Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 Digital Camera

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 Digital Camera The Compact Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30 Digital "tough" camera can acquire images and HD video in severe cold temperatures both underwater and on dry land. The TS30 is waterproof, shockproof, dustproof and freezeproof. Its 16.1MP CCD sensor delivers clear, well-defined images even in poor light whole a Lumix DC Vario lens provides equivalent 35mm focal lengths from wide-angle thru telephoto at 25-100mm. An 8x Intelligent Zoom provides even longer digital zoom reach when required. 23-area Autofocus and Quick AF fuse to provide fast and precise autofocus.

The camera can capture 720p HD video and features a one-touch dedicated video button. Capturing a still photo while acquiring video is supported while MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilization) adjusts for camera shake in both photo and video, providing clear images in poor light or when shooting at longer telephoto lengths. Intelligent Auto Mode is possible for point and shoot capability with all assistive functions engaged and Scene Mode offers predefined settings to capture certain scene types (Sunset, Sky, Starry Night Scenery, etc.) with the optimal camera adjustments. The camera also can acquire up to 8 FPS in High-speed Burst Mode, acquire time-lapse images and delivers Creative Control Mode in both standard and panorama depth allowing you to add specialized effects to your pictures. A 2.7" TFT LCD monitor with 230k-dot resolution provides viewing for composition and playback.

The TS30's "tough" features allow it to go underwater to 26' deep. Also it's shockproof from a 5' drop height, freezeproof to 14°F, and sand and dust proof. When dirty, the camera can be simply washed off using water. The TS30 features Advanced Underwater Mode which atones for the red colors often lacking when shooting underwater delivering more natural appearing underwater photos. The camera also provides a continuous torch light when capturing underwater video or at night, it can be easily used as a flashlight when you are not photographing. ✓

Body type Compact  
Max resolution 4608 x 3456  
Other resolutions 4608 x 3072, 4608 x 2592, 3648 x 2736, 3456 x 3456, 2560 x 1920, 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1536, 640 x 480  
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9  
Effective pixels 16 megapixels  
Sensor photo detectors 17 megapixels  
Sensor size 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm)  
Sensor type CCD  
ISO Auto, 100-1600 (High sentivity: 100-6400)  
Boosted ISO (maximum) 6400  
White balance presets 4  
Custom white balance Yes (1)  
Image stabilization Optical  
Uncompressed format No  
JPEG quality levels Fine, Standard  
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 25100 mm  
Optical zoom 4  
Maximum aperture F3.9 - F5.7  
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (2X-4X)  
Manual focus No  
Normal focus range 50 cm (19.69)  
Macro focus range 5 cm (1.97)  
Number of focus points 23  
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed  
Screen size 2.7  
Screen dots 230,000  
Touch screen No  
Screen type TFT LCD  
Live view Yes  
Viewfinder type None  
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 8 sec  
Maximum shutter speed 1/1300 sec  
Aperture priority No  
Shutter priority No  
Manual exposure mode No  
Subject / scene modes Yes  
Built-in flash Yes  
Flash range 4.40 m  
External flash No  
Flash modes Auto, auto w/redeye reduction, on, slow sync w/redeye reduction, off  
Continuous drive 1.3 fps  
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)  
Metering modes
  • Multi
Exposure compensation 2 (at 1/3 EV steps)  
WB Bracketing No  
Videography features
Resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)  
Format MPEG-4  
Microphone Mono  
Speaker Mono  
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal  
Storage included 220MB  
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)  
Microphone port No  
Headphone port No  
Remote control No  
Environmentally sealed Yes (Waterproof to 8m/23ft, shockproof to 1.5m/5ft, freezeproof to -10C/+14F)  
Battery Battery Pack  
Battery description Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger  
Battery Life (CIPA) 250  
Weight (inc. batteries) 142 g (0.31 lb / 5.01 oz)  
Dimensions 104 x 58 x 20 mm (4.09 x 2.28 x 0.79)  
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes  
Timelapse recording No  
GPS None


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