Panasonic Lumix FT4 review

Armoured outdoor compact that won't get lost, thanks to built-in GPS

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Our results from the lab have been compared against the Olympus TG-810, Fujifilm Finepix XP-30 and Canon D10.

Our analysis shows that the Panasonic FT4 scores well for both signal to noise ratio and dynamic range. Signal to noise ratio results are good, comparing favourably against the Olympus TG-810, Fujifilm XP-30 and Canon D10, although the Olympus TG-810 does just show better results across the sensitivity range.

Dynamic range results showed that the FT4 is the clear winner at all sensitivities enabling the camera to capture a wide tonal range at all sensitivities an essential when shooting in lower light conditions underwater.

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

JPEG Signal to Noise Ratio

Panasonic FT4 review signal to noise ratio
Panasonic FT4 review: signal to noise ratio

The Panasonic FT4 appears to handle noise well, just beating the Fujifilm XP-30 and Canon D10. Despite the Olympus TG-810 gaining better results, especially at the mid sensitivity range, noise is kept controlled throughout.

JPEG dynamic range

Panasonic FT4 review dynamic range
Panasonic FT4 review: dynamic range

This chart shows that the Panasonic FT4 has good lowlight performance capturing a decent level of shadow and highlight detail across the sensitivity range.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyLumix FT
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, Shock Proof, Freeze Proof, Dust Proof
FeaturesSelf-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Intelligent ISO Mode, Time Lapse Function
Screen Size6.9 cm (2.7")
Video FormatsMPEG-4, AVCHD
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
Product SeriesFT
Focal Length4.90 mm to 22.80 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, MPO
Focus ModesAuto
Product ModelDMC-FT4
Product NameLumix DMC-FT4 Compact Camera
Product LineLumix
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMCFT4EBD
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

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.

Package Contents
  • Lumix DMC-FT4 Compact Camera
  • Battery Pack
  • Battery Charger
  • AC Cable
  • Brush
  • AV Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year