Panasonic has released a powerful new rugged compact camera, the LUMIX FT7. The FT7 is waterproof to 31 metres and freezeproof to -10ºC, dustproof, shockproof to two metres, and pressure resistant to 100 kgf. Its rugged features are backed by a 20.4-megapixel sensor, high-quality viewfinder, Panasonic’s 4K capabilities, and a 28mm wide angle 4.6x zoom LUMIX lens with folded optics[i].
The FT7 offers excellent imaging in a tough body. It delivers outstanding visibility for shooting in a range of conditions, with a 1,170K-dot equivalent Live View Finder (LVF) plus an easy to view 3.0-inch, 1,040K-dot rear monitor. Image output between the LVF and the rear monitor can be quickly switched with a dedicated button. In addition, the lens incorporates Power O.I.S to suppress handshake.
LUMIX FT7 RRP: $599 Colours: Black, Orange Available: July 2018
The camera is ideal for popular outdoor activities throughout the year – such as fishing, camping, diving, surfing, rock climbing, skiing and snowboarding. For further protection, the FT7 body case has been thickened to withstand underwater pressure, folded optics prevent damage to the lens if dropped during operation, and the rear monitor is protected with tempered glass. With rubber padding and reinforced glass inside the camera, the LUMIX FT7 has as an airtight body protected against water immersion, dust and sand.
The camera also includes a built-in compass, altimeter and a handy ‘torch light’ via the LED – making it the perfect partner for outdoor adventurers and holiday makers. With the convenience of the traveller in mind, Wi-Fi streamlines sharing of images, geotagging and remote control via smartphone. The FT7 can be charged via USB cable direct to the camera, anywhere there is a USB power source.
Scott Mellish – Product Marketing Manager, Imaging, Panasonic, said: “Panasonic has a strong heritage in tough cameras. We’re pleased to bring our trademark 4K Photo capabilities to this latest model – so photographers don’t miss that defining moment, and images will be crystal clear from the top of a mountain to under the waves.”
The FT7 captures smooth 4K Video in 3840 x 2160 at 25p, and 4K Photo with 4K Pre-burst mode shoots 30 frames per second before and after the shutter is released to capture the defining shot. The Post Focus feature, once set, allows you to choose the focal point of an image after it’s been taken. You can then select the exact area you want to focus on – ideal for macro shots.
The FT7 is designed for responsive photography. It has a 1/2.3-inch high-sensitivity MOS sensor with Light Speed AF for fast autofocus; and supports high-speed burst shooting at 10 frames per second[ii] in full resolution with mechanical shutter and 5 fps with continuous AF to capture fast-moving subjects in crisp detail.
Enjoyable shooting aids include Creative Control with 22 filter effects[iii], High Speed Video for fast motion in HD (1280×720) at 100 fps, Time Lapse and Stop Motion Animation.
The LUMIX FT7 will be available in Australia from photographic specialists and consumer electronics retailers.
[i] (35mm equivalent: 28-128mm)
[ii] Max. 11 images
[iii] Some filters cannot be used for video recording