Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TS4 12.1MP Digital Camera, 1/2.33" CCD Sensor, 25-100mm LUMIX DC VARIO-ELMAR Lens, 2.7" LCD, 4.6x Optical Zoom, USB, Black

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About Panasonic DMC-TS4

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4, a ruggedized all-terrain camera with built-in GPS and 1080p HD video. Waterproof to 40 feet(it has a built-in altimeter), shockproof to drops of 6.6 feet, dustproof, and freezeproof down to 14 degrees F, the camera features an internal-zoom 4.6 Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens and 12MP sensor.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Compact (6),Convenient (5),Easy to use (5),Durable (4),Good image quality (3),Image stabilization (3),Large clear LCD (3),Short lag time (3)
Did not meet expectations (6),Pricey / poor value (3)

Panasonic DMC-TS4 Features

  • Waterproof: With waterproof performance to a depth of 12m equivalent to the "IPX8" and "IP6X" standard, the DMC-TS4(FT4) supports active shooting on a beach, underwater or in a pool. If the camera gets dirty, soil and dust can be washed off by using water
  • Shockproof: The DMC-TS4(FT4) is shockproof from a height up to 2m in accordance with the "MIL-STD 810F Method 516.5-Shock" test standard. It lets you shoot actively while moving around with the camera in one hand
  • Dustproof: The DMC-TS4(FT4) is dustproof equivalent to the "IPX8" and "IP6X" standard. While hiking or playing sports, fine dust particles can enter through gaps in the camera body and cause malfunction. The DMC-TS4(FT4) can be used in these activities without problems
  • Freezeproof: With freezeproof to -10 degrees C, the DMC-TS4(FT4) supports shooting while skiing, snowboarding or skating
  • GPS Function: The LUMIX GPS displays not only latitudes and longitudes, but also the area information that covers 203 countries or regions and the landmark information of over 1,000,000 locations in 82 countries or regions
  • 1920 x 1080 Full HD Video in AVCHD Format / MP4 Format: The DMC-TS4(FT4) is an advanced photographic tool for recording not only great photos but also beautiful full HD 1,920 x 1,080 videos in AVCHD (MPEG-4 / H.264) format / MP4 format
  • High-quality Sound: The videos come with the high-quality sound of Dolby Digital Creator, to offer highly realistic sound to the motion images
  • Wind Cut: The Wind Cut function is available to block out most of the noise from background wind. This gives you higher quality sound when taking images on breezy days
  • LED Light: The DMC-TS4(FT4) features an LED light that records beautiful videos even in dusky underwater environments or at a nighttime camp. A convenient auto function also automatically turns on the LED when the ambient light becomes dim
  • 4.6x Optical Zoom in Video Recording: The DMC-TS4(FT4) lets you use a 4.6x zoom for videos. It takes you right up close to images like animals and sports scenes
  • Miniature Effect: The Miniature Effect Mode in which the peripherals are defocused while saturation and contrast is emphasized to look the picture like a diorama. The video recorded is played back in 10x fast-forwarding making it more comical to watch

