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Panasonic TS1 vs Panasonic TS6

Portability
93
Imaging
35
Features
24
Overall
30
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6 front
Portability
91
Imaging
41
Features
45
Overall
42

Panasonic TS1 vs Panasonic TS6 Key Specs

Panasonic TS1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-128mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 189g - 98 x 63 x 23mm
  • Launched January 2009
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-FT1
  • Updated by Panasonic TS2
Panasonic TS6
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-128mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 214g - 110 x 67 x 29mm
  • Released January 2015
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-FT6
  • Older Model is Panasonic TS5
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Panasonic TS1 vs Panasonic TS6 Overview

In this write-up, we are evaluating the Panasonic TS1 and Panasonic TS6, both Waterproof digital cameras and they are both produced by Panasonic. There is a huge difference between the resolutions of the TS1 (12MP) and TS6 (16MP) but they come with the same exact sensor size (1/2.3").

Photography Glossary

The TS1 was launched 7 years prior to the TS6 and that is quite a significant gap as far as tech is concerned. Each of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before we go through a full comparison, below is a short summary of how the TS1 grades vs the TS6 for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic TS1 over the Panasonic TS6

 TS1 TS6 

Reasons to pick Panasonic TS6 over the Panasonic TS1

 TS6 TS1 
ReleasedJanuary 2015January 2009Fresher by 72 months
Display sizing3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution460k230kCrisper display (+230k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic TS1 and Panasonic TS6

 TS1 TS6 
Manually focus No manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Lacking selfie screen
Touch friendly display Lacking Touch friendly display

Panasonic TS1 vs Panasonic TS6 Physical Comparison

When you are going to carry your camera frequently, you'll have to think about its weight and proportions. The Panasonic TS1 comes with exterior dimensions of 98mm x 63mm x 23mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 0.9") and a weight of 189 grams (0.42 lbs) and the Panasonic TS6 has measurements of 110mm x 67mm x 29mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1") and a weight of 214 grams (0.47 lbs).

Look at the Panasonic TS1 and Panasonic TS6 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you have at that moment. The following is the front view over all size comparison of the TS1 vs the TS6.

Panasonic TS1 vs Panasonic TS6 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the TS1 and TS6 is 93 and 91 respectively.

Panasonic TS1 vs Panasonic TS6 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic TS1 vs Panasonic TS6 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is very difficult to envision the difference between sensor sizing just by looking at specs. The visual here should give you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the TS1 and TS6.

All in all, both of the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but not the same megapixels. You should anticipate the Panasonic TS6 to give you more detail utilizing its extra 4MP. Greater resolution will also let you crop photos a little more aggressively. The older TS1 is going to be disadvantaged in sensor innovation.

Panasonic TS1 vs Panasonic TS6 sensor size comparison

Panasonic TS1 vs Panasonic TS6 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic TS1 vs Panasonic TS6 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic TS1 Portrait photography factors
Panasonic TS6 Portrait photography factors
21
no manual focus
lack of manual mode
resolution not great (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
37
megapixel count decent (16MP)
offers face detect autofocus
lack of manual focus
cannot use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic TS1 Street photography features
Panasonic TS6 Street photography features
61
built in image stabilization (Optical)
weather proof
no articulating screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
62
built in image stabilization (Optical)
weather proofing
screen is fixed
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic TS1
Sports photography with Panasonic TS6
30
built in image stabilization (Optical)
weather proof
low max shutter speed (1/1,300s)
very slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
resolution not great (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
48
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
offers tracking focus
weather proofing
good battery power (370 shots)
max shutter speed is low (1/1,300 seconds)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic TS1 Travel photography information
Panasonic TS6 Travel photography information
61
weather proof
flash built-in
fairly wide (28mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
resolution not great (12MP)
does not feature selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
73
good battery power (370 per charge)
weather proofing
megapixel count decent (16MP)
has built in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic TS1 Landscape photography advice
Panasonic TS6 Landscape photography advice
35
fairly wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
weather proof
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inch)
lack of manual mode
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse function
52
reasonably wide (28mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
weather proofing
good battery power (370 shots)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic TS1 Vlogging factors
Panasonic TS6 Vlogging factors
28
fairly wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not feature selfie friendly display
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
doesn't have mic port
33
reasonably wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have microphone jack
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Panasonic TS1 vs Panasonic TS6 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic TS1 and Panasonic TS6
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6
Alternative name Lumix DMC-FT1 Lumix DMC-FT6
Category Waterproof Waterproof
Launched 2009-01-27 2015-01-06
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 11 23
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-128mm (4.6x) 28-128mm (4.6x)
Largest aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus distance 5cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 2.7 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 230 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/1300 seconds 1/1300 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 2.0 frames per second 10.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range - 5.60 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, slow sync w/redeye reduction, off
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video file format AVCHD Lite MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 189 gr (0.42 pounds) 214 gr (0.47 pounds)
Dimensions 98 x 63 x 23mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 0.9") 110 x 67 x 29mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 370 photographs
Type of battery - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/MMC/SDHC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Pricing at launch $380 $300