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PanasonicLumix DMC-TS5 Digital Camera (Blue)
 
4.5

(based on 82 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (64)
  • Good image quality (60)
  • Compact (47)
  • Large clear LCD (46)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (40)

Cons

  • Short battery life (13)
  • Limited zoom (12)
  • No viewfinder (10)
  • Lag / shutter delay (7)
  • Poor flash (5)

Best Uses

  • Travel (56)
  • Sports/action (37)
  • Landscape/scenery (34)
  • Family photos (28)
  • Wildlife (24)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (35), Casual photographer (25), Semi-pro photographer (9), Pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (66), Yes (5)

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

Good Camera

By TW

from Upper Marlboro, MD

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      Really good camera. Easy to use.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      Decent picture quality for the price

      By cyberbird

      from Clearwater, florida

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Great Zoom

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light
      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos

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

      I wasn't have any high expectation when I decided to purchased this camera since it is for all weather camera but surprisingly it has pretty decent image quality in normal light. The built-in wi-fi and mobile app is a plus .

      Overall I am pretty happy with the purchase

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great performer

      By FJG

      from Ridgefield, CT

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Battery Life
      • Great Resolution
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Flash Could Be Better

      Best Uses

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

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

      Replacement for my TS4 (wore it out)

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Love it

      By Ceastman

      from Hood River, OR

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Battery Life
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Travel

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

        I got this to replace my DMC-TS4 after the lens got scratched. The TS5 is even faster. I'm very happy with it so far. The photos are beautiful!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        this camera is awesome

        By nick

        from philly

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Battery Life
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

        • Lag / Shutter Delay

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Wildlife photos

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

        i purchased this camera as a gift for my fiance because we needed something that could take a beating from her nieces and nephews around the pool, while at the same time taking a good picture. she used this for the first time on a cross country trip that she took 2 months back and her friend and her raved about how great the camera worked. i didn't get to use the camera until 2 weeks ago when we went on our honeymoon to hawaii. it takes great pictures in all different types of light and a good panoramic photo as well. my only complaint would be that it didn't take the best underwater pictures, but i feel that is more because i didn't have the camera set properly and not because the camera was unable to handle it. i would highly recommend this camera, but i would also advise you to play around with it for a little while in different situations and conditions before you find yourself staring at a 100 year old sea turtle and aren't sure how to take an underwater picture.

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        • Yes

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        3.0

        Good for the price.

        By Al

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Travel

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

        I have not tested this camera underwater yet but the above water performance appears to be good as respects various shooting situations. I thought the low light performance was a little deficient when compared too my Canon 100S but that camera costs about double. There is a nag screen every time the camera is powered up reminding you to close the battery compartment. This is annoying especially if you want to get a quick shot. Maybe there is some way to defeat this warning but I have not found it yet.
        The main reason I picked this camera was the special filter for underwater photography. I hope it works when I submerge off Kona HI next month.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Very cool camera

        By Chrisww

        from Mt Sinai NY

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

        Very neat feature. A must buy. Love the remote shooting option from my iphone. Very convenient.

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        5.0

        Excellent Camera

        By surfer piglet

        from Tallahassee, FL

        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
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Travel

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

          Love this camera. I got it to be able to take good pictures when out and about with the kids. I needed a camera that I didn't have to be super afraid of breaking. This was the ticket! I took it to Disney World last weekend and got lots of beautiful pictures without the added hassle of a large and bulky camera. Best of all, I had peace of mind. Not once did I worry about the camera breaking or getting wet. I would recommend getting an extra battery if you are going to be taking a lot of pictures all day.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great camera! does all that it is suppos

          By MMB

          from Tampa florida

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Travel

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

            The WiFi works well for transferring images to my ipad

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            • Yes

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            1.0

            Camera Died after only 2 years!

            By Jeff K

            from South Florida

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                Ours dies after only 2 years of light use. We sent it to Panasonic and we were told that they don't fix them they just offer a replacement for almost the cost of buying a new one.
                We decide to replace it with the COOLPIX AW120 Waterproof Digital Camera .
                We are finished with Panasonic.

