Panasonic just introduced its latest ruggedized digital camera from its LUMIX series, the DMC-TS4 also known as DMC-FT4 on other markets. This new rugged digital camera comes as the successor to the LUMIX TS3 with only a few new functions added.
Like its predecessor, the TS4 or FT4 is a four-proof camera, meaning it is waterproof to 40 feet submerged, shockproof to approximately 6.6 feet, freezeproof to as low as 14ºF, and dustproof. It comes equipped with a 12.1-Megapixel Hi-Speed CCD sensor, there’s a 4.6x optical zoom LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens, a LSI Venus Engine and a 2.7-inch LCD display.
Also included is a new Intelligent Zoom function, enabling the camera’s zoom range to be extended to 9.3x, it features ‘Quad Indicator’ which comprises of GPS functions such as the ability to collect data and covers more than a million landmarks and 82 countries/regions, and with the included software, the user can refer and sort photos by location names, Compass, Altimeter and Barometer. The TS4 also records Full HD videos in AVCHD and MP4 formats and also supports 3.7fps high-speed shooting in 12.1 Megapixel full resolution.
Panasonic also packed a bunch of extras including the new Time Lapse Shot mode, in which the camera automatically take pictures at pre-set interval and condense the data into a footage; the Miniature Effect mode, in which the peripheries are defocused while saturation and contrast is emphasized, makes the photo look like a diorama; and the Panorama shooting mode. There’s also Panasonic’s iA (Intelligent Auto) mode offering POWER O.I.S. Motion Deblur, Face Detection, Face Recognition, Motion Detection and an Auto Retouch function that adjusts contrast and brightness to your photos.
The new ruggedized Panasonic DMC-TS4 will support SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards for storage, it has a micro HDMI output for connectivity with larger screens and will cost about $400 in the color options of black, blue, silver and orange.
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