Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1 reviews and prices: Compact camera

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8.8 out of 10 based on 105 reviews.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT1: 12.1 MP (Megapixels), 4.6x optical zoom, SD Card storage, Optical Image Stabiliser image stabiliser digital Compact camera. See full product description

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Mike, Coventry Point & shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Works well underwater and does not leak as some reviews have said. Instructions clearly state camera should be opened after use underwater and dried out before storing to prevent corrosion.
Basic operations are accessible with one touch and can be easily learn't as buttons cannot be read underwater.
Picture quality is good for the price of the camera and the fact that it is waterproof.
Fast to start up and very fast to focus.
Bad points:
Quite heavy and battery doesn't last as long as I would like.
AVCHD video recording has almost no support as it is still quite new so editing video would require re-encoding or purchase of specialist software.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 31 Dec 2009

Chris, London Experienced amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Bought as a replacement for a Pentax WPI its already spent 4 days underground on a long caving trip coping superbly with submersion in muddy cold water, continuous bashing against rock, very low light conditions, prolonged flash use (probably more extreme than general real world use).
Photo quality is great especially given the conditions and there was little need to use an iso greater than 400.
Battery life in the cold was far greater than expected.
Camera feels robust and build quality seems to be excellent and the zoom is superb.
Bad points:
Zoom button is right in front of the shutter button and easily gets dust/mud underneath it reducing its ease of use.
Program dial easily turns when its in a pocket/case which is being bashed around.
Lens collects dust easily and may become scratched.
The hood around the lens may not last too long depending on what you use it for. I don't know what impact that would have on its waterproofing.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 6.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 30 Dec 2009

Malcolm, Exmouth Experienced amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Good image quality and and video. Good features especially face recognition and AF tracking. like the separate button for video function. good menu system and comprehensive set of scene modes. Panorama mode is well thought out and easy to use and fixes the settings to keep them the same across the panorama. Good image stabilisation. Feels well made and solid - like the waterproof dustproof shockproof and freeze proof features. Nice large display.
Bad points:
Easy to get finger in the way of the lens as close to the edge of the camera. Night flash pictures tend to be a bit harsh and cold. Dont like the zoom button operation which is a slider and is too close to the shutter button. Would prefer more optical zoom. Takes a little to long to power up ie you have to press and hold the power button for a little while before it powers up. Rather boxy looks. Cost of spare batteries. The idea of having to take the camera back to a dealer every year to have the seals replaced if you wish to use underwater.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 29 Nov 2009

Confirmed purchaser Point & shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Well built
HD video is clear
Bad points:
A bit annoying when getting around withing the menus
A small variety of scenes
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 6.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 29 Jan 2010

Batman, Leominster Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Design, very sturdy and certainly weatherproof (tested in recent snow!). Picture quality excellent and HD video is also very good. Bundled software more than adequate for most purposes. Controls intuitive and menu system logical. Copes even in std shooting mode with contrasty situations, snow, shadow, colours etc really well. Macro good.
Bad points:
Screen can be difficult to see in bright/side light but this is problem with all rear LCD screens I have ever used. Start-up not quickest but adequate. Focus sometimes hunts. Rear control buttons can be a bit fiddly with gloved/cold fingers but show me a truly compact camera that isn't....
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 23 Nov 2009

john , Rochdale

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
bomb proof! used everyday for work
Bad points:
none really, i would just be picking
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 09 Nov 2009

Ady, Bucks Point & shoot

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
speed
Bad points:
looks
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 09 Nov 2009

Product Features

Camera Type Compact
Resolution (Pixels) 4000x3000
Optical zoom ratio 4.6
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Digital zoom ratio 4
Type of image stabiliser Optical Image Stabiliser
Touchscreen No
3D No
Colour Blue
Colour Silver
Media format SD Card
Media format SDHC Card
Media format MMC Card
PictBridge Yes
Macro Mode Yes
Video recorder Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Timer No
Weight (g) 162.5
Flash Yes
Body Only Yes
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/1300
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/60
Waterproof Yes
Viewfinder LCD Monitor
USB port Yes
Dimensions (mm) 98.3x63.1x23
RAW Format No
GPS Receiver No
Max. Aperture Lens 1 f3.3-5.9
In-built memory (Megabytes) 40
Release date 38420
Height in mm 63.1
Width in mm 98.3
Depth in mm 23
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens No
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 128
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 28

Also known as: Panasonic DMC-FT1EB-S, Panasonic DMC-FT1EB-A, Panasonic DMC-FT1, Panasonic DMC-FT1EB, Panasonic Lumix FT1, Panasonic Lumix DMC FT1

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Manufacturer's Description

Water Proof, Shock Proof and Dust Proof Design with HD Movie Recording in AVCHD Lite and iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode

Designed for active use, the FT1 is 3.0 meters waterproof, 1.5 meters shockproof and dust-proof. It is the ideal camera for shooting beautiful pictures and movies in the pool or ocean. Swim along with tropical fish and capture shots of a beautiful coral reef, or get action footage of a friend snorkeling. Protected against sand, you can take it to the beach with no worries. FT1’s fortified outer body casing and intermediate resin chassis protects it from short falls, making it perfect for work and hiking trips.

FT1 records HD movies (1280 × 720-pixels) in AVCHD Lite, which lets you shoot beautiful HD video with almost twice the recording time compared to the conventional Motion JPEG. Optical zoom can be used when shooting motion images. FT1 is also the world’s first compact camera to feature Dolby Digital Creator, which records dynamic, true-to-life audio that brings out the power of the HD video. The wind cut function minimises distracting sound from the background during audio recording.

iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode makes it easy for anyone to take beautiful recordings. Photo iA Mode controls MEGA O.I.S., Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Recognition, Intelligent Exposure and AF Tracking. The new Face Recognition function memorises faces automatically and works to optimise both focus and exposure settings by prioritising on the registered persons face. Movie iA is also available, controlling MEGA O.I.S., Intelligent Scene Selector, Face Detection AF/AE, and Intelligent Exposure.

The 12.1-megapixel high-resolution DMC-FT1 features a 28mm wide-angle 4.6x optical zoom LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens (35mm film camera equivalent: 28-128mm). This gives you the flexibility for virtually any shooting situation even underwater, where your movement is restricted and the angle of view becomes especially important for composing your picture.

The FT1’s 2.7-inch LCD features a high 230,000-dot resolution, and a wide-viewing angle that lets you frame your shot in a variety of ways for both shooting and viewing. LUMIX’s acclaimed Intelligent LCD function also automatically adjusts the brightness in 11 steps according to shooting conditions. This LCD provides sharp, clear images in virtually all shooting situations, ranging from nighttime to bright daylight, or even underwater scenes and from low-angle to high-angle shooting.

The Venus Engine HD, with its twin CPUs, has exceptional processing capabilities and low power consumption, enabling both HDMI support and HD movie recording in AVCHD Lite. It features effective noise reduction even at high ISO sensitivity levels. Connect to a Panasonic VIERA via an optional HDMI mini-cable, and use VIERA Link to run mixed slideshows of still and motion pictures. Or, insert your SDHC/SD Memory Card into an HDTV equipped with VIERA Image Viewer (SD Card slot) to playback pictures and movies. *must be recorded in AVCHD Lite


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