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Panasonic Introduces World's First(*1) Waterproof, Shockproof and Dustproof Digital Camera with AVCHD Lite HD Video Recording Capabilities(*2)



MIAMI , Jan. 27 -- Panasonic today introduced the LUMIX DMC-TS1, the world's first(*1) waterproof, shockproof and dustproof digital camera(*2) to also feature AVCHD Lite High Definition (HD) video recording capabilities(*3). The TS1's tough and rugged design makes it the ideal choice for active users needing the ultimate hybrid for capturing both still and motion images during outdoor activities. The LUMIX TS1, with a 12.1 megapixel resolution, features a 28mm wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens, a 4.6x optical zoom and Panasonic's proprietary iA (Intelligent Auto) mode, making this an easy-to-use, yet powerful camera that packs advanced imaging features.

"Many consumers are hesitant to take their digital cameras on outdoor activities like skiing, hiking, boating or even a day at the beach, for fear it will be damaged. With the introduction of the LUMIX TS1, we offer a digital camera with a rugged design that consumers can feel confident using in these tough environments," said David Briganti , National Marketing Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. "Even more, with the ability to take both beautiful high-quality still images and High Definition video, with AVCHD Lite, the TS1 offers a powerful one-two punch to capture memories that can later be shared with friends and family."

The TS1 is waterproof to a depth of 10 feet, shockproof from falls up to 5 feet, and dustproof. With its rubber padding, reinforced glass and carbon resins inside the camera, the TS1 features an airtight body protected against water immersion, dust and sand.

Starting at the 28mm wide angle, and zooming up to a useful 128mm in telephoto, the TS1 gives users the flexibility for a variety of shooting environments -- especially underwater, where movement is often restricted and the angle of view becomes important for composing shots. The TS1 also features a 2.7-inch, 230,000-dot Intelligent LCD with a wide viewing angle, enhancing visibility during recording and playback by automatic brightness control according to the environment's lighting conditions. Plus, the TS1's LCD panel is deliberately thickened for protection against pressure, allowing the display to operate with clear visibility even underwater.

The TS1 records AVCHD Lite HD video, allowing almost double the recording time in HD quality compared with the conventional Motion JPEG format. The TS1 also features Dolby Digital Creator to record high quality audio to match the high-quality motion images.

Also new in 2009, the TS1 features iA mode for both still images and in Movie Mode. For iA in Movie Mode, the TS1 features Optical Image Stabilization (O.I.S.), which helps prevent handshake when using high-powered zoom. Face Detection automatically detects a face in a frame and adjusts focus, exposure, contrast, and skin complexion on the face. Intelligent Exposure continually checks the ambient light level and adjusts the exposure setting as conditions change to prevent blown highlights and blocked shadows. And Intelligent Scene Selector automatically switches between Normal, Portrait, Macro, Scenery, and Low Light modes according to the situation to optimize visual quality. A Wind Cut function is also available to block out most of the noise from background wind. Optical zoom can be used in motion image recording. Users can start video recording by simply pressing a dedicated button on the camera's back panel.

The TS1's iA for still image adds Face Recognition(*4) -- a feature that "remembers" faces from previous shots. When a registered face appears in the frame, the camera will prioritize focus and exposure to capture it beautifully. With Face Recognition, when a familiar face is recorded several times, the camera will prompt you to register the face. Once registered, if the face appears into the frame again, the camera will display the name specified for that person and prioritize focus and exposure so that the registered face is bright and sharply focused.

The imaging power of LUMIX has further evolved with the Venus Engine HD, which boasts two CPUs to provide approx. 2.4x processing capability and support for Face Recognition, AVCHD Lite and HDMI output. It integrates the numerous advanced functions with high performance, and low-power consumption. Thanks to the Venus Engine HD, it's easy to view photos or movies recorded in AVCHD Lite. Simply insert the SD Memory Card from the camera in the Panasonic VIERA(R) HDTV's Image Viewer SD Memory Card slot to start playback, or connect the camera via an optional HDMI mini cable to a VIERA Link(TM)-equipped Panasonic VIERA HDTV and use the TV's remote control to run slideshows(*5).

