Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4 reviews and prices: Compact camera

11 customer reviews

This digital camera is a good all rounder.

£200 at 1 retailer out of 423 retailers checked

8.7 out of 10 based on 11 reviews.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4: 12.5 MP (Megapixels), 5x optical zoom, SD Card storage, Optical Image Stabiliser image stabiliser digital Compact camera. See full product description

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Steve, Barnstaple Point & shoot

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Should be great for holiday snaps, but I have not tried it underwater yet!
Bad points:
Have not found any yet
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 19 Aug 2012

Bill, St Austell Experienced amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
So easy to use i like the intelligent auto and the two buttons one for still photos and one for video
Bad points:
There is no cover for the lens so be careful not to scratch it when not in use, I got a good case for mine
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 10.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 19 Aug 2012

Andrew, warrington Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Good size - not too small but small enough
Great daytime pictures and video
Waterproof - I had the ft1 which had two doors which I saw as a weakness. The new one now has one which locks.
Full hd video - just make sure you buy a good size card 8gb+
Starts up quick and quick response
One click video
GPS markers and info.
Bad points:
these are all very minor:
screen could be brighter by New standards.
lock on door could be better (although at least it now has one)
slight motor noise on video when using zoom. Slight!
low light could be better and flash could be stronger. But, it is a compact and it doesn't do bad.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 8.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 19 Aug 2012

Alan, Experienced amateur

Score 7.0/10
Good points:
Pocket size friendly:) & light
Bad points:
U can't leave it in water longer than 1hour :( sort of undermines the whole waterproof camera purchase!
Overall rating 7.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 6.0
Build Quality 7.0
Value for money 4.0
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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 13 Jun 2012

Confirmed purchaser Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Reviewer left no comment
Bad points:
Zoom not good enough, needs 12x zoom to get amazing pics underwater.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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2 of 6 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 05 May 2012

Product Features

Camera Type Compact
Optical zoom ratio 5
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Digital zoom ratio 4
Type of image stabiliser Optical Image Stabiliser
Touchscreen No
3D Yes
Media format SD Card
Media format SDHC Card
Weight (g) 175
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/1
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/60
Viewfinder LCD Monitor
RAW Format No
GPS Receiver Yes
In-built memory (Megabytes) 20
Release date 2012-03-28
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens No
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 128
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 28

Also known as: Panasonic Lumix DMC FT4, Panasonic FT4, Panasonic DMCFT4EBD, Panasonic DMCFT4EBS, Panasonic Lumix FT4

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Manufacturer's Description

  • 12m Waterproof, 2.0m Shockproof, Freezeproof and Dustproof Protection
  • Full HD Video with 12.1-megapixel Hi-Speed CCD
  • Built-in GPS Function with Place Name and Landmark Information
  • Time Lapse Shot That Enables Interval Shooting Automatically
  • Quad Indicator – GPS, Compass, Altimeter and Barometer
  • POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) with Active Mode to Suppress Blur

Rugged Digital Camera FT4 – for Powerful Outdoor Use with Built-in GPS Function, Compass, Altimeter and Barometer

The DMC-FT4 is waterproof to 12m (40ft), shockproof to 2.0m (6.6ft), freezeproof to -10 degrees C (14 degree F) and dustproof. It is surely the reliable companion for the recorder of your outdoor adventures either in diving, snorkeling, surfing, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, camping or what so ever.

The DMC-FT4 can record full HD 1920 × 1080 videos in AVCHD / MP4 format, thanks to Hi-Speed CCD that features higher transfer processing speed. The AVCHD format excels in the compatibility with AV equipment like HDTVs or Blu-ray DiscTM players. The MP4 format has high compatibility with computers. A separate button lets you instantly start recording video without the need of extra settings. The 4.6x optical zoom and iA Mode are available in video recording. Videos also come with the high-quality sound system of Dolby® Digital Creator.

The built-in GPS function displays not only latitudes and longitudes, but also the area information that covers 203 countries or regions and the landmark information of over 1,000,000 locations in 82 countries or regions. The photos and videos with the location names are automatically sorted in the virtual folder alphabetically in the camera for quick reach. You can also refer them via the included PHOTOfunSTUDIO. Geo-tagged images can be pinpointed on the maps of social media internet maps to be shared with your friends and families.

With the Time Lapse Shot, you can record stationary observation just by setting the start time, interval and number of pictures to shoot. Once everything is set, the camera will automatically continue shooting subjects such as flowers coming into bloom, scudding cloud, or wild animals. The DMC-FT4 adopts compass, altimeter and barometer (indicator for depth underwater) to show and record altitude, barometric pressure and orientation data. The altimeter log helps you forecasting the climate and the log of barometric trend tells how high you are.

The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) boasts double repression power compared to the MEGA O.I.S.. It is particularly effective for a low-frequency vibration, which is physically generated when pressing the shutter button or when shooting at night with a slow shutter speed. You get bright photos without blurring even from handheld shooting at slow shutter speeds. The Active Mode effectively suppresses blur in video recording especially at wide angle while walking or playing with children.

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