The top-of-the-line rugged Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 and entry-level rugged Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20 have been added to the company’s 2012 roster today. While the GPS-equipped Lumix DMC-TS4 promises to be Panasonic’s most rugged camera to date, the Lumix DMC-TS20 will suit the needs of the budget-minded butterfingers.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4

According to the press release, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 has a “GPS system, compass, altimeter, barometer, plus outstanding toughness, including: waterproof to approximately 40 feet (12 meters), shockproof to approximately 6.6 feet (2 meters), freezeproof to temperatures as low as 14ºF, and dustproof.” For optics and imaging, the Lumix DMC-TS4 has a LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens with a 4.6x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 28-128mm), a 12.1-megapixel Hi-Speed CCD sensor with LSI Venus Engine processing, and the ability to shoot 1,920 x 1,080 full-High Definition (HD) video in AVCHD and MP4 formats. The Lumix DMC-TS4 will also come equipped with Panasonic’s Sonic Speed AF, Power O.I.S. and iA (Intelligent Auto) systems, in addition to shutter speed and aperture control.

About the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4’s Quad Indicator system:

…the altimeter works as an indicator for depth underwater. The barometer log is available to help users forecast the climate and then log the barometric trends. The altitude measurements can be improved when using the camera’s GPS data, which is enhanced when compared to its predecessor, the LUMIX DMC-TS3.  The new GPS system has more than a million landmarks and 82 countries/regions covered in the maps available on the bundled DVD. Geo-tagged images are automatically sorted and can be played back along a map so that users can literally trace their photographic journey. The LUMIX TS4 shows the name of the Country/Region, State/Prov./County, County/Township, City/Town/Village and Landmark – all which is saved in the EXIF data.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 will offer Time Lapse Shot, Miniature Effect and Panorama Shot modes, the latter offering 360-degree panoramic images.

The Panasonic Lumix TS4 will be available in orange, blue, black and silver options in mid-March 2012 for $399.99.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20

The wallet-friendly version of the TS4 is called the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TS20 which is “waterproof to approximately 16 feet (5 meters), shockproof to approximately 5 feet (1.5 meters), dustproof  and freezeproof to temperatures as low as 14ºF.” The 16-megapixel Lumix DMC-TS20 rocks a slim profile and boasts a 25mm ultra-wide-angle lens with 4x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 25-100mm).  The Lumix DMC-TS20 will be able to shoot 720p High Definition video in the MP4 format with the ability to employ the 4x optical zoom while recording. For a monitor, the Lumix DMC-TS20 has a 2.7-inch Intelligent LCD with High Angle mode.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20 will feature iA (Intelligent Auto) mode, MEGA O.I.S., AF Tracking, Intelligent ISO Control, Face Recognition, Intelligent Scene Selector and Intelligent Exposure.

Like the Lumix DMC-TS4, the TS20 will offer a Time Lapse mode and Panorama Shot mode for taking up to 360-degree images.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20 will be available in late February 2012 in orange, blue, black and red models for a suggested retail price of $179.99.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4  and TS20 Gallery