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.

Panasonic Lumix TS4

Why the Panasonic Lumix TS4?

First off, it has all the important proofs:

  • Waterproof
  • Dustproof
  • Shockproof
  • Freezeproof

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.


Written by Tom Fassbender

An amateur hobbyist, expert generalist, and outdoor enthusiast who recently traveled around the world with his family.

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