Panasonic DMC-TS4 Specifications

Camera Effective Pixels
12.1 Megapixels
Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter
1/2.33-inch CCD sensor / 12.5 Total Megapixels / Primary Color Filter
F3.3 - 5.9 / 2-step
(F3.3 / 10 (W), F5.9 / 18 (T))
Optical Zoom
Focal Length
f = 4.9 - 22.8 mm (28 - 128 mm in 35 mm equiv.)
(30 - 140 mm in 35 mm equiv. in video recording)
Extra Optical Zoom (EZ)
5.7x (4:3 / 8M), 7.3x (4:3 / 5M), 9.1x (4:3 / under 3M)
Intelligent Zoom
10 elements in 8 groups
(5 Aspherical Lenses / 6 Aspherical Surfaces / 1 ED Lens)
Optical Image Stabilizer
POWER O.I.S. (On with Active Mode (Only for Motion Picture) / Off)
Digital Zoom
4x (When Digital Zoom is used simultaneously with Intelligent Zoom, you can only increase the zoom ratio up to 2x.)
Focusing Area
Normal: Wide / Tele 30 cm - infinity
Macro / Intelligent Auto / Motion Picture: Wide 5 cm - infinity / Tele 30 cm - infinity
AF Assist Lamp
Yes (LED light in motion picture)
Normal / AF Macro / Macro Zoom, Quick AF On / Off (On in Intelligent Auto), Continuous AF (only for motion picture), AF Tracking
AF Metering
Face / AF Tracking / 23-area / 1-area / Spot
Shutter Speed
Approx. 60 - 1/1,300 sec
Recording File Format
Still Image: JPEG (DCF / Exif 2.3)
3D Image: MPO
Motion Picture: AVCHD, MP4
Rec Mode
Intelligent Auto, P (Program), M (Manual), Sports, Snow, Miniature Effect, Beach&Snorkeling, Underwater, Scene, 3D Photo
Still Image Scene Mode
Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Panorama Shot, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Handheld Night Shot, Food, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Glass Through
Continuous Shooting Mode
Full-resolution Image: 3.7 frames / sec, Max. 6 images
High-speed Burst Mode: Approx. 10 frames / sec
(recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9, 2.5M for 1:1), Max. 100 images
Motion Picture Recording HD Video
1,920 x 1,080 pixels: [NTSC Model]
AVCHD, 60i (GFS, FSH: 17Mbps) (Sensor O/P is 30p)
MP4, 30fps (FHD: 20Mbps) (Sensor O/P is 30p)
[PAL Model]
AVCHD, 50i (GFS, FSH: 17Mbps) (Sensor O/P is 25p)
MP4, 25fps (FHD: 20Mbps) (Sensor O/P is 25p)
1,280 x 720 pixels: [NTSC Model]
AVCHD, 60p (GS, SH: 17Mbps) (Sensor O/P is 30p)
MP4, 30fps (HD: 10Mbps) (Sensor O/P is 30p)
[PAL Model]
AVCHD, 50p (GS: 17Mbps) (Sensor O/P is 25p)
MP4, 25fps (HD: 10Mbps) (Sensor O/P is 25p)
Motion Picture Recording STD Video
640 x 480 pixels: (VGA) [NTSC Model]
MP4, 30fps (4Mbps)
[PAL Model]
MP4, 25fps (4Mbps)
Continuous Recordable Time
AVCHD with picture quality set to [GFS, FSH]: Approx. 100 min
AVCHD with picture quality set to [GS, SH]: Approx. 110 min
MP4 with picture quality set to [FHD]: Approx. 100 min (Motion Pictures)
Actual Recordable Time
AVCHD with picture quality set to [GFS, FSH]: Approx. 50 min
AVCHD with picture quality set to [GS, SH]: Approx. 55 min
MP4 with picture quality set to [FHD]: Approx. 50 min (Motion Pictures)
Program AE, Manual
Exposure Compensation
1/3 EV step, ±2 EV
Auto (AE) Bracketing
1/3 - 1 EV step, Max. ±1 EV, 3 frames
Light Metering
Intelligent Multiple
ISO Sensitivity
Auto / i.ISO / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600
High Sensitivity Mode (ISO1600 - 6400)
Still Image Recording( 4:3 Aspect Ratio)
4,000 x 3,000 pixels (12M),
3,264 x 2,448 pixels (8M EZ),
2,560 x 1,920 pixels (5M EZ),
2,048 x 1,536 pixels (3M EZ),
1,600 x 1,200 pixels (2M EZ),
640 x 480 pixels (0.3M EZ)
Still Image Recording(3:2 Aspect Ratio)
4,000 x 2,672 pixels (10.5M),
3,264 x 2,176 pixels (7M EZ),
2,560 x 1,712 pixels (4.5M EZ),
2,048 x 1,360 pixels (2.5M EZ),
640 x 424 pixels (0.3M EZ)
Still Image Recording(16:9 Aspect Ratio)
4,000 x 2,248 pixels (9M),
3,264 x 1,840 pixels (6M EZ),
2,560 x 1,440 pixels (3.5M EZ),
1,920 x 1,080 pixels (2M EZ),
640 x 360 pixels (0.2M EZ)
Still Image Recording (1:1 Aspect Ratio)
1:1 Aspect Ratio: 2,992 x 2,992 pixels (9M),
2,448 x 2,448 pixels (6M EZ),
1,920 x 1,920 pixels (3.5M EZ),
1,536 x 1,536 pixels (2.5M EZ),
480 x 480 pixels (0.2M EZ)
Image Quality
Fine / Standard
(3D Mode: MPO Fine / MPO Standard)
White Balance
Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / White Set / White Balance Adjustment
Color Mode
Standard, Black & White, Sepia, Vivid (in P / M Mode), Happy (only in iA Mode)
Digital Red-Eye Correction
Yes (Red-Eye Removal)
Optical Zoom in Motion Picture
Self Timer
2 sec / 10 sec
Playback Mode
Normal Playback, Slideshow, Filtering Playback (Picture Only, Video Only, 3D, GPS Area, Altimeter Log, Travel, Category, Favorites), Calendar Playback
Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback
12, 30 thumbnails / Yes
Calendar Display
Set Favorites
Show Histogram
DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection
Yes / Yes
Auto Retouch
Resize / Cropping
Yes / Yes
Copy / Title Edit / Text Stamp
Yes / Yes / Yes
Cut Animation
Video Divide
PictBridge Support
Single / Multi / All / Favorites / DPOF
OSD Language
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Netherlandic, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Vietnamese
2.7" (6.7 cm) TFT Screen LCD Display (230K dots), AR Coating
Field of View: Approx. 100%, Wide-viewing Angle
Auto Power LCD Mode, Power LCD Mode
Built-in Flash
Auto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
0.3 - 5.6 m (Wide / ISO Auto), 0.3 - 3.1 m (Tele / ISO Auto)
Recording Media
Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Built-in Memory
Approx. 20MB
Microphone / Speaker
Mono / Mono
micro HDMI, AV Output, USB2.0 High Speed
Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, Minimum: 940 mAh)
Battery Life
310 pictures (CIPA Standard)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
103.5 x 64.0 x 26.5 mm (4.07 x 2.52 x 1.04 inch)
175 g (0.39 lb) without Battery and SD Memory Card
197 g (0.43 lb) with Battery and SD Memory Card

