Waterproof Cameras Group Test - Panasonic Lumix FT4
Panasonic Lumix FT4
- Street price - £300
- Sensor - 12.1MP, 1/2.33in CCD
- Lens - 4.6x optical zoom, 28-128mm f/3.3 - 5.9
- ISO - 100 - 6400
- Movie - 1920 x 1080, 50i
- Dimensions - 103.5 x 64 x 26.5mm
- Weight - 197g
Panasonic's FT4 has an appearance that belies its rugged credentials more obviously than some other cameras on test. Although that may be the case, it still features the advanced imaging capabilities one would expect to find in a normal Lumix camera.
At the camera's core sits a 12.1MP 1/2.33in CCD sensor and 4.7x optical zoom, covering a 35mm equivalent focal range of 28-128mm. The lens is supported by Panasonic's POWER O.I.S. stabilisation technology, assuring stability even in rugged conditions. The compact features a 2.7in LCD screen with a 230k-dot resolution, making it one of the lesser specified in this area of our sextet.
It does, however, more than make up for being under-specced in the LCD department with the sheer variety of outdoor gadgets it packs. The FT4 features what Panasonic has labelled a Quad Indication, combining GPS functionality, a Compass, Altimeter and Barometer.
The FT4 offers good handling both in and out of the water, managing to be rugged enough to offer peace of mind in tough conditions, but also sleek enough so as not to prove too bulky. One criticism is that the choice of a sleek metal finish and metal buttons can make the body a touch slippery when wet, although the provided wrist strap will offer extra security.
Although the FT4's LCD screen is neither the largest nor highest-resolution on offer, it is eminently usable thanks to a good level of brightness and an effective anti-reflection coating. The model's focusing system is both prompt and accurate, while good images in difficult conditions are made more achievable by a host of tailored shooting modes. Furthermore, the model's Quad Indicator performs particularly effectively.
Image quality is generally good, with images captured displaying a pleasing tonal range. Lens flare can cause a slight softening in difficult lighting but on the whole the FT4 is reliable in this department.
This article has more pages:
- 1. Waterproof Cameras Group Test
- 2. Waterproof Cameras Group Test - Canon PowerShot D20
- 3. Waterproof Cameras Group Test - Pentax Optio WG2-GPS
- 4. Waterproof Cameras Group Test - Fujifilm FinePix XP150
- 5. Waterproof Cameras Group Test - Nikon COOLPIX AW100
- 6. Waterproof Cameras Group Test - Olympus TG-820
- 7. Waterproof Cameras Group Test - Panasonic Lumix FT4
- 8. Waterproof Cameras Group Test - Verdict