Panasonic Lumix FT7 Review

July 26, 2018 | Amy Davies |

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 20 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 7Mb.

Although it may seem odd to say this, the quality of the images captured by the Panasonic Lumix DC-FT7 are almost of secondary importance to the situations in which you can capture said photos. While the images here may not be as good as from other sources, the fact that you can dive with it, chuck it around, go to a really cold location and so on, is the real selling point.

That is not to say that photos are terrible. Far from it - colours are generally nice and vibrant, while if you keep images to small size, the overall impression of detail is good. I’d avoid using the camera in very low light situations where possible, but otherwise noise is also kept to a minimum.

However, it’s probably also true that a high-quality smartphone will produce photos of equal quality. If therefore you’re planning on buying a camera to use purely as an everyday holiday camera, you may be a little disappointed. If, on the other hand, you want the opportunity to use a camera in more challenging conditions, you should still be pleased.

The Panasonic Lumix DC-FT7 competes closely with the Olympus Tough TG-5, but in terms of image quality the TG-5 probably has the edge here - whether you choose to go for the FT7 therefore may well depend on brand preference, and/or whether you require the extra waterproofing depth.

Noise

The Panasonic Lumix DC-FT7 has eight sensitivity settings available at full resolution, ranging between ISO 80 and ISO 6400.

ISO 80 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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Focal Range

The Panasonic Lumix DC-FT7’s 4.6x optical zoom lens gives you a focal range of 28-128mm (in 35mm-camera terms).

28mm

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128mm

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Chromatic Aberrations

The Panasonic Lumix DC-FT7 handled chromatic aberrations pretty well during the review, with limited purple fringing present around the edges of objects in certain high-contrast situations, as shown in the examples below.

Chromatic Aberrations 1 (100% Crop)

Chromatic Aberrations 2 (100% Crop)

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Macro

The Panasonic Lumix DC-FT7’s macro mode allows you to focus down to 5cm from your subject. It’s close enough to capture plenty of detail, but can’t match the impressive results you can get from the 1cm macro modes offered by some tough cameras.

Macro

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Flash

The Panasonic Lumix DC-FT7’s built-in flash includes four modes when shooting in Normal Picture mode: Auto, Auto/Red-Eye, Forced Flash On and Forced Flash Off.

Forced Off - Wide Angle (28mm)

Forced On - Wide Angle (28mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

Forced Off - Telephoto (128mm)

Forced On - Telephoto (128mm)

ISO 64 ISO 64

And here are some portrait shots. As you can see, neither the Flash On or the Auto/Red-eye Reduction settings caused any red-eye.

Off

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Forced On

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Auto/Red-eye Reduction

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Night

The Panasonic Lumix DC-FT7 has a maximum shutter speed of 4 seconds, which isn't really long enough for most night photography.

Night

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