Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5 isn't cheap, but your money is buying a tank-like snapper that's built to last. It's great for the more adventurous traveller who doesn't hanker after extensive manual controls, and anyone who's worried about their kids getting their hands on a more fragile device.
Cons: Pricey for the casual buyer; Some panorama imperfections; Slight fall-off in focus at image corners.
Excerpt: Panasonic Lumix FT5 Review – The Panasonic Lumix FT5 is the latest model in Panasonic's FT range of tough cameras and promises good performance both in and out of testing shooting conditions. Find...
Summary: The Lumix DMC-TS5 is a good choice for those seeking a rugged camera with a robust feature set that includes a well-implemented GPS, plus Wi-Fi. The camera takes good quality photos for its class, has a great LCD, and offers a top-notch movie mode. However, its lens is on the slow side, and the flash is very weak. The Wi-Fi system could also be a lot more user-friendly.
Excerpt: Waterproof or rugged compact cameras such as the Panasonic FT5 (TS5 in the US) are a great choice for outdoor types who likes to take photographs while canoeing, snorkelling or orienteering and the like.
Excerpt: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5 follows on from last year's FT4, and the FT3, 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 four colours. Dimensions are 109.2x67.4x28.9mm, slightly larger than its predecessor, so it's still barely wider than your non-armoured compact, while a weight of 214g with battery and optional SD card loaded ensures it...
Excerpt: We’ve said it before and it’s worth repeating now that, for a company with very little heritage in still cameras, Panasonic has certainly got on top of this category in the digital era. The Lumix compact camera range is studded with stars, including the ruggedised FT series, now in its fifth generation. Along with Olympus, Panasonic has led the way in this sector and while others have since followed, it has to be said, none do it anywhere near as well.
Excerpt: The Panasonic FT5 is the tank of compact cameras: it's boxy, hard as nails and tough enough to flatten most traditional compact cameras' specifications too. Brute force is delivered in the form of water, dust, freeze and crush-proofing, while global positioning satellite to geotag images with their location, Wi-Fi to share images with smartphones and other devices and NFC to fire up one-touch sharing ensure the techie angle is covered.
Pros: Hard as nails, waterproof to decent depth, swift autofocus, good shot to shot times, fast burst mode up to seven full-size frames, quick to clear buffer so camera is ready to use quickly after, minimum shutter speed option within menus, spot focus for precision, Wi-Fi GPS and NFC add to the advanced features list, decent movie capture options
Cons: Image quality not standout, washed-out colours and visible noise/processing throughout ISO range, shutter's a little stiff to press, not keen on W-T zoom mechanism control nor rear position, image softness from limited zoom range, it's fairly pricey, 28mm not as wide-angle as we'd like, easy for finger to enter frame, any marks to protective lens covering result in diminished picture quality
Summary: No camera looks more rugged than the FT5, the latest in Panasonic's rufty-tufty compact family. Some of the plastic parts of the case feel a tad flimsy but they're offset by the soid engineering of the metal front plate and thick rim around the lens. The FT5 feels good in the hand, considering the corners have been sheared off and the controls kept almost flush to the rear panel.
Pros: Smooth and colourful video, Natural looking stills, Transfer images with a fist bump
Cons: Nikon edges it for image quality, Some flimsy feeling plastic