The LUMIX is in the Tank - Panasonic DMC-TS1

This rugged little fish of a camera can shoot HD video and 12-megapixel at a depth of up to 10 feet. It's shockproof and dustproof too. For around $400 bucks, this is one tough little camera.

The TS1 is designed with rugged use, or the just plain clumsy, in mind. The LUMIX has an airtight shell reinforced with rubber padding. The glass and carbon resin is purported to protect the camera during underwater use and falls onto a hard surface, like a boat ramp, from five feet.

The camera takes stills at 12.1 megapixels and AVCHD Lite High Definition (HD) video at 1080p. Panasonic's marketing the TS1 as the ideal choice for active users needing the ultimate hybrid for capturing both still and motion images during outdoor activities.

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.

"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 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."

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