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Panasonic TS3 vs Panasonic TS6

Portability
92
Imaging
36
Features
31
Overall
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6 front
Portability
91
Imaging
41
Features
45
Overall
42

Panasonic TS3 vs Panasonic TS6 Key Specs

Panasonic TS3
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-128mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 197g - 103 x 64 x 27mm
  • Announced August 2011
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-FT3
  • Replaced the Panasonic TS2
  • Newer Model is Panasonic TS4
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
  • Launched January 2015
  • Additionally Known as Lumix DMC-FT6
  • Older Model is Panasonic TS5
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Panasonic TS3 vs Panasonic TS6 Overview

In this write-up, we are matching up the Panasonic TS3 and Panasonic TS6, both Waterproof digital cameras and both are manufactured by Panasonic. There exists a sizeable gap between the image resolutions of the TS3 (12MP) and TS6 (16MP) but they come with the same exact sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The TS3 was manufactured 4 years earlier than the TS6 and that is quite a large gap as far as technology is concerned. Each of these cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before going straight into a step-by-step comparison, below is a quick introduction of how the TS3 matches up against the TS6 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic TS3 over the Panasonic TS6

 TS3 TS6 

Reasons to pick Panasonic TS6 over the Panasonic TS3

 TS6 TS3 
LaunchedJanuary 2015August 2011Fresher by 41 months
Display sizing3"2.7"Larger display (+0.3")
Display resolution460k230kCrisper display (+230k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic TS3 and Panasonic TS6

 TS3 TS6 
Manual focus No manual focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen
Touch display Neither provides Touch display

Panasonic TS3 vs Panasonic TS6 Physical Comparison

When you are intending to carry your camera often, you will want to factor in its weight and measurements. The Panasonic TS3 provides outer measurements of 103mm x 64mm x 27mm (4.1" x 2.5" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 197 grams (0.43 lbs) and the Panasonic TS6 has proportions of 110mm x 67mm x 29mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 214 grams (0.47 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you have attached at the time. The following is the front view scale comparison of the TS3 compared to the TS6.

Panasonic TS3 vs Panasonic TS6 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the TS3 and TS6 is 92 and 91 respectively.

Panasonic TS3 vs Panasonic TS6 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic TS3 vs Panasonic TS6 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is difficult to envision the gap between sensor sizing only by reading through technical specs. The visual underneath should give you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the TS3 and TS6.

As you have seen, the 2 cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing but not the same MP. You should expect to see the Panasonic TS6 to give you greater detail due to its extra 4MP. Greater resolution can also make it easier to crop photos far more aggressively. The older TS3 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor tech.

Panasonic TS3 vs Panasonic TS6 sensor size comparison

Panasonic TS3 vs Panasonic TS6 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic TS3 vs Panasonic TS6 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic TS3 Portrait photography factors
Panasonic TS6 Portrait photography factors
21
manual focus not available
lack of manual exposure
can't use external flash
low megapixels (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
37
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
has face detect focus
manual focus not available
can't use external flash
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic TS3 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic TS6 as a Street photography camera
61
built in image stabilization (Optical)
weather sealing
no articulating screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
62
has image stabilization (Optical)
weather proofing
no articulating screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic TS3 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic TS6 as a Sports photography camera
38
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports tracking autofocus
weather sealing
better than average battery power (310 CIPA)
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,300 seconds)
slow fps (4.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect AF
48
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
has tracking focus
weather proofing
good battery life (370 shots)
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,300 seconds)
no shutter priority
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic TS3 Travel photography features
Panasonic TS6 Travel photography features
64
better than average battery power (310 per charge)
weather sealing
built-in flash
decently wide (28mm)
no Timelapse function
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
73
good battery life (370 per charge)
weather proofing
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
fairly wide (28mm)
does not contain selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic TS3 Landscape photography advice
Panasonic TS6 Landscape photography advice
38
decently wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
weather sealing
better than average battery power (310 shots)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
small screen (2.7")
lack of manual exposure
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
no Timelapse function
52
fairly wide (28mm)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
weather proofing
good battery life (370 shots)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic TS3 Vlogging info
Panasonic TS6 Vlogging info
32
decently wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
high video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
no external microphone socket
33
fairly wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
has face detect focus
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
does not contain selfie friendly display
doesn't have mic port
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Panasonic TS3 vs Panasonic TS6 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic TS3 and Panasonic TS6
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6
Otherwise known as Lumix DMC-FT3 Lumix DMC-FT6
Type Waterproof Waterproof
Announced 2011-08-16 2015-01-06
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Venus Engine FHD -
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 11 23
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 28-128mm (4.6x) 28-128mm (4.6x)
Largest aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focusing distance 5cm 5cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 2.7" 3"
Display resolution 230k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display technology TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 60 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/1300 seconds 1/1300 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 4.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 5.60 m 5.60 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, slow sync w/redeye reduction, off
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 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)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn BuiltIn
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 197 gr (0.43 pounds) 214 gr (0.47 pounds)
Dimensions 103 x 64 x 27mm (4.1" x 2.5" x 1.1") 110 x 67 x 29mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 310 shots 370 shots
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots One One
Pricing at release $380 $300