• Panasonic Lumix TS20 16.1 MP TOUGH Waterproof Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom (Orange) (OLD MODEL)
  • Panasonic Lumix TS20 16.1 MP TOUGH Waterproof Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom (Orange) (OLD MODEL)
  • Panasonic Lumix TS20 16.1 MP TOUGH Waterproof Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom (Orange) (OLD MODEL)
  • Panasonic Lumix TS20 16.1 MP TOUGH Waterproof Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom (Orange) (OLD MODEL)
  • Panasonic Lumix TS20 16.1 MP TOUGH Waterproof Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom (Orange) (OLD MODEL)
Panasonic Lumix TS20 16.1 MP TOUGH Waterproof Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom (Orange) (OLD MODEL)
Panasonic Lumix TS20 16.1 MP TOUGH Waterproof Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom (Orange) (OLD MODEL)
Panasonic Lumix TS20 16.1 MP TOUGH Waterproof Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom (Orange) (OLD MODEL)
Panasonic Lumix TS20 16.1 MP TOUGH Waterproof Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom (Orange) (OLD MODEL)
Panasonic Lumix TS20 16.1 MP TOUGH Waterproof Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom (Orange) (OLD MODEL)

Panasonic Lumix TS20 16.1 MP TOUGH Waterproof Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom (Orange) (OLD MODEL)

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  • Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.6VDC, 680mAh
  • HD Video
  • 2.7 Inch LCD Waterproof

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Cool camera This camera was a gift for my 14 year old grandson who needed a camera to take on his 8th grade trip next spring. I could have bought a cheapie for him, but I wanted a good, sturdy camera that could grow with him until he's an adult and can upgrade, knowing more about what he wants. I researched cameras on Consumer Reports, etc. I could not find the top rated camera for sale anywhere. Then I looked at the waterproof ratings, and found this one. I definitely wanted something sturdy, since Victor is still a kid and would probably be bouncing it around on his trip along with other places he'd take it. I am concerned about the "waterproof" reference, since in reading the reviews I found that most people found it wasn't really waterproof. I told Victor to never actually take it under water because of the ratings, but I was pleased that it would probably be OK in rain or water fountain sprays. I also liked the lens set up because an extendable lens might get caught on things or open accidentally. This again makes the camera more likely to hold up to the uses he'll give it.When he opened it on Christmas, I had charged the battery (easy to do) and also loaded an SD card (none came with the camera). So, it was ready for use. He seemed thrilled - he loved the orange color, tho' I had been a bit worried about that. He knew enough about digital cameras from watching & occasionally using his parents' camera that he began taking pix right away. He's a tinkerer, and was able to figure out how things worked pretty quickly. I was a bit disappointed that the various buttons didn't stick up higher, and so were hard to "feel" and use without looking - that slows you down when you're taking lots of pictures, but that also means they don't stick up to catch on things that might damage the camera. I even added a tiny book about digital cameras for dummies, and we found out his school has a camera club, so he should be a pro by the time the trip comes around. His sister was jealous (maybe next year?), and my only disappointment was when I saw an ad at a local store 2 weeks before Christmas for the same camera, but $20 less! 4They ruined the perfect product with a terrible interface This is my second Lumix water/shockproof camera. I lost my first one and bought this. I've owned similar from other competitors.Previous offerings were very user friendly. This camera is the opposite. Among my complaints:* The 'movie button' is where the power button should be... and is colored with a red dot.* The zoom used to be operable with the same hand holding the camera. AND it had a great feel thanks to a toggle-switch sorta thing. That has been replaced w/ buttons that you can not use with one-hand operation AND it has a terrible 'feel.'* They ditched the candlelight mode. Seriously? That mode was awesome, it apparently maxed out the lens aperture and cranked up the ISO rating. It was the go-to mode for low-light pictures. You can forget that now.* To top it all off, about every month or so, ours unexplicitly turns itself off when you fiddle w/ the controls. Over and over until you just put the camera away and get it out after the gremlins have left.Thankfully, my old model turned up. I will gleefully sell this camera and go back to my Lumix. 