This multi-task image-processing engine also enables a fast response time. The TS1 starts up quickly in 1.3 seconds and shutter release time lag is approximately 0.005 seconds, making it easy to capture sudden, spur-of-the-moment photo opportunities. The Flash Burst mode makes it possible to take consecutive shots with continuous emissions of the flash(*6). The Venus Engine HD also supports a High Sensitivity mode that lets the TS1 record up to ISO 6400(*7), sensitive enough to capture subjects in near-total darkness without using a flash. Despite its outstanding performance, the high performance engine is also more energy efficient, extending the battery life up to 340 shots (CIPA) per a single charge.

Other features of the LUMIX DMC-TS1 include:

-- New Scene Modes for Still Images: Beach & Surf mode gives users a single mode with optimized auto white balance for optical shooting on the beach and in shallow water. -- New Panorama Assist scene mode allows users to shoot a number of consistent photos, either vertically or horizontally, by aligning them according to a guide that overlaps the screen. Then using those photos and the bundled PanoramaMaker software, users can create dramatic panoramic images. -- Increased Scene modes for both still and motion image shooting -- optimized for a variety of situations. There are 26 scene modes for still image and 17 for motion image (Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self Portrait, Scenery, Low Light, Food, Party, Candle Light, Sunset, High sensitivity, Beach & Surf, Snow, Aerial, Pinhole, Film Grain and Underwater) -- LED Illumination is available in motion image recording. -- High-Speed Burst (Speed Priority) that fires off approximately 10 shots per second(*8). -- Menus are clearer and easier to navigate with the Display Size option. -- Macro Zoom function lets users pull subjects even closer to capture dramatic close-up shots by using the 3x digital zoom in the wide-angle. -- Bundled Software: The latest version of PHOTOfunSTUDIO 3.0 HD Edition allows users to view, edit and archive captured content with greater ease and fun. Still and motion images can be transferred to the computer via a USB cable for viewing and archiving. Using PHOTOfunSTUDIO 3.0 HD Edition, users can edit and remove unwanted portions of video clips recorded in AVCHD Lite. Contents recorded in AVCHD Lite can be burned directly onto a DVD disc or converted to MPEG2 format. The software also incorporates the Face Recognition function, which recognizes registered faces in photos stored on the computer, making organizing and archiving photos with a specific person much easier. Additionally, motion pictures can be uploaded directly to YouTube.

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TS1 will be available in silver, green or orange models in April 2009 for a suggested retail price of $399.95. For more information, please visit www.panasonic.com/lumix. To download hi-res photos, please visit www.panasonic.com/pressroom.

