Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS30: Excellent Budget Underwater Camera

Underwater photography is a great hobby, but it’s not always great for our wallets. It’s easy to spend thousands of dollars on a good camera, but what about something for 150 bucks? For a high quality, budget friendly, powerful, high-optics underwater camera look no further. This is Panasonic’s mighty budget camera: The Lumix DMC-TS30.

The DMC-TS30 offers strong optics. Users will be able to capture a wide array of land and underwater scenes. Images are 16.1 Megapixels, so the resolution is competitive. Users will be able to capture their subject appropriately by using the DMC-TS30’s 4x optical zoom and built-in flash. Autofocus on this camera can be adjusted for shooting macro or telephoto subjects. Burst mode can be used to capture action, at 8 frames per second. This camera is versatile, because of the wide variety of shooting modes, including beach, starry sky mode, night scenery, and advanced underwater. For underwater photographers, there are options to adjust white balance settings. Panorama is even available! As far as optics go, The Lumix DMC-TS30 packs a mighty punch.

The DMC-TS30 can shoot video in HD, record 100 minutes of continuous video, and even has a time lapse option.

This Lumix camera is waterproof up to 8 m (26 ft), shockproof up to 1.5 m (5 ft), freezeproof up to -10 °C (14 °F), and completely dustproof.

Noteworthy Features:
For a camera under 200 USD, there are quite a few extra features. If you forget your SD card, worry not! The DMC-TS30 has 220 MB of in-camera storage. A self- timer will allow users extra creativity with their shots. Basic editing, including retouching and cropping, is available on the camera. Creative control mode will let users adjust their images with sepia, monochrome, and other filters. This camera is available in red, yellow, black, and blue. All of this aside, I think the most noteworthy feature on this camera is the low price. After going through the specs I am honestly surprised by the low price. 150 USD is really, really good for the camera’s optics.

Fish Factor:
Users can access advanced underwater modes and white balance settings, or rely on the intelligent auto selection modes. I wouldn’t recommend this camera for SCUBA divers, because of its relatively low depth rating (8m/ 26ft) and limited options for deeper housings. However it is a good camera suitable for beachcombers and snorkelers (or even land use).

Check out The Lumix DMC-TS30.


Model Name Panansonic LUMIX DMC-TS30
Resolution 16.1 Megapixels
Depth Rating 8m/ 26ft
Zoom 4x Optical Zoom
Dimensions (W x H x D) 103.7 x 58.3 x 19.7 mm (4.08 x 2.30 x 0.77 inch
Weight 144 g/ 0.32 lb
Video HD
Storage 220 MB in camera, SD card option
Self-Timer Yes
Shutter Speed Approx. 8 – 1/1300 sec; 15 sec / 30 sec / 60 sec in Starry Sky mode
Frames per Second Full Resolution Image, approx. 1.3 frames/sec

High-speed Burst Mode: approx. 8 frames/sec

Battery 250 shots
Monitor Size 2.7″/ 6.75 cm LCD
Suggested Retail Price 147 USD


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