1Awesome deal! This camera is really great! I am really surprised at the quality of the photos taken in and out of water. I own a digital SLR, consider myself a pretty good amateur photographer and I am picky about the quality of my photos. I live in the caribbean, and I wanted a camera take photos of when I am at the beach and snorkeling. I didn't want to risk damaging my valuable SLR by getting a camera case for it, and this camera turned out to be less expensive than the case I was considering. This camera is an awesome tool to have in the water and allows you to get angles that you cannot get with a non-waterproof camera. I have used it for a few days in a row while snorkeling and at the pool and have followed the care instructions carefully and the camera works really well. I am really pleasantly surprised at the quality of the photos. I was able to get amazing photos of a sting ray and a bunch of coral and fish. The colors are vibrant and match the ones you see in real life! The waters I typically snorkel in are crystal clear, so the images taken are actually quite impressive. If water is murky than obviously, the image will also be.For the owners of an SLR like myself, this camera is a great compliment to an SLR. It doesn't take SLR quality photos (clearly), but the quality is good enough in my opinion for amateurs like myself.For people looking to buy a point an shoot - honestly if I had to own a single point and shoot camera, this would be it. It can be used in all kinds of weather conditions (snow, heat, underwater) and the quality of the photos are very good in and out of water and the price is AMAZING. It is also very small and sleek so can be packed very easily when going on any kind of adventure. I got the floating handle for the camera when I go snorkeling with it and it works wonderfully http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003CK10DG/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i00. I would recommend getting this if you plan on using a lot in water as the camera will sink if dropped.LOVE and VERY Happy with this purchase! So excited to be able to take photos in and underwater now! My husband is not too thrilled, however, since being in water was the only time he wasn't forced to pose for photos! ha! 5Works ok in water, horrible picture quality, terrible in anything other than very bright light The underwater feature has worked ok for us, although I see dozens of complaints from other reviewers about that issue. My bone to pick with this camera is the terrible, almost unusable picture quality. I understand that this is not a $1600 camera, but with today's advances in digital cameras, you think you could at least get picture quality that is as good, if not better, than a $30 cell phone or a disposable film camera. All images have a soft quality with terrible noise. There is also a slight cool tint to all photos. Most of them are unusable as prints. I liked the idea of having a "tough" go anywhere camera, but I have found that you shouldn't waste money on features that you aren't likely to use. My daughter took this to the pool a few times and got some neat shots, but that is the camera's limitations. Great for water if you have to have that function, but almost useless as a device to capture decent photos for printing. This camera sits in a junk drawer of our house, and we spent a little more money on a decent digital camera that takes worthy pics. 2Survived fall onto rocks and 2 days under water I bought this camera 10 months ago and I use it when I'm fishing so I don't have to worry about dropping it in the sand or water. I've had no complaints so far, and the picture quality is very good, but up until a couple days ago it hasn't really seen any harsh use. But I just had an incredible experience so I just had to write a review.I was fishing from the rocky shore of a bay (it's like a bank of boulders going into the water) and set the camera down on some of the rocks. When I reached to pick it back up I clumsily knocked it off and watched and heard it tumble down between some of the rocks and into the water. At first I thought no big deal, after all that's why I use a waterproof camera (I hadn't even thought about the shockproofness), but I quickly found out it had fallen so far between the rocks that it was out of sight, and even worse out of reach. I spent probably 20 minutes with my shoes and pants soaked standing in the water reaching between the rocks and scratching up my hands but I couldn't find the camera. I was super bummed because I had just caught 2 types of fish that I'd never caught before and had those pictures on the camera, and also the SD card contained pictures of my pregnant wife's belly that we've been taking each week. So it was more about wanting the pictures back than the camera.I decided my best hope was to come back at low tide with a magnet on a string and see if I could see it and fish it out. Unfortunately that was on a Thursday evening and because of work the next low tide I had free was Saturday evening. After 2 days of dread I went back to the same spot where the camera fell (luckily I scratched the rocks with my pliers so I could find the same spot) and I was happy to see that the water level was significantly lower. In fact I was able to stand lower down on the rock bank and peek through a gap from the side and my heart lifted when I saw the camera sitting there. I was able to just reach in and grab it (I couldn't do that before because my head would have been under water). And the best part, I was amazed when i pushed the power button and the camera turned right on! I took some test pictures and everything was still working perfectly. What a relief.So in summary, after tumbling down rocks and spending 48 hours outdoors, half of that time under sea water, the camera survived. Later upon further inspection at home the only thing I noticed was a tiny bit of condensation in the lens and flash areas, but not in the screen. After a day of sitting out now the condensation is gone. So needless to say I love this camera. 