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Leaked in sea water
on 13 June 2013
I purchased the camera from Amazon.fr to complement my SLR for photos in the mountains, under water etc. I was a little apprehensive after reading earlier reviews on FT3/FT4 and the significant number of failures when used in salt water, but the optical quality attracted me. I also thought that Panasonic would certainly have corrected the sealing faults from previous versions. Also I am always very careful with my equipment, following all instructions from the manual (no more than 60 minutes under water, no immersion in depth > 13m, rinse after use in sea water, etc..), thus I thought I'd be safe.
Unfortunately, after the fourth day of underwater usage while snorkelling in Sardinia (never more than 3m deep, and never more than 30 minutes ...), it will not turn on anymore. The only good news is that the memory card is intact and I was able to download the pictures taken before the sudden death of the camera.
Moreover given the previous comments on limited concern from Panasonic to repair this type of failure for units still under warranty, I hesitate to send it to the service centre at my expense. I'm also curious to read comments from other buyers, especially after using it in sea for a few days.