The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 has been replaced by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 (Discontinued). Reviewers agree that it stands out among waterproof cameras for a number of reasons. First, the TS1, measuring 3.9 inches by 2.5 inches by 0.9 inches, isn't nearly as bulky as other rugged cameras -- it could pass for a regular point-and-shoot. The TS1 also has an impressive 4.6x zoom, the longest of any top-rated waterproof camera, as well as a 28 mm wide-angle lens. Image quality is very good, though photos have a tendency to come out soft. Critics are also impressed with its HD video recording and say that battery life is very good. However, reviewers also note problems with the TS1: it's only waterproof to 10 feet, and some testers found that a drop of a few feet could mar its brushed-metal finish and cause the camera to malfunction despite its supposed shock-proofing.
We found a number of comprehensive evaluations of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 at professional review sites. DPReview.com has extensively documented head-to-head testing between the TS1 and other class leaders; CNET and InfoSyncWorld.com give the TS1 its own stand-alone review, but still compare it with other waterproof cameras in passing.
DPReview.com evaluates seven waterproof cameras in this extensive comparison. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 is a joint winner, along with the Canon Powershot D10. It beats the Canon in low-light performance, zoom range, and battery life, but not in ease of use. The flash is also cited as a bit weak.
Review: Waterproof Camera Group Test Group 7: 'Waterproof' cameras, Editors of DPReview.com, July 1, 2009
Joshua Goldman gives the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 an Editors' Choice award. While he admits that the Canon Powershot D10 beats the TS1 in image quality and durability, Goldman feels that the style and speed of the Panasonic camera nudges it ahead.
Review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 (Silver), Joshua Goldman, Aug. 27, 2009
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 gets a fairly good evaluation from editor Mike Perlman. According to him, the TS1 is "one of the better choices" when it comes to waterproof and shockproof compact digital cameras. Image quality is good, and the features are plentiful, though Perlman reports that the camera didn't survive impacts as well as he would have hoped.
Review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 Review, Mike Perlman, July 9, 2009