Panasonic TS4 overview
Panasonic TS4 is Panasonic's Waterproof camera initially announced on January of 2012. The camera has got a 12MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4000 x 3000. It is also known as "Lumix DMC-FT4" in other markets.
Panasonic brought out this camera as a way to upgrade the previous Panasonic TS3 (Read Full Comparison) and subsequently brought out the newer Panasonic TS5 (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to upgrade this model.
The TS4 stands at #52 out of 74 in Waterproof cameras and all around #903 out of 1422 for cameras in our database. You can test our Advanced camera filter to get camera results based on your personalized criteria.
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Panasonic TS4 family
The Panasonic TS4 is part of a family of products. You can read the full range underneath.
Panasonic TS4 Gallery
You can check the TS4 from various angles in the gallery underneath.
Panasonic TS4 Pros and Cons
Below is a list of advantages and drawbacks of the Panasonic TS4 based on features which are usually seen as necessary in a camera.
Panasonic TS4 Sensor specifications
The Panasonic TS4 is powered by the Venus Engine FHD processor. The sensor measurement on the Panasonic TS4 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the capability to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is more effective than digital stabilization since the latter may cause cropping.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The CCD sensor boasts 12 megapixels and provides a native ISO range of 100 to 6400. Unfortunately, RAW files are not supported which means that the user has less margin for error.
The picture underneath displays the TS4's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The TS4 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is outlined in green.Coronavirus is affecting the sensor business
To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Panasonic TS4 dimensions
Panasonic TS4 weighs about 0.43 lbs (197g or 6.95 oz) and the measurement of the camera is 103mm x 64mm x 27mm (4.1" x 2.5" x 1.1"). The weight of general Waterproof camera is 196g and the Panasonic TS4 is very similar compared with various rivals.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
Underneath is a shot of the Panasonic TS4 alongside a soda so you're able to have a sense of its scale.
The top view under will illustrate the button design on the TS4.
Panasonic TS4 Lens specifications
The TS4 includes a built in lens featuring a focal range of 28-128mm making it a 4.6 x zoom which won't be great however it is going to be convenient in a few situations.
At the widest 28mm, it will have an aperture of f3.3 which will be really slow and not ideal in low light conditions and you might find it difficult to capture a shallow depth of field. You might also have to boost the ISO setting giving you noisy photographs. For the tele end, 128mm comes to f5.9 which is pretty slow and you will need to use slow shutter speeds.
Panasonic TS4 Connectivity
The TS4 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
- GPS Yes
Cameras that come with NFC and Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can copy photos and usually adjust settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.
Some applications even enable a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't near the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI out, it can easily be connected to an external monitor. The majority of cameras enable you to recharge the battery using the USB socket.
Panasonic TS4 Video specifications
The highest video quality on the Panasonic TS4 is 1920 x 1080 and it can shoot in MPEG-4 and AVCHD format. 1080p quality gives you an excellent balance between quality versus file sizes but FULL HD isn't going to leave you with much room to crop. The camera doesn't include a mic and headphone port which means you have little control over your audio. It is perhaps best to find an alternative model should you want decent audio in your video clips.
Panasonic TS4 Weather Sealing
Panasonic TS4 comes with weather sealing making it a fantastic pick to use during tricky climates. This can be especially useful in case you are uncertain about the conditions you might encounter during outdoor photography.
Panasonic TS4 Display and Viewfinder
The Panasonic TS4 has got a 2.7" fixed display supporting a resolution of 230k dots.
Please note that the display screen offers no touch support.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The ViewFinder details regarding Panasonic TS4 are below:
- ViewFinder None
Viewfinders are quite useful during sunny outdoor conditions which might make the camera display washed out and very difficult to view.
Panasonic TS4 Shutter specifications
Panasonic TS4 has the capability to shoot continuously at 4.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/1300s.
Panasonic TS4 Flash and Hot shoe specifications
Panasonic TS4 boasts only built in flash lacking external flash ability.
Panasonic TS4 Autofocusing specifications
Panasonic TS4 boasts just Contrast Detect AF and does not have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot more snappier and exact when compared to Contrast Detect focusing.
The Sensor has got 23 focus points to select from. It also features Tracking AF for objects that move. Panasonic TS4 does not have manual focus. Manual focus ability can be useful during low light scenarios or you need to have more accurate control on focus.
Panasonic TS4 Battery life
The battery power on the Panasonic TS4 is made to last for 310 clicks as per the CIPA benchmarks making it higher than the usual ın comparison with its class. The typical Waterproof camera battery life is 274. Olympus TG-4 offers the highest (380) battery life within this type of cameras.
Listed below is a listing of Waterproof cameras with the highest battery life:
Panasonic TS4 for various kinds of photography
The following graph displays a summation of the Panasonic TS4 for various kinds of photography. To learn more, visit the specific paragraph underneath.
Panasonic TS4 Portrait photography information
The Panasonic TS4 has a score of 22 which is bad, and means the camera is not acceptable for portraits. Shooting portraits favors greatly towards sensor dimension, support for RAW files in addition to the option to utilize off-camera flash.
Panasonic TS4 as a Street photography camera
Having a nice points tally of 61, the Panasonic TS4 is a very decent choice to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of picture quality plus portability.
Panasonic TS4 Sports photography highlights
A bad sports photography points total of 38 suggests the Panasonic TS4 is not acceptable for photographing sports. A camera needs great tracking and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.
Panasonic TS4 as a Travel photography camera
Size is extremely important when selecting a camera for travel. Overall, the Panasonic TS4 gets a nice 67 as a travel camera which is a very decent fit to take on your holidays.
Panasonic TS4 Landscape photography details
If you are planning to choose a camera for landscape photos, the most important aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Panasonic TS4 with it's bad grade of 42 for a landscape camera is not acceptable within the current market.
Vlogging with Panasonic TS4
A camera for vlogging ought to posses a articulating display screen, microphone input and ideally IBIS. Taking everything in to account, the Panasonic TS4 is not acceptable for vlogging as it delivers a bad score of 32.
Panasonic TS4 Alternatives
If you are shopping for alternatives to the TS4, below is a collection of the top ranked cameras that fall within the family of Waterproof.
The line chart below gives you an overview of the TS4 compared to it's top scored competitors mentioned above.
Following are several cameras you may view as alternate options. To read a thorough comparison, visit the "compare" link.