Introducing the toughest Lumix FT camera range ever

Rugged design with advanced GPS for powerful outdoor use: LUMIX DMC-FT4


Panasonic has released the latest generation of its ‘best in class’ tough camera, the LUMIX DMC-FT4. This camera is the perfect match for outdoor adventurers and holiday makers, and combines outstanding toughness with high-quality, high-speed imaging.

Waterproof to 12m, shockproof to 2m, freezeproof to -10º C and dustproof, the DMC-FT4 is equipped with a built-in GPS system, compass, altimeter and barometer. This camera can accompany rugged outdoor activities, whether it be diving, snorkeling, surfing, climbing, skiing or snowboarding.

The camera captures great images, with a LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens using folded optics, a 28mm wide angle lens and Sonic Speed AF to catch the most fleeting shooting opportunities. Full High Definition (HD) 1920 x 1080 movie recording is available in both AVCHD and MP4.

There are also a number of new shooting modes available on the camera. With Time Lapse Shot, the photographer sets the start time, the interval and the number pictures to shoot, and the camera automatically records images. Miniature Effect creates the look of a diorama; and Panorama Shot makes it possible to capture a 360º horizontal/vertical panoramic image by overlaying consecutive shots. At the press of a button, Auto Retouch adjusts contrast and brightness.

In Intelligent Auto (iA) mode the camera does all the work, leaving the user free to compose shots and capture moments. Just press, aim and shoot. iA features include POWER O.I.S, AF Tracking, Intelligent ISO Control, Face Recognition, Intelligent Scene Selector and Intelligent Exposure.

LUMIX Image Uploader allows instant image and movie sharing via Facebook© or YouTube™ with any PC. The 3D Photo mode produces realistic 3D images.  Take 20 panning shots and the camera automatically selects the two most suitable images – one for the right eye and one for the left eye – to produce a 3D composite.  The 3D images can be viewed on a VIERA 3D HDTV or played back on other MPO-compatible 3D equipment such as TVs, digital photo frames or printers.

Key features

Tough body with rugged design and a host of functions for outdoor excitement

The DMC-FT4 is waterproof to a depth of 12 metres and dustproof equivalent to the ‘IPX8’ and ‘IP6X’ standards.  Incorporating rubber padding and reinforced glass inside the camera, the DMC-FT4 features an airtight body protected against water immersion, dust and sand. With a minimised apertural area, the DMC-FT4 boasts tight sealing strength to withstand underwater pressure. The camera is also compatible with an optional Marine Case (DMW-MCFT3) that is waterproof down to 40m.

The DMC-FT4 is drop proof from a height up to 2 metres in accordance with the “MIL-STD 810F Method 516.5-Shock” test standard. The camera is reinforced with shock-resistant material and also uses folded optics to prevent damage to the lens unit if dropped during operation. The lens unit is protected by a supplementary damper to absorb the force from shock impact.

All components including the lens unit are designed so that the DMC-FT4 is freezeproof to temperatures as low as -10º Celsius.

The DMC-FT4 can show and record altitude combined with GPS data; barometric pressure including an underwater depth indicator; and orientation data. The GPS function shows the name of the country, state, city and key landmarks using the internal data library, giving users real-time information to locate where the photo is being taken.

28mm wide-angle LEICA DC Lens, 12.1-megapixel Hi-Speed CCD and high performance Venus Engine for outstanding picture quality

The DMC-FT4 incorporates a high-quality LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR 28mm wide-angle lens with a 4.6x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 28-128mm), and comprising 10 elements and a prism unit in eight groups, including 1 ED lens and 5 aspherical lenses with 6 aspherical surfaces.

The 12.1-megapixel CCD with 2-channel signal output structure boasts a higher signal transfer speed for the operations that require high performance and speed such as Full HD movie recording and high speed continuous shooting. Intelligent Noise Reduction ensures clear and crisp images in both photo and movie recording.

Linking smoothly with the Hi-Speed CCD sensor, the Venus Engine processes a large amount of signals at high speed, making it possible to record 1920 x 1080 Full HD movies and high resolution consecutive shots at 3.7 fps in 12.1-megapixel full resolution and max.10 fps in 3-megapixel recording.

1920 x 1080 Full-HD video recording in AVCHD / MP4 format

Despite its compact body profile, the DMC-FT4 can record Full HD 1920 x 1080 movies in AVCHD (MPEG-4 / H.264) format, offering excellent compatibility with AV equipment such as HDTVs and DVD players. Alternatively, users can choose MP4 at 25p for high compatibility with PCs.

The popular iA (Intelligent Auto) mode and the 4.6x optical zoom are also available in movie recording. In addition to the conventional Power O.I.S, Active Mode is especially effective in wide-angle movie recording, such as when you are shooting while walking. Dolby® Digital Creator ensures high-quality audio.


Lumix DMC-FT20 toughens up for the active outdoor user

Panasonic has introduced the new Lumix DMC-FT20 camera, with enhanced rugged features for the active outdoor user.

The 16.1-megapixel DMC-FT20 adds to the tough capabilities of its predecessor, the popular DMC-FT10. It is now waterproof to 5m, and freeze proof to -10º Celsius, in addition to being shockproof to 1.5m and dustproof.

This slim camera is designed to handle an array of shooting situations on land and in water. Thanks to rubber padding and reinforced glass and carbon resins inside the camera, the DMC-FT20 features an airtight body protected against water immersion, dust and sand.

The DMC-FT20 camera’s waterproof and dustproof capabilities comply with the ‘IPX8’ and ‘IPX6’ ratings and it is drop proof from a height up to 1.5m. The lens unit is protected by a supplementary damper to absorb the force from shock impact.

The DMC-FT20 camera also features a newly developed 25mm ultra wide angle 4x optical zoom LUMIX lens with folded optics to ensure toughness. The lens is comprised of 11 elements and a prism unit in 10 groups, including an ED lens and 5 aspherical lenses with 9 aspherical surfaces. The camera has a 2.7-inch LCD.

The DMC-FT20’s 4x optical zoom is available for both still shots and High Definition (HD) recording.

Photographers have plenty of scope for their creativity, with modes including Miniature Effect to create the look of a diorama; Panorama Shot, which captures both horizontal and vertical panoramic images; and Auto Retouch, which at a press of a button adjusts contrast and brightness to improve the photo you just took.

The DMC-FT20 now records HD movies in 1280 x 720p at a smooth 25p in MP4 format, for high compatibility with PCs or smartphones for easy sharing. A dedicated video button lets you switch between photo and video recording easily, and the newly-added MEGA O.I.S with Active Mode minimises handshake while recording.

Panasonic’s Intelligent Auto (iA) makes taking those hard to get shots even easier, with a host of shooting-assist features including MEGA O.I.S, AF Tracking, Intelligent ISO Control, Face Recognition, Intelligent Scene Selector and Intelligent Exposure.

In addition, LUMIX Image Uploader allows instant image and movie sharing via Facebook© or YouTube™.

Model Colours Availability
Lumix DMC-FT20 Black; Red; Blue; Orange April 2012
Lumix DMC-FT4 Black; Silver; Blue; Orange April 2012

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  • Another nice-looking iteration of the FT series. I’ve had three of this series now (FT1, FT10 and FT2) and have always been very happy with them. The one area that has never been addressed for the action crowd however is that of mounting it – on mountain bikes, on kayaks, motorbikes etc. Is this something that Sony has addressed or is that part of the market going to be left to the other action camera suppliers?

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