Panasonic Introduces DMC-TS1 / TZ1: New Waterproof, Shockproof, and Dustproof Digital Camera with AVHCD Lite HD Video
New LUMIX DMC-TS1 (TZ1 in Europe) Digital Camera Features Tough and Rugged Design for Capturing Still and Motion Images In Outdoor Activities
MIAMI, FL (January 27, 2009) – Panasonic today introduced the LUMIX DMC-TS1, the world’s first*1 waterproof, shockproof and dustproof digital camera*2 to also feature AVCHD Lite High Definition (HD) video recording capabilities*3. The
TS1’s tough and rugged design makes it the ideal choice for active
users needing the ultimate hybrid for capturing both still and motion
images during outdoor activities. The LUMIX TS1,
with a 12.1 megapixel resolution, features a 28mm wide-angle LEICA DC
VARIO-ELMAR lens, a 4.6x optical zoom and Panasonic’s proprietary iA
(Intelligent Auto) mode, making this an easy-to-use, yet powerful
camera that packs advanced imaging features.
consumers are hesitant to take their digital cameras on outdoor
activities like skiing, hiking, boating or even a day at the beach, for
fear it will be damaged. With the introduction
of the LUMIX TS1, we offer a digital camera with a rugged design that
consumers can feel confident using in these tough environments,” said
David Briganti, National Marketing Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer
Electronics Company. “Even more, with the ability to take both
beautiful high-quality still images and High Definition video, with
AVCHD Lite, the TS1 offers a powerful one-two punch to capture memories
that can later be shared with friends and family.”
The TS1 is waterproof to a depth of 10 feet, shockproof from falls up to 5 feet, and dustproof. With
its rubber padding, reinforced glass and carbon resins inside the
camera, the TS1 features an airtight body protected against water
immersion, dust and sand.
at the 28mm wide angle, and zooming up to a useful 128mm in telephoto,
the TS1 gives users the flexibility for a variety of shooting
environments – especially underwater, where movement is often
restricted and the angle of view becomes important for composing shots.
The TS1 also features a 2.7-inch, 230,000-dot
Intelligent LCD with a wide viewing angle, enhancing visibility during
recording and playback by automatic brightness control according to the
environment’s lighting conditions. Plus, the
TS1’s LCD panel is deliberately thickened for protection against
pressure, allowing the display to operate with clear visibility even
The TS1 records AVCHD Lite HD video, allowing almost double the recording time in HD quality compared with the conventional Motion JPEG format. The TS1 also features Dolby Digital Creator to record high quality audio to match the high-quality motion images.
Also new in 2009, the TS1 features
iA mode for both still images and in Movie Mode. For iA in Movie Mode,
the TS1 features Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.), which helps
prevent handshake when using high-powered zoom. Face Detection
automatically detects a face in a frame and adjusts focus, exposure, contrast, and skin complexion on the face.
Intelligent Exposure continually checks the ambient light level and
adjusts the exposure setting as conditions change to prevent blown
highlights and blocked shadows. And Intelligent Scene Selector
automatically switches between Normal, Portrait, Macro, Scenery, and Low Light modes according to the situation to optimize visual quality. A Wind Cut function is also available to block out most of the noise from background wind. Optical zoom can be used in motion image recording. Users can start video recording by simply pressing a dedicated button on the camera's back panel.
The TS1’s iA for still image adds Face Recognition*4 – a feature that “remembers” faces from previous shots. When a registered face appears in the frame, the camera will prioritize focus and exposure to capture it beautifully. With
Face Recognition, when a familiar face is recorded several times, the
camera will prompt you to register the face. Once registered, if the
face appears into the frame again, the camera will display the name
specified for that person and prioritize focus and exposure so that the
registered face is bright and sharply focused.
The imaging power of LUMIX has further evolved with the Venus Engine HD, which boasts two CPUs to provide approx. 2.4x processing capability and support
for Face Recognition, AVCHD Lite and HDMI output. It integrates the
numerous advanced functions with high performance, and low-power
consumption. Thanks to the Venus Engine HD, it’s easy to view photos or
movies recorded in AVCHD Lite. Simply insert the SD Memory Card from
the camera in the Panasonic VIERA® HDTV’s Image Viewer SD Memory Card
slot to start playback, or connect the camera via an optional HDMI mini cable to a VIERA Link™-equipped Panasonic VIERA HDTV and use the TV's remote control to run slideshows*5.
multi-task image-processing engine also enables a fast response time.
The TS1 starts up quickly in 1.3 seconds and shutter release time lag
is approximately 0.005 seconds, making it easy to capture sudden,
spur-of-the-moment photo opportunities. The Flash Burst mode makes it possible to take consecutive shots with continuous emissions of the flash*6. The Venus Engine HD also supports a High Sensitivity mode that lets the TS1 record up to ISO 6400*7, sensitive enough to capture subjects in near-total darkness without using a flash. Despite
its outstanding performance, the high performance engine is also more
energy efficient, extending the battery life up to 340 shots (CIPA) per
a single charge.
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TS1 will be available in silver, green or orange
models in April 2009 for a suggested retail price of $399.95. For more information, please visit www.panasonic.com/lumix.
*1As of 1/27/2009.
*2 About Waterproof / Dustproof performance of the camera
camera is waterproof / dustproof equivalent to “IP58”, and is possible
to record at a maximum of 3.0 m depth/60 min. This does not guarantee
non-destruction, non-malfunction, and water-proofing in all conditions.
Please observe specified precautions and avoid product-use beyond the
guaranteed underwater duration, or beyond the guaranteed depth of
prevent water leakage, confirm that there is no foreign object near
card/battery door then close door by pressing until it clicks.
