Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2

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When it comes to all weather cameras there aren’t too many to choose from but there are some pretty good and swanky models. For instance the recently reviewed Olympus Tough-3000 proved to be a versatile little camera and the Panasonic DMC-FT2 promises to be even better.


The Lumix DMC-FT2 is a 14.1 MP camera and is probably one of the toughest looking cameras around with rivets on all four corners (front and back). However they are mere showpieces that add to the overall look of the camera. But that shouldn’t make the DMC-FT2 any weaker in its overall build. The camera features a brushed metal finish (front/back) that is far more appealing than the glossy body that some feature. In fact the rivets and the metal finish give the FT2 a very retro look. Just like any other all weather camera the DMC-FT2 is a chunky device that measures in at 3.91 x 2.48 x 0.96 inches. However don’t be fooled by its size – the camera can withstand a fall from a height of 2 meters and can be submerged to a depth of approximately 10 meters. In addition to this the FT2 is also built to survive sub zero temperatures. However it does have limitations of up to -10 degrees C. In terms of weight the camera is a little heavy at 190 g but can be overlooked for its sheer ruggedness.

The boxy look that it sports doesn’t quite make it a stunner but the features should be enough to satisfy adventurists. Moreover to improve the durability of the camera the FT2 comes with a rubber sleeve that fits tight when worn. So you can be rest assured that your camera will survive the harshest of falls unless you really chuck it against something hard. Pictures and videos can be viewed via the 2.7-inch screen and the overall screen performance is good allowing you to view images even on a bright sunny day. Buttons on the FT2 are well placed and come slightly raised from its base, allowing you to navigate with ease. Towards the top you will find the zoom and shutter release buttons.


Apart from its 14 MP CCD sensor the FT2 also features a 28 mm wide angle lens that allows you to capture a wider aspect than traditional 32 mm lenses. There are around 26 different scene modes to choose from apart from the dedicated Beach and Surf, Snow and Surf modes. And just like most Panasonic camera the FT2 comes with a quick menu mode which allows you to configure settings such as Auto Focus, Picture size, Video/Record quality and a few more. However the settings that are available are dependent on the shooting mode that the camera is set to. Camera interface remains the same as most other Panasonic models. Nevertheless navigating between menus is easy and the large sized and protruding keys add to the overall responsiveness.
Apart from the conventional VGA video recording the FT2 is also capable of recording videos in HD but at a scaled down resolution of 720p. Having said that the overall clarity of the video is a little disappointing as it doesn’t appear as crisp as a normal HD video. Panning issues were also noticed during playback. However the cameras IS performed rather well and maintained a jitter free video. What I personally liked about the FT2 is the slow transition it makes when zooming in out of the subject. Overall color balance of the camera is well maintained but it does take a little time for the lens to adjust when shifting from a well lit area to a dimly lit area or vice versa.

Surprisingly the FT2 handles color quite well without making it appear too bright or dull. No apparent color bleeding and fringing is noticeable. Overall exposure is also handled well giving you a good balance of brightness to contrast ratio.

Picture sharpness is where the FT2 really performs. Objects at a distance appear nice and crisp even when scaled to a full 100 percent. For instance the sharpness of leaves or even bystanders appear visibly clear.

Ability to perform at night is another strong aspect that the camera features. The Starry Sky mode allows you take snaps with a 15/30/60 second exposure level. The picture below was shot with a 15 second exposure level and as you can see the overall details are handled exceptionally well. However you will need a tripod to be able to capture steady shots.

Cameras macro range averages out at 4.5 cm which is really disappointing as it doesn’t deliver enough depth of field to add that extra punch to the image. Nevertheless sharpness and details are well maintained. There is a certain degree of noise when the picture is zoomed to 100 percent but it isn’t something to worry about as it only becomes visible when scaled to its original size.

The Panasonic DMC-FT2 is a very good all round camera and doesn’t leave you high and dry in the performance front. Picture captured appear rich and vibrant which in comparison is much better than most other similar products. The ability to capture crisp and sharp images is also a major plus for the FT2. With a price tag of Rs. 25,990 the Panasonic DMC-FT2 is an expensive proposition. But if you are in search of camera that’s not only tough on all fronts but also performs then the FT2 should be amongst your top 10 requirements.


