Ruggedized digital camera are now becoming the norm, it was only yesterday that we announced the FinePix XP150 which is now available in Europe and now here’s the LUMIX DMC-TS20 from Panasonic which is available for purchase on Amazon for $179.99 per unit.
The Panasonic LUMIX TS20 is an entry-level rugged camera that follows the LUMIX TS4, it is waterproof to 16 feet (5 meters), shockproof to approximately 5 feet (1.5 meters), dustproof and freezeproof to temperatures as low as 14ºF. The camera comes equipped with a 16.1-megapixel sensor, a 4x optical zoom and offers 8x extended zoom with the Intelligent Zoom function, thanks to Panasonic’s Intelligent Resolution technology.
Unlike its predecessor that records 1080p videos, the TS20 records only 1280x720p HD video and its doesn’t get any GPS functions. However, Panasonic managed to drop in its whole range of features which includes the iA (Intelligent Auto) mode that comes with a suite of functions such as Face Detection, MEGA O.I.S., AF Tracking, Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector and Intelligent Exposure.
Other features include the ability to shoot images in Panorama Shot mode, allowing the user to capture a full 360-degree of horizontal / vertical panoramic image, there’s the Auto Retouch function that adjusts contrast and brightness to give different impression to the photo with just a press of a button. The TS20 has a 2.7-inch Intelligent LCD display with High Angle mode and it supports SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards for storage.