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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 review

12.1Mp tough compact camera with GPS

Panasonic FT3 Review: Verdict

The Panasonic FT3 is one of many hard-wearing compacts, and it's one of the priciest too. But its cost is reflected in its wide range of functionality and its cracking image quality.

While not without its flaws the GPS functionality does work well on occasions, and it's certainly an improvement on previous versions seen incorporated into other cameras, but it's not quite the flawless system that will no doubt grace many cameras in the future.

We like

Solid build quality and impressive specs, with Full HD video recording, GPS and more. Focusing speed is very fast.

We dislike

Not a lot of manual control available, and sometimes the GPS system got confused.


If you need a hard-wearing compact and you're prepared to spend a little extra, the Panasonic FT3 should definitely be on your shortlist – otherwise, you may find the same money will get you an equivalent compact with a slightly larger LCD screen and none of the operation issues associated with sealing the camera against water.

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
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
Flash Memory Capacity19 MB
Minimum Focus Distance50 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCCD
Total Camera Resolution12.5 Megapixel
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height64 mm
Width103.5 mm
Depth26.5 mm
Autofocus Points23
Focal Length4.90 mm to 22.80 mm
Image FormatsJPEG
Focus ModesAuto
Product ModelDMC-FT3
Product NameLumix DMC-FT3 Compact Camera
Product LineLumix
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.

Battery Life310 Shot
Package Contents
  • Lumix DMC-FT3 Compact Camera
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Pack
  • Brush
  • AC Cable
  • AV Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • CD-ROM
Display Resolution230000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker