Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5 Review

July 29, 2013 | Mark Goldstein |

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5 Conclusion

Rugged action cameras are one of the few growth areas left in the compact market, offering a combination of point and shoot simplicity with a tough design that should at least survive the family beach holiday. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5 is one of the more stylish options in this category, and one of the toughest too, so it doesn't look out of place on or off dry land. As with most action cameras, though, image quality isn't the DMC-FT5's strong point, and you will have to pay quite a substantial premium for the extra on-board protection and peace of mind that the FT5 offers.

With on-board GPS, wi-fi and NFC connectiivity, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5 is one of the most well-appointed rugged cameras currently available, making it easy to record where your photos were taken and share them with friends and family. While the image quality from the 16 megapixel sensor isn't bad, there are much better cameras available at this price-point, albeit without the tough credentials, so you really need to make sure that you'll use the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5 to the full to warrant the extra outlay. If you want one camera that should be able to withstand everything that you throw at it (or throw it at), then the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5 is definitely worth considering.

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 3.5
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 3.5
Value for money 3.5