The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 is the next in Panasonic’s popular line of ruggedised digital cameras. If you need a new digital camera to skip like a stone across a mountain stream, then it might be worth a look. Or you could NOT do what you see in a TV ad.
How rugged is the DMC-FT3? It’s waterproof to 12 metres, dustproof, freezeproof to minus 10 degrees Celsius, and shockproof to 2 metres.
Amongst the smarts built into the camera are GPS, to give you a picture of exactly where your pictures are taken, as well as a compass, altimeter and barometer, all working to provide you additional data for your images.
Moving away from the numbers that talk to how tough the camera is, the Lumix DMC-FT3 has a 12.1-megapixel Hi-Speed CCD sensor, and in addition to taking still images it will shoot full HD 1920×1080 movies in AVCHD format.
Also on-board is a feature much loved by manufacturers at the moment, 3D-capability. In its 3D mode the DMC-FT takes 20 panning shot, and selects the best two to constuct a ‘synthesised 3D composite’ image, viewable on a 3D TV.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 price and release date
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 digital camera will be available in four colours, silver, orange, red and blue. It will be in stores in March 2011, and sell at an RRP of $599.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 specifications
12.1-megapixel Hi-Speed CCD sensor
1920 x 1080 Full HD movie recording in AVCHD
Screen: 2.7 inch TFT LCD screen
4.6x optical zoom, increasing to 6x equivalent with the Intelligent Zoom function