View Full Version : Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TS3 GPS

04-20-2011, 12:35
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 is a rugged/waterproof camera that has a built in GPS.

Can this GPS be used to navigate? Basically, does it give Lat/Long at a sufficiently accurate level to locate myself on a Topo for those where-am-i moments? I'm also curious about how accurate the altimeter & compass are (I want to hear from someone that's tested it).

I googled for images that might provide a clue, but no luck.


04-20-2011, 13:50
Maybe AmyJanette can give you an update or answer your questions.

04-20-2011, 13:53
I've been trying to find out. Right now I don't think any of these cameras show the coordinates on the screen. At best they show a crude maps and nearby points of interest. The coordinates are in the exif.

04-20-2011, 14:03
I've been looking at the Casio Exilim EX-H20G, but haven't bought one yet.

04-20-2011, 14:44
It doesn't look like the Casio displays the coordinates on the screen either.

Rain Man
04-20-2011, 14:53
I have a Panasonic Lumix, though not one with GPS feature.

I will say this about GPS altimeters, hoping someone will correct me if I'm wrong. My understanding is a GPS needs line-of-sight to three satellites for lat/long, but it needs line-of-sight to FOUR satellites for altimeter. That gets to be much more tricky, is my understanding.

Again, for what it's worth.



04-20-2011, 19:08
Wow...I have the Panasonic Lumix FH20 (http://sticksblog.com/clothes/panasonic-lumix-fh20/)....no GPS though...

I always assumed the GPS in the cameras were merely to tag the photos...

But you know what they say about assumptions...

04-20-2011, 22:56
Did some more searching this afternoon and can't find anything helpful. I found a good video review on youtube of a sister model. The camera has a lot of good features. Specifically, the GPS has a Wake/Sleep/Off modes. The Sleep mode works when the camera is off. It periodically checks location so when you turn the camera on, it gets a fast fix. Not ideal for battery life, but you can turn it off.

Ideally, someone will hack a Canon and enable more tools. Anyone who owns a Canon should check out http://chdk.wikia.com/ It's an open source project that upgrades Canon software to provide a lot of very useful functionality.

04-21-2011, 03:30
Haha, that's funny because I checked chdk just after I first clicked into this thread...then I remembered that Canon was a bit behind their peers as far as gps goes. I'm really hoping that Canon upgrades the SX130is with gps while keeping the AA batteries because then I'd finally get a great long distance trip camera than can double for navigation.

04-22-2011, 19:30
looks like the camera does display the location on the screen not just in the Exif file.
This may only be possible on playback (not sure..)
See this pic :
http://panasonic.net/avc/lumix/compact/ts3_ft3/tough.html#indicator (http://panasonic.net/avc/lumix/compact/ts3_ft3/tough.html#indicator)
A user at DPReview commented on that too. ("the camera displays the location coordinates")

05-02-2011, 16:44
Even if the coordinates can only be viewed on playback, that's a lot better than at home on the computer. I'm sure they'll eventually get it right.

05-02-2011, 17:19
Yes, the coordinates can be displayed on the screen in relatively real time, so you could, sort of, use them for navigation if you have a paper map to plot them on, or for rescue if you have cellphone signal to relay by voice or text. But the GPS is really aimed at geotagging photos - there's no ability to load maps, or waypoints, determine precision or update speed, or any of the other features that you usually associate with a GPS device.