Panasonic Lumix Underwater Camera Died in 1 Foot of Water
A while back, I wrote a post sharing of my excitement as a new owner of a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 water-proof camera.
Here’s the rub (you can all start whining now), only a week after I took this fun picture of Carol snorkeling in Hawaii, our Panasonic Lumix died a sudden and disappointing death while only in a foot of water on another snorkeling expedition.
When you put the camera in “underwater” mode, the camera flashes a warning to make certain that there are no hair/dust particles that would prevent a good seal against intruding water.
Being the ultra careful person I am, I heeded the warnings and looked very, very closely. Although, I must confess, I’m not too certain how good my baby boomer eyes might be at spotting a lone, rogue speck of dust.
Anywho, there I was, gleefully swimming with the fishes when the camera went completely dead.
I made the very short swim back to shore, only to find that a few drops of water had somehow made their way into the inner reaches of the camera. Wow! Major bummer! I was swimming around hundreds of beautiful fish, and I wasn’t going to capture any of them on my nifty little camera.
Long story short, I have been trying to reach out to Panasonic to no avail.
Therefore, I give up and remove my cheerful glee as an owner of one of these cameras.
Me thinks that they need to better design the battery compartment. This is clearly where the water droplets entered the camera. In shopping for a new underwater camera, I have noticed that a number of competitors have double-doors on the battery compartment to prevent such a problem.
Anyway, shame on you Panasonic. I know that problems come up. But you have made it completely impossible to communicate with you, and I am giving up out of sheer exhaustion.
With an accessible communication channel, you had the opportunity to perhaps keep a customer happy. But now you have this travel photography article that will live on for eternity speaking against your product.
That’s a sad thing. It really is.