Panasonic TS1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 front
  • 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
  • Revealed January 2009
  • Additionally Known as Lumix DMC-FT1
  • New Model is Panasonic TS2
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Panasonic TS1 overview

Panasonic TS1 is Panasonic's Waterproof digital camera originally released on January of 2009. The camera houses a 12MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4000 x 3000. The camera is also known as "Lumix DMC-FT1" in certain countries.

Panasonic released the fresher Panasonic TS2 (Read Full Comparison) in order to upgrade this model.

The TS1 is positioned #67 out of 75 in Waterproof cameras and all-around #1124 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. You can check out our Smart camera finder to find camera rankings based on your custom factors.

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Here is a diagram of various criteria used in the scoring system.

Panasonic TS1 history

The Panasonic TS1 is part of a family of products. You can read the full range below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS6 front thumbnailPanasonic TS6
TS1 vs TS6
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS30 front thumbnailPanasonic TS30
TS1 vs TS30
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS5 front thumbnailPanasonic TS5
TS1 vs TS5
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS25 front thumbnailPanasonic TS25
TS1 vs TS25
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS4 front thumbnailPanasonic TS4
TS1 vs TS4
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS20 front thumbnailPanasonic TS20
TS1 vs TS20
Photography Glossary
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS3 front thumbnailPanasonic TS3
TS1 vs TS3
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS2 front thumbnailPanasonic TS2
TS1 vs TS2
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS10 front thumbnailPanasonic TS10
TS1 vs TS10
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS1 front thumbnailPanasonic TS128-128mm

Panasonic TS1 Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of upsides and downsides of the Panasonic TS1 based on factors that are usually seen as necessary in a digital camera.

above average min ISO (80)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with HDMI socket
has built in flash
in built zoom lens (28-128mm 4.6 x zoom)
reasonably wide (28mm)
weather proofing
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
fixed screen
focusing manually not possible
lacks phase detect autofocus
lacks RAW format
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/1,300 seconds)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
no aperture priority mode
no external mic socket
no headphone socket
no manual mode
no shutter priority
no Time Lapse function
screen has low resolution (230 thousand dots)
screen is not selfie friendly
slow at tele end (f5.9)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
small sensor (1/2.3")
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
very slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
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Panasonic TS1 Sensor details

The size of the sensor in the Panasonic TS1 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter can easily lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 12 megapixels and delivers a standard ISO range of 80 - 6400. Sadly, RAW format is not supported so you have less room to maneuver in post.

The image below displays the TS1's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The TS1 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is pointed out in green.

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To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic TS1 dimensions

Panasonic TS1 has a weight of 0.42 pounds (189 grams / 6.67 ounces) and features exterior proportions of 98mm x 63mm x 23mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 0.9"). The weight of general Waterproof camera is 195 grams so the Panasonic TS1 is very similar as compared to its rivals.

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Listed below is a photo of the Panasonic TS1 besides a softdrink to help you to have a feel for its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 dimensions scale

The top view below will provide the button arrangement on the TS1.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 topview buttons dials

Panasonic TS1 Lens specs

The TS1 features an inbuilt lens featuring a focal range of 28-128mm giving it a 4.6 x zoom which isn't ideal nevertheless it will probably be useful in certain situations.

At the widest 28mm, the lens provides an aperture of f3.3 and that is rather slow and not great in low light situations and you will likely find it hard to capture a shallow depth of field. You will likely also have to increase the ISO setting causing noisy photos. Towards the tele end, 128mm comes at f5.9 making it really sluggish and you may need to go with slower shutter speeds.

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Panasonic TS1 Connectivity

The TS1 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that include NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can send files and at times alter camera settings without connecting straight to the camera.

Many applications even stream a Liveview and press the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it can easily be hooked up to an external screen. The majority of cameras will allow you to charge the battery through the USB port.

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Panasonic TS1 Video specs

The highest video quality in the Panasonic TS1 is 1280 x 720 and it can shoot in AVCHD Lite file format. 720p is low by today's standards. You should really try to get a minimum FUll HD quality for video. The camera doesn't include a mic and / or headphone port so you have little control over your sound. It is probably a better idea to shop for an alternative camera if you need good sound in your videos.

