When I started looking for a camera to take with me on my hike along the John Muir Trail, I knew it had to be a rugged piece of gear.
That’s why I decided on the Panasonic Lumix TS4. First off, it has all the important proofs:
If that’s not impressive, then consider it’s GPS-enabled with landmark-recognition, so it’ll remind me just where I was when I took some of the sure-to-be epic shots I’ll be taking. It even allows the user to create their own landmarks, which is a pretty neat function.
Now if that’s all it did, it would be enough. But it also comes with the really cool-sounding “Quad-Indicator” Yeah, that’s right. Quad. Indicator. Cool name, sure, but what does it mean?
It means that in addition to the aforementioned GPS, it has a compass, an altimeter/depth indicator, and, yes, even a barometer, to “help keep memories longer and more accurate.*” I can’t speak to the veracity of that last claim (I’m not sure that weather conditions will enhance my memory of past events), but it’s a pretty useful camera.
Oh, and thanks to its Leica lens, it takes great pictures (12.1 megapixels) and full HD video (1920 x 1080), too. You can see some of the photos I’ve taken with it in this set on Flickr.
It’s worth mentioning that with all these added functions, it’s a bit of a power hog. I’m not sure I can get two weeks of use out a single battery, so I’m bringing an extra. Another gripe: the battery charger isn’t USB-enabled; it needs a standard wall jack. Mighty inconvenient when you’re in the middle of nowhere.
Yes, even with those downsides, it’s a good camera for an adventure.
*This claim is from the Panasonic website. You can read it for yourself here.