The DMC-FT2 is designed for active use, that is waterproof to a depth of 10 meters, freeze-proof of up to -10°C, shockproof for falls from up to 2.0 meters, and dust-proof. In addition, included silicon jacket gives you more secure handling. For convenience of outdoor shooting, 3 most commonly used Scene Modes including Beach & Surf Mode are on the mode dial. In movie recording, the LED light turns on for beautiful movies in dusky underwater environments or at a nighttime camp. Intelligent Resolution Technology and 6x Intelligent Zoom The Intelligent Resolution (I.R) Technology gives a high resolution look to digital zoom images as well as ordinary images. The image is divided into contour areas, texture areas and smooth areas. And optimum image processing is applied to each type of area. This enables 6x Intelligent Zoom that achieves about 1.3 times the usual zoom magnification with almost no loss of image quality. The Intelligent Resolution Technology also achieves sharp images in modes that use fewer pixels to enable high sensitivity and high speed. HD Movie in AVCHD Lite and HDMI Compatibility Featuring VIERA Link The DMC-FT2 can record HD movie of 720P in AVCHD Lite with high sound quality of Digital Creator. Motion JPEG format is also available (1,280 x 720 pixels). Just press the Motion Picture Button, and shooting begins. The iA Mode can also be activated in motion picture recording. When the DMC-FT2 is connected to a Panasonic VIERA via an optional mini HDMI cable, the TV&s remote control unit can be used to enjoy playing back with greater convenience. iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode with POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) The POWER O.I.S. nearly doubles the hand-shake correction power of conventional MEGA O.I.S. So you can take beautiful night shots without blurring. Activating POWER O.I.S., Intelligent ISO Control, Face Detection AF/AE with Face Recognition, Intelligent Scene Selector with Sunset Mode and Snorkeling Mode, Intelligent Exposure and AF Tracking, the camera does all the work in the iA Mode. And Happy Mode is newly added to the DMC-FT2 and optimizes color saturation and brightness for vividly memorable scenes. 28mm Wide-angle 4.6x Optical Zoom LEICA DC Lens The 14.1-megapixel DMC-FT2 features a 28mm wide-angle 4.6x optical zoom f/3.3-5.9 LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens (35mm film camera equivalent: 28-128mm). The 28mm wide-angle lens can be used to capture magnificent architectural structures and landscapes like underwater. The 4.6x zoom can also be used in motion picture recording. In 3-megapixel resolution mode, the Extra Optical Zoom function provides additional magnification, extending the zoom power to 9.8x by using the center part of the CCD.


Type of Card Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Internal Memory 40


Type of Camera Compact
Effective Resolution 14.1MP
Sensor Type CCD
Digital Zoom 4x
Image Stabilizer Yes


Optical Zoom 4.6x
Focal length f/4.9-22.8mm (28-128mm in 35mm equiv.)
Aperture range F3.3-5.9/ 2-Step (F3.3-10 (W) / F5.9-18 (T)


LCD Size 2.7
Resolution 230K

Shooting Specs

ISO Sensitivity Range Auto / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600
White Balance Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Incandescent, White Set
Shutter Speed 8-1/1300
Burst Mode 5fps
Scene Modes Portrait|#|Soft Skin|#|Transform|#|Self-Portrait|#|Scenery|#|Sports|#|Night Portrait|#|Night Scenery|#|Food|#|Party|#|Candle Light|#|Baby1|#|Baby2|#|Pet|#|Sunset|#|High Sensitivity|#|Hi-Speed Burst|#|Flash Burst|#|Starry Sky|#|Fireworks|#|Beach|#|Snow|#|Aerial Photo|#|Pin Hole|#|Film Grain|#|High Dynamic(Standard, Art, B&W)|#|Photo Frame|#|Under Water


Maximum Resolution 640 x 480
Maximum Frame rate 30fps


Storage Built-in Memory, SD, SDHC, SDXC Memory Card
File formats supported JPEG


USB Cable Yes
Microphone Yes (Mono)


Type of Battery Li Ion
Numbers of Shots 360
Number of Batteries 1


Dimensions (W x D x H) 99.3 x 24.3 x 63.1 mm
Weight 188 grams

Camera Features

Sensor Resolution 14.1
Digital Zoom 4x

After Sales Service

Warranty Period 1


Warranty Period 1

Published Date: Oct 01, 2010 12:30 pm | Updated Date: Oct 01, 2010 12:30 pm