you are looking for a camera that is light, portable, durable, waterproof with decent battery life (I went a full day with it on about 75% of the time).For sample video I took using the camera at Hanauma Bay on Oahu, follow this link:[...]"
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"My cure for the flash back scatter was to purchase an Underwater kinetics SL4 LED flash light and inserting a piece of diffuser material (Artist velum, tracing paper) into the flash light lens this results in a nice soft diffused light source."
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"A great choice if you are looking for some light water use and an outdoors type camera."
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Macro

Macro:
"The macro feature is especially frustrating."
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"In addition to the usual point and shoot competency, the camera zooms well for shooting distant things, and it does macro really well for close-up subjects."
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"So we got lucky...The camera takes excellent macro shots, which is one of the reason I got it."
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"The macro zoom performed beautifully."
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"Decent macro setting."
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"Intelligent Auto mode had no problem switching to macro mode when close to some mushrooms, and the rest of the photos of medium to long-range objects were fine."
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Manual

Manual:
"I have taken 1200 pictures without a hitch .. but once I had condensation inside the lens element and I was worried .. until I read the manual: let it warm up and keep shooting."
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"Without even asking how I used the camera, read the manuals, anything, they just said it was user error and I needed to pay the $180 to get the camera back."
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"My one and only complaint is that you don't get the full owners manual with this camera."
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"Second, there are too many intelligent auto and super intelligent auto and hyper intelligent auto features, which can quickly get confusing since they don't really tell you what they do, but unfortunately there is no manual mode whatsoever."
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"The manual warns against this problem - its not something they can prevent, its chemistry."
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"I got a little worried while gleaning the owner's manual on the plane."
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"At best, the info is scattered in the user manual."
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"I take extremely good care of my toys, and enjoy reading every page of an owners manual."
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"As far as ruggedness goes, it's been exposed to all of the above and held up pretty well (6 months in) as I took good aftercare described in the manual."
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"BTW, you need a really good Japanese type screwdriver ($20), a repair manual ($20, not electronic), and be aware that the two external screws on the lens side of the front of the camera are just for decoration .. do not try to remove them."
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"The camera functions very well and is easily adjustable through the autoamtic condition settings as well as manual settings."
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Memory

Memory:
"I opened it to rescue the memory card and was unhappy, though at this point not surprised, to find the innards swimming in sea water."
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"i have missed out on a few good memories because sometimes one button press will start videoing and sometimes it needs two (the first will just switch it to the video mode)...- LED light drains the battery, especially while videoing- like any other compact camera, the audio on videos is always muffled."
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"Ive been able to capture wonderful memories at the beach and in the rain without the worry of ruining the camera."
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"Fortunately, I was able to retrieve the memory chip."
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"The shots were clear and got pics of nemo and great memories."
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"I bought a spare battery for it and a large memory card and it's been great so far."
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"Since I don't consider myself or aspire to be pro photographer, I use this to capture memories for flashbacks, and this is perfect tool for me."
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Outdoor

Outdoor:
"Outdoor pictures are ok. Not as good as my Pentax K-7 and I didn't expect them to be."
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"It's great for outdoor shots, but not so good indoors."
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"The GPS has proved to be weak compared to my iPhone or outdoors GPS unit, but with a good sky view it works well."
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"Cons:-Slow response from GPS (indoor, mostly) When outdoor, the GPS seems to pick up quickly (firmware version 1.2 would help."
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"Would recommend it to any outdoors person."
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"Indoor quality depends on the lighting and how willing you are to play with settings, but as we bought it for outdoor use I can't complain."
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"This camera takes fantastic pictures outdoors, and underwater."
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"They are still very nice pictures but lack the crispness and vibrancy of the outdoor ones."
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"This camera is great for the outdoors."
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Photo

