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Panasonic Lumix TS4 12.1 TOUGH Waterproof Digital Camera with 4.6x Optical Zoom (Silver) by Review Summary ,  Aug 3, 2015

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Panasonic Lumix TS4 12.1 TOUGH Waterproof Digital Camera with 4.6x Optical Zoom (Silver)
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 340 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.7
Returned or considering to return: 11.2%

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Individual Feature Rating
Speed5.0   exceptional
Color4.7   above average
Beach4.6   above average
Button4.6   exceptional
Video4.5   above average
Photo4.3   average
Amazon4.2   average
Lumix4.2   average
Performance4.2   average
Price4.2   below average
Quality4.2   average
Underwater4.2   average
Image4.1   average
Size4.1   below average
Battery3.8   above average
Focus3.5   above average
Zoom3.3   below average
Lens3.1   average
Light3.0   below average


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Battery

Battery:
"Battery drains quickly and did not find an adequate fix to the problem."
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"I replaced the battery and it remained dead."
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"it has no easy to use effects, which subtracts from the fun, and the seal latch that is intended to keep the battery sd card compartment dry is so plastic and flimsy i am scared to take it underwater."
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"My only two complaints so far have to do with the battery."
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"The other battery problem I have had is trying to get the battery out of the battery compartment."
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"The battery drains pretty fast when using GPS."
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"great pictures, video and long battery life!"
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"The battery also exceeded my expectations and had a long life which helps when you're in a far away place with very limited access to electricity."
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"I followed the recommendations about maintenance for the camera's battery and memory card door (yes I read directions)."
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"The battery is also very good."
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Beach

Beach:
"My only disappointments so far have been shots taken on the boat or beach after the camera was previously submerged."
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"It is also a great camera to bring along to beaches and parties as it is kind of rough and you don't need to be very careful with it."
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"This camera has been a great travel camera as you don't have to worry about it being damaged in busy transit situations and allows you to get great photos of the entire vacation, including all those beaches!"
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"so i bought this camera 2 years ago, after i lost my kodak waterproof cam in puerto ricoi loved the reviews and the stats and bought it but never used iti just got back from costa rica where we surfed and snorkeled and did all the fun beach activities you do int he tropics1st day was great, we were zip lining, in the spa and pool, great pics, loved it.2nd day we were snorkeling, after about 20 pics, the camera died."
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"The picture quality is what you would expect of a waterproof camera and if you like going to the beach pool a lot then you will love this camera."
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"I'm just happy that I can take it to the beach, the Dunes, in the rain, inside my back pocket when I'm working in the garden, and I know that it can handle any conditions I subject it to."
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Button

Button:
"great water shedding lens (ps keep it clean finger prints cause water to bead on lens)zoom - goodimage quality- goodgps- awesome (used it as a compass when i was lost in china) not hopelessly lost hahapanoramic- awesome (not great in low lighting)con - there are like 3 menu mode buttons (its annoying)so ya buy one!"
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"This means you don't have to switch over to move mode, just push the perfectly recessed and smaller button and you're recording, it does take a second to start recording but having that button just start it makes up enough time to usually catch those moments when they start."
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"The good:good tough case, solid buttons, fast burst shooting sequences, great feeling when holding it, I believe it could be dropped and would still work."
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"My best guess, and this is a guess, is that one of the buttons is being automatically pushed and causes the camera to drop everything and go back to the main screen."
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"Make sure you hold down the picture taking button for a little while to get good focus."
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"Manual control is pretty good reaching upto 60s exposure, I didn't find the turn on speed to be that fast but wasn't expecting it to be that fast, Focus speed is not that fast either but not that slow either, I love that it has it has separate recording button."
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Color

Color:
"They weren't all that clear and differen't catch color and detail very well."
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"Great looking, easy to use and LOVE the color."
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"The color is different, but I really can't complain."
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"For example, I held the camera out the car window to grab shoots of the Art Deco buildings of Miami and it worked great (good focus and color).The only thing I did to protect it was keep it in a padded case to protect the lens and screen from scrapes and scratches."
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"Color rendition is great, but to get good photos of fish you must get as close as possible."
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"Color was good and in focus too!"
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Control

