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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
An abnormally large selection of video shooting methods are included in the TS4. Both AVCHD and MP4 methods are supported, and each of these are divided into a few different encoding quality settings and bitrates. It's also possible to embed GPS data into the AVCHD files. Find out how the performed in our video image quality test./r:link_to_content
Optical zoom is the only manual control unlocked while a recording is in progress. Adjustment speed is reduced, presumably to cut down on mechanical noise, however the lens doesn't seem to make any noise, so this technique's usefulness is a mystery.
Continuous autofocus is supported during video, and this option can be turned on or off manually in the main menu.
Exposure is completely automated during video, although the bright LED autofocus assist lamp can double as video illumination if you want it to.
A tiny mono microphone is the only real audio feature you get. Though a wind-cut option is available from the main menu.