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Panasonic FT2 or wait for the FT3?


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Posted on 27 Aug 2011 21:11:38 BDT
Newbie says:
worth saving £100 and getting the FT10?

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Mar 2011 12:48:28 GMT
Snapsort have compared them:

Reasons to consider the Panasonic DMC-FT3
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps

Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No

Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 3.7 fps vs 1.8 fps

More than 2x faster continuous shooting

Reasons to consider the Panasonic DMC-FT2
Size Smaller 99x63x24 mm vs 104x63x27 mm

Around 20% smaller
Thickness Thinner 0.9" vs 1.1"

More than 10% thinner
Lowest price Significantly cheaper £222.99 vs £322.99

The best price we've seen is £100 cheaper (more than 30% less)
Weight Slightly lighter 188 g vs 197 g Almost the same

Posted on 15 Mar 2011 11:53:46 GMT
Noswale says:
Leaving aside GPS capabilities, the specs of the two cameras seem a bit different (in terms of resolution, zoom etc). Any thoughts as to which one would take better pics?

Posted on 20 Feb 2011 17:19:59 GMT
Graham H says:
Knowing how hard my GPS hand-held is on batteries I can live without it too.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Feb 2011 17:03:59 GMT
I agree Graham.
Perhaps it would help you decide if someone could explain what the GPS function gives. Is it a Latitude and Longitude? I doubt it will be OS National Grid. Can you go straight from the shot, stored on the computer, to a map or Google earth in order to locate it? Does it record which direction you were holding the camera in?
Is it accurate?
How does altitude work? Is that satellite driven too?
Personally I can live without it.

Posted on 20 Feb 2011 16:17:34 GMT
Graham H says:
In six months' time there'll be a thread called "FT3 or wait for the FT4".

Digital cameras are obsolete in weeks and replaced in months. There will always be a "Better" one just around the corner. You could hang on for the new model, or just buy one that you're happy with now and have a Summer's worth of photographs in the meantime. Which ultimately is what it's all about.

Posted on 20 Feb 2011 16:10:17 GMT
You've reached the same stage as me - I had decided on the FT2 out of all the tough compacts, but delayed buying hoping the prices went down when the FT3 is introduced. Trouble is now the FT3 is announced, the boy in me covets the new gadgets and capabilities such as the GPS, etc.
For me, both cameras will do a great job and will meet all my needs, but the FT2 is already available online for less that £200, so the £100 saving is a powerful incentive. But of course, I desperately need the camera to tell me where I am, so the GPS might just be worth it..........

I don't need it immediately, so I'm goign to wait until the FT3 is actually lauched and hope I can talk myself out of spending the extra to own the latest shiny gadget. Good luck!

Initial post: 20 Feb 2011 14:28:25 GMT
I'm by no means a techie when it comes to cameras but I have been doing a bit of reading up. I've narrowed it down to these two Panasonics following 1) recommendation and 2) waterproof, shockproof capability etc which is exactly what I need for a forthcoming holiday. However, I can't decide on whether to wait for the launch of the FT3 because I can't figure out the main differences between the two versions, other than the introduction of GPS, altitude etc.

Can anyone help me decide please? Or at very least try and explain to me in simple terms what the differences are between the two or if you've had any experience with the FT range.

Thank you very much in advance,

Diane
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