Panasonic DMC-FT4EB-K Rugged Compact Camera - Black (12.1MP, 4.6x Optical Zoom) 2.7 inch LCD
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- 12m Waterproof, 2.0m Shockproof, Freezeproof and Dustproof Protection
- Full HD Video with 12.1-megapixel Hi-Speed CCD
- Built-in GPS Function with Place Name and Landmark Information
- Time Lapse Shot That Enables Interval Shooting Automatically
- Quad Indicator - GPS, Compass, Altimeter and Barometer
- POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) with Active Mode to Suppress Blur
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Rugged Digital Camera FT4 - for Powerful Outdoor Use with Built-in GPS Function, Compass, Altimeter and Barometer. The DMC-FT4 is waterproof to 12m (40ft), shockproof to 2.0m (6.6ft), freezeproof to -10 degrees C (14 degree F) and dustproof. It is surely the reliable companion for the recorder of your outdoor adventures either in diving, snorkeling, surfing, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, camping or what so ever. The DMC-FT4 can record full HD 1920 x 1080 videos in AVCHD / MP4 format, thanks to Hi-Speed CCD that features higher transfer processing speed. The AVCHD format excels in the compatibility with AV equipment like HDTVs or Blu-ray DiscTM players. The MP4 format has high compatibility with computers. A separate button lets you instantly start recording video without the need of extra settings.
Rugged Digital Camera FT4 - for Powerful Outdoor Use with Built-in GPS Function, Compass, Altimeter and Barometer
The DMC-FT4 is waterproof to 12m (40ft), shockproof to 2.0m (6.6ft), freezeproof to -10 degrees C (14 degree F) and dustproof. It is surely the reliable companion for the recorder of your outdoor adventures either in diving, snorkeling, surfing, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, camping or what so ever.
The DMC-FT4 can record full HD 1920 x 1080 videos in AVCHD / MP4 format, thanks to Hi-Speed CCD that features higher transfer processing speed. The AVCHD format excels in the compatibility with AV equipment like HDTVs or Blu-ray DiscTM players. The MP4 format has high compatibility with computers. A separate button lets you instantly start recording video without the need of extra settings. The 4.6x optical zoom and iA Mode are available in video recording. Videos also come with the high-quality sound system of Dolby® Digital Creator.
The built-in GPS function displays not only latitudes and longitudes, but also the area information that covers 203 countries or regions and the landmark information of over 1,000,000 locations in 82 countries or regions. The photos and videos with the location names are automatically sorted in the virtual folder alphabetically in the camera for quick reach. You can also refer them via the included PHOTOfunSTUDIO. Geo-tagged images can be pinpointed on the maps of social media internet maps to be shared with your friends and families.
With the Time Lapse Shot, you can record stationary observation just by setting the start time, interval and number of pictures to shoot. Once everything is set, the camera will automatically continue shooting subjects such as flowers coming into bloom, scudding cloud, or wild animals. The DMC-FT4 adopts compass, altimeter and barometer (indicator for depth underwater) to show and record altitude, barometric pressure and orientation data. The altimeter log helps you forecasting the climate and the log of barometric trend tells how high you are.
The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) boasts double repression power compared to the MEGA O.I.S.. It is particularly effective for a low-frequency vibration, which is physically generated when pressing the shutter button or when shooting at night with a slow shutter speed. You get bright photos without blurring even from handheld shooting at slow shutter speeds. The Active Mode effectively suppresses blur in video recording especially at wide angle while walking or playing with children.
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For those who have doubts about this camera, I then took it to West Wales and used it in the Sea and the campsite pool, i could not be happier, it has done a great job on pictures and videos, the camera comes on within 1 second and ready for use, i have used it under water down to 10-15 feet not one leak into the door housing, the seal is great, i clean the camera under fresh water after every use, and when i open the door to change the battery i wipe the wetness from the seat. i rate this camera a 5 star.
