A cheaper pocketable waterproof video camera: the Panasonic TS5 (FT5) - AVS Forum
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For $299-$349 you get a waterproof, dustproof, shockproof pocketable 108060p AVCHD camera with optical zoom and optical stabilization (and active mode).

How does it compare to the Sony GW77? It takes much better real 16 megapixel stills, is more robust in the waterproofing (much greater depth possible), more robust to dropping, smaller and crushproof. You also get WiFi, so you can do remote viewing and controlling, and time-lapse stills/video. Both have GPS, the TS5 uses GLASNOSS and GPS and has more detailed maps for more countries. The sensor of the TS5 is larger: 1/2.3" versus 1/4.1" for the Sony.

The lens is slower and the zoom is only 4.8X as opposed to 10X and the LCD is lower resolution and not touch screen, but more viewable in sunlight.

Here are two example videos:

Columbus Circle Fountains, with no worry about getting in close:

https://vimeo.com/64973020

You can download the 108060p original.

Farnam Gardens, with chickens!

Choose 1080p.

And it comes in choice of colors too, but no worry about it looking like a pistol...
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Thanks for posting the videos. Bright light video looks pretty good. What does the underwater video look like? Is it a significant improvement over the TS3?
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I have not taken the camera underwater yet, but Panasonic touts a new 'underwater' mode that is supposed to improve the color underwater based on scientific tests (red correction, etc.).
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I look forward to seeing your underwater footage from the ts5.
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Once again you demonstrate that consumer camcorders produce video with wonderful picture quality.
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Once again you demonstrate that consumer camcorders produce video with wonderful picture quality.

with little effort, little time, little expense and little weight and size smile.gif
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Time-lapse video: ominous clouds


Select 1080p for best quality, like the original.

Cloudy skies are more interesting than we think.

Followed by rain, but no worry, since the TS5 is waterproof. You can set the stills to be 16:9 so the in-camera made movie would then be widescreen. But I did not. Again, the camera made the 1920x1080 30fps movie from the set of 800 still photos at full resolution (16 megapixels). The interval between photos was 10 seconds. About one-third of the battery was left after the 800 shots, so probably one can get 1200 or more stills. With 10-second intervals that would be about a 40 second 30p movie.
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the grinding autofocus from mine was horrible. promptly returned!
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Another windy, rainy Panasonic TS5 Video: Times Square

Your tax dollars at work, Mickey and other mascots hugging scam in action, those lighted colorful animated signs, and tourists try to stay dry.

This is the kind of weather the TS5 was made for.

Shot in 72060p mode, by error. Still looks fine.

https://vimeo.com/67022280

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Select 720p.
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