5Fantastic Camera, in and out of Water I have had this camera for about five months and I absolutely love it. I wanted a waterproof camera so I wouldn't have to worry about ruining it in rain, snow, dirt, or anything else I throw at it.Here are some my favorite things about this camera:-It has a really fast shutter speed so it captures subjects in motion without blur.-It has a burst function that takes lots of pictures in a row, and so far they have come out incredible. I recently went cliff jumping and got some really good progressive shots of people falling in the air.-The camera has really good speakers when playing back video.-Picture quality is fantastic for a point and shoot, both inside and out. Some pictures taken in darker rooms turn out grainy, but that has happened with all my other cameras in the past.-The wrist strap is adjustable so it can be securely fit to your wrist while in the water.-The interface is really quick and easy to use.-The camera turns on incredibly fast so it's good for spur of the moment photo-ops.-You don't have to change settings between photo and video, you just push a different button for video to start recording. This is really nice because on my previous camera I often forgot to switch it back to photo mode and would take videos instead of pictres.All in all I love this camera. I don't have any complaints about it yet and I would definitely recommend it! I would also recommend buying a spare battery. The charge holds pretty well but if you are using it a lot in a day it's better to be safe and have a spare just in case. Wouldn't want to miss any great opportunities for a picture!TO ADD ON:I recently had my camera at the beach and someone dropped it in the sand. All the cracks had sand in them, so I was a little worried. I just filled my sink with water and sat the camera in in for about 10 minutes, and all the sand just fell off. It's like nothing even happened! I was so happy since my previous camera was ruined by sand. 5Nice water resistant camera, although price has doubled since I bought in 2012 I'll keep this brief, unlike some of my other reviews. We bought this 3 years ago, and have taken it to several Boy Scout outings, including Seabase in the Bahamas twice (2012 & 2015), a Green River canoe trip in Utah (2013), and a Northern Tier canoe trip in the Canadian boundary waters (2014).It has remained waterproof each of those times, although never taken deeper than 3-4 feet below the surface. After using it in the ocean we always rinsed it off with fresh water to get rid of the salt water, as instructed. The most important thing to stay dry is this - if you see the "red" indicator on the lock switch for the battery/SD card compartment, then it means "Stop not sealed" and DO NOT get it wet until you slide the "lock" lever to hide the red label.Picture quality has been good, and typically we have not needed to use the spare battery and charger for over 200 pictures each trip. If I recall correctly, the charger light is confusing because it displays a green light while charging and I think the light goes off when it's done. Having it glow red while charging and green when done would be better. While stored in the phone the battery holds a charge for a fair amount of time, and after 3 months of sitting around we still had 2 of 3 bars on the battery indicator. 5Third time's the charm! Full disclosure: I am a klutz. I put my phone in my lap and then stand up and drop it. I put money in my pocket then send it out to the dry cleaners. I throw salt into recipes instead of sugar (well, no, I've never done that, but you get the idea).My first digital camera fell. The battery holder cracked and it needed tape to keep it all closed and working.My second digital camera fell into water and, despite my desperately plunging it into a 10 pound bag of rice, broke.I wasn't taking any chances this time around.I bought an orange camera. Why orange? So that I can easily find it at the bottom of a diaper bag, in the trunk of my car, or in the back of the junk drawer in the kitchen (you know you all have one).I've dropped the phone. I've taken it on water rides at Great Adventure. It's bounced, floated and done just about anything and everything else that you can think of. And it truly takes a licking and keeps on clicking (like how I did that?). Great camera, great value, great bang (literally) for your buck! 5Adequate for what it is "Adequate for what it is" - well, what is it? It's a very low cost, you might even say near-disposable, underwater camera. Read through the reviews for any underwater camera and you will find complaints about water leakage, so none of these products are infallible. My view is that it's better to have a lower-cost model with some compromises when none of the alternatives are going to have perfect water protection, image quality, or ergonomics, because if something goes wrong, you can just buy another one.I'm not a serious underwater photographer; if I were, I'd want an SLR with an expensive underwater housing. What I did want was something that could take a bit of a beating and go underwater, and as a bonus even survive to be used again in a similar fashion. This