I received my Lumix TS3 today, and so far I am impressed with its features. It is a gadget-lovers dream! For all the "anti-gadget/gizmo-in-a-camera" rhetoric I have spewed in the past, I am shamefully entertained with this new little camera!
I was quite happy with my little old Lumix TS1, so much so that I was eager to purchase the TS3 (skipped the TS2 because I was content with my TS1). I selected the blue colored model. It is more of an electric blue than I had anticipated, not as toned-down as what it appeared on my computer screen (I need to work on color correcting my screen).
My main reason for getting the TS3 (as was with the TS1) was because I liked the idea of having a waterproof/shock resistant point and shoot. I enjoy being able to take pictures in the rain or water without worrying about damage to my DSLR or lenses (underwater housing for my D200 would be overkill for walking around Disney). I knew in advance that the IQ would be nowhere near that of my D200 or even my Lumix LX3, but my goal was to at least get usable shots. Surprisingly, the IQ was not as bad as I thought it would be.
The cool new gadgets on the TS3 are GPS, barometer (atmospheric pressure), altimeter (sea level and under water depth measurements), compass, 3D images, self-correcting time, plus better underwater (40' for 60 minutes) and shock resistant performance than the "old" TS1. The fun thing is that you see all the measurements live on screen!
As for the image quality, I would say it is about the same as the TS1. It's a point and shoot. The new battery/SD card door on the TS3 locks more securely than the TS1 door. The buttons on the TS3 are also improved (the mode dial has been replaced with a button which is a major improvement as you no longer have to worry about mistakenly moving the dial with your thumb as I did so many times on the TS1).
Overall, I'm happy with this new little Swiss Army Knife of a camera. It will take some time to figure out all its features, but at least I know I won't have to worry about breaking it in the process! If I could only get it to make phone calls I would be even happier!
p.s. I still have not given up the search for the ideal light-weight travel camera. The search continues...
#1. "RE: My Lumix TS3 arrived today" | In response to Reply # 0Drbee Nikonian since 05th Aug 2004Sat 30-Jul-11 07:39 PM
That certainly is a cute gizmo. The blue is electric . I like the idea of the "flat" internal zoom P&S. That would be a good footprint for the daypack and knock-a-bout hiking camera.
I talked to a passer-by on the street the other day. They had two P&S cameras around their neck. During the conversation, they indicated that there was another one in the waist-pack and his wife was carrying another pair. Each had some specialty function or role. The cameras all indicated quite a bit of wear. He said that they refreshed the cameras often, beat them up till they quit and by the time they quit working, a new model was usually just about to come out.
Enjoy your new camera, you just gotta be flexible these days .
#2. "RE: My Lumix TS3 arrived today" | In response to Reply # 1Sat 30-Jul-11 08:00 PM
>That certainly is a cute gizmo. The blue is electric . I
>like the idea of the "flat" internal zoom P&S.
>That would be a good footprint for the daypack and
>knock-a-bout hiking camera.
>I talked to a passer-by on the street the other day. They had
>two P&S cameras around their neck. During the
>conversation, they indicated that there was another one in the
>waist-pack and his wife was carrying another pair. Each had
>some specialty function or role. The cameras all indicated
>quite a bit of wear. He said that they refreshed the cameras
>often, beat them up till they quit and by the time they quit
>working, a new model was usually just about to come out.
>Enjoy your new camera, you just gotta be flexible these days
Thanks Roger! I really do need to be more flexible; technology is like a non-stop train, either you ride it or it runs you over!
Tomorrow I plan on taking it out for a few shots. Chances are I might get the opportunity to use it underwater in a friend's pool.
Ever since I purchased my old TS1 it has always been on my belt next to my cell phone. I have taken countless water park and pool shots of my kids as well as pictures in the rain (until lightning gets too close). It's a great (yet somewhat odd) feeling to be able to shoot without worrying about water damage!
I have gone on a few day trips with a couple of point and shoots (one for each specific use), and it worked out ok for me. It definitely makes for a lighter setup, but there are always sacrifices (especially with speed and IQ). I am still hoping to someday be able to get that Nikon, light-weight, mirrorless, water resistant camera I have always dreamed of though...
#3. "RE: My Lumix TS3 arrived today" | In response to Reply # 2Wed 17-Aug-11 06:17 PM
I'm happy! Dpreview did its annual waterproof camera test and the TS3 came up on top in all categories! Looks like I chose well this time!
#5. "RE: My Lumix TS3 arrived today" | In response to Reply # 4Wed 17-Aug-11 09:23 PM
>How deep do you generally dive with your cameras? I see that
>they have a housing for it too, but the cost is as much as the
I haven't done any diving with it yet (so far mostly used in pools and water parks). It is rated for 40 feet though.
I will be doing some diving with it in two weeks (weather permitting). I have had to cancel a couple of weekend boating trips due to the weather (summer storms in my area).
#6. "RE: My Lumix TS3 arrived today" | In response to Reply # 5Tue 23-Aug-11 08:22 PM | edited Wed 24-Aug-11 09:31 PM by snegron
Took the TS3 on a boat trip today. The water was cloudy, so I wasn't able to capture anything. I did swim with it under water in the Gulf of Mexico though. No leaks, above surface shots were crystal clear. I'm not impressed with the lens in telephoto mode, but at wide angle the images look sharp. The supplied strap takes a long time to dry (I will be looking into getting a water-proof strap in the near future).
I have no choice but to convince my wife that I need to drive out to Key West to test my TS3 in clearer waters!
Here are a couple of images from today taken with the TS3. Images are straight from the camera, only cropped and re-sized for the web.
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#7. "RE: My Lumix TS3 arrived today" | In response to Reply # 6markwatts Nikonian since 16th Nov 2004Wed 24-Aug-11 07:57 AM
Mine should arrive tomorrow. It will mostly be my work camera (dirty, dust-filled, wet places) but I hope to get in the water with it as well. It seems to be a step up from my old Olympus tough cameras.
Good to see images taken with it, thank you.