Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FT3 Rugged Point and Shoot Digicam
3 February 2014
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 is priced at a market operating price of Rs. 27,200. This is on the pricier side of point of shoot cameras. Though it has some amazing features and delivered on all performance fronts, the price is a bit of a let down. However, if a person is really into heavy duty out door activities like mountain climbing, snorkeling and adventure sports in general and has no issues with the cost of the product; this may be the ideal camera.
Summary: CNET, DigitalCameraInfo.com and PhotographyBlog.com all do hands-on testing with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 -- although none mention taking it underwater or otherwise abusing it. Owners at Amazon.com report on how the TS3's waterproofing, dustproofing, shockproofing and freezeproofing perform in real life.
Pros: Waterproof up to 12 meters, Freezeproof to -10 degrees Celsius, Shockproof to 2 meters, Dustproof, Fast shooting, Records full HD video
Cons: Expensive compared to competition, Soft details in photos and video
Excerpt: The third generation in Panasonic's 'lifeproof' line of Lumix digital camera, the Lumix DMC-TS3 has received several upgrades over past T-series models. This 12-megapixel camera boasts full 1920x1080 HD video capture, built-in GPS functionality, a 4.6x LEICA lens, and a 2.7-inch LCD screen. They even incorporated a built-in compass, altimeter and barometer.
Conclusion: The FT3 should be given serious consideration from potential 'tough camera' buyers as Panasonic have given attention to little things such as a double lock on the battery compartment / sd card entry, and sped up the auto focus and start up times from the previous model. If it’s just about handling the Panasonic FT3 does well in this area too as it sits nicely in your hand with all the relevent buttons easily located...
Conclusion: Focusing option include AF tracking, face detection, 23-area focus, 1-area focus and spot focusing, while the long-standing Lumix colour options of Standard, Natural, Vivid, Black and White, Sepia, Cool, Warm are also on hand. These are joined by a 'Happy' colour option available from the Intelligent Auto menu, which heightens colour and brightness to make images appear a touch more jolly than usual.
Excerpt: To distance themselves from camera phones, smart phones, cameras in iPads, PCs and tablets and a whole host of technical ephemera, the humble compact of today has to work harder than ever to provide an incentive to purchase. It's no longer just about the ability to take usable pictures and video. So how about a camera that's nigh indestructible for starters?