- Use underwater up to 3.0 m depth and not longer than 60 minutes continuously.
- Do not leave under low temperature in the cold climate, or where the temperature is above 40℃ for a long period of time.
the unit is splashed with detergent, soap, hot spring, bath additive,
sun oil, sunscreen, chemical, etc., wipe it off immediately.
use at the seaside or underwater, soak the unit in fresh water pooled
in a shallow container for 10 minutes or less. Do not leave uncared for
more than 60 minutes after using underwater. It may cause deterioration
of the waterproof performance.
materials may be attached if the zoom lever or mode dial does not move
smoothly. Soak the unit in fresh water, shake it well and then wash the
zoom lever and mode dial with tap water.
maintain the waterproof performance, it is recommended that the
waterproof seal (with fee) is replaced at least once every 1 year at
the user’s expense at the retail store where you have bought the camera.
About Shockproof performance of the camera
This camera has passed a drop test from 1.5 m in height in accordance with “MIL-STD
810F Method 516.5-Shock”, but this does not guarantee non-destruction,
non-malfunction, and water-proofing in all conditions. Water-proofing
is not guaranteed if the unit is subject to an impact as a result of
being hit or dropped etc.
Test standard: MIL-STD 810F Method 516.5-Shock
- Drop height: 1.5m
- Drop surface: 5cm thick plywood
- Number of units tested: 5
- Drop orientations: 26 (each face, edge and corner)
- Number of drops: 1 (for each orientation)
inspected after each drop and found to be operating within product
specifications. Change of appearance - paint-loss or deformation not
The "AVCHD" is a high definition (HD) digital video recording /
playback format jointly established by Panasonic Corporation and Sony
Corporation. The “AVCHD Lite” is a subset of the “AVCHD format” for HD
digital video cameras with HD video recording restricted to 720P. The
new “AVCHD Lite” Logo and the “AVCHD Lite” License are restricted to
devices within the AVCHD Video Camera category. Digital cameras have
now been added to the AVCHD Video Camera category. For more details, please refer to the “AVCHD Information Website”. http://www.avchd-info.org/
*4 Depending on background and facial expression, camera may not recognize a registered person.
Lite motion images recorded onto an SD Memory Card or a DVD disc cannot
be played from a device that does not support the AVCHD standard.
*6 In 3-megapixel (4:3), 2.5-megapixel (3:2), 2-megapixel (16:9) recording.
*7 Max. 5 images. In 3-megapixel (4:3), 2.5-megapixel (3:2), 2-megapixel (16:9) recording.
(4:3), 2.5-megapixel (3:2), 2-megapixel (16:9) recording. (10fps in
Speed Priority mode / 6fps in Picture Priority mode)
*Leica is a registered trademark of Leica Microsystems IR GmbH.
LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lenses are manufactured using measurement
instruments and quality assurance systems that have been certified by
Leica Camera AG based on the company’s quality standards.
*YouTube is a trademark of Google Inc.
*The “AVCHD Lite” and the “AVCHD Lite” logo are trademarks of Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation.
*HDMI, the HDMI logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.
*All other company and product names are trademarks of their respective corporations.
unit is compatible with both SD Memory cards and SDHC Memory cards. You
can only use SDHC Memory cards on devices that are compatible with
them. You cannot use SDHC Memory cards on devices that are only
compatible with SD Memory cards. (When using an SDHC Memory card on
another device, be sure to read the operating instructions for that
you set the picture quality to HD, WVGA or VGA, we recommend using a
high-speed card with “10MB/s” or greater displayed on the package.
recording exceeding 2GB is not possible when recording motion JPEG.
Remaining time for continuous recording is displayed on the screen.
use of recorded or printed materials that are protected by copyright
for any purpose other than personal enjoyment is prohibited, as it
would infringe upon the rights of the copyright holder.
*Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 Specifications
||12.1 megapixel (effective), 1/2.33" CCD
||4.6x (28-128mm) Leica DC Vario-Elmar, f/3.3-5.9
||2.7", 230K-dot TFT LCD
||ISO 80-1600 (High Sensitivity mode to ISO 6400)
||Intelligent Auto, Normal Picture, Scene, Beach and Surf, Snow, Sports, Clipboard, Motion Picture
Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, Sports,
Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby 1, Baby
2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Hi-Speed Burst (Image Priority /
Speed Priority), Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow,
Aerial photo, Pinhole, Film Grain, Underwater
|White Balance Settings
||Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Halogen, User Set
||Face, AF Tracking, Multi, One Point, One Point High Speed
||Normal, Burst, Self Timer
||Auto, Red-Eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced Off
|Self Timer Settings
|10 seconds, 2 seconds, Off
||JPEG, Motion JPEG, AVCHD Lite
|Max. Image Size
|Max. Video Size
|1280x720, 30 fps
|Zoom During Video
||Rechargeable 940 mAh lithium-ion, 350 shots
||USB 2.0, AV output, DC input
O.I.S., iA Intelligent Auto mode, Intelligent ISO, Venus Engine HD
processing, AF Tracking, face detection, Face Recognition, Intelligent
About Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company
Based in Secaucus, N.J., Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company is a Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation. (NYSE: PC) and the hub of Panasonic's U.S.
marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Panasonic, known for
innovative imaging technology that enables high-quality digital photos,
introduced the world’s first Micro Four Thirds digital camera. In its
commitment to provide consumers with extensive imaging resources,
Panasonic LUMIX established the Digital Photo Academy, a series of nationwide workshops designed to instruct consumers how to optimize the features on their digital cameras.