Excerpt: This review doesn't cover the Lumix FT5's photo quality (which is of course very important and I think, from a first impression point of view, is very good). Its design for rough situations (waterproof, shock resistant etc.) is convincing and seems well done. This is not covered here either. BUT Panasonic seems to know how to make cameras, not Wifi devices... If you buy this camera with great expectations on a sleek Wifi setup, try again. The speed of user menus is slow.
A great camera for taking to sea and going for a walk
16 October 2013
Summary: A camera that I am very pleased with (and I have had a few). It has a variety of attributes - the key ones being: its size, robustness and the easy to use picture modes in addition to allowing you manual control on settings. The GPS tagging of pictures is useful when uploading pictures to Google maps and the quality of the pictures is good/ very good to excellent – especially for viewing on electronic devices which is the only way that most of our photo’s will ever be...
Summary: Great camera for the travel photographer. Decided the SLR (40D) and lenses would be too bulky for backpacking and wanted something waterproof. Wasn't expecting much but very happy with photo quality. Was worried it didn't have the F2.0 lens some of the waterproof compacts have but this hasn't been an issue and image stabilisation works well.
Summary: This a great camera for Travel or Adventurous activities. I liked the fact that you can choose manual settings (novel for a indestructible compact) although it does not allow the maximum shutter speed only up to 4sec and the aperture setting is limited. It also allows hd video shooting with up to 50fps which quite good but not as good as the likes of Gopro or some casio cameras. The wifi connect to smartphone allows remote shooting which is useful when shooting videos.
Pros: Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Lightweight, Simple Controls
Summary: Perfect camera that will capture every photo in all conditions you happen to be in. Purchased for 10 days underwater use , used many times each day without any leaks despite encounters from other reviewers. Followed instructions of cleaning in freshwater after use in sea water, dried seal with a cloth before re-using and was no problem. Underwater mode brings great colour to photos.
Summary: I bought this camera as I wanted to use it in water parks and whilst snorkeling in the Bahamas, one or two reviews I read said that there was leakage in to the camera, I can only think that this was caused by not being careful when closing the battery cover and ensuring there is no dirt present as I had no problems at all. I have rated this 5 star as I think it looks good, manufacturing quality is superb, feels good to hold and is very simple to use.
Summary: I had read that the image may be slightly less than other compacts but wanted one to use on the beach or in a bar where spilt drinks wouldn't ruin it. Dark rooms come out very bright and the photos all have a red cast as though everybody has been in the sun too long.