by itself is an improvement over any standard compact camera, which (and I know from experience) will die a quick and hopefully painless death after even one curious if accidental foray into the briny deep.The TS20 is very small, very light, and the actual water sealing looks very flimsy - but it works. Just don't expect a solid "sealed vault" feel to the door -- it closes, that's all, and it does keep the water out.The lens is unremarkable (somewhat slow), the LCD is a bit laggy, and the image quality is about what you'd expect (ok in good light, lousy otherwise), but you'll get pictures that you wouldn't otherwise have. The 16 megapixel resolution is just a marketing spec; from a quality standpoint, a 16 megapixel raw image from something like a Nikon D7000 is going to be on another planet compared to what comes out of the TS20. But again -- that D7000 won't go underwater.In summary, it's good for what it does -- just understand what that is, and you'll be fine if it's sufficient to meet your needs. 3Warning about underwater use!!!! I purchased the TS20 from Amazon.com 2 days before my trip to Mexico. Above water, the camera is everything expected (lightweight, stunning photos, easy navigation, slim profile, etc... If this was not advertised as a waterproof camera, I would have given it 4 stars... underwater is another story. Before I get into what I happened, just know that I studied the user manual thoroughly before I used it in the water.The first day of the trip was completely away from the water. Took some token pictures of mountains, the ocean, etc, etc; routine stuff. The second day of my trip I went snorkeling and this is where the trouble began. I took the camera snorkeling and captured some great pictures and video underwater. Even in water the view finder provided clear images. After about 30 minutes or so in the water, I swam back to the boat and began to clean the camera; The manual provides basic cleaning instructions and I followed them to a tee.... about 45 minutes after I got onto the boat, I took the camera out to take some more pictures. The camera came on, but all the buttons ceased to work. I could not zoom in, use the menu or use any of the camera's functions after that. I was relieved to find all my images/video were saved onto the SD card, but the camera was still inoperable, which is really a shame because the underwater shots came out great.Currently I am in the process of sending the camera back to Panasonic to see if they can do anything under the warranty... best case scenario they fix the camera and I use it only for above water photos... worst case scenario, I purchased a $135 paper weight...UPDATE 12/1/2012:I received a replacement camera late last week. In the notice included with the packaging, Panasonic stated the camera was either re-manufactured or brand new. From the looks of the packaging it appears to be a brand new camera. Either way, the camera is in full working order and has been designated as my main "out of water" camera. FYI... They also sent me an entire new set of cables, battery, charger, etc.. which was good because I left the original charger back in Mexico.About the process:I had to call and get a authorization code, send in the camera with a letter stating what happened and wait about 3-4 weeks. Never received a call regarding the status, the replacement just showed up on my doorstep when I got home from work. 1
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Cool camera This camera was a gift for my 14 year old grandson who needed a camera to take on his 8th grade trip next spring. I could have bought a cheapie for him, but I wanted a good, sturdy camera that could grow with him until he's an adult and can upgrade, knowing more about what he wants. I researched cameras on Consumer Reports, etc. I could not find the top rated camera for sale anywhere. Then I looked at the waterproof ratings, and found this one. I definitely wanted something sturdy, since Victor is still a kid and would probably be bouncing it around on his trip along with other places he'd take it. I am concerned about the "waterproof" reference, since in reading the reviews I found that most people found it wasn't really waterproof. I told Victor to never actually take it under water because of the ratings, but I was pleased that it would probably be OK in rain or water fountain sprays. I also liked the lens set up because an extendable lens might get caught on things or open accidentally. This again makes the camera more likely to hold up to the uses he'll give it.When he opened it on Christmas, I had charged the battery (easy to do) and also loaded an SD card (none came with the camera). So, it was ready for use. He seemed thrilled - he loved the orange color, tho' I had been a bit worried about that. He knew enough about digital cameras from watching & occasionally using his parents' camera that he began taking pix right away. He's a tinkerer, and was able to figure out how things worked pretty quickly. I was a bit disappointed that the various buttons didn't stick up higher, and so were hard to "feel" and use without looking - that slows you down when you're taking lots of pictures, but that also means they don't stick up to catch on things that might damage the camera. I even added a tiny book about digital cameras for dummies, and we found out his school has a camera club, so he should be a pro by the time the trip comes around. His sister was jealous (maybe next year?), and my only disappointment was when I saw an ad at a local store 2 weeks before Christmas for the same camera, but $20 less! 4They ruined the perfect product with a terrible interface This is my second Lumix water/shockproof camera. I lost my first one and bought this. I've owned similar from other competitors.Previous offerings were very user friendly. This camera is the opposite. Among my complaints:* The 'movie button' is where the power button should be... and is colored with a red dot.