                I'm a pro photographer but purchased this as my vacation camera. I didn't expect the most amazing pictures. I just wanted to to work.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great Vacation Camera

                By Dustinthewind

                from Los Angeles, CA.

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Good in Low Light
                • Large Clear LCD

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel

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

                  Bought this for a Mexico vacation and it worked great everywhere we used it and in all conditions. Using it in the water was the most fun.

                  I am not a technical person, so I only read the under water usage instructions, and was still able to use the camera without any problems. Very good for a person like me, but I am sure there are many more features that I haven't even used.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Great Bang for Buck

                  By Tann Matt

                  from Gainesville, FL

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • Good in Low Light

                  Cons

                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Travel

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

                  This camera worked great for what we needed it for on vacation in Alaska, being water proof to a degree we didn't have to worry as much about the handling of the camera and for the purchase price you can't really ask for more quality. The WiFi connections feature is pretty awesome and easy to use as well, a nice touch indeed!

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Looks easier than it is

                  By Safari family

                  from Virginia

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Lag / Shutter Delay
                  • Limited Zoom

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action

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

                  Zoom was not what I expected, but a cool camera with lots of features

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Excellent Durable Camera

                  By Brad - Water Enthusiast

                  from Detroit, MI

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Video

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

                    I've had this Camera for about a month now. It is not the best point and shoot camera for the money, but it IS the best point and shoot that can operate underwater. I've taken it tubing down the river in my pocket and boating on a lake also. It was pretty much in the water the whole time tubing and it worked flawlessly still taking excellent picture. I like than I can quickly and easily transfer photos wirelessly to my phone without being on a network. I can't wait to take it scuba diving.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Works Great

                    By Donaldt

                    from Myrtle Beach, SC

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Limited Zoom
                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Underwater
                    • Wildlife photos

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

                    Just purchased this in June 2014 & took on a cruise in July. We used it in a pool, caverns & ocean daily for a week. We had no trouble at all with any leaks. I make sure I wipe the seal on the door & camera side before closing after each battery charge. We used it for snorkeling, so the camera was taken no more than 10' deep - far less than the 43' rating.

                    I turned off GPS to save battery, but I think a spare is still necessary, so I would get one (or two). I did get spares & all worked fine. I recharged each night - I did go through at least one full battery each day.

                    I also followed the "rinse before opening" instructions to be sure all salt & sand was removed before opening the camera.

                    Pics were better underwater when using the actual "underwater" setting. Maybe that's obvious, but I experimented anyway. I use the "P" mode above the water & am very pleased with the results. Panorama pics are okay too, but you can see where some pics are "stitched" together.

                    We used the "sports" mode for taking sight-seeing pictures while moving in vans & busses. While not as sharp, these came out great as well.

                    This was the only camera I brought on the trip, so it was used for all types of pictures. I may get another for my wife. It is just plain easy to use, has good quality pics, and is waterproof.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Panasonic TS5 review

                    By D Mac Gabhann

                    from Dublin, Ireland

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

                    Great service and a great product

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                    4.0

                    Good little camera

                    By mtncry

                    from Agoura Hills, CA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Travel

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

                      I bought this camera after first buying the Olympus TG-850 and being incredibly disappointed by the image quality. The image quality on the Panasonic is a lot better - still not DSLR-like, but I wasn't expecting that. Things that have impressed me about the Panasonic so far are the burst shooting mode, and the clarity of underwater pictures. I'm also very satisfied with the 1080/60p video mode. I'm not planning to use the camera in low light, and I haven't yet gotten a chance to try out the Wifi or the iPhone app, so I can't comment on those aspects of the camera. I wish the lens was a little wider, and even though image quality is acceptable it could be better, but overall I'm happy with my purchase.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Versatile all terrain camera

                      By Kate g.

                      from California

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

                      This camera is a great point and shoot for someone who needs a durable waterproof camera. It's very easy to maneuver when underwater and I would say that's where it performs best. As expected based on other reviews, the battery life is not great. But the camera is light weight and sleek.

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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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