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Panasonic TS1 Weather Sealing

Panasonic TS1 features weather sealing making it a excellent pick to use in challenging environments. This is especially handy whenever you are uncertain about the conditions you may encounter in outdoor photography.

Panasonic TS1 Screen and Viewfinder

The Panasonic TS1 is equipped with a 2.7 inch fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Sadly the display screen isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Panasonic TS1 are the following:

  • ViewFinder None

In those bright outdoor conditions which make the camera screens washed out and tricky to view, viewfinders can be pretty valuable.

Panasonic TS1 Shutter specs

Panasonic TS1 can shoot continuously at 2.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1300 sec.

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Panasonic TS1 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Panasonic TS1 has got both in-built flash and also external flash ability.

Panasonic TS1 Autofocusing specs

Panasonic TS1 has got just Contrast Based Auto Focus and lacks Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot quicker & accurate when compared to Contrast Based autofocusing.

The Sensor supports 11 focus points to choose from. Panasonic TS1 has not got manual focusing. Manual focusing mode is useful in low light situations or you want more exact control on focusing.

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Panasonic TS1 Battery life

The typical Waterproof camera battery life is 275. Olympus TG-4 comes with the highest (380) battery life in this kind of cameras.

Following is a listing of Waterproof cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Panasonic TS1 for various types of photography

The following diagram provides a summation of the Panasonic TS1 for various types of photography. To learn more, go to the specific paragraph below.

Panasonic TS1 Portrait photography advice

The Panasonic TS1 gets a points tally of 21 which is horrible, meaning that it is not really suitable for portrait photos. Photographing portraits leans heavily to sensor size, support for RAW photos & flexibility to use external flash.

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lack of manual focus
no manual mode
resolution not great (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format

Street photography with Panasonic TS1

Getting a above average score of 61, the Panasonic TS1 is a fine option for street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of image quality and portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
environment proof
no moving screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
no RAW files

Panasonic TS1 Sports photography highlights

A horrible sports photography points total of 30 suggests the Panasonic TS1 is not really suitable for shooting sports. A camera needs to have great focusing plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Optical)
weather proofing
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,300 seconds)
max fps very slow (2.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus

Panasonic TS1 as a Travel photography camera

Size is really crucial in buying a camera for travel. Overall, the Panasonic TS1 gets a nice 61 for a travel camera which makes it a very decent option to take on your holidays.

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weather sealing
has built in flash
quite wide (28mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
MP count low (12 megapixels)
does not have selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)

Panasonic TS1 as a Landscape photography camera

For anyone planning to choose a digital camera for landscape photos, the most important factor is going to be image quality. The Panasonic TS1 with it's horrible rating of 35 for a landscape camera is not really suitable compared to it's competitors.

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really wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
environment sealing
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
tiny screen (2.7")
no manual mode
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
missing Time Lapse mode

Vlogging with Panasonic TS1

A camera for vlogging should really posses a articulating display screen, microphone input and ideally image stabilization. Considering everything, the Panasonic TS1 is not really suitable for vlogging as it delivers a horrible score of 28.

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decently wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not offer selfie friendly display
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
no mic support

Panasonic TS1 Alternatives

If you want alternatives to the TS1, below is a list of the top ranked cameras that fall within the family of Waterproof.

The line chart below provides you a bird's eye view of the TS1 compared to it's top ranking competitors mentioned above.

Following are several cameras you may check out as alternatives. To read a comprehensive comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1
Also referred to as
Lumix DMC-FT1
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW support
Highest native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-128mm (4.6x)
Maximum aperture
Macro focusing range
Crop factor
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen size
2.7 inches
Screen resolution
230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
60 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/1300 seconds
Continuous shooting rate
2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
WB bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution
Video data format
Mic port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
189 gr (0.42 lbs)
98 x 63 x 23mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 0.9")
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD/MMC/SDHC, Internal
Card slots
Cost at launch