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Panasonic's rugged Lumix TS3 gets GPS, barometer, 3D photos

updated 09:45 am EST, Tue January 25, 2011

Panasonic brings out rugged Lumix TS3 camera

Panasonic added a third and more unique Lumix model as part of its camera introductions on Tuesday. The TS3 replaces the ruggedized TS2 and gets a number of features tailored to outdoor shooting. Along with GPS positioning to geotag shots, it has an altimeter, barometer and compass to help navigate and get information for the final image.

The body itself is further hardened compared to the TS2 and can withstand complete immersion up to 40 feet, take drops of about 6.6 feet and resist temperatures as cold as 14F.

Software has been upgraded to add the same 3D photo mode as the ZS10. While not a true 3D camera, it can take 20 photos and overlap the two that could best create the stereoscopic effect. An Image Uploader app installed on the camera helps streamline uploading to Facebook and YouTube without having to use an intermediate tool.

Inside, the TS3 has a speed-boosted 12-megapixel CCD sensor that's enough to record 1080i video in AVCHD (H.264) and minimizes the shutter lag to 0.005 seconds in ideal light. Better image stabilization on the 4.6X zoom lens and an improved full scene auto mode mark additional upgrades over the outbound camera.

Panasonic hasn't given out pricing for the TS3 but expects shipments in March and price details roughly a month before it ships.

by MacNN Staff



  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wet Work

    I have an Olympus tough camera and while it doesn't produce the cleanest, sharpest images, it's great carrying a zero-worry camera. Hiking in the rain and not having to put the camera in a safe, dry place gives me a great sense of freedom. Snorkeling with it is fantastic, since it's so small.

    This looks like a good replacement, especially with the Leica optics!

    I wish Panasonic would produce a Micro Four Thirds equivalent (Nikonos redux?) that could go underwater without having to buy a big, bulky, expensive plastic box.

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    mostly gravy, little meat?

    ...I've looked to this company to set the pace in digicams, and while the enclosure refinements and other incremental upgrades may be nice touches I keep hoping for the next jump in optics/lens/imaging ?

    I have just bought a TX-5 because of the lens alone - certainly still room for further improvement in this area generally. When does a plethora of spurious technical features actually start to get in the way of taking good pictures? Is a camera that needs a 130p manual consumer friendly?

    Perhaps an even better lens 10 page manual on photography technique might be better instead...?

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