Panasonic DMC-TS4 Reviews

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Reviewed by 13 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Convenient, easy to use, quality pics


from Brooklyn, NY

It is my favorite camera, because it can be used in many situations, as it is portable, waterproof and has a wide angle lens.


Great Camera


from silver city, nm  -  Casual Photographer

This camera has been great so far. It has good video and picture quality. I'm still learning how to use all the features, but i'm glad this was the camera I chose.

(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)


oneway camera


from Vienna

I bought the camera for my snorkeling holidays but at the first snorkeling trip and after 20 pictures the camera stopped working. Water was in the camera. I handeld the camera with care, I read the manual carefully and I didn't anything wrong. Panasonic refuses guarantee service because they says I did something wrong with the camera. That is not true - the camera is just not OK and I want my money back.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


My take on the DMC-TS4


from Temple, TX

The good is the camera takes very good to excellent pictures. The bad is charging via USB is not an option. The ugly is the price and the supporting software. Picture options are well represented. Some decent SLR's do not have as many settings or options for precision or situation shooting. The bad is the lack of a second battery. One would think for the cost of the unit and the inability to charge via USB a second battery would be provided. The Supporting software should not have been mentioned honestly. It is subpar to the quality of the camera and takes away from the experience. I have not had any issues arise to need customer support so I cannot comment on that aspect.


DMC-TS4 3 months out


from Temple TX  -  Photo Enthusiast

Kayaking and on the water activities was the prime reason for the purchase of this camera. Solid and fits well in the hand, A little heavy though. Rock Solid pictures both long and short distances. Panning and zoom work without a hitch. Many options on this camera I do not have on my SLR

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)




from Honolulu, HI

I followed the instructions as well. After using it 4 times snorkeling...the screen started to flicker in and out. It's a cool camera with nice features...I just don't think it's made to handle the claimed specs. The screen has come back and I'll give it another try. Hopefully it doesn't leak again.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Yes it is VERY Waterproof


from Western PA

We use this camera mounted to our paddles and snap photos whilst running class III ~ V whitewater. The camera spends the entire time wet.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Nice camera


from Suwanee, GA

Bought it for a trip to Hawaii, went snorkeling and got great shots. Took some vieos that look good. GPS function was great. No complaints.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)




from riverdale, california

I bought this camera last June 2012 thinking that I can use it underwater in preparation of me and my husbands trip. Last saturday tried using it underwater and to my dismay water leakage occurred. I wonder how it happened when I was very sure that I did all the check all that there is to check before using it underwater. In fact I studied the manual very well. Now my camera is at the service center and I dont know if it can be fix. And I lost the opportunity to capture our underwater experience.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


TS3 was better


from UTAH

I have owned the TS2 and the TS3. They both had great features like HDR mode and high speed burst mode. The TS4 does NOT have these modes. This is very disappointing. The GPS works much faster and the images quality is still very good. I am sad to say that not having the HDR and High Speed burst modes, I may return this camera and get the older TS3. Panasonic, PLEASE fix this with a simple firmware update.

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