Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Review

Overall 44
Imaging 9
Features 31
Size 87
Price 1

Main Features

  • 12.0 MP 1/2.33" CCD sensor
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 2.7″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: No
  • 4.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 103 x 64 x 27 mm
  • Weight: 197 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: Yes
  • Replaced Panasonic TS2.
  • Replaced by Panasonic TS4.
  • Also known as Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Summary

This review is devoted to Lumix DMC-TS3 that Panasonic has first introduced to the public in Aug 16, 2011. This model is a Waterproof camera with a resolution of 12.0 MP and a 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sized CCD sensor.

Initially, Panasonic developed this model to replace their older product TS2 and, after some time, Panasonic has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one TS2.

In Waterproof cameras (Top 10 Waterproof Cameras) this model has taken rank #28 out of 73. Its Overall Score has reached 44/100 and it takes a rank of #517 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Compared to other Waterproof Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Viewfinder: No
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Weight: 196 g
  • Battery Life: 310 shots

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fixed Type
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Coverage: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • External Flash: No
  • Sensor Resolution: 12.0 MP
  • Number Of Focus Points: 11
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 With Other Cameras in Waterproof Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Waterproof cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 has the following external dimensions 103 x 103 x 27 mm (40.55 x 25.2 x 10.63″) with the weight of 197 g.

The typical weight for average Waterproof type cameras is 196g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 27mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 — 310 shots
Min: 150 shots
Average: 274 shots
Max: 380 shots

Thickness

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 — 27 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 28 mm
Max: 89 mm

Weight

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 — 197 g
Min: 110 g
Average: 196 g
Max: 307 g

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3‘s body is protected from external threats with its high-quality dustproof and waterproof features.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Photo and Sensor Features

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 comes with Venus Engine FHD processor. This model also boasts of a resolution of 12.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sized CCD sensor.

The base of Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 has the following ISO range 100 - 6400 .

Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 features a 12.0 MP 1/2.33" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.33" sensor featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3

LCD and ViewFinder

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 is equipped with a Fixed Type 2.7" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 230k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 are its 4.0 fps max speed and 1/1300 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, Lumix DMC-TS3 unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 allows you to save files in MPEG-4 and AVCHD formats.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect Lumix DMC-TS3 to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 provides a shooting life of 310, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 274 shots.

Compared to all models in the Waterproof category, Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 offers the highest battery life that reaches 310 shots.

How Good is Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the Lumix DMC-TS3 to the average Waterproof camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 24. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 15. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small size (103 x 64 x 27 mm)
  • Live View
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • No Built-in View Finder
  • Small 1/2.33"(6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (11)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 49. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 can be called a 49 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • No View Finder

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (4.0 fps)
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/1300s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (11)
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)
  • Small battery life (310 shots)
  • Small size (103 x 64 x 27 mm)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 28. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 can be called a Underclass model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Small weight (197 g)
  • Small size (103 x 64 x 27 mm)
  • Built-in Flash
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor
  • No Built-in View Finder

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 55. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 can be called a 55 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (12 MP)
  • No RAW Support
  • Bad Max Native ISO (6400)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 Detailed Specs

General
Brand Panasonic
Model Lumix DMC-TS3
Announced Aug 16, 2011
Body Type Compact
Lens
Manual Focus No
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 5
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 2.7″
Screen Resolution 230k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage %
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 60 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/1300 s
Continuous Shooting 4.0 fps
Shutter Priority No
Aperture Priority No
Manual Exposure Mode No
Exposure Compensation No
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 5.6
Flash Modes Auto, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External Flash No
AE Bracketing No
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot No
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted No
Sensor
Sensor Type CCD
Sensor Size 1/2.33"
Sensor Dimensions 6.08 x 4.56 mm
Sensor Area 27.72 mm2
Sensor Resolution 12.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4000 x 3000
Max Native ISO 6,400
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support No
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective No
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection No
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 11
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof Yes
Dust Proof Yes
Shock Proof Yes
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof Yes
Weight 197 g
Physical Dimensions 103 x 64 x 27 mm
Battery Life 310 shots
Battery Type 310 shots
Battery Model n/a
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS Built-in
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage Slots 1

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