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LUMIX Pansonic Digital Cameras - Best Travel Camera

Updated on July 13, 2012

My partner and I do a lot of 4X4 camping and off-roading along gravel forestry roads.  I was using my iPhone 3GS as my camera and video camcorder. The trouble with all-in-one is that the quality is not the best and I had to be super careful not to damage my phone.  

We were in the electronics store one day and stumbled upon the Lumix Panasonic DMC-TS3 digital camera and loved it so much that we bought it right away. It's the perfect camera for adventure travelers.

Here are the reasons why it was such a great buy and the best travel camera!

1. Rugged - Waterproof, Freezeproof, Shockproof

If it's raining I don't have to worry about ruining the camera because it's waterproof. We wanted a camera that could withstand the weather conditions such as wind and rain. Due to it's ruggedness we were able to experiment and clamp the camera to the roof of our Mitsubishi Delica (see photo right) so we could video the road.

Also it's shockproof and drop proof so there is no need to worry if it falls accidentally.  This is something I wouldn't have been able to do that with my iPhone,

2. GPS Tracker

Since we're looking for a travel 'adventure' camera for our trips, it's great to have the GPS tracker built into the photos so you don't have to remember where each place is. It has to be outside to be able to locate the satellites but it is a bonus to be able to see the city/town/place where you've been on the photos

If you get loss, it also has a built in compass.

3. High Definition Video

Being a hobby blogger and travel lover, we wanted to start taking more videos of places where we've been.  Now the iPhone is great for convenience but it doesn't take good video and Lumix Panasonic does a far superior job at that task.  High definition makes all the difference.  The videos are so crisp and sharp as to be expected since the photos are the same high quality.

4. Panasonic iA (Intellect Auto) Mode

I can easily say that even though I love photography, I am still a beginner, but with the Panasonic Lumix, my photos say that I'm not.  The easy menu and iA (Intellect Auto) mode makes it easy to take good photos all of the time.  I also love the fact that it has a stabilizer that is much better than an iPhone's.  I'm taking photos from inside our Mitsubishi Delica on our road trips and if I'm a little shaky, the iPhone makes the photos blurry.  The Panasonic Lumix does not.  You don't need to know anything about photography to be a good photography. 

All you need is the right equipment and a beautiful location.


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      Linda Crampton 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This sounds like a very interesting camera, especially since it's weatherproof and has a GPS tracker and a compass. These could be very useful features for someone who likes to explore outdoors. Thank you for the information.


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