*1 As of 1/27/2009. *2 About Waterproof / Dustproof performance of the camera This camera is waterproof / dustproof equivalent to "IP58", and is possible to record at a maximum of 3.0 m depth/60 min. This does not guarantee non-destruction, non-malfunction, and water-proofing in all conditions. Please observe specified precautions and avoid product-use beyond the guaranteed underwater duration, or beyond the guaranteed depth of water. - Attention - To prevent water leakage, confirm that there is no foreign object near card/battery door then close door by pressing until it clicks. - Use underwater up to 3.0 m depth and not longer than 60 minutes continuously. - Do not leave under low temperature in the cold climate, or where the temperature is above 40 degrees C for a long period of time. - When the unit is splashed with detergent, soap, hot spring, bath additive, sun oil, sunscreen, chemical, etc., wipe it off immediately. - After use at the seaside or underwater, soak the unit in fresh water pooled in a shallow container for 10 minutes or less. Do not leave uncared for more than 60 minutes after using underwater. It may cause deterioration of the waterproof performance. - Foreign materials may be attached if the zoom lever or mode dial does not move smoothly. Soak the unit in fresh water, shake it well and then wash the zoom lever and mode dial with tap water. - To maintain the waterproof performance, it is recommended that the waterproof seal (with fee) is replaced at least once every 1 year at the user's expense at the retail store where you have bought the camera. About Shockproof performance of the camera This camera has passed a drop test from 1.5 m in height in accordance with "MIL-STD 810F Method 516.5-Shock", but this does not guarantee non-destruction, non-malfunction, and water-proofing in all conditions. Water-proofing is not guaranteed if the unit is subject to an impact as a result of being hit or dropped etc. - Drop Test - Test standard: MIL-STD 810F Method 516.5-Shock - Drop height: 1.5m - Drop surface: 5cm thick plywood - Number of units tested: 5 - Drop orientations: 26 (each face, edge and corner) - Number of drops: 1 (for each orientation) - Unit inspected after each drop and found to be operating within product specifications. Change of appearance -- paint-loss or deformation not measured. *3 The "AVCHD" is a high definition (HD) digital video recording / playback format jointly established by Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation. The "AVCHD Lite" is a subset of the "AVCHD format" for HD digital video cameras with HD video recording restricted to 720P. The new "AVCHD Lite" Logo and the "AVCHD Lite" License are restricted to devices within the AVCHD Video Camera category. Digital cameras have now been added to the AVCHD Video Camera category. For more details, please refer to the "AVCHD Information Website". http://www.avchd-info.org/ *4 Depending on background and facial expression, camera may not recognize a registered person. *5 AVCHD Lite motion images recorded onto an SD Memory Card or a DVD disc cannot be played from a device that does not support the AVCHD standard. *6 In 3-megapixel (4:3), 2.5-megapixel (3:2), 2-megapixel (16:9) recording. *7 Max. 5 images. In 3-megapixel (4:3), 2.5-megapixel (3:2), 2-megapixel (16:9) recording. *8 3-megapixel (4:3), 2.5-megapixel (3:2), 2-megapixel (16:9) recording. (10fps in Speed Priority mode / 6fps in Picture Priority mode) *LEICA is a registered trademark of LEICA Microsystems IR GmbH. *The LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lenses are manufactured using measurement instruments and quality assurance systems that have been certified by LEICA Camera AG based on the company's quality standards. *YouTube is a trademark of Google Inc. *The "AVCHD Lite" and the "AVCHD Lite" logo are trademarks of Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation. *HDMI, the HDMI logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC. *All other company and product names are trademarks of their respective corporations. *This unit is compatible with both SD Memory cards and SDHC Memory cards. You can only use SDHC Memory cards on devices that are compatible with them. You cannot use SDHC Memory cards on devices that are only compatible with SD Memory cards. (When using an SDHC Memory card on another device, be sure to read the operating instructions for that device.) *When you set the picture quality to HD, WVGA or VGA, we recommend using a high-speed card with "10MB/s" or greater displayed on the package. *Continuous recording exceeding 2GB is not possible when recording motion JPEG. Remaining time for continuous recording is displayed on the screen. *The use of recorded or printed materials that are protected by copyright for any purpose other than personal enjoyment is prohibited, as it would infringe upon the rights of the copyright holder. *Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.

About Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company

Based in Secaucus, N.J. , Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company is a Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America , the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC) and the hub of Panasonic's U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Panasonic, known for innovative imaging technology that enables high-quality digital photos, introduced the world's first Micro Four Thirds digital camera. In its commitment to provide consumers with extensive imaging resources, Panasonic LUMIX established the Digital Photo Academy, a series of nationwide workshops designed to instruct consumers how to optimize the features on their digital cameras.

