Panasonic TS1 / FT1 Reviews and Samples

First published on: Friday, 10 July 2009

Last update (Jul 11, 2009): Full-resolution TS1 / FT1 sample photos at DC.Watch.

This post is a compilation of links to the following Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 / DMC-FT1 resources:

  1. Professional and user reviews, owner opinions and experiences, tests, ratings, conclusions and feedback.

  2. Sample photos and examples, image galleries and user pictures, movie / video clips and footage.

Hopefully, you’ll be able to conclude whether the TS1 / FT1 image quality, and the camera itself as a whole, meets your standards.

Full attribution is given by linking to the source and where available, the author’s homepage or photo gallery.

Full-resolution TS1 / FT1 sample photos at DC.Watch (Google’s English translation)

Full-resolution Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 _ DMC-FT1 image samples at DC.Watch.jpg

Image noise performance is tested for ISO80, ISO 100, ISO 200, ISO 400, ISO 800 and ISO 1600.

There’s also a landscape and macro / close-up photo of a flower.

Panasonic Lumix TS1 Review at Digital Camera HQ

Michael Patrick Brady, the reviewer, concludes:

… the Panasonic TS1 provided excellent, high-quality photographs. The colors are very bright and well balanced, with a sharpness that captures the moment accurately and with gusto. Fine details can be discerned in large photos, thanks to the sensitive 12-megapixel sensor, and as noted, underwater photos were clear and well focused.

Check out the 5 full-resolution sample photos, and the two video clips comparing the TS1 / FT1 with the Canon Powershot D10 (waterproof test and drop test).

Panasonic TS1 / FT1 Review at InfoSyncWorld

Mike Perlman, the reviewer, rates the camera 69% (GOOD), and notes:

Aside from the ability to capture impressive HD video, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1’s Intelligent Auto mode performed adequately in most shooting environments, leading to improved contrasts and a better overall exposure. However, we had to watch Intelligent Auto mode’s tendency to boost ISO, which made our pictures pretty darn noisy after 800 ISO. The Lumix DMC-TS1 included a slew of Scene modes for beginners and included a Starry Sky mode for shooting at low shutter speeds with a tripod.

TS1 / FT1 Review at DPInterface

Brad Soo, the reviewer, concludes:

The Panasonic Lumix TS1 aka Lumix FT1 earns my recommendation for being a very capable rugged camera. The camera does almost everything right, with the exception of the small handful of dislikes I listed. As of now, the Panasonic Lumix TS1 costs about $50 more than the competing Canon D10 and Olympus Stylus Tough 8000, but it’s the most feature-packed among all the rugged cameras and in my opinion, that extra bit of money justifies the many advantages of the Lumix TS1 has over the competition.

Panasonic LUMIX TS1 / FT1 — First Impression Video at DigitalRev

Watch it in HQ on YouTube.

Toughcam Battle: Canon PowerShot D10 vs. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 at Gizmodo

The Panasonic TS1 / FT1 came out the overall winner in this comparison review.

If you frequently need a camera that can go really deep when you’re underwater though, it’s probably a better idea to spring for the Canon D10 as its depth rating is 10 meters (32 feet), as opposed to three meters (10 feet) for the Panny.

Johan Mahoney, the reviewer, has the following conclusion:

Which is why for me, the balance shifts heavily toward the Panasonic TS1. Its form factor makes using it on land a lot more convenient, and the added HD video option is a huge plus. And my ears hurt if I go down much further than three meters underwater anyway. At a premium of only $70 ($400 list vs. $330 for the D10), I’d say it’s well worth spending up for.

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