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PanasonicLumix DMC-TS5 Digital Camera (Blue)
 
4.5

(based on 73 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (57)
  • Good image quality (57)
  • Compact (43)
  • Large clear LCD (41)
  • Image stabilization (38)

Cons

  • Limited zoom (12)
  • Short battery life (11)
  • No viewfinder (10)
  • Lag / shutter delay (6)
  • Poor flash (5)

Best Uses

  • Travel (50)
  • Sports/action (34)
  • Landscape/scenery (33)
  • Family photos (25)
  • Wildlife (22)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (30), Casual photographer (23), Semi-pro photographer (8), Pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (60), 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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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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      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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            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.

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              • 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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                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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                  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.

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                  • No

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