DMC-TS1 Specifications S-Sliver, D-Orange, G-Green Metrics Dimensions (W x H x D) 98.3 x 63.1 x 23.0 mm (3.87 x 2.49 x 0.91 in) Weight Approx. 162.5g (0.36 lb) Approx. 183.8g with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.41 lb) Optics Pixels Camera Effective Pixels 12.1 Megapixels CCD Sensor Size / Total Pixels / 1/2.33-inch / 12.7 Total Megapixels / Filter Primary Color Filter Lens Aperture F3.3 - 5.9 / 2-Step (F3.3 - 11 (W) / F5.9 - 18 (T)) Optical Zoom 4.6x Focal Length f=4.9-22.8mm (28-128mm in 35mm equiv.) Extra Optical 5.6x (4:3 / 8M), 7.2x (4:3 / 5M), 9.0x Zoom (EZ) (under 3M) Lens LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR 10 elements in 8 groups (5 Aspherical Lenses / 6 Aspherical surfaces, 1 ED lens) Optical Image Stabilizer MEGA O.I.S. (Auto / Mode1 / Mode2) Digital Zoom 4x (Max. 18.4 x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom) (Max.36.0x combined with Extra Optical Zoom) Focus Focusing Area Normal: Wide 30cm / Tele 50cm - infinity Macro / Intelligent AUTO: Wide 5cm / Tele 30cm - infinity Focus Range Display Yes AF Assist Lamp Yes Focus Normal / Macro, AF Tracking (On / Off), Pre-AF (Off / Quick AF / Continuous AF) Continuous AF (On / Off) in motion image recording AF Metering Face / AF Tracking / Multi (11pt) / 1pt HS / 1pt / Spot Shutter Shutter Speed 8-1/1300 sec (Selectable minimum shutter speed) Starry Sky Mode : 15, 30, 60sec. Recording iA Face Recognition Photo Optical Image Stabilizer Photo & Movie Intelligent ISO Control Photo Face Detection Photo & Movie Intelligent Photo (Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Scene Night Scenery, Macro), & Selector Movie (Portrait, Scenery, Low Light, Macro) Intelligent Exposure Photo & Movie AF Tracking Photo Digital Red Eye Correction Photo File File Format Still Image: JPEG (DCF / Exif2.21) Image with Audio: JPEG (DCF / Exif2.21) + QuickTime Motion picture: AVCHD Lite, QuickTime Motion JPEG AVCHD Lite REC NTSC Inter- face Mode Switch [Playback] One-Touch Movie Button Yes Recording Modes Mode Dial Intelligent AUTO, Normal Picture, SCN, Beach & Surf, Snow, Sports, Clipboard Still Picture Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Scene Mode Self-Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, High-Speed Burst (Image Priority / Speed Priority), Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Aerial photo, Pinhole, Film Grain, Underwater Movie Scene Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Mode Self-Portrait, Scenery, Low Light, Food, Party, Candle Light, Sunset, Beach & Surf, Snow, Aerial, Pinhole, Film Grain, Underwater, High Sensitivity (Activated by selecting Still Picture Scene Mode then pressing movie button. Still Picture Scene Modes without corresponding Movie Scene Mode is recorded in Normal Mode.) Continuous Shooting Mode Full-Resolution Image, 2.3 frames/sec Max. 5 images (Standard mode), Max 3 images (Fine Mode) High-Speed Burst Mode: approx. 6.0 frames/sec (image priority) approx. 10 frames/sec (speed priority) (recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9) Unlimited consecutive shooting 1.8 frames/sec Motion Picture 4:3 VGA: 640 x 480 pixels, 30fps Recording (Motion JPEG) QVGA: 320 x 240 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG) 16:9 WVGA: 848 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG) HD 1280x720, 60P (AVCHD Lite, SH: Movie 17Mbps / H:13Mbps / L:9Mbps) / 30fps (Motion JPEG) Exposure Para- Meters Exposure Program AE Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV step, +/-2 EV Auto (AE) Bracketing +/- 1/3 EV ~1EV step, 3 frames Light Metering Intelligent Multiple ISO Sensitivity Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 High Sensitivity (ISO 1600-6400) Image Para- meters Aspect Ratio 4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9 Still Picture 4:3 4000 x 3000(12M)/ 3264 x 2448 Recording (8M EZ) / 2560 x 1920 (5M EZ) / 2048 x 1536 (3M EZ) / 1600 x 1200 (2M EZ) / 640 