- 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
- Size Comparison
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 #1125 out of 1459 for cameras in our database. You can check out our Smart camera finder to find camera rankings based on your custom factors.
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.
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Panasonic TS1 Gallery
You can check the TS1 from different angles in the gallery below.
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.
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.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
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.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
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.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
Listed below is a photo of the Panasonic TS1 besides a softdrink to help you to have a feel for its scale.
The top view below will provide the button arrangement on the TS1.
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.
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.
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.
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.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
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.
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.
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:
TS1 vs TG-4380 yesnono
TS1 vs TS6370 noyesno
TS1 vs TS5370 noyesno
TS1 vs AW130370 nonono
TS1 vs TG-1 iHS350 nonono
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.