The Panasonic DMC-0FT4EB is an absolutely fantastic camera for everything from everyday use to fast-paced activities. The picture quality is second to none i have come across within the price bracket, even underwater, and the user-interface is remarkably easy to get to grips with, even for a technophobe like myself. There may be a few functions that i haven't quite got to grips with, but that is my fault for not reading the instruction booklet! I have had this camera for a year now and have taken it to dusty 50*C temperatures down to snowy -25*C, all the way to my holiday's in humid 25*C heat, snorkeling down to 5m and 'foam' parties in-between, and it has survived the lot with no hint of a problem. The ONLY problem, which i cannot blame on the camera is that i have now lost it! Which i am very angry about. However, i was so impressed with it's performance i am buying another one.
I hope you find this review helpful, i do not like shelling out cash for smart, slick technology that looks very flash, but cannot stand up to a rugged or family lifestyle. You know what it's like when your kids get hold of your technology, they just don't mix, at least with this camera it will still work and be in one piece when they are done 'playing'.Read more ›
Unfortunately on my last trip it broke down: it fails to power on ever since. So I brought it to Panasonic for repair under the warranty. I was very surprised when it was returned unrepaired. They said it was compliant to the leak test under the manufacturer's specifications (basically it's my fault that the camera does not work, so the warranty does not apply). Note that I am long accustomed to the use of underwater equipment, and I always took good care of my Panasonic (before, during and after use in water, as recommended in the manual).
The camera cost me several hundred dollars for a few photos. Now all I can do is to buy a new camera on my own expense.
My advice to anyone considering buying this product (which makes great pictures despite its pitiful waterproof characteristic) for underwater usage is to do your homework and go through all the 1-star reviews of it of its older brother (FT3 or TS3) in Amazon's US site.
My initial opinion is that it is a well-built and strong camera and will indeed stand up to more than normal rough treatment. I have tried it on my bike and it withstood lots of juddering whilst taking video happily. I have used it indoors and outdoors and the results are definitely impressive. It is easy to use, the menu layouts are straightforward enough, and it seems to have sufficient options to make it a flexible camera for all sorts of conditions. I have tried it in a bucket too - not a very big challenge in terms of depths, but I had no leaks. The GPS feature is useful and accurate, even if it is sometimes a bit slow to get a fix (similar to my Lumix DMC TZ10).
My disappointment is the time-lapse feature. This is very limited and if you really want to do time-lapse this will disappoint you too. The settings only allow a maximum of 60 photos with a minimum interval of 1 minute. The result is that a time-lapse sequence will be short (e.g. just over 2 seconds at 25 frames / sec) or jerky if you run it slower. So it really is a gimmick and I don't understand why. The battery and memory would last much longer than 60 shots, and the firmware in the camera would just need a tweak. But I don't expect that will happen.
So, overall a very good camera for outdoor active use which should record a lot good memories to holidays and trips.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Throw anywhere do anything camera. Night soots good too with hardly any shutter lag.Published 7 months ago by TK
I love this camera. I took it on holiday to St Lucia and my wife couldn't get me out of the water snorkelling and taking photo's of the fish. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Dave
This is one of the best rugged cameras on the market. It does the job when you are out for trekking, hiking, cannoying, swimming and diving. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Greg
Good camera and super handy that it works under water etc. Not amazing photo quality in comparison to other cameras in this price range but virtually indestructible so can't... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Minna93
Really wanted this for underwater use when snorkelling in 3-5M depth of water in the Caribbean.
Very difficult to use the viewfinder underwater but if you just point and shoot... Read more
Love the added dimension of being able to take photographs in the water. Bought it as an additional camera to my SLR for portability, parties, restaurants etc and the fun of taking... Read morePublished on 21 Mar. 2014 by Mark Curry
Good camera, with some nice 'toys' on it. Panoramic mode works well, as does stop motion and remote shooting with a smart phone is a nice feature. Read morePublished on 25 Jan. 2014 by Mr Matthew J Wheatley
As many of us stated here this piece of ..eh..you name it will not last long under water.
Ours was used just twice in a salt marine water just for snorkeling and shallow... Read more