Control:
"The DMC TS4 offers a 28mm equivalent focal length, complete manual control unavailable in any other compact waterproof camera including the ability to lock out AF and force the lens to infinity focus (which is a must for shooting night scenery, stars etc.)"
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"Cons: awkward control interface, hard to read screen in bright daylight, Picasa won't upload manage Panasonic's movie format (but can change to mpeg4 on camera).May see if Amazon will take it back and try Canon D20 instead."
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"I believe Panasonic has a serious quality control issue or a failed design issue."
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"The photos are beautiful, the controls are easy, and I never have to worry about handing it to my students to take yearbook photos because it's shock and water-proof."
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"The camera was great, enough manual controls and excellent pictures for a point and shoot."
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"Manual control is pretty good reaching upto 60s exposure, I didn't find the turn on speed to be that fast but wasn't expecting it to be that fast, Focus speed is not that fast either but not that slow either, I love that it has it has separate recording button."
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")The controls are intuitive and easy to learn, and this thing is more feature-packed than the complete run of MST3K."
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"The build qulaity of the camera is solid and the controls are good."
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Focus

Focus:
"The camera has a problem, the lens loses focus I had to send her to arrange for it to work."
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"Lastly the autofocus doesn't work very well, so this will also contribute to the hit and miss in getting a sharp shot."
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"Picture quality is decent to good, focusing is a little challenging but okay in most situations."
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"Very few times it did not focus well on intelliAuto mode."
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"The biggest problem is soft focus and dark spots in the upper corners of wide shots."
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"I have tried other underwater cameras and this Lumix outperforms all of them for clarity and focus."
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"For example, I held the camera out the car window to grab shoots of the Art Deco buildings of Miami and it worked great (good focus and color).The only thing I did to protect it was keep it in a padded case to protect the lens and screen from scrapes and scratches."
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"The camera focuses well in our usually clear water, but has trouble in cloudy water."
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"The optional fast autofocus is great."
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"You sacrifice the best focus but you get the shot."
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Image

Image:
"As a result, all of the scuba images taken (at only 30 meters) were ruined."
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"I still believe this waterproof camera represents a big compromise in terms of photo quality but I have used it completely unconcerned in conditions I would have never pulled out another camera - so it has got shots I could not have taken otherwise."
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"Image quality is good, but not excellent."
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"Its not only great in water (and mud) but snapping any pic, anytime of day is great! "
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"I am disappointed in the quality of the images."
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"I've been using this camera for a couple of months now and I've been rather disappointed by the photo quality; very average."
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"The photo quality was also very good."
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"Great pics but no sound from video."
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"so i bought this camera 2 years ago, after i lost my kodak waterproof cam in puerto ricoi loved the reviews and the stats and bought it but never used iti just got back from costa rica where we surfed and snorkeled and did all the fun beach activities you do int he tropics1st day was great, we were zip lining, in the spa and pool, great pics, loved it.2nd day we were snorkeling, after about 20 pics, the camera died."
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"We used it for all above water pics as well."
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Lens

Lens:
"Most of my cameras end up with water spots inside due to condensation (and I can't safely use them in the rain of course)With the forty-foot limitation, this won't replace my ZS-8 and housing as my main scuba camera and does not have a good enough lens to replace my crossover superzoom camera for wildlife, low light and other photographically challenging uses but as a rugged, all-weather camera for work and pleasure it fits the bill perfectly."
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"I've scratched the lens a bit but that's my fault from not protecting it better when I am climbing up rocks and waterfalls."
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"The only problem I have with this is the build of little window covering the lens."
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"I wasn't filled with confidence, between the folding lens and the short zoom, but I've since found that it's just fine."
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"My last camera had a 16x optical zoom, and I loved it until I discovered that the long zoom also created the problem of pulling dirt inside the camera when the lens was extended and retracted."
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"The camera has a problem, the lens loses focus I had to send her to arrange for it to work."
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"The only minor gripe is the lens is on the upper corner of the body, making it easy to get fingers in the frame."
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"-Not really a con, but it's safe to note that all cameras need a clear lens to take clear pictures."
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"The only thing you need to have on hand is a lens cloth - the lens isn't protected from smudges (which in a way is good - there's no risk of a lens cover breaking! )"
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"It would be nice if they could figure out a way to seal the lens sensor to keep this from happening."
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Light

Light:
"Serious drying seemed to solve the problem, but it re-appears after a long day in light rain."
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"Most of my cameras end up with water spots inside due to condensation (and I can't safely use them in the rain of course)With the forty-foot limitation, this won't replace my ZS-8 and housing as my main scuba camera and does not have a good enough lens to replace my crossover superzoom camera for wildlife, low light and other photographically challenging uses but as a rugged, all-weather camera for work and pleasure it fits the bill perfectly."
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"That way really my only complaint about that old one, bad low light shots."
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"The low light shots are pretty good, not as good as a decent dslr, obviously but they are much better than my previous Panasonic, about 6 years old, 6mp, cheapo but compact and very good for its day."
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"I was expecting less quality and worst low light photography."
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"Clear well light pictures under water, not to forget how great the zoom is under water."
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"Pictures are real good in light."
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"Not a huge deal, except for the fact that when I recieved the order it seemed pretty light."
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"Even in decent light, the camera struggled to find focus."
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"When you allow that to happen the pictures come out clear and well light."
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"It struggles a bit in low light compared to it's companion DSLR but I'm very happy with the quality of the underwater pictures and video I was able to obtain less than an hour after unboxing it."
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Lumix

Lumix:
"It was at that moment that my Lumix failed."
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"This is my second Lumix camera, and again a big disappointment."
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"This is actually my second Lumix: be very careful about ensuring that rubber seals are clean (got a bit of water leakage at Catalina which ruined my first Lumix)."
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"I've been a big fan of the Lumix cameras, but please stay away from this one."
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"The Panasonic Lumix TS4 12.1 TOUGH camera is a great digital camera for casual photography."
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"I have tried other underwater cameras and this Lumix outperforms all of them for clarity and focus."
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"I bought a Panasonic Lumix TS4 Waterproof Digital Camera before I visited the Great Barrier Reef in Australia."
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"Panasonic Lumix DMC TS4 has some really great features that they still carried out from previous models they have."
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Manual

Manual:
"The DMC TS4 offers a 28mm equivalent focal length, complete manual control unavailable in any other compact waterproof camera including the ability to lock out AF and force the lens to infinity focus (which is a must for shooting night scenery, stars etc.)"
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"The camera was great, enough manual controls and excellent pictures for a point and shoot."
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"Manual control is pretty good reaching upto 60s exposure, I didn't find the turn on speed to be that fast but wasn't expecting it to be that fast, Focus speed is not that fast either but not that slow either, I love that it has it has separate recording button."
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"The menu is easy to navigate and it even has manual settings (which I love because I normally shoot with a canon 5d markii)."
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"It is worth reading the manual but the menus are pretty intuitive and explanatory."
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"Most of the controls and modes are easy to figure out but there are some that I will begrudgingly have to look up in the owner's manual because miniature effect is just not obvious to me."
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Menu

Menu:
"The menus on the camera are very confusing and not intuitive at all."
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"I chalk this up to user error as I finally figured it out by flipping through the time menu and making the proper selections."
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"great water shedding lens (ps keep it clean finger prints cause water to bead on lens)zoom - goodimage quality- goodgps- awesome (used it as a compass when i was lost in china) not hopelessly lost hahapanoramic- awesome (not great in low lighting)con - there are like 3 menu mode buttons (its annoying)so ya buy one!"
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"No water visible anywhere inside the camera at any point but screen started blinking off and on every second, then video mode stopped working, followed by all menus failing to work, etc."
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"The menu is easy to navigate and it even has manual settings (which I love because I normally shoot with a canon 5d markii)."
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"It is worth reading the manual but the menus are pretty intuitive and explanatory."
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"I had little time to read the directions before using it, but could navigate the menu fairly easily."
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"The menu is easy to use."
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"On a good side:- The menu is intuitive."
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Performance

Performance:
"Reviews said that the camera was a top pick for underwater but didn't perform well in sunset or darker light."
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"Just remember thats it probablly not as good performace wise as other cheaper cameras that are not waterproof."
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"At the beginning of this summer, I took it to a canyon that involved a lot of swimming, and the camera was often submerged, but performed well."
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"There are, however, other models we have seen since purchasing this model that have even better locks on the door but since this one has performed so well there is no need to replace it."
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"It performed with aplomb, taking excellent photos in all weather conditions."
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"I'm a contractor and bought it for taking job site pictures in all weather and so far it's performed very well."
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"The camera performed very well in and of the water."
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Photo

