A rugged camera often has to make trade-offs, providing protection against the elements at the cost of superior image quality. The DMC-TS6 bucks this trend by offering decent imaging and fast performance in a waterproof and shockproof case.
Expert Reviews says that the TS6's shots are "generally up to scratch," but Pocket-Lint notes that in spite of "okay" shots, it's "not up there when compared to some other straight-up compacts." However, Stuff says that when recording video, the "resulting footage is within touching distance of the very best," and Expert Reviews notes the camera's "excellent" picture quality and "smooth" autofocus and zoom. However, Photography Blog finds the controls to be too "small and fiddly to be operated accurately," while Digital Trends had a different take, saying that they "can be easily used when wearing gloves." So those with larger hands may want to try before they buy to see how it handles.
If you're willing to accept merely good (as opposed to excellent) image quality in exchange for a rugged chassis, then you're be pleased to find out the TS6 is more than up to the challenge. Pocket-Lint says "it's built like a brick house" and can "needn't fret when confronted with weights of up to the 100kg mark." And for those who are rough on their equipment, that's what really matters.