If you are into outdoor photography and like to take your art to extremes, then you will more than likely be looking for a camera that can withstand lots of knocks and bumps as you strive to find the ideal position for your photo. Well, welcome to the Lumix DMC-FT3.
This is a compact camera, but don’t be fooled. It is something of a tough-nut, being able to withstand temperatures of -10 oC, impacts from up to 2 metres and is waterproof to a depth of 12 metres.
It is also crammed full of extremely handy features that, once you have them, you will wonder how on earth humanity ever survived on film cartridges and Magic ‘X’ cubes alone.
For a start, the FT3 has built-in GPS and a compass which are ideal for providing geo-tags on images, so you will never forget when and where a picture was taken. There is also an altimeter and a barometer included. The barometer will come into its own when being used underwater, especially if the user is close to the camera’s operating pressure limit.
The FT3 has naturally got a high quality Leica wide angle lens, with 12.1 megapixels and 4.6x optical zoom. This is more than adequate for most users but images can appear grainy to the trained eye especially at ISO 800 and above.