Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1 / DMC-TS1
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 (DMC-FT1) [Review]
Digital Photography School
14 September 2010
Excerpt: So far Canon and Olympus have launched water-resistant cameras, each of which can be dunked down to 10 metres, along with shockproof and dustproof features. Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-TS1 (also known as the FT1 in some parts of the world) is in similar vein.
Conclusion: Until recently, the rugged camera market has been dominated by Olympus for years (the reason being, up till this year, no one else in the market came up with any offerings in the rugged camera sector).
Pros: Very good image quality till ISO 400 (ISO 800 for emergencies); automatic color fringing and redeye removal, Rugged: waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof; simple yet stylish design, Most zoom (4.6X)/most versatile lens among rugged cameras; has optical image stabilization, Powerful flash and LE...
Cons: Lacks manual controls, Tiny bit of detail softening/slight color bleeding at ISO 400 onwards; some graininess, No red-eye removal or image brighten features in playback mode, AVCHD Lite movie codec not for everyone; needs to be converted to more common formats to be shared/uploaded (and no conver...
Cons: Image quality drops significantly at the outer edges of the frame. In our tests, water leaked into the battery compartment, resulting in some internal rusting. Zoom slider only worked sporadically after several trips to the beach.
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1 / TS1 is the company's first waterproof compact. It also features 12.1 Megapixel resolution with a 4.6x optical zoom and a 2.7in screen.
The FT1 / TS1 is waterproof to a depth of 3 metres and is also dust proof and shock proof.
Pros: Great image quality., Waterproof to depth of 3m., HD video with optical zoom., HDMI port.
Cons: Slow power on button, Design and controls not ideal underwater., Poor AF underwater., Very stiff mode dial.
Summary: A review of the first of Panasonic's 'Rugged compact' cameras. The DMC TS1 is dust-proof, waterproof, shock-proof, offering HD video recording and a multitude of innovative scene modes that cut the complexity out of taking really good photos. Read on to find if the TS1 should be your next purchase.
A hybrid digital camera that's a glutton for punishment.
Good Gear Guide.au
14 May 2010
Summary: The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FT1 is a rugged camera that's ideal for outdoor adventurers. However, the pre-production model we tested was a little slow and it didn't take great shots while underwater.
Pros: Great for the beach, will withstand knocks and drops, can shoot 720p video
Cons: Some dirt got under the buttons of our pre-production model, slow performance
A rugged Panasonic digital camera that's suitable for just about any outdoor activity, and it also shoots HD video
Good Gear Guide.au
10 March 2010
Summary: There's plenty to like about the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FT1 apart from its rugged build — it takes great still images and good videos, making it a true hybrid. We think Panasonic should ditch the zoom slider and replace it with buttons, and also make the rotational dial a little tougher.
Pros: Waterproof down to 3m, shockproof up to 1.5m, can record HD video at 1280x720 pixels, versatile focusing modes
Cons: Has a zoom slider instead of buttons, slow shooting performance, poorly placed rotational dial, no tap controls, a little pricey
Summary: In the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1 we have a take anywhere, use (almost) anywhere pocket camera that combines sophistication with resilience; if we look back at the toughened likes of Fujifilm's Big Job and even Canon's recent pug-like PowerShot D10 we'll realise pulling that dual feat off isn't always...