Photo:
"This is normally challenging duty for a camera and taking good photos under conditions of vibration and motion blur is difficult for most compacts."
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"Failed on first use underwater 5 2013 after taking 8 photos, screen and all lights dark, no indication of water intrusion after drying out exterior."
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"It took some nice photos, but then when it was rinsed and dried I realized that the seal was compromised since the inside was wet."
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"Dislikes: Did not take the best underwater photos."
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"I used the camera on my cruise to the caribbeans where I used it in very clear waters but I was dissapointed in the underwater photos."
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"There are many settings in the SCN menu that allow you to take photos where other point and shoot cameras fail miserably."
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"I bought this camera for the waterproof feature but was pretty impressed at the quality of photos I was able to take normally."
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"Have gone scubadiving with it and got some good photos."
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"This camera has been a great travel camera as you don't have to worry about it being damaged in busy transit situations and allows you to get great photos of the entire vacation, including all those beaches!"
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"It performed with aplomb, taking excellent photos in all weather conditions."
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"This is normally challenging duty for a camera and taking good photos under conditions of vibration and motion blur is difficult for most compacts."
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Price

Price:
"Not as good as a GoPro, but worth the money."
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"Very disappointing for the money."
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"This isn't a big deal for most people but for me I would have loved to use it as my FPV camera as well... the canon DSLR line has this ability to do this but unfortunately am supplied with harsh price tags and rolling shutter."
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"Unfortunately this is the kind of problem you'll encounter with any underwater camera in this price range."
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"I had used a $50 gift certificate and got it for a great price."
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"Took this camera to Hawaii - to took some great underwater shots better than I expected for the price we paid."
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"Good camera for the money."
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"Great camera for the price!"
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"Very good for the price! "
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Quality

Quality:
"I still believe this waterproof camera represents a big compromise in terms of photo quality but I have used it completely unconcerned in conditions I would have never pulled out another camera - so it has got shots I could not have taken otherwise."
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"Image quality is good, but not excellent."
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"However, sometimes the quality of the pictures in general is not so great, regardless of the setting, but I think that might be due to not a full battery, but not sure."
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"I am disappointed in the quality of the images."
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"I was expecting less quality and worst low light photography."
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"I've been using this camera for a couple of months now and I've been rather disappointed by the photo quality; very average."
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"Very nice picture quality for its class and plenty adequate for picture sharing over internet and medium sized photos."
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"I bought this camera for the waterproof feature but was pretty impressed at the quality of photos I was able to take normally."
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"The photo quality was also very good."
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"It's been very reliable and takes good quality shots."
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"1080P, high-quality videos (under water as well) and great picture quality."
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Screen

Screen:
"We tried every mode possible with no success, pictures would look good on the camera screen but terrible on the computer."
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"Cons: awkward control interface, hard to read screen in bright daylight, Picasa won't upload manage Panasonic's movie format (but can change to mpeg4 on camera).May see if Amazon will take it back and try Canon D20 instead."
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"I'm a Canon fan so maybe just need some adjustment time, hard to see LCD screen in bright daylight, hard to navigate around modes but that's getting better."
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"The first time the camera was taken into the water, within seconds there was water seepage under the screen and lens and the camera was dead."
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"When I finally realised it was still with me the back screen was decidedly concave at 80 feet, though amazingly it did still sort of work on land once it had dried out."
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"The screen is pretty good."
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"Nice size view screen for those who are in need of reading glasses."
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"We tried every mode possible with no success, pictures would look good on the camera screen but terrible on the computer."
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"- Screen does scratch quite easily."
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Setting

Setting:
"However, sometimes the quality of the pictures in general is not so great, regardless of the setting, but I think that might be due to not a full battery, but not sure."
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"The different mode settings are very intuitive and easy to change even underwater."
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"It has a lot of nice settings for taking various types of pictures."
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"My husband and I had a lot of fun playing around with all the settings."
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"it can be take a lot of playing with settings to get a satisfactory picture."
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"The menu is easy to navigate and it even has manual settings (which I love because I normally shoot with a canon 5d markii)."
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Shutter

Shutter:
"As mentioned by others the warning message about underwater use is a tad annoying but disappears as soon as you lightly press the shutter button."
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"It takes clear photos with reasonably quick shutter release and view for aiming and shooting moving targets underwater wearing a mask."
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"I also love that the shutter stays inside the camera, so if you drop the camera, it's not going to damage it."
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"I especially like the panoramic capability and I LOVE the 1 sec shutter speed adjustment."
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"The original footage looked pretty shaky but since there's no rolling shutter final cut X was able to stabilize everything almost perfectly."
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"Then I figured out all you have to do is tap the shutter button half way for the message to clear, or even just push the shutter button all the way to take your shot despite the message - picture is taken and the message is gone."
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Size

