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PanasonicLumix DMC-TS5 Digital Camera (Blue)
 
4.5

(based on 64 reviews)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (51)
  • Easy to use (50)
  • Compact (38)
  • Large clear LCD (37)
  • Image stabilization (34)

Cons

  • Limited zoom (10)
  • No viewfinder (10)
  • Short battery life (9)
  • Lag / shutter delay (5)
  • Poor flash (5)

Best Uses

  • Travel (46)
  • Sports/action (31)
  • Landscape/scenery (30)
  • Family photos (23)
  • Wildlife (21)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (28), Casual photographer (19), Semi-pro photographer (8), Pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (53), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great intro camera for underwater

I bought this camera for a diving vacation. While I had to leave it on the boat for deep dives, it worked great on shallow dives. I did a lot of research before...Read complete review

I bought this camera for a diving vacation. While I had to leave it on the boat for deep dives, it worked great on shallow dives. I did a lot of research before purchasing. It seemed I had to choose between price, waterproof depth, and image quality. I didn't want to spend more than $ on a camera for diving, and I didn't want a camera that could go down 180 ft, but only get me pics with poor image quality. After discussing it over with a B&H employee who's also a diver, I decided to go with the Lumix TS5 over the Nikon AW110 . She said she loves Nikon, but that she just hadnt been happy with the image quality on Nikons for underwater photography. The Nikon does get you a few feet deeper, but a 5 foot difference doesnt really matter if the pictures are poor.I got some truly great shots below and above water. The battery just made it through 2 1-hour dives per charge. I'd highly recommend this camera for this price point. Great: Image qualityVIDEO QUALITY - TRULY GREAT!Underwater modesMacroWifiNot so great:Depth maximumDifficulty uploading videos from camera to computer

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Panasonics customer support is horrible!

I have purchased 6 of these cameras or at least the prior generations for the last 3 years for work. Overall the cameras have held up ok. Slow response time. Used one of...Read complete review

I have purchased 6 of these cameras or at least the prior generations for the last 3 years for work. Overall the cameras have held up ok. Slow response time. Used one of them underwater in the BVIs this summer 2 times and it died. One unit keeps showing a battery problem when they work fine in other cameras.
I can get by all of that as we take a lot of photos for our business.
What I can't get past is poor customer support. This is their most expensive point and shoot model and supposed to be water and dustproof. So the sensor on a 2 month old unit got dust on it, I sent it out under warranty. The service dept never contacted me for status, update or options. After finally wanting to know the status and sitting on hold for longer than I care, someone in customer support attempted to check and they couldn't determine the status but assure d me someone would call me back as it was not "escalated". Also after 2 calls I was asked to participate in a customer service survey, ha never received a call. So today I called again since I never heard from anybody, glad it was escalated, sat on hold for another half hour, then transferred to another half hour hold and told it is swapped out for a refurbished one and snarkliy told they don't guarantee the color and only swap out and don't replace with a new one. I should have read the warranty. When I asked to talk to a customer relations person as I wanted to talk to someone that might want to retain a customer the customer support person wasn't interested. I also let her know I was looking at getting a mirrorless Panasonic camera and she could care less, her job was to get me off the phone. Needless to say Panasonic has lost a customer and will never purchase one of their products again. Back to Nikon and Canon. It amazes me how poorly these representatives are at listening to customers and having any interest in retaining customers.

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5.0

Expectations Met

By Routers

from NJ

Comments about Lumix DMC-TS5 Digital Camera (Black):

Camera was in stock...website was a snap to order...camera was on its way to me within hours of ordering...received delivery right on time. Can't get much better than that. And the price was the best on the web.

Will use them again, no doubt.

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5.0

Awesome waterproof and shockproof camera

By Lou

from Fort Worth, TX

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good in Low Light
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color

Cons

  • Limited Zoom

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Travel
  • Video
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife photos

Comments about Lumix DMC-TS5 Digital Camera (Blue):

