Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5 Review

July 29, 2013 | Mark Goldstein |

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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 (known as the FT5 outside of North America) is a rugged camera that has been stuffed with virtually every feature imaginable (see below for a list). It replaces the DMC-TS3/FT3, and can take even more of a beating than its predecessor. Other new features include a higher resolution MOS sensor (16MP CMOS vs. 12MP CCD), Wi-Fi with NFC capability, faster burst shooting, true 1080/60p video recording, and much more. Battery life has also been improved by 20%, due to the use of a more powerful battery, which is alway helpful on cameras with battery-draining features like GPS and Wi-Fi.
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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5 isn't cheap, but your money is buying a tank-like snapper that's built to last. It's great for the more adventurous traveller who doesn't hanker after extensive manual controls, and anyone who's worried about their kids getting their hands on a more fragile device.
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The Panasonic FT5 is the tank of compact cameras: it's boxy, hard as nails and tough enough to flatten most traditional compact cameras' specifications too. Brute force is delivered in the form of water, dust, freeze and crush-proofing, while global positioning satellite to geotag images with their location, Wi-Fi to share images with smartphones and other devices and NFC to fire up one-touch sharing ensure the techie angle is covered.
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The Panasonic Lumix FT5 is update to the FT4 with improved ruggedness. The camera also features a new underwater white balance mode and is now waterproof to 13m, shockproof to 2m, can endure temperatures as low as -10ºC and is dustproof. The Panasonic Lumix FT5 is available in orange, black, silver, and blue for £399.99.
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