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The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2 is a Hybrid Model with an Abundance of Features

Panasonic DMC-FT2EB-D 14MP Digital Camera

Rating: ★★★★★

I am a gadget lover, especially when it comes to digital cameras. So I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the Lumix FT2 to review its many capabilities. Read on to discover my findings.

The Pansonic Lumix DMC-FT2 digital camera is waterproof to 33 feet (10m), shockproof from a height of up to 10 feet (2m) and freeze-proof to 14° F (-10 °C). It features a 14.1-megapixel sensor, Sonic Speed auto-focus system, as well as a 28mm wide-angle 4.6x optical zoom lens, a 2.7-inch LCD screen, high-definition movies, and new High Dynamic and Happy modes. The Panasonic FT2 is available in silver, blue, orange and yellow.

Not only does this camera offer 14 megapixel still photos, the FT2 also includes the ability to capture HD quality video up to a maximum 1280×720 pixels at 30 frames per second in the AVCHD Lite format or Motion JPEG, with a dedicated record button positioned on the rear.

The Panasonic FT2 has a respectable 4.6x optical zoom, starting at a wide-angle 28mm and running up to an equivalent 130mm at the telephoto end, so proving as useful for group portraiture as photographing landscapes.

The only downside of this is the lens’ positioning towards the top right hand corner is that it was easy for me to misplace my fingertips into the frame when gripping the camera in both hands to take a steadier shot. I also noticed that because there’s no automatic lens cover to act as a barrier to the elements, the protective glass accumulated lots of fingerprints very quickly.

The optical image stabilisation works very well to eliminate camera shake.

When you turn the Lumix on, it powers almost instantaneously, which is just what you need if you don’t want to miss that all important action shot. The zoom is smooth and steady, gliding from maximum wide angle to extreme telephoto in just under three seconds.

However, as the button for the zoom is located just in front of the shutter release button and is of similar proportions, I often found myself taking a shot when I actually only meant to adjust the framing.

Switching between still shots and shooting videos is beautifully simple. The movie recording comes with an easy to find red button at the rear of the camera. Surprisingly, the zoom function can be accessed when recording to provide full range framing during shooting.

The main menu/set button provides a trio of folders on screen for still image capture, video recording, plus a third option of set up.

The base of the camera features a centrally-positioned screw thread for attaching the camera to a tripod, plus another chunky slide-open cover protecting the battery compartment shared with a slot for SD, SDHC and new SDXC cards.

I was extremely impressed with the battery life of this camera, having taken several video recordings and a large amount of still shots throughout the day, the battery still had plenty of life left in it!

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2 produced images of very good quality and the video footage recorded was clear and smooth, especially when tested under water.

Macro performance is also quite good, as it allows you to focus as close as 5cms away from the subject. Ideal for taking botanical photographs for example.

The built-in flash worked well indoors, with no red-eye and good overall exposure.

Anti-shake handled well when hand-holding the FT2 in low-light conditions and when using the telephoto end of the 4.6x zoom range.


The FT2 is a multi functional camera and I would be happy to take it anywhere, especially on holiday and rely on its sophistication and resilience. It’s not only a great quality camera but it’s also a good-looking “tough” camera. The DMC-FT2 surprised me with it’s build quality and brilliant features, allowing me to capture top quality photos as well as clear, stable video footage.

Image Samples

Here is a selection of images I took using this camera:-


  • easy to use
  • abundance of features
  • high quality pictures and video
  • sturdy


  • zoom button awquardly placed
  • quite pricey


This camera is definitely a strong contender amongst it’s rivals available on the market today. My only concern would be over it’s slightly high price tag. However, it is definitely a serious gadget to be enjoyed by extreme sports enthusiasts and families alike out there.

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