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Panasonic TS3 Digital Camera Review

About as tough as they come, and it’s a solid performer too—just not as solid as its rivals

$399.99
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Introduction

There are tough cams, and then there are capital-T Tough cams. The Panasonic Lumix TS3 is the latter, plated in armor and built like a brick. This waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof, and dustproof warrior is rated as one of the hardest rugged cameras on the market. It can fall from the greatest heights and withstand the greatest depths, yet it still fits into a jacket pocket, it's still easy to use, and—most importantly—it takes decent pictures too.

The TS3 was released in March 2011 and is available in orange, silver, blue, and red shades at an MSRP of $399, though street prices are about $100 cheaper.

Comparable Products

Before you buy the Panasonic Lumix TS3, take a look at these other point & shoot cameras.

Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Color
  4. Noise
  5. Resolution
  6. Video
  7. Playback
  8. Hardware
  9. Controls
  10. Design & Handling
  11. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX10 Comparison
  12. Pentax Optio WG-1 Comparison
  13. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 Comparison
  14. Conclusion
  15. Photo Gallery

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