Panasonic TS6

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6 front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-128mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 214g - 110 x 67 x 29mm
  • Revealed January 2015
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-FT6
  • Older Model is Panasonic TS5
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Panasonic TS6 summary

Panasonic TS6 is Panasonic's Waterproof digital camera originally announced on January of 2015. It features a 16 MegaPixel, CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a full resolution of 4608 x 3456. It is referred to as "Lumix DMC-FT6" in other countries.

Panasonic introduced this model to replace the earlier Panasonic TS5 (Read Full Comparison)

The TS6 ranks at #11 out of 75 in Waterproof cameras & over all #615 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our database. Please look at our Advanced camera filter to find camera ratings based on your custom factors.

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Below is a chart of different factors used in the rating system.

Panasonic TS6 history

The Panasonic TS6 has a history of related digital cameras. Down below, you can find all older and latest models along with important specifications.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS30 front thumbnailPanasonic TS30
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS6 front thumbnailPanasonic TS628-128mm
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS5 front thumbnailPanasonic TS5
TS6 vs TS5
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS25 front thumbnailPanasonic TS25
TS6 vs TS25
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS4 front thumbnailPanasonic TS4
TS6 vs TS4
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS20 front thumbnailPanasonic TS20
TS6 vs TS20
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS3 front thumbnailPanasonic TS3
TS6 vs TS3
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS2 front thumbnailPanasonic TS2
TS6 vs TS2
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS10 front thumbnailPanasonic TS10
TS6 vs TS10
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS1 front thumbnailPanasonic TS1
TS6 vs TS1

Panasonic TS6 Pros and Cons

Below is a list of upsides and downsides of the Panasonic TS6 based on things that are oftentimes regarded as useful in a digital camera.

above average minimum ISO (100)
built-in flash
built in lens has zoom (28-128mm 4.6 x zoom)
comes with face detect autofocus
comes with tracking focus
decent MP (16MP)
environment proof
good battery life (370 shots)
has HDMI socket
image stabilization (Optical)
NFC connectivity
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
rather wide (28mm)
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
doesn't have RAW support
external flash not possible
fixed screen
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of shutter priority mode
manual focus not available
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/1,300s)
max zoom aperture not good (f5.9)
missing headphone socket
missing microphone socket
screen has low resolution (460 k dots)
screen is not selfie friendly
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Panasonic TS6 Sensor specifications

The specification of the sensor on the Panasonic TS6 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4608 x 3456 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization since the latter can produce cropping.

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The CMOS sensor has 16MP and includes a standard ISO range of 100 to 6400. Sadly, RAW photos are not saved so the user has less room to maneuver in post.

The picture below shows the TS6's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The TS6 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is presented in green.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6 sensor size Photography Glossary

To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic TS6 dimensions

Panasonic TS6 weighs 0.47 pounds (214g or 7.55 ounces) & the measurement of the camera is 110mm x 67mm x 29mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1"). The weight of average Waterproof camera is 195g and the Panasonic TS6 is similar when compared to various competitors.

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Below is a visual of the Panasonic TS6 with a softdrink so you can get a sense of its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6 dimensions scale

The top view below will provide the button layout on the TS6.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6 topview buttons dials

Panasonic TS6 Lens specifications

The TS6 has a built-in lens featuring a focal range of 28-128mm giving it a 4.6 x zoom which is definitely not outstanding but it will surely be handy in a few cases.

At the widest 28mm, it comes with an aperture of f3.3 which is rather slow and not great for low light occasions and you will likely find it hard to get good bokeh. You will probably also need to raise the ISO which causes noisy shots. With the tele end, 128mm comes with f5.9 which is quite slow and you might need to utilize slower shutter speeds.

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Panasonic TS6 Connectivity

The TS6 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • NFC Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Digital cameras with NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can be used wirelessly with smartphones. You can easily transfer images and sometimes alter settings without connecting straight to the camera.

Some applications even allow a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI port, it can be hooked up to an external monitor. The majority of cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack with the USB port.

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Panasonic TS6 Video specifications

The highest possible video resolution on the Panasonic TS6 is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in MPEG-4 and AVCHD file format. 1080p resolution offers a decent balance between video quality and file sizes but 1080p is not going to give you any room to downsample. The camera does not offer a microphone or headphone port so you have little control over the sound. It is perhaps a better idea to shop for a different camera if you want decent sound for your videos.

