Panasonic TS2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 front
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-128mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 188g - 99 x 63 x 24mm
  • Revealed January 2010
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-FT2
  • Replaced the Panasonic TS1
  • Successor is Panasonic TS3
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Panasonic TS2 summary

Panasonic TS2 is Panasonic's Waterproof camera initially released on January of 2010. It houses a 14 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4320 x 3240. It is known as "Lumix DMC-FT2" in some markets.

Panasonic introduced this camera to update the older Panasonic TS1 (Read Full Comparison) and then brought out the more recent Panasonic TS3 (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to replace this camera.

The TS2 places at #60 out of 75 in Waterproof cameras and over-all #1017 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our collection. You should try out our Advanced camera search to see camera ratings based on your customized criteria.

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Panasonic TS2 family

The Panasonic TS2 comes with a history of related digital cameras. Here, you can discover all previous and brand new models as well as important features.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS30 front thumbnailPanasonic TS30
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS5 front thumbnailPanasonic TS5
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS25 front thumbnailPanasonic TS25
TS2 vs TS25
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS4 front thumbnailPanasonic TS4
TS2 vs TS4
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS20 front thumbnailPanasonic TS20
TS2 vs TS20
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS3 front thumbnailPanasonic TS3
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS2 front thumbnailPanasonic TS228-128mm
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS10 front thumbnailPanasonic TS10
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS1 front thumbnailPanasonic TS1
TS2 vs TS1

Panasonic TS2 Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of pros and cons of the Panasonic TS2 based on factors that are generally considered crucial in a camera.

above average minimum ISO (80)
built-in flash
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good zoom range (28-128mm 4.6 x zoom)
includes HDMI socket
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
provides tracking focus
relatively wide (28mm)
weather sealing
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
cannot use external flash
doesn't have headphone socket
doesn't have microphone socket
doesn't have Timelapse function
does not offer selfie friendly display
has no phase detect AF
has no RAW support
lack of manual exposure
lack of manual focus
max frames per second low (2.0 frames/s)
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/1,300s)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.9)
no aperture priority
no shutter priority
screen has low resolution (230 k dots)
screen is fixed
sensor is small (1/2.3")
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
small screen (2.7 inch)
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
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Panasonic TS2 Sensor specifications

The Panasonic TS2 features the Venus Engine HD II processor. The dimension of the sensor on the Panasonic TS2 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4320 x 3240 pixels and aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization since the latter may lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 14 megapixels and delivers a native ISO range of 80 to 6400. Unfortunately, RAW files are not saved therefore the user has less margin for error.

The image below shows the TS2's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The TS2 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is shown in green.

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To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic TS2 dimensions

Panasonic TS2 weighs around 0.41 lbs (188 gr or 6.63 oz) and the measurement of the camera is 99mm x 63mm x 24mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 0.9"). The weight of typical Waterproof camera is 195 gr and the Panasonic TS2 is very much the same compared with its rivals.

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The following is a photo of the Panasonic TS2 besides a soda to help you have a sense of its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 dimensions scale

The top view below will illustrate the button layout on the TS2.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 topview buttons dials

Panasonic TS2 Lens specifications

The TS2 has got a fixed lens featuring a focal range of 28-128mm making it a 4.6 x zoom which may not be very good but it is likely to be helpful in some circumstances.

At the widest 28mm, it will have an aperture of f3.3 which will be kind of slow and not ideal in low light occasions and you will likely find it difficult to capture good bokeh. You will probably also need to raise the ISO resulting in noisy pictures. At the tele end, 128mm comes to f5.9 which is very slow and you will need to apply slow shutter speeds.

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Panasonic TS2 Connectivity

The TS2 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that have NFC or Bluetooth support are able to be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can send pictures and oftentimes change camera settings without the hassle of connecting directly to the camera.

Several applications even give a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can easily be connected to an external display. The majority of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB socket.

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Panasonic TS2 Video specifications

The max video resolution on the Panasonic TS2 is 1280 x 720 and it can shoot in AVCHD Lite format. 720p is awful by today's standards. You should aim for at least FUll HD resolution for good video. The camera does not have a mic or headphone port which means that you have little control over your sound. It is perhaps best to find another camera should you want better sound in your video clips.