* The zoom used to be operable with the same hand holding the camera. AND it had a great feel thanks to a toggle-switch sorta thing. That has been replaced w/ buttons that you can not use with one-hand operation AND it has a terrible 'feel.'* They ditched the candlelight mode. Seriously? That mode was awesome, it apparently maxed out the lens aperture and cranked up the ISO rating. It was the go-to mode for low-light pictures. You can forget that now.* To top it all off, about every month or so, ours unexplicitly turns itself off when you fiddle w/ the controls. Over and over until you just put the camera away and get it out after the gremlins have left.Thankfully, my old model turned up. I will gleefully sell this camera and go back to my Lumix. 1Awesome deal! This camera is really great! I am really surprised at the quality of the photos taken in and out of water. I own a digital SLR, consider myself a pretty good amateur photographer and I am picky about the quality of my photos. I live in the caribbean, and I wanted a camera take photos of when I am at the beach and snorkeling. I didn't want to risk damaging my valuable SLR by getting a camera case for it, and this camera turned out to be less expensive than the case I was considering. This camera is an awesome tool to have in the water and allows you to get angles that you cannot get with a non-waterproof camera. I have used it for a few days in a row while snorkeling and at the pool and have followed the care instructions carefully and the camera works really well. I am really pleasantly surprised at the quality of the photos. I was able to get amazing photos of a sting ray and a bunch of coral and fish. The colors are vibrant and match the ones you see in real life! The waters I typically snorkel in are crystal clear, so the images taken are actually quite impressive. If water is murky than obviously, the image will also be.For the owners of an SLR like myself, this camera is a great compliment to an SLR. It doesn't take SLR quality photos (clearly), but the quality is good enough in my opinion for amateurs like myself.For people looking to buy a point an shoot - honestly if I had to own a single point and shoot camera, this would be it. It can be used in all kinds of weather conditions (snow, heat, underwater) and the quality of the photos are very good in and out of water and the price is AMAZING. It is also very small and sleek so can be packed very easily when going on any kind of adventure. I got the floating handle for the camera when I go snorkeling with it and it works wonderfully http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003CK10DG/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i00. I would recommend getting this if you plan on using a lot in water as the camera will sink if dropped.LOVE and VERY Happy with this purchase! So excited to be able to take photos in and underwater now! My husband is not too thrilled, however, since being in water was the only time he wasn't forced to pose for photos! ha! 5Works ok in water, horrible picture quality, terrible in anything other than very bright light The underwater feature has worked ok for us, although I see dozens of complaints from other reviewers about that issue. My bone to pick with this camera is the terrible, almost unusable picture quality. I understand that this is not a $1600 camera, but with today's advances in digital cameras, you think you could at least get picture quality that is as good, if not better, than a $30 cell phone or a disposable film camera. All images have a soft quality with terrible noise. There is also a slight cool tint to all photos. Most of them are unusable as prints. I liked the idea of having a "tough" go anywhere camera, but I have found that you shouldn't waste money on features that you aren't likely to use. My daughter took this to the pool a few times and got some neat shots, but that is the camera's limitations. Great for water if you have to have that function, but almost useless as a device to capture decent photos for printing. This camera sits in a junk drawer of our house, and we spent a little more money on a decent digital camera that takes worthy pics. 2Survived fall onto rocks and 2 days under water I bought this camera 10 months ago and I use it when I'm fishing so I don't have to worry about dropping it in the sand or water. I've had no complaints so far, and the picture quality is very good, but up until a couple days ago it hasn't really seen any harsh use. But I just had an incredible experience so I just had to write a review.I was fishing from the rocky shore of a bay (it's like a bank of boulders going into the water) and set the camera down on some of the rocks. When I reached to pick it back