The new Panasonic FT3 compace camera is 2m drop proof and 12m water proof

Alongside the FX77 and two TZ models being launched Panasonic has already released a tough model, the Panasonic FT3, which can withstand plenty of punishment and keep taking images. Alongside the usual drop and water proofing is the ability to display depth, altitude and position using a compass. 

The built in GPS system will no doubt be helpful for those taking images in far flung locations in the wilderness, and the 1080 HD video for capture stunning footage once there. The stills capability is similar to it’s predecessor, the Panasonic FT2, in that there’s a 4.6x optical zoom and 28mm wide angle lens, although the resolution has taken a dip from 14.1 to 12MP. 

With an altimeter and barometer the height and depth that the camera has traveled can be displayed, alongside a compass to show the direction. This, coupled with the GPS functionality, will undoubtedly be useful to anyone heading out diving or hiking. It also means the user will be less likely to descend beyond manageable depths with the camera.

With an extra housing the camera is even capable of dropping to 40m underwater, and can shoot at 3.7fps when on the burst mode. The Panasonic FT3 will be launched in March alongside the other new models.