Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 review

12.1Mp tough compact camera with GPS

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Panasonic FT3 Review: Build quality & handling

The design of the FT3 departs a little from that of the previous FT models, with a more defined grip around the front and the mode dial dropped in favour of button- and menu-based operation. The movie recording button has also been relocated to the top plate, now sitting next to the newly-implement GPS unit in the former spot of the zoom rocker, which itself is now found on the back of the camera in the guise of two separate buttons.

Panasonic has also fashioned the FT2's plus-shaped menu pad into the more traditional rounded design, and placed the speaker which was previously found on the top plate directly above it.

The camera's solidity is immediately noticeable when handling it the first time, and the user is notified whenever the camera senses the side door is unlocked. All of the camera's buttons are responsive and travel well, although the two zoom buttons require a little extra pressure.

Some may find the steady pace of the zoom a little too slow for more spontaneous stills captures, but this steady pace is visually pleasing during movie recording and helps to keep everything in focus.

The menu system is also different to those found on other Lumix models, presumably to make it easier to use underwater. In place of a usual tabbed system, the FT3 offers individual icons for access to different parts of the menu.

The combination of black text on a white background make each list of options easy to read, and descriptions are also provided for all functions should you stumble into unfamiliar territory. Finally, while the LCD's specifications are fairly basic on paper, the screen is noticeably superior to equivalent types on cheaper models, exhibiting good detail and a more than satisfactory viewing angle. It also adapts promptly to any changes in scene brightness, while lagging is only really noticeable at longer focal lengths, which is somewhat expected.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleNo
Product FamilyLumix
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom4.6x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
DurabilityWater Proof, Dust Proof, Freeze Proof, Shock Resistant
FeaturesFace Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsQuickTime Motion JPEG
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)175 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Image Sensor Size1/2.33" (6.13 mm x 4.60 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height64 mm
Width103.5 mm
Depth26.5 mm
Focal Length4.90 mm to 22.80 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
Product ModelDMC-FT3
Product NameLumix DMC-FT3 Compact Camera
Product LineLumix
Exposure Control

Program AE

Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMC-FT3EB-R
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The DMC-FT3 is designed for active use, that is waterproof to a depth of 12 meters, freeze-proof of down to -10?, shockproof for falls from up to 2.0 meters, and dust-proof. In movie recording, the LED light turns on for beautiful movies in dusky underwater environments or at a nighttime camp.

Package Contents
  • Lumix DMC-FT3 Compact Camera
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Pack
  • Brush
  • AC Cable
  • AV Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year