Panasonic Lumix FT7 Camera Reviews

Panasonic Lumix FT7 Camera Reviews
Panasonic Lumix FT7 Camera Reviews
The Lumix FT7 is Panasonic’s newest ruggedised compact digital camera and replaces the now discontinued Lumix FT5. It comes with a brand new 20.4-megapixel sensor and the build quality to face up to treatment that will turn most point-and-shoot models into ineffective lumps of metallic.
Along with being waterproof, freeze-proof, dust-proof, pressure-proof and shock-proof, it additionally comes with a built-in compass and altimeter for monitoring the digital camera’s outdoors adventures, in addition to a brand new electronic viewfinder, 4.6x zoom lens and optical picture stabilisation.
This makes it ones of essentially the most capable rugged compacts you should purchase, though it lacks the Olympus TG-5‘s choice to shoot in Raw and its rival’s brighter f/2.8 lens.
Most ruggedised compacts are slightly heftier than their non-rugged brethren, however the very first thing you discover concerning the FT7 is that it’s considerably beefier than the common point-and-shoot.

Panasonic Lumix FT7 Camera Reviews
Panasonic Lumix FT7 Camera Reviews
You’ll want deep (and broad) pockets if you wish to carry this thing in something apart from a bag. On the plus side, it’s hard to misplace, significantly in case you select it on this blazing burnt orange metallic finish (it additionally is available in reasonably extra subdued black or blue color methods). The FT7 can also be pretty light-weight at 319g, and simple to hold in your fingers because of the included wrist-strap, plus a textured grip in your right hand.
A lot of its size, we presume, is a consequence of Panasonic’s design decisions. For starters, there wanted to be area for its electronic viewfinder, and the amount of safety from the elements, strain and shock would possibly effectively imply some added padding throughout.
This compact is dive-proof to 31m, which is deeper (simply) than any of the opposite waterproof compacts we’ve reviewed lately (the Nikon W300 comes very shut, working to 30m). It’s additionally shock-proof towards drops of 1.8m, freeze-proof to -10ÂșC and strain immune to 100kg, all of that are just about in keeping with other rugged compacts. A dual-locked, moisture- and dust-sealed compartment on the side keeps the connectors, battery and SD card slot protected.
Outdoorsy varieties will appreciate the built-in compass and altimeter, information from which will be embedded in your photos’ EXIF data. There’s no built-in GPS (one thing you will discover on the rival Olympus TG-5), however you’ll be able to tether to a smartphone through Wi-Fi to geotag pictures.
Panasonic Lumix FT7 Camera Reviews
Panasonic Lumix FT7 Camera Reviews
The electronic viewfinder is probably a big selling point for the FT7, as they’re removed from the norm on this kind of digital camera.
It’s dinky, at simply 0.2 inches in dimension, and a bit dim and missing in contrast, however it does beat the display screen for composing a shot whenever you’re standing in shiny sunshine. We’d have liked Panasonic to include a digital level to assist maintain photos straight, although; it’s one thing the company features in other cameras, so leaving it out here’s a little puzzling.