This is my 2nd Lumix waterproof camera. I bought the DMC-TS3 a few years ago for our trip to Hawaii. My dad is a photographer, loved my TS3, so I bought him this one for his 60th birthday. This one has a few upgrades from the older model. Built in wifi on this camera is a huge plus. This one is 16 megapixel camera, the TS3 is 12 megapixel. this one you can take deeper into the water. If you spend a lot of time in the water this is the perfect camera for you. you can take 1080P videos and they look sharp. Pictures come out super clear with this 16 megapixel camera. The GPS function is a great addition to your photos when you are on trips. The battery is great. People have complained that the GPS function drains the battery but that has never been a problem for me. I have taken this camera in the pool, ocean, snorkeling, skydiving and on zip lines and it's never failed me. You will get great pics and videos on whatever adventure you take with this camera. You will get the wind sound on some of the videos but it's expected in some of the conditions I have been in. Everyone always freaks out when they see me use it in the water and they always ask about it. I would recommend this camera to anyone looking for an affordable camera that can handle any type of condition, for any outing. Do yourself a favor and get a memory card with lots of memory and you are good to go.

The only thing this camera doesn't have is an option to record in 4K resolution. Give Panasonic some time and I'm sure a future model will have that capability. My Samsung S5 lets you record in 4K so the technology is coming.

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  • Yes

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5.0

I would buy this product again and again

By Gus Castro

from San Jose, Costa Rica

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action

    Comments about Lumix DMC-TS5 Digital Camera (Blue):

    Scuba diving , perfect.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Great waterproof camera

    By Booney

    from Downingtown, PA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Small / Compact
    • waterproof

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Kayakingwater Sports
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Lumix DMC-TS5 Digital Camera (Blue):

      I bought this camera for use while kayaking and could not be more happy. The camera is very easy to use (I didn't spend much time reading the manual) I also really like the wifi option, so I can quickly transfer pics to my smartphone.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Best camera for this price point

      By NYRGravey9

      from Jersey City, NJ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Short Lag Time
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Low Light Blur

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video

      Comments about Lumix DMC-TS5 Digital Camera (Blue):

      I bought this camera right before heading off to a vacation in Mexico, and I am super happy I did so.This camera is very easy and intuitive to use. The underwater video was amazing for our snorkeling adventures. The normal video took crisp and fluid videos of the performances we watched.I highly recommend getting a floating wrist strap to keep from losing the camera.Overall, the camera is great and the salespeople were super helpful.I caught this camera on sale for $, but the orange one was still $ which I found odd.Awesome camera!

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      • No

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      5.0

      Even better than described!

      By Married to a Luddite

      from Erie PA

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Lens Is Not In Center

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Lumix DMC-TS5 Digital Camera (Silver):

      I bought this for my not-too-tech savy husband, who was able to adapt and produce great picutes from the first day out. While he has not yet submerged this camera (yet...) he's been able to take sharply focused images with the zoom from a moving kayak, and I know it's shockproof -- he's clipped it to his vest and banged around with no problems. The only small complaint is that the lens is not in center like his old camera, but he is getting used to the change readily enough.

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      • Yes

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      5.0

      Great all around tough camera.

      By Slim D the one and only

      from Houston, Tx

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Large Clear LCD

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Travel
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Lumix DMC-TS5 Digital Camera (Black):

        Picture are nice of course there is a tough camera with better picture quality above ground but it does not takes great pictures under water as good as the Panasonic. There are is a camera that takes better pictures under water but the zoom and land pictures are not as crisp. Overall it is the best all around tough camera.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Fantastic purchase!

        By Sportsgal

        from Atlanta GA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Lens Quality
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Short Lag Time
        • Small / Compact
        • Underwater Capabilities

        Cons

        • Haven't found any

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Underwater Still Videos
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Lumix DMC-TS5 Digital Camera (Blue):

        Sometimes it's not feasible to haul big DSLR equipment so I got this as a "pocket camera"; it's quality is way beyond my expectations; the Leica lens is phenomenal and the water proof aspect, enabling you to shoot still and video under water makes it very unique. High quality equipment and results for a very fair price! Highly recommend!

