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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10

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      20.08.2013 17:51
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      A great underwater camera that performs well in all situations

      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.

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