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conclusion:We like it

82 June 24th 2014 2:14 pm

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.

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Critic reviews

7.9
7 reviews
  • Image quality
    7.8
  • Video quality
    7.5
  • Battery life
    6.0
  • Design and form factor
    7.4
  • Durability
    8.9
  • Speed (start-up time, lag)
    8.0
  • Ease of use
    7.0

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User reviews

9.0
1 review
  • Image quality
    10
  • Video quality
    10
  • Battery life
    10
  • Design and form factor
    10
  • Durability
    10
  • Speed (start-up time, lag)
    10
  • Ease of use
    10
7.0
Pocket-Lint Apr 11, 2013

The Panasonic Lumix FT5 is a solid all-rounder in the tough camera market segment. But it does fall into that typical trap: the tough features essentially come at the expense of the best possible image quality.

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8.0
Digital Versus May 29, 2013

The Panasonic Lumix FT5 is a worthy successor to the FT4, correcting its main technical flaws with a new 16-Megapixel CMOS sensor and a good-quality screen. The FT5 has also been treated to 2013's must-haves—Wi-Fi and NFC.

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8.0
Camera Labs May 6, 2014

When the gloves are off, the Lumix FT5 / TS5 is hard to fault and certainly deserving of Cameralabs' Recommended Award, but the handling holds it back from our top award.

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8.0
ePHOTOzine Mar 5, 2013

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5 can go deeper underwater, has decent image quality and the built-in GPS and Wi-Fi is extremely useful.

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8.0
Photography Blog Jul 29, 2013

With on-board GPS, wi-fi and NFC connectiivity, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5 is one of the most well-appointed rugged cameras currently available, making it easy to record where your photos were taken and share them with friends and family.

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First Looks

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TechRadar Jan 9, 2013

Although many aspects of the Panasonic FT5 are the same as the Panasonic FT4, the fact that the sensor and processing engine has changed means that the image quality it produces is an unknown quantity.

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9.0
DoctorGrondo DoctorGrondo

Fantastic travel camera, great quality photos and video for a point-and-shoot, very rugged and I had a blast taking shots underwater. Deducted one point because WiFi is very cumbersome and works poorly, but for me this is only a nice-to-have feature. Still, it would be nice if it was more...

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