There are a lot of digital cameras out there (too many, really), but it’s tough to find one that you can take everywhere and offers features that aren’t found on some cameras and missing on others. Well, my next-door neighbor whipped out this camera on Sunday and sang its praises left and right.
Small, rugged, waterproof, shockproof, dustproof (kidproof), 12.1 megapixels, Leica lenses, blah, blah, blah. But then he said, “Aside from being a still camera, it also shoots high definition video.” Then I got interested.
It’s the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1S. It uses the AVCHD (MPEG-4/H.264) Lite format which records video in 1280 x 720 resolution at 60fps. He then showed me on his PC some video he had recorded and I was honestly impressed. It nicely fits a middle ground between compression/space and video quality using SD-SDHC cards. One of its best features is that in HD movie mode you’ve got the ability to zoom while recording. Oh, and some video he shot underwater off the Caribbean was incredible looking…sharp, vibrant, good quality.
It’s got a 28mm wide angle lens that fits nicely for most consumers and a 4.6x optical zoom. An intelligent auto mode automatically detects scenarios and loads presets so that you don’t have to sift through its collection of 27 modes.
Finally, he dared me to drop it (hard) on its dining room tiled floor. I took him up on it FOUR TIMES and this camera suffered nothing but a small scratch. I’m sold.
So, bottom line…this camera is versatile, especially if you’re an outdoorsy person and your rough on your gadgets. Great still pics and fantastic video. This is a great camera that can stand up to anything and stand up to the competition too.