- 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
- Introduced August 2011
- Additionally referred to as Lumix DMC-FT3
- Previous Model is Panasonic TS2
- Successor is Panasonic TS4
- Read full specs
- Size Comparison
Panasonic TS3 summary
Panasonic TS3 is Panasonic's Waterproof camera first revealed on August of 2011. It includes a 12 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4000 x 3000. The camera is referred to as "Lumix DMC-FT3" in some regions.
Panasonic launched this camera in an effort to replace the older Panasonic TS2 (Read Full Comparison) & then released the newer Panasonic TS4 (Read Full Comparison) as a way to update this model.
The TS3 stands at #57 out of 75 in Waterproof cameras & over all #967 out of 1459 for digital cameras in our database. Please check out our Smart camera search to see camera listings based on your personalized criteria.
Below is a graph of different factors used in the rating system.
Panasonic TS3 family
The Panasonic TS3 has a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can check out all past and newer models as well as key specifications.
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Panasonic TS3 Gallery
You can check the TS3 from different angles in the gallery below.
Panasonic TS3 Pros and Cons
Below is a selection of advantages and drawbacks of the Panasonic TS3 based on factors which are generally regarded as necessary in a camera.
Panasonic TS3 Sensor info
The Panasonic TS3 is powered by the Venus Engine FHD processor. The sensor specification in the Panasonic TS3 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter might lead to cropping.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The CCD sensor has 12MP and features a native ISO range of 100 - 6400. Unfortunately, RAW files are not saved which means that you have less margin for error.
The picture underneath shows the TS3's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The TS3 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is pointed out in green.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
To get a sense of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Panasonic TS3 dimensions
Panasonic TS3 weighs about 0.43 pounds (197 grams / 6.95 oz) & has external size of 103mm x 64mm x 27mm (4.1" x 2.5" x 1.1"). The weight of average Waterproof camera is 195 grams so the Panasonic TS3 is similar as compared with its competitors.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
Underneath is a shot of the Panasonic TS3 besides a softdrink to help you get a feel for its scale.
The top view underneath will highlight the button design on the TS3.
Panasonic TS3 Lens info
The TS3 comes with a fixed lens featuring a focal range of 28-128mm making it a 4.6 x zoom which is not huge however it will probably be useful in some circumstances.
At the widest 28mm, the lens has an aperture of f3.3 which is really slow and not good for low light events and you may find it hard to get good bokeh. You might also need to up the ISO giving you noisy photographs. At the tele end, 128mm comes at f5.9 making it very sluggish and you would need to utilize slow shutter speeds.
Panasonic TS3 Connectivity
The TS3 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
- GPS Yes
Digital cameras with NFC or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily send pictures and in some cases adjust camera settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.
Some applications even enable a Liveview and release the shutter in case you are not close to the camera. If the camera comes with a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external display. The majority of cameras enable you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.
Panasonic TS3 Video info
The highest possible video resolution in the Panasonic TS3 is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 and AVCHD format. 1080p resolution gives a great balance for quality versus file sizes but 1080p won't leave you with any room to downsample. The camera does not offer a microphone or headphone jack which means you have little control over the audio. It is probably best to find a different model if you require good audio for your video clips.
Panasonic TS3 Weather Sealing
Panasonic TS3 provides environment proofing which makes it a very good choice for use for tricky environments. This is particularly useful any time you are uncertain about the elements you might face for outdoor photography.
Panasonic TS3 Display and Viewfinder
The Panasonic TS3 includes a 2.7 inch fixed screen supporting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.
Unfortunately the screen is not a touch screen.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
The View Finder specifications for Panasonic TS3 are the following:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders are very handy for sunny outdoor situations which might make the camera display washed out and difficult to see.
Panasonic TS3 Shutter info
Panasonic TS3 continuous shooting rate is 4.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1300 sec.
Panasonic TS3 Flash and Hot shoe info
Panasonic TS3 has only built in flash lacking external flash support.
Panasonic TS3 Autofocus info
Panasonic TS3 has just Contrast Detect Autofocus & does not have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more quicker & precise when compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing.
It includes 11 focus points to select from. It also comes with Tracking Autofocus for things on the move. Panasonic TS3 has not got manual focus. Manual focus mode is useful for low light conditions or you need to have more accurate depth of field control.
Panasonic TS3 Battery life
The battery life on the Panasonic TS3 is fashioned to last for 310 shutters as per the CIPA benchmarks which is higher than standard for its class. The average Waterproof camera battery life is 275. Olympus TG-4 has got the best (380) battery life for this class of cameras.
Following is a listing of Waterproof cameras which have the best battery life:
TS3 vs TG-4380 yesnono
TS3 vs TS6370 noyesno
TS3 vs TS5370 noyesno
TS3 vs AW130370 nonono
TS3 vs TG-1 iHS350 nonono
Panasonic TS3 for different forms of photography
The following bar chart presents a outline of the Panasonic TS3 for different forms of photography. To learn more, have a look at the specific section underneath.
Panasonic TS3 Portrait photography highlights
The Panasonic TS3 receives a score of 21 which is really bad, and means the camera is simply not good to use for portrait photography. Photographing portrait images favors greatly towards sensor dimensions, RAW support and ability to utilize off-camera lighting.
Street photography with Panasonic TS3
Coming in at a above average score of 61, the Panasonic TS3 is a good choice to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.
Panasonic TS3 Sports photography information
A really bad sports photography score of 38 means the Panasonic TS3 is simply not good for taking pictures of sports. A camera must have fantastic tracking and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Panasonic TS3 Travel photography details
Portability is very crucial in picking a camera for travel. Over-all, the Panasonic TS3 gets a nice 64 for a travel camera which makes it a respectable choice to take with you on your trips.
Panasonic TS3 Landscape photography features
For anyone who is planning to purchase a camera for landscape photography, the most vital aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Panasonic TS3 with it's really bad grade of 38 as a landscape camera is simply not good within the current market.
Panasonic TS3 Vlogging information
A camera for vlogging ought to offer a moving display screen, microphone input and if possible IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Panasonic TS3 is simply not good for vlogging as it gets a really bad rating of 32.
Panasonic TS3 Alternatives
If you are shopping for alternatives to the TS3, below is a list of the highest ranked cameras that fall in to the category of Waterproof.
The line chart just below gives you a bird's eye view of the TS3 compared to it's top scoring competitors listed above.
These are some more cameras you may see as alternatives. To review a complete comparison, click the "compare" link.