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This is a great little performer. It's overlooked by the mass market because it doesn't offer a massive optical zoom like most of the higher end compacts do, but for what its capable of, this camera is excellent.
It's perfect for travelling, as its very robust. The metal body does not scratch easily and is very pleasant on the eye. You don't have to worry about accidentally dropping this as its built to withstand.
I was very sceptical about testing out the underwater feature of this when I first got it. Did I really want to submerge my beautiful new camera into a vast pool of water? I braved it on holiday in Mexico and got some amazing photos and video footage of the coral reef, fish and turtles. The clarity of the images in the water was brilliant.
Ergonomically, it's probably not the most attractive or comfortable to hold compared to some other compact cameras as it is a bit chunky and feels a bit "blocky" to hold. It could have been designed to fit your hand better.
Performance-wise, its second to none. The sharpness of images is lovely, even underwater. As mentioned before, this doesn't have a massive optical zoom, but 4x is more than enough for most shots you'd want to take. As it has no physical zoom lens (its all built into the body) it keeps the unit flat and tidy and means it fits into your pocket easier.
There is one thing to note, however. The manufacturer's information that comes with the camera in the box suggests that you get the camera seals serviced every 12 months to protect it from water damage (providing you do use it underwater). I decided to ignore this, and lo and behold, when my camera was about 15 months old, whilst snorkelling in an underwater cave, the seals gave way and the camera suffered water damage. Luckily once the unit had completely dried out after about a week it was in full working order, but it was certainly a lesson to pay attention to the manufacturer's information!
Despite this, I wouldn't hesitate in purchasing another camera like this one. It is a fantastic piece of kit, and is certainly a must-have for anyone going on holiday and thinking of getting some underwater snaps.
The DMC-FT10 is designed for active use, that is waterproof to a depth of 3 meters, freeze-proof of up to -10¦C, shockproof for falls from up to 1.5 meters, and dust-proof. In addition, included silicone jacket gives you more secure handling.
The 14.1-megapixel DMC-FT10 features a 4x optical zoom LUMIX DC VARIO lens. The folded optics technology makes it possible to fit the high performance lens in flat body. The extra optical zoom function uses the center part of the CCD to extend this 4x zoom ratio to powerful 8.4x zoom at a resolution of 3-megapixel or less.
In iA (Intelligent Auto) mode, 4 detection functions work automatically and simultaneously to optimize your settings, making it easier than ever to take beautiful photos every time. The iA mode includes MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) to detect hand-shake, Intelligent ISO control to detect subject movement, face detection AF/AE to detect faces in the frame and intelligent scene selector to detect scene conditions. You can activate all of these functions by simply pressing a dedicated iA button on the top of the camera.
The DMC-FT10 can record motion pictures in high-definition. The DMC-FT10 can also record stunning full-size motion pictures in WVGA or standard motion pictures in VGA and QVGA.
The DMC-FT10's large 2.7-inch LCD features high 230,000-dot resolution Intelligent LCD. It automatically adjusts the brightness in 11 steps according to shooting conditions. In addition, the AR coating LCD minimizes glare and provides clear images, for high visibility even in outdoor brightness. The high-angle mode makes the display extremely easy to view from a low angle, for example, when taking photos by raising your hand upward to capture the subject over the crowd.
|Product Description:||Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10 - digital camera|
|Product Type:||Digital camera - compact|
|Memory Card Slot:||SD card|
|Image Processor:||Venus Engine IV|
|Sensor Resolution:||14.1 Megapixel|
|Max Video Resolution:||1280 x 720|
|Lens System:||4 x zoom lens - 6.3 - 25.2 mm - f/3.5-5.9|
|Min Focus Distance:||50 cm|
|Digital Zoom:||4 x|
|Image Stabiliser:||Optical (MEGA O.I.S.)|
|Camera Flash:||Built-in flash|
|Display:||LCD display - 2.7"|
|Supported Battery:||1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 695 mAh ( included )|
|AV Interfaces:||Composite video/audio|
|Microsoft Certification:||Compatible with Windows 7|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||10 cm x 2.2 cm x 6.4 cm|