Excerpt: With a specification laden with lifeproof capabilities and high-end Panasonic imaging tools, the FT4 promises to be one of the best tough cameras on the market: but how does it fare when put...
Excerpt: Fighting its corner in a market that has become awash with waterproof and shockproof compacts of late, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4 follows on from last spring’s FT3. And the FT2 and FT1 models before that. Like its forebears it is fashioned in the rugged style of a workman’s toolbox miniaturized and with a lens attached, and is available in a range of colours.
Conclusion: The FT4 is a great option for the adventurous, with a great design and plenty of rugged protection. It’s not the best camera for underwater shooting thanks to its small buttons, but for other rugged uses, it’s a solid performer.
Excerpt: The FT4 isn't the cheapest rugged compact you'll find, but it does boast the best stills quality of its contemporaries. Metering is excellent, colours are vibrant yet accurate, noise is low and sharpness is very good for a compact. Sadly, the video quality is slightly disappointing, although the metering is fine. As you'd expect, the Panasonic takes sharp, well-exposed macro images, but it isn't the closest focusing.
A go-anywhere camera that supplies reasonable image quality and a decent user experience
Good Gear Guide.au
25 June 2012
Summary: Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FT4 is a tough camera that's designed for the great outdoors. It supplies decent enough image quality for a camera of its type and it even packs in features such as GPS tagging and a panorama scene mode. It's easy to use for the most part, although its screen can be hard to view when shooting outdoors on a sunny day. All up though, a good camera to choose before embarking on some adventurous photography.
Pros: Can handle a few knocks, Doesn't mind the drink, Not hard to use
Cons: Image quality is a little muddy, GPS sometimes way off, Screen can be hard to view in sunlight
Summary: Buy this camera if : - You require a tough, waterproof, solidly-built camera with an easy-to-use menu system. - You'd like some degree of manual exposure control. - You’re looking for a slimline camera for snorkelling and shallow diving that can record HD video clips and good-looking still shots. - You want good wide-angle coverage and competent image stabilisation for shooting both video and still pictures. Don’t buy this camera if : - You require a viewfinder.
Pros: You require a tough, waterproof, solidly-built camera with an easy-to-use menu system., You'd like some degree of manual exposure control., You’re looking for a slimline camera for snorkelling and shallow diving that can record HD video clips and good-looking still shots., You want good wide-angle coverage and competent image stabilisation for shooting both video and still pictures. Buy this camera if :, You require a tough, waterproof, solidly-built camera with an ea...
Cons: You require a viewfinder., You want to shoot raw files (the FT4 can’t)., You want high burst capacity at high resolution. Don’t buy this camera if :, You require a viewfinder., You want to shoot raw files (the FT4 can’t)., You want high burst capacity at high resolution.
Conclusion: Rarely has an upgrade seemed as if merely the model number has changed while everything else has stayed the same, so owners of the FT3 needn’t feel a need to rush for this “upgrade”. But where does it sit in the current market? Well, recent rivals to Panasonic’s FT4 include the Nikon’s AW100 and Coolpix S30, plus the Olympus TG-320, Canon D20, and Fujifilm XP50, to name a mere handful.
Pros: Rugged build, rammed full of the latest must-have features, reasonably easy to use, built in GPS, 3D mode, Full HD clips
Cons: Priced at a premium, largely identical to predecessor, pictures of snapshot quality despite high-ish price tag, operational buttons too small and fiddly to be operated with gloves on or with wet fingers