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Panasonic TS6 Weather Sealing

Panasonic TS6 comes with environment proofing which makes it a great pick for use during challenging climates. This can be particularly useful whenever you are not sure about the elements you may face during outdoor photography.

Panasonic TS6 Screen and Viewfinder

The Panasonic TS6 features a 3" fixed screen supporting a resolution of 460k dots.

Sadly the screen isn't a touch screen.

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The View Finder specifications for Panasonic TS6 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be really beneficial during bright outdoor situations which might make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to see.

Panasonic TS6 Shutter specifications

Panasonic TS6 continuous shooting speed is 10.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/1300 sec.

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Panasonic TS6 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Panasonic TS6 comes with only built-in flash with missing external flash support.

Panasonic TS6 Autofocus specifications

Panasonic TS6 comes with just Contrast Based Auto Focus & lacks Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker and exact when compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera features Face detection making it valuable for portraits.

The AF system features 23 focus points to choose from. It also features Tracking Auto Focus for things on the move. Panasonic TS6 lacks manual focusing. Manual focusing ability can be useful during low light or you want to have more accurate focus control.

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Panasonic TS6 Battery life

The battery life on the Panasonic TS6 is built to last for 370 images according to the CIPA measurements which is above average ın comparison with its category. The average Waterproof camera battery life is 275. Olympus TG-4 offers the best (380) battery life within this category of cameras.

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

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-TS6 front thumbnailPanasonic TS6370 noyesno
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Panasonic TS6 for different types of photography

The following bar chart shows a outline of the Panasonic TS6 for different types of photography. To learn more, browse to the specific section below.

Portrait photography with Panasonic TS6

The Panasonic TS6 receives a points tally of 37 which is subpar, meaning that it is just not very good to use for portrait photos. Shooting portrait photos leans heavily to sensor specs, RAW support together with the capability to use external lighting.

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resolution is good (16 megapixels)
comes with face detection focus
focusing manually not possible
external flash not possible
small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files

Panasonic TS6 Street photography factors

With a very good points tally of 62, the Panasonic TS6 is a respectable option to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera provides a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

Photography Glossary
image stabilization (Optical)
environment sealing
no moving screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW support

Sports photography with Panasonic TS6

A average sports photography score of 48 indicates the Panasonic TS6 is fairly adequate for taking photos of sports. A camera should have very good tracking plus fast continuous shooting for sports photography.

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image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (16MP)
features tracking focus
environment proof
great battery life (370 shots)
low maximum shutter speed (1/1,300 seconds)
no shutter priority mode
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect AF

Panasonic TS6 Travel photography advice

Size is extremely critical when picking a camera for travel. On the whole, the Panasonic TS6 gets a above average 73 as a travel camera which is a respectable pick to take on your trips.

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good battery (370 per charge)
environment proofing
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
built-in flash
pretty wide (28mm)
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)

Panasonic TS6 Landscape photography advice

If you're planning to purchase a digital camera for landscape photography, the most vital factor will no doubt be image quality. The Panasonic TS6 at it's average score of 52 as a landscape camera is reasonably adequate compared to it's competitors.

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really wide (28mm)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (16MP)
environment proofing
better than average battery power (370 shots)
manual focus not available
can't switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format

Panasonic TS6 Vlogging advice

A camera for vlogging preferably should offer a moving display, microphone input and ideally image stabilization. Considering all things, the Panasonic TS6 is just not very good for vlogging as it gets a subpar rating of 33.

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really wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is not selfie friendly
no mic socket

Panasonic TS6 Alternatives

If you want alternatives to the TS6, below is a selection of the highest ranked cameras that fall in to the category of Waterproof.

The graph here will give you a summary of the TS6 versus it's top ranked competitors listed previously.

These are some more cameras you may take into account as alternative options. To review a thorough comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Model type
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS6
Also called as
Lumix DMC-FT6
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW files
Max native ISO
Minimum native ISO
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Total focus points
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
28-128mm (4.6x)
Maximal aperture
Macro focusing distance
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen size
3 inches
Screen resolution
460k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
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
Minimum shutter speed
60 seconds
Fastest shutter speed
1/1300 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
5.60 m
Flash modes
Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, slow sync w/redeye reduction, off
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
Video data format
Microphone port
Headphone port
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
214g (0.47 lbs)
Physical dimensions
110 x 67 x 29mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1")
Battery life
370 shots
Battery type
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots
Launch cost