Photo:
"after 1 week of use began to fog the lens, damaging photos"
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"The only thing I haven't done with it yet is to take it snorkeling yet so I don't know how great the photos of fish underwater will be, although I'll bet that'll primarily be determined by the clarity of the water."
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"In my opinion, the photos were very good in bright sunlight, and mediocre to poor indoors, or in any kind of low lighting."
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"The only thing that I can recommend about the Lumixis underwater, or rugged photos video if you don't mind settling for mediocre shots in most conditions."
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"The few photos I got were good, but not as good as the Canon Powershot D20."
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"Takes awesome photos, low latency (which seems to be the biggest problem with the other waterproof cameras out there and we know this first-hand..... Really love just about everything about it (and there are plenty of other reviews that get into the technical details so I don't need to repeat all of that again), but WHY, WHY, WHY didn't they design this with a LENS COVER!"
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"Great photos, waterproof."
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"But the photo quality is great and with a toddler it is small enough and durable for every day photos."
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"Easy to use and fast response to shoot photos."
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"Great photos, endured MANY trips to the beach with the kids."
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"Takes very good photos underwater and on land."
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Photography

Photography:
"probably would no satisfy photography connoisseur's requirements, but for me this is perfect point and shoot."
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"Weaknesses: Low light photography is difficult."
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"It met my expectations, and in fact, surpassed them in many cases.2) I would not necessarily recommend this camera for someone who doesn't have some amateur photography experience, or is too disinterested or lazy to learn how to it.3) Before going on the trip of a lifetime and coming home disappointed cause you don't know what you are doing: READ THE MANUAL."
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"I have seen pics taken with other-brand waterproof cameras and the quality is way low compared to this one, the functions for underwater photography are simple to use and deliver really well."
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"Now, with all of the nice things said about this camera (I am not technical nor a photography expert so I cannot give specific details on more advanced features), this camera is NOT water proof."
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"Photography is a hobby of mine and I have an excellent everyday camera and was hoping to have something similar for my snorkeling, etc."
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"I am no professional but still enjoy photography and didn't want to miss out during snorkling."
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"I admit that I am quite ameteur at photography, but with this camera we got beautiful, clear pictures."
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Point-and-shoot

Point-and-shoot:
"I like the convenience of point-and-shoot cameras for snapshots but I am often disappointed with the image quality."
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"I have spoken with Panasonic several times, and each time I have been told to manually adjust ISO, exposure, etc...which is a completely absurd suggestion for a point-and-shoot I bought to take snorkeling."
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"My major complaint is the same for all modern point-and-shoot cameras: no viewfinder."
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"Most of the cameras I have used have been Canon (both professional DSLRs and point-and-shoots) and this is hands-down the worst camera I have yet seen for focusing."
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"Very happy with this rugged point-and-shoot camera."
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"The pictures are pretty good - I'd guess typical for a point-and-shoot."
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"Generally I prefer Canon's, but this is a nice waterproof point-and-shoot and it has grown on me."
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"It promised to be a quick, easy point-and-shoot pocket camera that was faster on the draw than the TS1 that I was replacing it with (the TS1 was always a bit lagging on the shot speed, especially in the active, outdoor environment where this camera was designed to be used).After about 6 happy weeks of ownership, I took it on a ski trip to Colorado... where I promptly lost it on the side of the mountain."
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"That means I need a good point-and-shoot camera that will survive constant rough treatment while I am scrambling around on roofs taking tons of pictures -- rain or shine."
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Quality

Quality:
"not great build quality, the internal shutter for the image sensor or whatever blacks out the image gets stuck...frequently, requires a firm tap on a semi-hard surface"
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"However, the picture quality of the camera is not very great."
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"However, we were disappointed in image quality in twilight and low light conditions - we could only get grainy, blurry shots using the built-in low-light setting, or flash-glare shots if we engage the flash."
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"Picture quality is good, not breathtaking but good."
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"i also have a ts2 both cameras are awesome, a little pricey but cheaper than replacing water or drop damaged cameras, picture quality is pretty good too for these little point and click style cameras, im VERY pleased with both of them"
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"I am not satisfied with the picture quality."
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"Good HD video quality."
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"But the photo quality is great and with a toddler it is small enough and durable for every day photos."
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"Takes really good video & the best hiigh quality pics of any digital camera I've ever had...ok bye now."
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"Before taking it to the sea pictures were perfect quality."
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"And the color quality is quite nice for a rugged camera, of which I have had others."
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Quick

