Panasonic LUMIX TS7 Waterproof Tough Camera 2020 Latest Updated Review
The Panasonic Lumix Ts7 is a tough, lightweight camera is waterproof to 102ft., dustproof, shockproof to 6.6ft., freeze proof to 14 degrees F and pressure resistant to 220lbf to for exceptional imaging in virtually any and all locations and conditions
The LUMIX TS7 features a 28mm wide angle 4.6x optical zoom lens and includes a new 0.2-in, 1,170K-dot equivalent LVF to easily capture subjects even under strong sunlight or with backlighting.
A 3.0-in rear LCD monitor delivers highest-in-class 1,040K-dot resolution for approximately 100% field of view.
For video, the LUMIX TS7 records smooth, high-resolution QFHD 4K video in 3840×2160 at 30p/ 24p in MP4.
Taking full advantage of 4K technology, outdoor photographers will enjoy 4K PHOTO to capture perfect moments at 30 fps and save 8-megapixel, high-resolution photos.
A newly integrated 20.4-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor and the camera’s advanced imaging engine enables high-speed, high-sensitivity image recording to generate high-speed burst shooting at 10 fps* in high picture quality.
Build and Handling
The Lumix TS7 looks like a TS5 on steroids, with a bit more of an industrial look compared to the outgoing model.
At 319g it’s 105g heavier than the older model too, while it’s a little longer, taller and fatter than before.
Despite the bulkier proportions it’s still pretty compact, and will slip easily into a baggy pocket, while its size wasn’t an issue when we took it kayaking and coasteering.
It’s available in orange, blue and black finishes.
The relatively large front panel does mean there’s the potential for it to get marked or scratched if you subject it to some abuse
Performance and Image Quality
In our time with the Lumix TS7 we tended to use the camera’s wide area or central area AF mode.
These were fine for the most part, but we did find the camera missed focus on occasion this could be down to the fact that it was a pre-production sample, so we’ll reserve judgement until we get our hands on a final unit.
The built-in viewfinder is really useful to have the bright conditions we tested it in meant it came into its own when it was too bright to use the rear display, and while it’s not the largest display out there
Annoyingly though there isn’t a eye sensor, so when you raise the camera to your eye, you have to remember to hit the LVF button on the side of the camera.
- Built-in electronic viewfinder
- Waterproof down to 31m
- 4K video and 4K Photo
- Decent amount of exterior controls
- No raw capture
- LED light only works during video recording
- Battery life not as good as outgoing model
The LUMIX TS7 features a built-in compass and altimeter useful for trekking and mountaineering.
The compass helps when you’re capturing the night sky, and the built-in altimeter is invaluable for managing mountain photography media.
3.0-inch 1,040k-dot Rear Monitor
Boasting a highest-in-class 1,040k-dot high-resolution 3.0-inch tempered-glass LCD screen, the LUMIX TS7 is designed for durability.
And Intelligent LCD technology ensures continuous visibility by automatically adjusting the screen’s brightness level in seven stages to handle a wide range of ambient light conditions.
A Viewfinder Ready for Intense Sunlight
Monitors can be difficult to see in bright sunshine, on the beach or the slopes. The LUMIX TS7’s 0.2-inch 1,170k-dot equivalent high-resolution LVF (Live View Finder) equips you to compose the perfect shot.
The TS7 captures video and photos on a 20.4-MP MOS sensor. Image quality in bright light is good, although in my test shot, I found details at the edges to be a tad soft.
Overall, it has very good dynamic range — the darkest tones could have been even darker — but by and large, the tonal range was solid in bright light.
But in low light, the TS7 struggles with sharpness. While it did do an adequate job with dynamic range, most subject matter lost focus and character
While I wasn’t overly impressed with this camera’s still-photo performance
The video button is easy to find — it’s located right next to the shutter button. In HD at 60 fps, it provided smooth footage and quickly responded to changes in lighting.
In 4K, which can capture video at 30 fps, it also performed well.
As I noted above, the camera does a very good job shooting underwater, whether in a pool or the ocean. Just be sure to use the strap, particularly in the ocean, so you don’t lose your camera.
Just like the Lumix ZS200, I found it very easy to use Panasonic’s wireless mobile app, the Panasonic Image App (which I set up using my iPhone 7), with the TS7.
The app was intuitive, and it took me just a few moments to initiate the connection to my phone.
Again, I found it very simple to quickly get the camera up and running and remotely control it from my phone or transfer a photo or a video to my iPhone.