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        • No

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        5.0

        lovemthis little one

        By Adrian

        from Kansas city, MO

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Image Quality
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action

        Comments about Lumix DMC-TS5 Digital Camera (Orange):

        I use it to kayak. took it on a couple trips and a 7.5 race. pictures were great, very sturdy. The one thing I need to do is to buy a spare battery. after my 7.5 hr race, where I just took some short videos and some pictures, the battery had almost died.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Takes good pictures for a P&S

        By Photo Dan

        from San Antonio, Tx

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Image Quality
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action

        Comments about Lumix DMC-TS5 Digital Camera (Orange):

        I bought the luminix so I could have a camera to take to the beach and water parks and not worry about damaging it. It takes good underwater pictures and remote shooting is cool. What I don't like about it is the interface and support. It took me an hour to figure out how to format my card. I still can't get the videos off it. Their website told me how to do things on an older model with a different interface.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Good camera

        By Iker

        from Cancun, Mexico

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

        • Limited Zoom

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Lumix DMC-TS5 Digital Camera (Black):

        It is a good camera, no need to worry about water, sand, etc.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Bought for a trip in September

        By Doc B

        from Newport news va

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

        • Lag / Shutter Delay
        • Reminder When Turned On

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Travel
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Lumix DMC-TS5 Digital Camera (Orange):

        The reminder every time it is turned on about the battery door being locked for use.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Unexpected quality and ease of use

        By USCG Capt.

        from North Carolina

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Short Lag Time
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Lumix DMC-TS5 Digital Camera (Orange):

          Received the camera promptly from the retailer. Packed well for protection during shipping. Instructional book and CD are both easy to understand. Basic point and shoot can be accomplished by only setting up time, date,etc. and start shooting. Camera menu very easy to learn and use. The viewer window is large and the picture quality is excellent. I have used the camera in outdoor environment while fishing, boating,etc. Have not had a chance to take it underwater yet but waterproof integrity is good while rinsing off the camera. Gotta get in the water soon! I am happy with this rugged little camera.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great camera, simple to use, fun camera

          By Hank

          from French Lick, In

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Lumix DMC-TS5 Digital Camera (Orange):

            Bought this camera to use on my upcoming trip to visit my brother in Wyoming. I recently used it to take pictures at my grandson's graduation. It took great pictures, clear and sharp. The controls are simple to use. I am going to use this camera a lot both indoors and out. I have had no problems with the camera.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Lumix DMC-TS5

            By V

            from Gainesville

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast Turn On Time
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color
            • Small / Compact
            • Sturdiness

            Cons

            • Average battery life

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Lumix DMC-TS5 Digital Camera (Orange):

            I bought this to use as a second camera next to my dslr when I need something light and waterproof to carry around. So far I've been very pleased. The image quality is average point and shoot quality, but the sturdiness and usability is great. Even the wifi that have been reviewed as tricky works great and the camera is able upload images directly in to my network harddrive. As a downside I'd say the battery life, if you expect dslr like battery life and limited manual settings (but at least it has some, compared to some other alternatives)

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            • No

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            5.0

            I WOULD BUY THIS PRODUCT

            By BOB M

            from JOHNS ISLAND, SC

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Body Color
            • Short Lag Time
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • No Viewfinder

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video

            Comments about Lumix DMC-TS5 Digital Camera (Black):

            EXCELLANT PICTURES

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Great deal!

            By Larissa

            from Miami

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Image Quality
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Lumix DMC-TS5 Digital Camera (Orange):

                Loved the camera. Delivery on time!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                product great

                By fire1

                from central florida

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Nice Body Color
                • Short Lag Time
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Lumix DMC-TS5 Digital Camera (Orange):

                  fast great pictures

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Use it for the right purpose

                  By Adventureisoutthere

                  from Nashville, TN

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Nice Body Color
                  • Short Lag Time
                  • Small / Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Video

                    Comments about Lumix DMC-TS5 Digital Camera (Blue):

                    I have been using this camera for a couple weeks now. As all the online reviews attest, the image quality is not a strong suit... This is a tough camera, and it will take a beating.

                    I am primarily a DSLR user, so I knew the images would never match up to what I am used to. It's acceptable quality for what I want it for.

                    Good:
                    - Colors are bright and poppy, but not overexposed.
                    - Macro mode works very well with excellent definition at close ranges.
                    - Intervalometer!! This function is a rarity even in more high-end cameras
                    - Video is incredibly smooth
                    - The panorama was another feature I wanted, and it works very well with my tests

                    Not so good:
                    It's true that the images are not stellar. I personally believe it has something to do with the hydro-phobic lens design. It's a compromise, but it's worth it to know you're going to have better pictures than a smart phone when you're on vacation.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent product for the price.

                    By Charru

                    from Waxhaw NC.

                    Comments about Lumix DMC-TS5 Digital Camera (Orange):

                    Very ease tu use and very practical to manage and to obtain beautiful pictures. Highly recommended for any aficionado to photography.

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