Panasonic Lumix FT7 is a rugged camera that has been designed to survive and operate in extreme conditions. You can dunk this 20.4-megapixel camera in 102 feet deep waters, risk dropping it from 6.6 feet, crush it under 100Kgs of weight, or even freeze it to -10 degree Celsius.
The compact camera has a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF) that’s 0.2-inches in size and has 1.1 million dots with 0.45 magnification. The EVF is relatively small but should still come in handy in practical usage.
The rugged camera also has a 3-inch screen with 1040K dot resolution to compose shots. The 20.4MP sensor has a fast and long f/3.3-5.9, 28-128mm equivalent (4.6X) lens and is aided by Power OIS (optical image stabilization). The FT7 can shoot at 10fps with single autofocus and 5fps at continuous AF. The camera can shoot 4K video at 24p and 30p, 1080p at 60p and do 120fps slow-motion at 720p.
Other features include time-lapse shooting, 22 creative filters, and a panorama mode with support for both horizontal and vertical panoramas, GPS, micro-HDMI port, Micro USB port, LED photo light and WiFi connectivity using which you can directly share images to Instagram. In extreme situations, you can also use it as a torchlight, onboard compass or altimeter.
On the downside, the Lumix FT7 can’t shoot RAW images and has a smaller battery life than its predecessor.
The Lumix FT7 is the only rugged camera that comes with both LCD monitor and EVF. It will go on sale in the UK in Blue, Orange, and Black colour options with a price tag of GBP 399 (roughly Rs. 36,700). It will be available starting from July.