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Panasonic TS2 Weather Sealing

Panasonic TS2 provides weather proofing making it a very good choice to use during tough locations. This can be particularly handy in case you are unsure about the elements you may face during outdoor photography.

Panasonic TS2 Display and Viewfinder

The Panasonic TS2 is equipped with a 2.7" fixed screen supporting a resolution of 230k dots.

Please note that the screen offers no touch support.

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The View Finder details regarding Panasonic TS2 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders are very handy during bright outdoor situations which will make the camera display washed out and very difficult to view.

Panasonic TS2 Shutter specifications

Panasonic TS2 has the ability to shoot continuously at 2.0 frames/s. The max shutter speed is 1/1300 sec.

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Panasonic TS2 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Panasonic TS2 boasts only integrated flash with missing external flash support.

Panasonic TS2 Autofocus specifications

Panasonic TS2 boasts just Contrast Based AF and doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is more quicker and precise when compared to Contrast Based focusing.

It supports 11 focus points to pick from. It also comes with Tracking AF for objects that move. Panasonic TS2 has not got manual focusing. Manual focusing option can be useful during low light or you need to have more accurate control on focusing.

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Panasonic TS2 Battery life

The usual Waterproof camera battery life is 275. Olympus TG-4 has got the maximum (380) battery life within this range of cameras.

Underneath is a listing of Waterproof cameras which have the highest battery life:

Panasonic TS2 for specific styles of photography

The following graph shows a rundown of the Panasonic TS2 for specific styles of photography. To learn more, have a look at the specific section below.

Portrait photography with Panasonic TS2

The Panasonic TS2 receives a rating of 28 which is terrible, and means the camera is not good to use for portraits. Shooting portraits favors greatly towards sensor specs, RAW support in addition to the capability to work with external flash.

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decent MP (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
no manual mode
external flash not possible
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW files

Panasonic TS2 as a Street photography camera

Coming in at a nice points total of 62, the Panasonic TS2 is a fine pick to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera provides a good balance of image quality and portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
environment proof
no moving screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support

Panasonic TS2 as a Sports photography camera

A terrible sports photography rating of 40 suggests the Panasonic TS2 is not good for taking pictures of sports. A camera should have very good autofocus and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (14MP)
comes with tracking focus
environment sealing
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/1,300s)
max frames per second very slow (2.0 frames per second)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF

Panasonic TS2 as a Travel photography camera

Weight is very critical when getting a travel camera. All round, the Panasonic TS2 gets a above average 67 as a travelling camera which is a very decent choice for your holidays.

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weather proofing
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
built-in flash
reasonably wide (28mm)
missing Timelapse mode
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)

Panasonic TS2 as a Landscape photography camera

For anybody who is looking to buy a camera for landscape pictures, the most essential aspect will be image quality. The Panasonic TS2 and it's terrible grade of 40 for a landscape camera is not good compared to its rivals.

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decently wide (28mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (14 megapixels)
weather proofing
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
tiny screen (2.7")
manual mode not available
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
lack of Timelapse function

Panasonic TS2 Vlogging details

A vlogging camera really should have a articulating display, mic port and ideally IBIS. Taking all things into account, the Panasonic TS2 is not good for vlogging as it receives a terrible score of 28.

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fairly wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
display is not selfie friendly
low quality video (1280 x 720 resolution)
doesn't have external microphone port

Panasonic TS2 Alternatives

If you are in the market for alternatives to the TS2, here is a number of the top ranked cameras that fall into the category of Waterproof.

The chart down below will give you a summary of the TS2 vs it's highest scored competitors shown above.

There are a bunch of cameras you may regard as alternatives. To browse through a full comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2
Alternative name
Lumix DMC-FT2
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Processor Chip
Venus Engine HD II
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4320 x 3240
RAW format
Highest native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
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
Lens mount type
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-128mm (4.6x)
Highest aperture
Macro focusing distance
Crop factor
Display type
Fixed Type
Display size
2.7 inch
Display resolution
230k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Min shutter speed
60 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/1300 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
5.10 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
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)
Highest video resolution
Video data format
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
188 grams (0.41 lb)
99 x 63 x 24mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 0.9")
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots
Price at release