Panasonic Lumix FT4 review

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

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2D REFERENCE: This image shows what the quality of 2D JPEGs is like when taken as a reference tool alongside 3D MPO files, which, unlike JPEGS, cannot be viewed on the Panasonic Lumix FT4's LCD screen.

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POND LEVEL: The Panasonic FT4's obvious appeal is that you will use it in situations where it would be foolish to take a non-protected camera. You can therefore get shots you wouldn't have otherwise, such as this duck's eye view of the local pond, complete with lens flare.

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WIDE ANGLE: A 28mm equivalent maximum wide-angle shot taken on the Panasonic Lumix FT4 that, while far from terrible, reveals some fall off of focus towards the edge of frame, if we're being picky.

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ZOOM: Here we're zoomed right in from the same vantage point. An intelligent zoom effectively doubles the reach of the regular 4.6x optical zoom, for a softened but still usable result.

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CLOSE UP: Used as a tool for close ups, the Panasonic Lumix FT4 delivers some more impressive results...

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CLEAR AND CLOSE:… As this and the previous shot show. The berries here are almost good enough to eat.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
GPSYes
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
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
ColourOrange
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
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMC-FT4
Product NameLumix DMC-FT4 Compact Camera
Product LineLumix
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMCFT4EBD
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
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