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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 9 January 2015
I got this camera to travel around South America. I normally use an SLR but wanted a tough camera that also had an amount of manual control and was not crazy expensive. This one fitted the bill perfectly. I put it through its paces, whilst walking down a mountain with it in my back pocket I fell and ripped open the pocket it was in and my hand and the camera just had a minor scratch. I've taken it in the sea, to the desert, under the Iguazu falls and in the river Amazon and its still working perfectly.

The photo quality has surprised me for such a small camera, some of the shots it has taken are stunning. So much so family members have printed them to canvas and put them up in their homes. I do a fair bit of HDR photography and this has a HDR mode but you can also Auto Bracketing 1/3 -1EV step, Max +/-1EV, 3 frames if you want to process manually later which is a real bonus. I'll let the photos speak for themselves, here are some of the better ones:

https://flic.kr/p/nXztu9
https://flic.kr/p/nFdDs9
https://flic.kr/p/nVB7pF
https://flic.kr/p/nofAim

I've also attached a HDR one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 31 July 2013
I'd have given it 5 stars if its timelapse wasn't restricted to 1000 frames and if they could be more frequent than 10 seconds. That's OK for clouds etc but my GoPro will do unlimited frames a second apart. Another annoyance is not being able to start timelapse remotely. Using my iPod Touch or Android tablet I can use WiFi to zoom the lens and take still pictures or movies which is great fun and quite useful. I also like the ability to change the aspect ratio of the shot. The menus and interface are excellent with little need to refer to the manual. I've set the exposure control to -2/3 of a stop because I thought light detail such as clouds were maybe a little washed out. Images are sharp with no colour fringeing visible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 July 2014
After a family holiday with the Canon 5d Mk III where it became apparent that i was just a pap documenting the event (there were no pictures of me at all) i decided to take action and that i would have to invest in a compact for the wife to use and something that i could take into situations i didnt want to risk the SLR on. I didnt want to (or see the need to) go for the 2014 models so went through looking at new models from a couple of years ago. I then decided that when spending money on a decent compact, i may as well go for one that is "rugged" and waterproofing is a bonus. The more i looked and thought about it, the reviews took me down to the Olympus TG2 or the Lumix. The FT5 with its wifi control via the app (meaning i can put it in the fish take and take pics without getting my hands wet!) was a great selling point.
After a couple of trips to lego land and some cloudy days as well as bright sunshine i can confirm that the camera has met every expectation i had and hasnt missed a beat. Its no SLR but for a compact its far more capable than i would have given it credit for! Some great shots and best of all, i'm in them :)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 23 February 2014
I spent a long time reading reviews on the internet about waterproof cameras and found the reviews confusing and contradictory at times. My shortlist selected on specification was the Olympus Tough and this Panasonic Lumix. In the end, reviewers experiences of leaks with the Olympus put me off that model.
My existing waterproof camera was a Pentax Optio W20 which still gives great sevice, but is so slow focusing I've missed many action shots.I also have a Canon SLR 350 EOS.
So how does the Lumix compare? Firstly it is so much quicker to start and autofocus than the Optio and secondly it is just so much easier to use with a screen that can actually be seen even in bright snowy conditions. The quality of pictures is not that much better than the Optio however and despite many more megapixels, doesn't really compare to the Canon. However, if you choose a waterproof camera it is inevitable that the quality of the pics will be compromised. At least I can take reasonably good pics in conditions that would ruin a non waterproof camera and the Lumix is such a compact size it's more likely to be with you when you need it.
Build quality seems excellent, I'm sure it will last for years and the wifi was an unexpected bonus when I found I could download pics onto my tablet. One small point was the "snow" mode seemed to take worse pics of snowy scenes than leaving it on auto.
Overall I'm very pleased, just don't expect SLR quality from a waterproof camera, but unless you are really going to enlarge the pics a lot, the difference will be minor.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 29 March 2014
Finally a waterproof camera that takes really takes good pictures. Good battery life too. Recommended by me who has tried a vew!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 25 May 2015
Last year I met a girl when backpacking through Laos who owned this camera. She winded up taking many photos of me which I could then easily steal through the WIFI on the camera. One day we went tubing in a cave and took the camera with us and we had no issues with the water at all. This time I went backpacking through Myanmar and before I left I knew I had to get this camera. I am mighty glad I did as I took much better photos than some other travellers that I met with much more expensive digital cameras. Further every time I made photos I transferred them to my iPhone, so I could upload them on the cCloud and upload my finest ones on social media. I cannot recommend this camera enough and cannot wait to take it along again on my next trip!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 October 2013
This camera has many features / options to select.
The menu system is easy to navigate.
It is compact & the battery life is good.
the camera takes great photos.
I would recommend this camera.
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on 23 March 2015
I went for this camera because of 2 main points:

1. It's waterproof and shockproof,
2. It has GPS location tagging.

I don't care so much for the upper echelons of photo quality and zoom -- to me all decent cameras work just fine -- so my rating is based on the 2 points above. Having heard so much about how this camera sometimes gets ruined underwater, I can say for 5+ hours underwater (hotel swimming pool depths only though) I've had no problems. The shockproof-ness also makes this camera rock-solid -- you'll feel safe bringing it on adventures. What gets to me is the fact that the GPS connection can sometimes take a LONG time (say 5+ minutes) to locate. This makes it impossible to switch on & off and have all your photos geotagged. Location speed depends on where you are though (as is with all GPS). I'll extend a critique of the battery life -- it lasts less than a full day of extensive photo taking (imagine a city tour starting at 9am, I'd be out by 5pm).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 June 2015
this is a great camera does what it sais on the tin,,,, read the manuel and all will be great ,but do think that they should include a hard case as well,other wise no faults at all
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on 23 June 2015
This camera claims to be shockproof up to 2.2 metres and it simply isn't. I dropped it going very slowly on a bike ride and it longer works correctly. I requested a refund from Panasonic as I feel misled having purchased a device that I believed would stand up that claim and they have refused. The seller CAMERA CLUB have also been predictably difficult and I would avoid them in the future too.
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