up I clumsily knocked it off and watched and heard it tumble down between some of the rocks and into the water. At first I thought no big deal, after all that's why I use a waterproof camera (I hadn't even thought about the shockproofness), but I quickly found out it had fallen so far between the rocks that it was out of sight, and even worse out of reach. I spent probably 20 minutes with my shoes and pants soaked standing in the water reaching between the rocks and scratching up my hands but I couldn't find the camera. I was super bummed because I had just caught 2 types of fish that I'd never caught before and had those pictures on the camera, and also the SD card contained pictures of my pregnant wife's belly that we've been taking each week. So it was more about wanting the pictures back than the camera.I decided my best hope was to come back at low tide with a magnet on a string and see if I could see it and fish it out. Unfortunately that was on a Thursday evening and because of work the next low tide I had free was Saturday evening. After 2 days of dread I went back to the same spot where the camera fell (luckily I scratched the rocks with my pliers so I could find the same spot) and I was happy to see that the water level was significantly lower. In fact I was able to stand lower down on the rock bank and peek through a gap from the side and my heart lifted when I saw the camera sitting there. I was able to just reach in and grab it (I couldn't do that before because my head would have been under water). And the best part, I was amazed when i pushed the power button and the camera turned right on! I took some test pictures and everything was still working perfectly. What a relief.So in summary, after tumbling down rocks and spending 48 hours outdoors, half of that time under sea water, the camera survived. Later upon further inspection at home the only thing I noticed was a tiny bit of condensation in the lens and flash areas, but not in the screen. After a day of sitting out now the condensation is gone. So needless to say I love this camera. 5Fantastic Camera, in and out of Water I have had this camera for about five months and I absolutely love it. I wanted a waterproof camera so I wouldn't have to worry about ruining it in rain, snow, dirt, or anything else I throw at it.Here are some my favorite things about this camera:-It has a really fast shutter speed so it captures subjects in motion without blur.-It has a burst function that takes lots of pictures in a row, and so far they have come out incredible. I recently went cliff jumping and got some really good progressive shots of people falling in the air.-The camera has really good speakers when playing back video.-Picture quality is fantastic for a point and shoot, both inside and out. Some pictures taken in darker rooms turn out grainy, but that has happened with all my other cameras in the past.-The wrist strap is adjustable so it can be securely fit to your wrist while in the water.-The interface is really quick and easy to use.-The camera turns on incredibly fast so it's good for spur of the moment photo-ops.-You don't have to change settings between photo and video, you just push a different button for video to start recording. This is really nice because on my previous camera I often forgot to switch it back to photo mode and would take videos instead of pictres.All in all I love this camera. I don't have any complaints about it yet and I would definitely recommend it! I would also recommend buying a spare battery. The charge holds pretty well but if you are using it a lot in a day it's better to be safe and have a spare just in case. Wouldn't want to miss any great opportunities for a picture!TO ADD ON:I recently had my camera at the beach and someone dropped it in the sand. All the cracks had sand in them, so I was a little worried. I just filled my sink with water and sat the camera in in for about 10 minutes, and all the sand just fell off. It's like nothing even happened! I was so happy since my previous camera was ruined by sand. 5Nice water resistant camera, although price has doubled since I bought in 2012 I'll keep this brief, unlike some of my other reviews. We bought this 3 years ago, and have taken it to several Boy Scout outings, including Seabase in the Bahamas twice (2012 & 2015), a Green River canoe trip in Utah (2013), and a Northern Tier canoe trip in the Canadian boundary waters (2014).It has remained waterproof each of those times, although never taken deeper than 3-4 feet below the surface. After using it in the ocean we always rinsed it off with fresh water to get rid of the salt water, as instructed. The most important thing to stay dry is this - if you see the "red" indicator on the lock switch for the battery/SD card compartment, then it means "Stop not sealed" and DO NOT get it wet until you slide the "lock" lever to hide the red label.Picture quality has been good, and typically we have not needed to use the spare battery and charger for over 200 pictures each trip. If I recall correctly, the charger light is confusing because it displays a green light while charging and I think the light goes off when it's done. Having it glow red while charging and green when done would be better. While stored in the phone the battery holds a charge for a fair amount of time, and after 3 months of sitting around we still had 2 of 3 bars on the battery indicator. 