Panasonic is adding two new rugged cameras to its waterproof, freeze-proof, shockproof and dustproof tough camera range, the Lumix TS6 and TS30.
The 16.1-megapixel TS6 sports a 4.6x optical zoom Leica lens (35 mm equivalent: 28-128 mm), and features 1920 x 1080 60p full HD video recording capability, waterproof performance to 43 ft / 220 lbf pressure resistance, Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC (Near Field Communication) technology, and a variety of shooting options. It has a 3.0-inch LCD.
The camera is dustproof, shockproof to 6.6 ft, freeze-proof to 14 degrees F, and is equipped with built-in GPS (Global Positioning System) and complies with GLONASS (Global Navigation Satellite System). In addition, the TS6 has a compass, altimeter and barometer.
The camera’s Venus Engine image processor delivers video recording in AVCHD Progressive format and high speed burst shooting at 10 fps with high picture quality.
With the Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC technology, users can connect the camera to their smartphone/tablet anywhere at one-touch without a need of cabling or searching for a Wi-Fi hotspot. In addition, users can utilize a smartphone/tablet as another camera monitor to set focus, zooming or shutter release. It is also possible to record video watching the motion image live on a smartphone/tablet. With the Instant Transfer function, photos are automatically be sent to the designated electronic devices (ie smartphone/tablet) right after shooting.
A variety of special effects include Creative Panorama, Creative Control, Creative Retouch, and Time Lapse Shot. For beginners, iA (Intelligent Auto) mode helps to shoot photo/video without a mistake. The Advanced Underwater Mode features Red Colour Reproduction to reproduce original natural colour of subjects and Torch Light function allows the camera to serve as a light with its built-in LED.
The camera will be available in camouflage, blue, orange and red.
The Lumix TS30 is waterproof to 26 feet, shock-proof to 5 feet, freeze-proof to 14F, and dust-proof, with a Lumix DC Vario 4x optical zoom lens (25-100 mm equivalent).
It has Advanced Underwater mode and Torch Light function.
The TS30 is also equipped with a range of manual and automatic modes and sports a 2.7-inch LCD.
The camera also boasts Creative Panorama, Creative Control and Creative Retouch modes, with12 filter effects, plus Time Lapse.
This camera will be available in black, blue and red.
The cameras were announced at C.E.S. in Las Vegas. There’s no information as yet on Canadian availability.