Panasonic DMC-TS30 Brief Review


REVIEW SUMMARY

Specifications

  • 16 megapixel 1/2.3” CCD sensor
  • 4x optical zoom
  • Maximum aperture f3.9-f5.7
  • Maximum shutter speed 1/1300
  • ISO 100-1600
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Contrast detection autofocus with 23 points
  • Macro focusing to 5 cm
  • 1.3 fps continuous shooting
  • 1080p HD video at 30 fps
  • Waterproof to 23'
  • Shockproof to 5'
  • Freeze-proof to 14 degrees
  • Auto and some manual modes
  • 2.7” LCD
  • Li-ion battery rated at 250 shots
  • Weighs .31 pounds (249g)
  • Release Date: 2015-03-15
  • Final Grade: 82 4.1 Star Rating: Recommended


Panasonic DMC-TS30 offers durability on a budget
A rugged camera, the TS30 offers value at under $200.
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 4/27/2016

Panasonic's scaled-down version of their rugged camera is easy on the wallet, pricing out at just $179.99 at first release. Of course, to get down to that price, the camera trims down a few features--does it offer enough to make it worth a purchase?

The TS30 keeps the 16.1 megapixel 1/2.3" sensor of the pricer TS6, but axes a few of the extras like wi-fi and GPS. The TS30 is also not quite as tough as it's big brother, waterproof to 23 feet instead of 43 and shockproof to 5 feet instead of 6.6. Video quality remains the same. While the TS30 is the lighter option out of the two, it also looses on quite a bit of battery life.

In keeping with the tradition of the budget camera, the speed on the TS30 is quite a bit slower. Where the TS6 has an excellent 10 fps burst speed great for action, the TS30 sits at a slow 1.3 fps. If you plan to use the rugged camera to shoot action, the TS6 is a much better option.

If budget is an ultimate consideration, the TS30 will be sufficient for a lot of uses, but if you can swing a little more cash, the Olympus TG-3 will get you brighter photos underwater, or the TS6 will help you capture more of the action.


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