5Third time's the charm! Full disclosure: I am a klutz. I put my phone in my lap and then stand up and drop it. I put money in my pocket then send it out to the dry cleaners. I throw salt into recipes instead of sugar (well, no, I've never done that, but you get the idea).My first digital camera fell. The battery holder cracked and it needed tape to keep it all closed and working.My second digital camera fell into water and, despite my desperately plunging it into a 10 pound bag of rice, broke.I wasn't taking any chances this time around.I bought an orange camera. Why orange? So that I can easily find it at the bottom of a diaper bag, in the trunk of my car, or in the back of the junk drawer in the kitchen (you know you all have one).I've dropped the phone. I've taken it on water rides at Great Adventure. It's bounced, floated and done just about anything and everything else that you can think of. And it truly takes a licking and keeps on clicking (like how I did that?). Great camera, great value, great bang (literally) for your buck! 5Adequate for what it is "Adequate for what it is" - well, what is it? It's a very low cost, you might even say near-disposable, underwater camera. Read through the reviews for any underwater camera and you will find complaints about water leakage, so none of these products are infallible. My view is that it's better to have a lower-cost model with some compromises when none of the alternatives are going to have perfect water protection, image quality, or ergonomics, because if something goes wrong, you can just buy another one.I'm not a serious underwater photographer; if I were, I'd want an SLR with an expensive underwater housing. What I did want was something that could take a bit of a beating and go underwater, and as a bonus even survive to be used again in a similar fashion. This by itself is an improvement over any standard compact camera, which (and I know from experience) will die a quick and hopefully painless death after even one curious if accidental foray into the briny deep.The TS20 is very small, very light, and the actual water sealing looks very flimsy - but it works. Just don't expect a solid "sealed vault" feel to the door -- it closes, that's all, and it does keep the water out.The lens is unremarkable (somewhat slow), the LCD is a bit laggy, and the image quality is about what you'd expect (ok in good light, lousy otherwise), but you'll get pictures that you wouldn't otherwise have. The 16 megapixel resolution is just a marketing spec; from a quality standpoint, a 16 megapixel raw image from something like a Nikon D7000 is going to be on another planet compared to what comes out of the TS20. But again -- that D7000 won't go underwater.In summary, it's good for what it does -- just understand what that is, and you'll be fine if it's sufficient to meet your needs. 3Warning about underwater use!!!! I purchased the TS20 from Amazon.com 2 days before my trip to Mexico. Above water, the camera is everything expected (lightweight, stunning photos, easy navigation, slim profile, etc... If this was not advertised as a waterproof camera, I would have given it 4 stars... underwater is another story. Before I get into what I happened, just know that I studied the user manual thoroughly before I used it in the water.The first day of the trip was completely away from the water. Took some token pictures of mountains, the ocean, etc, etc; routine stuff. The second day of my trip I went snorkeling and this is where the trouble began. I took the camera snorkeling and captured some great pictures and video underwater. Even in water the view finder provided clear images. After about 30 minutes or so in the water, I swam back to the boat and began to clean the camera; The manual provides basic cleaning instructions and I followed them to a tee.... about 45 minutes after I got onto the boat, I took the camera out to take some more pictures. The camera came on, but all the buttons ceased to work. I could not zoom in, use the menu or use any of the camera's functions after that. I was relieved to find all my images/video were saved onto the SD card, but the camera was still inoperable, which is really a shame because the underwater shots came out great.Currently I am in the process of sending the camera back to Panasonic to see if they can do anything under the warranty... best case scenario they fix the camera and I use it only for above water photos... worst case scenario, I purchased a $135 paper weight...UPDATE 12/1/2012:I received a replacement camera late last week. In the notice included with the packaging, Panasonic stated the camera was either re-manufactured or brand new. From the looks of the packaging it appears to be a brand new camera. Either way, the camera is in full working order and has been designated as my main "out of water" camera. FYI... They also sent me an entire new set of cables, battery, charger, etc.. which was good because I left the original charger back in Mexico.About the process:I had to call and get a authorization code, send in the camera with a letter stating what happened and wait about 3-4 weeks. Never received a call regarding the status, the replacement just showed up on my doorstep when I got home from work. 1
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