Size:
"-- Operation with gloves isn't easy, but again that's down to size."
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"Accessing manual operation is not horribly clumsy though of course it's not as easy as with a full size DSLR."
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"I'm not an engineer, but it seems that a simple design change to the very small seal should fix all the problems the people are having, but maybe saving 15 cents on a better seal is worth all the bad comments."
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"It's a small complaint, but for instance - you couldn't use this in a theater where they say only to use cameras with no flash - this light would be as dangerous to those on stage as a flash would be."
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"It's easily survived small drops, which happens in my line of business."
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"I'm not looking forward to replacing the gasket every year, but I suppose that is a small price to pay to have a great camera."
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"The picture quality is surprisingly good for the price and size."
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"It takes great videos, I am pleased with the picture quality, camera size, and it actually looks a lot better in person."
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"Nice size I like the fact it has no moving lens so doesn't open accidentally in the case."
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Speed

Speed:
"The battery drains pretty fast when using GPS."
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"The optional fast autofocus is great."
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"The good:good tough case, solid buttons, fast burst shooting sequences, great feeling when holding it, I believe it could be dropped and would still work."
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"-The panoramic capability is really nice, it may take some getting used to because of the speed in which you capture each frame can determine whether or not you get a 90 -> 180 -> almost 360 view of your surroundings."
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"I especially like the panoramic capability and I LOVE the 1 sec shutter speed adjustment."
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Underwater

Underwater:
"Failed on first use underwater 5 2013 after taking 8 photos, screen and all lights dark, no indication of water intrusion after drying out exterior."
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"it has no easy to use effects, which subtracts from the fun, and the seal latch that is intended to keep the battery sd card compartment dry is so plastic and flimsy i am scared to take it underwater."
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"Dislikes: Did not take the best underwater photos."
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"I used the camera on my cruise to the caribbeans where I used it in very clear waters but I was dissapointed in the underwater photos."
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"As mentioned by others the warning message about underwater use is a tad annoying but disappears as soon as you lightly press the shutter button."
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"The big problem however is the the underwater use."
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"Great camera for underwater."
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"Wicked good, great for underwater selfies!"
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"This camera is amazing, great underwater and above water pictures and videos."
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"I have tried other underwater cameras and this Lumix outperforms all of them for clarity and focus."
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"Took this camera to Hawaii - to took some great underwater shots better than I expected for the price we paid."
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Video

Video:
"Now Panasonic has refused to repair the camera I sent to them and I am out $400.Terrible customer service, poor picture and video quality, and it is certainly not waterproof."
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"The HD video is improved (not recommended for low light)."
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"If using a Mac for the upload, don't format the SD card- simply insert it in the computer and upload via final cut pro imovie image browser... if you copied the files over and formatted the card you can still extract the files by showing the package contents of the large avcd file and then you'll find the .mts movie file hidden away in one of the files..."
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"The camera requires Panasonic's crumby and confusing proprietary software to get videos off a card."
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"However, we missed some great pics video under the waterfall due to this issue."
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"MORE MEGAPIXELS DOES NOT EQUATE TO BETTER IMAGE QUALITY.- HD video is mediocre."
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"It takes great pictures and movies."
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"This camera is amazing, great underwater and above water pictures and videos."
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"Takes good pictures and video under water."
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"1080P, high-quality videos (under water as well) and great picture quality."
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"Videos are pretty good quality and I take this camera everywhere with me when I go on a trip! "
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Zoom

Zoom:
"My only disappointment is the zoom capabilities."
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"We only had one problem with it that day and the zoom was constantly zooming in but once we were at about 10 to 11m it worked fine again."
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"I wasn't filled with confidence, between the folding lens and the short zoom, but I've since found that it's just fine."
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"My last camera had a 16x optical zoom, and I loved it until I discovered that the long zoom also created the problem of pulling dirt inside the camera when the lens was extended and retracted."
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"Clear well light pictures under water, not to forget how great the zoom is under water."
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"It's optical zoom is modest at 4x, but that's an expected compromise of a rugged submersible camera."
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"The wide angle is great and the zoom is decent enough to capture more detail."
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"The zoom is amazing."
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"Yes, it's nice to have a 16x optical zoom, but I like the ruggedness and reliability of this TS4."
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"The digital zoom works for what I need, and I love the wide lens for taking pictures of things relatively close to you, previously I had to stand farther away or couldn't capture as much of what I was attempting to take a picture of."
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"Zoom range works well for many situations."
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