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Panasonic Lumix TS1 Features

Do you want to replace your old digital camera?
If yes, you should consider Panasonic TS1.

There's no optical viewfinder, with the Panasonic TS1 instead opting solely for a 2.7-inch LCD display with 230,000 dot resolution. The Panasonic TS1's lens has a maximum aperture that varies from f/3.3 to f/5.9 across the zoom range. The minimum focusing distance for the Panasonic DMC-TS1 is ordinarily 30 centimeters, but drops to just five centimeters when switched to Macro mode. That rugged body is one of the biggest selling points, though, capable of surviving some pretty harsh usage. The Panasonic DMC-TS1 is capable of surviving repeated drops from 1.5 meters onto five centimeter thick plywood with no more than cosmetic damage, and is rated waterproof and dustproof to the IP58 standard, meaning that it can be used three meters underwater for sixty minutes at a time. Note, though, that to maintain this level of waterproofing, Panasonic recommends annual replacement of the camera's seals, a service that must be paid for. Note: This camera great for vacation.

The Panasonic DMC-TS1 has an 11-point multi-area autofocus system which also includes a single-point "high speed" focusing mode. As with many digital cameras these days, there's also a face detection function, with Panasonic's implementation using the information to adjust both focus and exposure to properly capture your subjects' faces. Panasonic has gone a step further by enabling the Lumix DMC-TS1 to recognize specific individuals' faces, and prioritize these over other detected photos when capturing photos, or search for photos containing a specific face in Playback mode.

The Panasonic Lumix TS1 also has an implementation of autofocus tracking, which can monitor a subject as it moves around the frame, continuing to update autofocus as required. Panasonic's AF tracking is linked to the face detection system, allowing the camera to continue tracking a face even if it briefly turns to a side profile (although it should be noted that the face detection system does require the subject be looking toward the camera to achieve its initial detection).

by Shawn Barnett
and Mike Tomkins

Full article: http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/TS1/TS1A.HTM

1. Panasonic Lumix Lumix TS1 camera is available in April in silver, green, or orange models and will also feature many of Panasonic's Intelligent Auto (iA) operations that automatically adjust things like ISO, contrast, focus, and exposure. Plus, it'll have the company's latest iA feature, face recognition, which "remembers" faces from previous shots so it can prioritize focus and exposure for them when in frame. The iA features are now available in both still and movie modes.

2. 28mm wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens with 4.6x optical zoom
A retracting lens with folding optics is used in this 4.6x zoom lens system, which lets you take shots from the 28mm wide-angle to 129mm telephoto. This gives you the flexibility for virtually any shooting situation - even underwater shots, where the angle of view is naturally narrowed, or when you just want to fill the frame with your subject.

3. iA mode - shooting incredible photos and motion images has never been easier
Just set the camera to iA mode, aim and shoot. The camera does the rest for you. It automatically sets the optimal mode for the shooting situation, and helps correct blurring, focus, and brightness problems. It also activates the new Face Recognition function, which finds familiar faces in a group of people and captures them in a clear focus and with proper exposure.

PS: Don't forget to compare with other brand such as: Sony CyberShot, Kodak, Canon, Nikon CoolPix, Samsung, Casio, and other famous digital camera.

Blu-ray hopes for a green season

Player prices drop dramatically, but the technology isn't for everyone

Will it be a blue season for Blu-ray? Retailers and movie studios aren’t sure yet, even though prices on some players are expected to plummet from several hundred

dollars to as low as $125 to $150 on Black Friday, and perhaps stay at bargain levels during the holiday season.

Even before the economic downturn, consumers weren’t flocking to buy Blu-ray. The price drops on some models may help. But at a time of scrimping for many, Blu-ray is not a must-have.

You’ll get the most benefit from a Blu-ray player if you have a high-definition TV. Blu-ray will give you dynamic sound and vibrant video, taking advantage of your television’s capabilities. However, not everyone who has high-definition TV is opting for Blu-ray so far. And, if you’re sticking with a standard-definition TV, or are happy with the quality you have from your existing DVD player, and are not an obsessive videophile, you may not feel compelled to buy a player this year.

Movie streaming starting to appeal
The notion of streaming movies or videos from the Internet onto devices — be they Blu-ray players, game consoles, computers or DVD recorders — is starting to take off.

LG Electronics recently released its BD300 Network Blu-ray Disc Player, which streams movie and TV episodes from Netflix at no extra charge. You have to be a Netflix subscriber in order to use the service, and there’s a $1 a month Netflix add-on charge for unlimited access to Blu-ray movies.

The player itself retails for around $400, but can be found online for about $300.
PS: Don’t forget to compare with other brand such as Sony, Panasonic, etc.

Note: By Suzanne Choney