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- Panasonic Lumix TS4
- Our first ruggedized camera review of the year goes to the Panasonic Lumix TS4.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 Digital Camera Review$399.99
Effects, Filters, and Scene modes
14 scene modes are available from the mode menu and since the camera is intended mostly for outdoor use, you won't find the vast selection of options that another model would feature. There are settings for pets, babies, sunsets, etc. But the most useful scene mode must be high sensitivity, which uses pixel binning to increase maximum ISO to 6400, but reduces resolution down to only 3 megapixels.
A plethora of advanced GPS tracking and logging tools can be found on the TS4, and together they represent the single biggest improvement over the TS3. In addition to the location data that's already available on GPS-equipped cameras, the TS4 features an altimeter / depth indicator and log, a barometer to measure air pressure (that's right, a camera that predicts the weather), embedding of location data in both stills and movies, automatic clock setting via the GPS signal, and pre-programmed NAVTEQ points of interest.
This is by far the most complete GPS suite we've seen in a camera.