Quick:
"Dropped it a few times when trying to pull it out of my pant pocket for that quick shot of something, but no issues damage."
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"Great for quick clips of wildlife or those races with other Wave Runners."
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"It promised to be a quick, easy point-and-shoot pocket camera that was faster on the draw than the TS1 that I was replacing it with (the TS1 was always a bit lagging on the shot speed, especially in the active, outdoor environment where this camera was designed to be used).After about 6 happy weeks of ownership, I took it on a ski trip to Colorado... where I promptly lost it on the side of the mountain."
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"[...] for a great quick lesson on the features."
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"Menus are easy to understand and quick to navigate."
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Range

Range:
"Long range picture quality is not the greatest, but hey you can't have a long range zoom lens and still be super tough."
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"Flash works fine for most conditions but the range is not too great if you are shooting outside at night."
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"Picture quality is reasonable, optical zoom range is limited by the waterproof casing."
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"), Great range in protection (-10C, 6 ft drop, 40 ft deep in water).CONS: a little slow to start up, lens can get foggy in certain situations (mine fogged up a little when taking underwater pictures in a very humid climate, but I followed their care instructions and fogging went away)."
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"Easy to use video recording button (although could be a little bit bigger), good range of pictures options (portrait, landscape, macro etc."
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"Overall, great camera for its price range."
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"Solid picture quality, nice easy menu, wide range of settings, and one-touch video operations are nice assets."
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Scratch

Scratch:
"Both of them got a scratch, and both of the work well."
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"Finish is very durable, no scratches or marks after travel in sand-filled pocket during Songkran waterfest in Thailand."
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"Things that I don't like:--goofy restrictions on time with certain movie formats (I think this is a copyright royalty issue)--back screen is NOT scratch resistant, I have already scuffed mine (and I'm pretty careful).--too many confounded modes, which one to use?"
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"It endured many beatings without a scratch and I never had any problems."
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"Excellent scratch protection."
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Screen

Screen:
"I tried several different cards but the camera always gave me the same error message until eventually the screen just quit illuminating."
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"Disappointed though with the screen."
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"Then the next day, hiking out of the canyon I broke the screen."
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"The camera once or twice shows to be bad, or I would say dying condition, with all controll bottoms dead and LED screen not work."
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"It's blinking on and off an error message on the screen, and then it shuts down."
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"sent camera back after screen broke from a 2 foot drop."
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"Underwater, it's easy to see the screen so you know what you are pointing at."
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"although ive been unable to upload the videos on my computer, the quality of the pictures on the lcd screen are still phenomenal."
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"The screen is large and makes it easy to see the shot you are trying to get."
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"The screen flashed on and off, and I was only able to get off a few shots before it quit working."
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"The micro hdmi port is nice for connecting the camera to the big screen and reviewing your video and photos."
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Service

Service:
"I e-mailed customer service and complained and asked for a solution and got a canned response to Mail your product in and we will fix repaired any issues."
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"Right from the start i realized this camera was going to be a hassle the C. D. was for a p. c. not a MAC and downloading was a whole new deal,the video record button is tiny and hard to use underwater also the L. C. D. does not read well when submerged you cant see a thing,i have cleaned the camera as per instructions and sealed it with the weird double clasp on the back which seemed to loosen after a month or so,my last trip to the river i found the L. C. D. was fogging because of condensation amazingly the so called tech i talked to at Panasonic said this was normal when a camera was used in different locations and temperatures and i should open the camera up and leave it for two days at room temperature,i informed him i had done this in California for a week and i still had condensation,so he advised me to return the camera,which i will have to pay for,if you look on the website you then discover that they will replace returned cameras with reconditioned models not new ones also they have stated it may not be the exact model or color i sent in just whatever is available,read the website if you dont believe me,all in all i wish i had replaced my Olympus Tough with another Olympus it worked like a charm and was a better price,all the negative reviews i have read are exactly what i myself have experienced,bad customer service a camera that went very wrong after a few usages in river water not the ocean."
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"I called the warranty repair service to clarify, because this was obviously a mistake since (1) my camera was under warranty and (2) I have only used this camera within its given specifications i. e. I never took it below the surface more than 12m (it actually never got below about 1m)."
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"Horrible product, horrible service."
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"I did notice some vertical white lines on the LCD screen for brief moments while in a water park's lazy river, and actually sent the camera in for warranty service, thinking that it might be having a problem."
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"Sent the camera to be repaired and just got a call from customer service saying that I have to pay $180 because all the tests indicates that it was our fault that the camera got rust inside their compounds."
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"The Olympus was taken underwater one time and leaked into the board so it had to be replaced (although I will say their service was great, but I cannot speak about Panasonic service yet since I haven't needed it!"
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"com) it was cheaper there and I was so pleased with the customer service I receivedPros: This camera is easy to use and the menu is easy to navigate (this was my reason for not buying the nikon, I hear it has a difficult menu)."
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"I could not be more displeased with Panasonic and their customer service."
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"We called customer service who said that it absolutely should not have failed, that there must have been a defect, and that it was covered by the one year warranty."
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Setting

