Panasonic DMC-TS4

Panasonic DMC-TS4 camera

Panasonic DMC-TS4 camera     Photo: Courtesy of Panasonic

BEST FOR: Heavy-handed gadget geeks. THE TEST: A barometer on a camera might seem like overkill, but it’s fitting for the nearly indestructible DMC-TS4, which can withstand drops of 6.6 feet, is waterproof to 40 feet, and will keep on snapping when temperatures tumble to 14 degrees. The Lumix also includes a GPS that pinpoints where an image was shot, which makes uploading multimedia maps of your adventures to Google Earth a snap. It has ten photo modes, including macro, tilt-shift, and even 3-D. The features feel a bit gimmicky, and we’d prefer that it kept working to negative 14 degrees, but the respectable 12.1-megapixel image quality and armored body compensate. THE VERDICT: The Lumix is a fixture in our pack.

FEATURES: 5
VALUE: 4

Brand: Panasonic $400

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