x 480 (0.3M EZ) 3:2 4000 x 2672(10.5M) / 3264 x 2176 (7M EZ) / 2560 x 1712 (4.5M EZ) / 2048 x 1360 (2.5M EZ) 16:9 4000 x 2248(9M) / 3264 x 1840 (6M EZ) / 2560 x 1440 (3.5M EZ) / 1920 x 1080 (2M EZ) Image Quality Fine / Standard White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / White Set White Balance Adjustment (+/- 10steps, except for auto set) (Selectable at Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Sports, Baby, Pet, High Sensitivity, High-Speed Burst, Pinhole, Panorama Assist mode) Quick Menu Yes Color Mode Standard, Natural, Vivid, Black & White, Sepia, Cool, Warm Others Still Image with Audio Recording 5 sec Audio Dubbing Max. 10sec Flip Animation - Real-time histogram Yes Composition Guide line Yes (2 patterns) Auto Review 1sec, 2sec, Hold, Zoom Easy Zoom / Zoom Resume No / No Optical Zoom in Motion Picture Yes Zoom Macro Yes Orientation Detector Yes Scene Mode Help Screen Yes Self Timer 2sec / 10sec Focus Icon Select Yes (in Face Recognition only) Playback Display Playback Mode Normal Playback, Slideshow, Mode Playback, Category Playback, Favorites Playback Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback 12,30-thumbnails / Max 16x Calendar Display / Dual-Image Playback Yes / No Set Favorites / Rotate Image Yes / No Playback Still Images with Audio Yes Playback Motion Picture Yes (Motion JPEG / AVCHD Lite) Slideshow Mode All / Still Images Only / Motion Picture Only / Favorites / Category BGM Effect (Natural / Slow / Swing / Urban / OFF) Show Histogram Yes Delete Delete Image Single / Multi / All / All except Favorites Edit DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection Yes / Yes Resize / Trim / Aspect Conv. / Leveling Yes / Yes / No / Yes Copy / Title Edit / Text Stamp Yes / Yes / Yes PictBridge Support Single / Multi / All / Favorites / DPOF Setup OSD language English, Spanish VIERA Link(TM) Yes HDMI(TM) Output Video: Auto / 1080i / 720p / 480p(NTSC) Audio: Dolby Digital Creator (Dolby AC3) Movie REC Guide Yes Wind-Cut in Motion Picture Yes Travel Date / World Time Yes / Yes Others Monitor LCD Monitor 2.7" TFT LCD Display (230K dots) Field of View: approx. 100%, Wide Viewing Angle AUTO Power LCD mode, Power LCD mode Tough Water Proof 3.0m (IEC60529 IPX8 compliant) Dust Proof Yes (IEC60529 IP5X compliant) Shock Proof 1.5m (MIL-STD810F Method 516.5-Shock compliant) Flash Built-in-Flash Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off 0.3 - 5.1m (Wide/ISO Auto), 0.3 - 2.8m (Tele/ISO Auto) Media Recording Media Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, MultiMediaCard (Still image only) LED Illumination Off / On / Auto Built-in-Memory approx. 40MB Audio Microphone / Speaker Mono / Yes Inter- Face Interface HDMI (mini), USB2.0 High speed AV Output NTSC model (NTSC) / DC Input (requires Multi Conversion Adapter DMW-MCA1*) *Optional Power Power ID-Security Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, 940mAh) (Included) AC Adaptor DMW-AC5** (Input: 110-240V AC) with Multi Conversion Adapter DMW-MCA1** **Optional Battery life (approx.) 340 Pictures (CIPA Standard)* Standard Package Included PHOTOfunSTUDIO v3.0 HD Edition Software ArcSoft (MediaImpression / Panorama Maker) USB Driver, QuickTime Standard Battery Charger, Battery Pack, Battery Case Accessories AV Cable, USB Connection Cable, AC Cable Hand Strap (with stopper), CD-ROM *Based on the CIPA standard. Shooting conditions: 23 degrees C with 50% humidity; LCD on; using SD Memory Card; starting to shoot 30 seconds after turning on the power; shooting once every 30 seconds with the flash in full operation for every other shot; changing the zoom setting from telephoto to wide, or wide to telephoto, for each shot; and temporarily turning the power off after each 10 shots (long enough to lower the battery temperature). ** The number of recordable pictures decreases in Auto Power LCD mode or Power LCD mode.

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