Setting:
"With other cameras (cough SONY cough) the settings are essentially the same and the shutter lag is terrible."
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"iAuto will try to get best setting for situation, but it does make mistake, so I opt for either simple or picture specific mode."
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"Battery life is not great even under low energy settings."
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"This was particularly handy while rafting when it would have been inconvenient and difficult to change settings between shots (and raging rapids).Overall, I'd recommend this camera."
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"Indoor quality depends on the lighting and how willing you are to play with settings, but as we bought it for outdoor use I can't complain."
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"Picture quality above and below water is excellent, I've used a number of the pre-programmed settings for night action etc shots, and they've come out great."
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"The intelligent auto setting of the camera did fairly well."
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"With the right settings, the pictures are good, but the limitations of the LCD are a barrier to many shots."
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"The basic menu, eg how to change settings, is very easy to navigate though."
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Sharp

Sharp:
"Both snorkeling, with the camera from inches to a few feet under the water, to scubaing, down to about 25 feet below the water, the photos were clear, sharp, and colorful."
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"It did help that the visibility in the shallow lagoon was great, but looking through the photos back home I was very happy with them, they are very sharp, and the colours are vibrant."
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"So far, no problems at all and he absolutely loves this camera - the picture quality is great, with very sharp, clear images with or without flash, and very fine detail."
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"Our four-year old, $149 camera takes pictures that are much sharper with more accurate color."
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"Amazing lens - very sharp images."
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Shutter

Shutter:
"not great build quality, the internal shutter for the image sensor or whatever blacks out the image gets stuck...frequently, requires a firm tap on a semi-hard surface"
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"One downside to the buttons on the camera is that the power, shutter, and auto record are close together, and on occasion, I would accidentally turn off the camera instead of taking a snapshot or video."
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"My main complaint with compact digital cameras is the shutter lag."
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"With other cameras (cough SONY cough) the settings are essentially the same and the shutter lag is terrible."
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"The warning about the waterproofing coming up each time is a little annoying but it goes away if you touch the shutter."
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"The biggest problem of the optima was a slow shutter speed, which seemed to be a common problem among waterproof cameras at that time."
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"The sport mode and high speed shutter mode was fun to play with and I was able to capture some birds in mid flight."
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"the shutter response seems pretty quick."
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"There are three basic ways to set up camera - intelligent iAuto, simple, and plenty of picture specific modes to choose from which will preset camera's settings to the most efficient mode for white balance, exposure and shutter speed (out of which 3D, Sport, UnderWater and Beach mode are accessible directly)."
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"I love the long exposure option; being able to leave the shutter open for 60 seconds is great."
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"Good underwater pictures, minimal shutter lag and stayed dry."
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Speed

