Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 review

12.1Mp tough compact camera with GPS

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

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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.