Panasonic's rugged camera line also receives a 3D-and-GPS-fueled update (and a fairly slick redesign) with the Lumix DMC-TS3. The new TS3 is a 12-megapixel CCD camera with a 4.6X optical zoom lens (28mm to 128mm, F3.3 to F18). The TS3 is rated as waterproof when submerged to depths of 40 feet (or less) underwater, shockproof when dropped from heights of up to 6.6 feet, freezeproof, and dustproof.
It provides the same in-camera GPS functionality as the Lumix ZS10, as well as a barometer, a compass, and an altimeter to spice up underwater, hiking, and snowboarding shoots. The TS3 also offers the new 3D mode to capture .MPO images with a quick pan of the camera, as well as full HD video recording at 1080i/60fps.
Panasonic's new flagship rugged camera supports a 3.7fps burst mode at full resolution and carries the new revamped uploading software for YouTube and Facebook. Pricing has yet to be announced; the TS3 will be available in March.