For our trip to India, I wanted to bring a compact, point & shoot camera for convienence and so I might actually show up in a couple of pictures. I also was shopping for something Mirielle could use as she was asked to bring pictures back to her classmates. In looking at all the options available, I chose to give up a smaller size and try a water and shock proof (pre-schooler resistant) camera.
The reviews led me to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 14.1MP Waterproof Digital Camera. Unfortunately, a couple of days into our trip, we discovered a HUGE design flaw in the camera. There is not a lens cover or cap resulting in a continually smudged lens.
This was clearly an issue with Mirielle using the camera, but it wasn’t much better for Jack or me. In fact, we stopped to use the lens cleaning pen I (thankfully brought,) before taking most pictures once we discovered the issue. Stopping to clean the lens before each photo defeats some the convenience of a point and shoot camera.
I DO NOT recommend the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 camera and advise everyone to look closely at the lens cover mechanism and placement before buying any point and shoot camera.