Speed:
"The biggest problem of the optima was a slow shutter speed, which seemed to be a common problem among waterproof cameras at that time."
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"Update (3 JUne 2011):I have had more time to work with the focusing issues on this camera, and my conclusion is that it is _terrible_ on focus -- slow and inaccurate."
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"Easy to use and fast response to shoot photos."
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"this camera takes fast and clear pictures."
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"My assessment is that the door closes very easily and is susceptible to slow leak, for which it provides you no warning."
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"My experience was that the Eye-fi card was pretty slow in this camera (around 15-25 seconds per picture)."
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"I think everyone else had covered the technical aspects better than I can; it shoots fast, auto-shot works well usually, timed shots come out well, and the preset shot selectors seem to work great when shooting in the environment it's made for."
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Strap

Strap:
"I'm considering seeing if a big of shammy attached to the strap might be a useful tool for this problem."
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"DEFINITELY recommend picking up a foam flaoting strap with this thing in case you drop it underwater."
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"While going over the last bridge (over the area called Gorge), the camera slipped from my wrist - I was bundled up at the time, so it's not the fault of the camera strap - and it bounced."
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"Love the orange color, easy to spot where ever it's sitting; and the adjustable wrist strap is a very good thing (hubby has camera strap envy).Follow the care instructions for using it underwater (cleaning, securing the latch & lock on side door); get a Chum camera float!"
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"It kept saying location failed.. i'ts a super heavy camera, so good luck finding a floatie strap to keep it from sinking."
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Underwater

Underwater:
"Right from the start i realized this camera was going to be a hassle the C. D. was for a p. c. not a MAC and downloading was a whole new deal,the video record button is tiny and hard to use underwater also the L. C. D. does not read well when submerged you cant see a thing,i have cleaned the camera as per instructions and sealed it with the weird double clasp on the back which seemed to loosen after a month or so,my last trip to the river i found the L. C. D. was fogging because of condensation amazingly the so called tech i talked to at Panasonic said this was normal when a camera was used in different locations and temperatures and i should open the camera up and leave it for two days at room temperature,i informed him i had done this in California for a week and i still had condensation,so he advised me to return the camera,which i will have to pay for,if you look on the website you then discover that they will replace returned cameras with reconditioned models not new ones also they have stated it may not be the exact model or color i sent in just whatever is available,read the website if you dont believe me,all in all i wish i had replaced my Olympus Tough with another Olympus it worked like a charm and was a better price,all the negative reviews i have read are exactly what i myself have experienced,bad customer service a camera that went very wrong after a few usages in river water not the ocean."
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"However, I don't know that there is a great choice in point and shoot underwater cameras right now."
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"The only thing I haven't done with it yet is to take it snorkeling yet so I don't know how great the photos of fish underwater will be, although I'll bet that'll primarily be determined by the clarity of the water."
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"What frustrated me even further was that my traveling partner has had a Sony underwater camera for 3 years now and hardly does anything but sometimes rinse it in fresh water and it is still going strong."
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"The underwater shots were good (not great)."
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"The lockable access cover to the battery and card reader slots is accident-proof, unlike the one on the bottom of our old Fuji which could be opened underwater with a wrong movement."
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"great underwater pressure and drop shock features; the seal went defective after almost a year; a replacement was sent and worked flawlessly."
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"Cons:before leaving for the Mexico trip for which this camera was purchased, i filmed about 15 minutes underwater in the Canadian Rockies when fly-fishing, no problem (amazing video actually, was very pleased and excited at this point).then a month later, used it snorkeling near Playa Del Carmen."
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"Takes very good photos underwater and on land."
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"Prob the best underwater dig camera of its type, yet."
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"The bonus is that its very cool to take underwater pics as well."
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Video

