Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30R – Underwater Camera
How does this sound – “Underwater camera that cares for your budget”? If you like that description, we have just the thing for you – Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30R. Read on for the full review!
It fits your pocket as well as your budget
The little gem is perfect for taking it to the beach right in your pocket. It is so small and light that you might forget you even brought it along. With a weight of only 125 grams (4.4 ounces), it is perfect for children and adults alike.
It can go as deep as 8 meters (26 feet) underwater and can take a hit by being dropped from 1,5 meters (4,9 feet), which is pretty impressive for the price. With price being as low as $138.00, it is one of the cheapest waterproof cameras out there, perfect for families or diving enthusiasts that just want to take some underwater pictures. We don’t offer a lot of cheap items since a fair share we tested is plain bad, but this fella pretty much takes the cake as the best cheap underwater camera on the market.
Impressive image quality for the price
Panasonic Lumix DMC TS30 can capture 720p quality video. Pictures taken with this camera may not have the same quality like those taken with more expensive cameras, as its sharpness or color range are a bit lower, but for the price, it’s top-level stuff. Images might even seem a bit blurry sometimes and not as clear, but if image quality is not your biggest concern and you just want to have some fun underwater, this should be your choice.
However, this camera has quality slow shutter speed options, ranging from 8 to 1/1300 of a second, which allows you to take pictures of fast moving objects that seem perfectly still. One of biggest letdowns according to some users is the fact that the DMC-TS30R doesn’t have any Wi-Fi or GPS capabilities at all, so you will have to transfer your pictures to other devices manually.
Takes a bit of time to get used to the menus
It’s safe to say that menus featured in this small camera are a bit confusing, so you should make sure to get used to it if you are a first time user. Also, the camera should be set on normal mode if you want complete access to all options, but if you press menu button it pops up a list of menu options not strictly related to normal shooting mode. Most of the cameras settings and parameters are not auto-adjustable, so that can be a bit of a problem if you are not experienced in dealing with these types of cameras.
This underwater camera uses Li-ion battery that lets you take 250 pictures on a single charge. Overall, a killer bang for the buck!
Price: $ 138.00