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Last year I had a chance to take a vacation in Maui, and I was also fortunate enough to borrow a very cool waterproof point and shoot camera, Panasonic's 'take anywhere' Lumix DMC-TS2 -- and I wrote about it here and here.
Well Panasonic has recently updated that model (to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3) and again, I'm taking a look at it -- but this time, not from Maui
First off, this camera is much more capable, in that it now has a GPS, altimeter, barometer and compass.
As well, the body has been redesigned, and is now more waterproof than its predecessor -- able to dive down to 12 metres instead of only 10.
The Panasonic LUMIX TS3 also features a 3D Photo mode, that creates a 3D photo by taking 20 consecutive shots and overlaying the two best. This makes a 3D image that can then be displayed on a Panasonic VIERA 3D HDTV.
Now I don't have compatible playback equipment to test this, so I have no idea how well it works, and sounds kinda neat!
Enhancements and improvements abound in various image modes. Panasonic’s iA Mode, a cool suite of technologies that engage automatically, has better image stabilization while recording video.
Other features of iA include:
- POWER OIS
- Face Recognition
- Face Detection
- AF Tracking
- Intelligent ISO Control
- Intelligent Scene Selector
- Intelligent Exposure
So, overall this is a nice improvement to the TS2. The camera seems a bit simpler and easier to use, yet still has a set of features that make capturing great images very simple.
Here’s some shots I took with the unit, sadly no snorkeling was possible in my back yard
HDR capture of the same scene
One of the 'special effects' created by in-camera processing