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Panasonic isn't the first name most of us associate with digital cameras. But they've been making some great models the last few years. In fact, Panasonic's DMC FZ50 convinced me to - at least temporarily - give up my digital SLR.
If you're in the market for a rugged compact camera, check out Panasonic's new Lumix TS1. At 3.9" x 2.5" x .9" the TS1 is easily pocketable. But it packs quite a punch for such a small camera. Here are a few of the TS1's impressive specs:
* 12.1 megapixels
* 4.6x (internal) optical zoom (28 - 128mm 35mm equivalent)
* Image stabilization
* 2.7" LCD screen
* Waterproof to 3 meters for up to an hour
* Shock resistant
* Real HD video
* Extended ISO range to 6400 in High Sensitivity Auto mode
Plus, the TS1 simply looks good.
The one thing on the TS1 that isn't compact is the price. At $400, it costs about $61.54 an ounce. But early reports are that the picture quality is very good and the HD video will knock your socks off. At the very least, it's worth a look.