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PanasonicLumix DMC-TS5 Digital Camera (Blue)
 
4.4

(based on 95 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (55)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (67)
  • Good image quality (60)
  • Compact (50)
  • Large clear LCD (48)
  • 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 (59)
  • Sports/action (39)
  • Landscape/scenery (34)
  • Family photos (30)
  • Wildlife (26)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (36), Casual photographer (26), Semi-pro photographer (10), Pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (66), Yes (8)

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

Love this camera

By Eric

from Undisclosed

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

Love this camera. Had a prior model but lost in the surf. Great photos at all times. Turns on and off super fast.

 
5.0

Really like this camera.

By Jim

from Denver

Verified Buyer

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

Replaced a lost camera of the same model. That's a first, all other camera purchases have been to replace ones that failed.

 
5.0

i would buy this product again!

By Marielcarolina

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

The camera is very good in relation to the wreck, it takes very good photos under the water. And it has very good definition.

 
4.0

I would buy this again

By James

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I bought this as a gift for my wife. She says that it fits her needs

 
5.0

Great for off-trail and water images!

By Kathi

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This little camera is taking some pretty darn good photos! Better than I expected with some quite good "scene" automatic settings. The underwater photos came out quite nicely and it was very simple to operate underwater

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

this is an ok camera, just so-so for me

By Sonya

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

i bought this for a cruise, so i could get pics on our vacation, including underwater and beach pics. I didnt wanna lug around my dslr and risk hurting it , so i got this. it didn't leak which is good, and i was able to take tons of pics. It fits in my back pocket which i liked. It doesn't take good pictures when there isn't a lot of light, so my dim lit indoor pics or outdoor night pics didn't come out great. My cell phone took better dim lit pictures. It took great pictures in lots of light and was a lot of fun to take hundreds of quick snapshots. I'll use this camera any time i go to the river or beach or where i dont want my dslr to risk getting damaged. I'm still keeping my eye out for a nicer underwater camera, this was is just so-so for me. Did the job, nothing fancy.

 
1.0

Returned and disappointed

By dee

from Florida

Verified Buyer

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

Box was a restock...returned it...awaiting new one...disappointed

 
4.0

Good camera for fish and hunt

By Vyacheslav

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I bought this camera to replace my old Sony AS30 action camera. I use it on duckhunting and fishing trips. A have many 3D swivel and stands to hold it on my chest or boat. Photo quallity is OK for daylight and evening. Video quallity is normall/good to PC video editing (if compare with Panasonic GH5 or Nikon7100 AFS 15-55). When you recording wideo, you will hear how autofocus motor is working. So continues autofocus is OFF. Battery life for video is about 1.5 hours to full time record.
Good -

Autofocus and stabiliser for video

LED light
Stereo mic

WiFi to connect my smartphone and copy /delete pictures

Cons

Would be perfect to have 2.8-5.9 or faster lens.

 
4.0

Great Pocket Camera for Backpacking

By PF

from Traverse City, MI

Verified Buyer

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

I needed a small camera for backpacking/cycling/kayaking. I get good pictures and do not have to worry about water and minor drops. Can be handled with one hand for on the go cycling pictures. The GPS takes a little time to link.

 
5.0

Performed as expected.

By Kesto

from DURHAM, NC

About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Orange Is Very Visible
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

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

    For a trip to Costa Rica, and as it rains in rain forest, and cloud forests are very damp, I bought the camera for my wife, specifically for its waterproof and shock proof features. We did not plan to use it under water. She used the camera with no concern about general dampness. The small compact size was handy too, to carry it around unobtrusively. She took nice crisp pictures. She no longer uses the compact camera that she had before. I think that the price is a bit high.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    So far so good!

    By Sophina

    from Aguada, PR

    Verified Buyer

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

    I find the camera is bit on the heavy side, I mean it isn't a piece of concrete heavy but for its size its not comfortable to cary in your back pocket.
    Nothing else is a maybe this heavy little guy delivers the goods for me!

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Solid Performance - Great Price Point

    By rhodyzoo

    from Rhode Island

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Great Resolution
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

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

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

    This camera has very little shutter-lag that many point and shoot cameras do. That is a significant advantage over competitiors.

    The feel and balance of the camera are very good for those times you need to hold the camera for a very long time - such as the 4th grade play.

    The configuration settings are easy to understand but the Lumix auto-everyhting is robust and you rarely need to switch to manual

    Fast and efficiet focusing.

    WIFI and GPS features have turned out to be surprisingly useful.

    The one con is the LCD screen in bright sunlight, but every other camera has that same issue.

    The B&H price point made this my choice over the competitiors

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    New DMC-TS5

    By Nate

    from Italy

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Travel

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

      Love the look of this sleek silver version. Haven't used the camera much yet, but I like my older TS-4.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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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