Video:
"Cons:before leaving for the Mexico trip for which this camera was purchased, i filmed about 15 minutes underwater in the Canadian Rockies when fly-fishing, no problem (amazing video actually, was very pleased and excited at this point).then a month later, used it snorkeling near Playa Del Carmen."
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"However, the quality of the pictures is not greatAfter using it over a year I have 2 big complains:The video sound is horrible!"
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"This thing takes incredible pictures and video and we could not be more pleased with it."
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"Right from the start i realized this camera was going to be a hassle the C. D. was for a p. c. not a MAC and downloading was a whole new deal,the video record button is tiny and hard to use underwater also the L. C. D. does not read well when submerged you cant see a thing,i have cleaned the camera as per instructions and sealed it with the weird double clasp on the back which seemed to loosen after a month or so,my last trip to the river i found the L. C. D. was fogging because of condensation amazingly the so called tech i talked to at Panasonic said this was normal when a camera was used in different locations and temperatures and i should open the camera up and leave it for two days at room temperature,i informed him i had done this in California for a week and i still had condensation,so he advised me to return the camera,which i will have to pay for,if you look on the website you then discover that they will replace returned cameras with reconditioned models not new ones also they have stated it may not be the exact model or color i sent in just whatever is available,read the website if you dont believe me,all in all i wish i had replaced my Olympus Tough with another Olympus it worked like a charm and was a better price,all the negative reviews i have read are exactly what i myself have experienced,bad customer service a camera that went very wrong after a few usages in river water not the ocean."
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"although ive been unable to upload the videos on my computer, the quality of the pictures on the lcd screen are still phenomenal."
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"Compared to the Sony Bloggie that one of our travel partner's brought along, the land videos weren't in the same league - the bloggie took much more vivid videos with less lense flare, and other weird abberations that the Lumix experienced, depending on the angle of the sun."
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"Good HD video quality."
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"Takes really good video & the best hiigh quality pics of any digital camera I've ever had...ok bye now."
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"Good picture and video."
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"This is a very durable and easy to use camera and video camera."
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"GoPro was more video and i wanted more photo while still being able to shoot HD video at 1080p."
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Warranty

Warranty:
"I want to really emphasize the fact that though you may think you are the exception and know how to take care of the camera properly and it won't leak for you (as I did), it will leak, and malfunction, and Panasonic WILL REFUSE TO HONOR YOUR WARRANTY."
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"The Panasonic was still under warranty when it leaked and began to malfunction (and had only been in the water 3 times) so I sent it to the repair center in Texas expecting it to be replaced or at the very least repaired without charge."
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"Either way, I view this problem as a design flaw that should be covered under warranty."
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"I called the warranty repair service to clarify, because this was obviously a mistake since (1) my camera was under warranty and (2) I have only used this camera within its given specifications i. e. I never took it below the surface more than 12m (it actually never got below about 1m)."
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"The warranty dept's stance is there is water in the camera, it's your fault."
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"PANASONIC, on the other hand, wants to charge $180 TO REPAIR MY CAMERA STATING THAT IT IS NOT UNDER WARRANTY, and that it was the fault of the user it leaked."
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"So I called the extended warranty number--they said no problem and in minutes the guy told me that we were still under manufacturers--transferred me and after a few minutes of elevator music I was told not a valid extension and hung up on."
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"THEN I finally got through to a person at the Texas number--he tries telling me the factory warranty ONLY covers the seals--and IF the seals are good going out, and they test the seals coming back = no factory warranty."
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"We called the warranty department and got a very nice young lady to help us with the procedure on returning the camera for repairs."
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"I would also steer clear of Panasonic in general due to their poor warranty service."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"Unfortunately we also left our other (higher zoom) camera at home thinking this could be an all in one."
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"Long range picture quality is not the greatest, but hey you can't have a long range zoom lens and still be super tough."
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"I would highly recommend this as a 2nd camera, although due to the poor image quality when zoomed, and the not-stellar low-light performance, I wouldn't recommend it as a primary camera."
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"Overall, I am thrilled with this camera; it's super sturdy, well-built, and has a fantastic lens (although the zoom is weak, even in bright sunlight and above water)."
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"Using zoom in out buttons is a bit inconvenient for one handed operations (although quite possible)."
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"One thing I found annoying is that the zoom buttons don't really compress when pushed."
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"It's like even though it's 12.1 MP, it's really not much better than a 3 MP camera, because you can't zoom in to take advantage of the quality anyways."
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"In addition to the usual point and shoot competency, the camera zooms well for shooting distant things, and it does macro really well for close-up subjects."
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"I love that this thing allows you to zoom in and out while doing video."
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"Picture quality is reasonable, optical zoom range is limited by the waterproof casing."
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"The optical zoom was a little less than best in class, but not much."
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