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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 Digital Camera

16.1MP 4x Jan 2015
Megapixel Count Waterproof Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Release Date
Waterproof- Down to 8 m / 26 ft. Shockproof- Up to 1.5 m / 5 ft. Freezeproof- Down to -10 / 14 . More
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33 Reasons For

Average Owner Reviews

Users have rated this waterproof camera on average 74%.

Good Size

Several Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 owners said in their reviews that the product was compact. D J Nuttall said on Amazon “Nice compact camera”. Last year Ian Bell scored it very highly and he wrote in his review of this digital camera on Amazon “I needed a compact, waterproof, grand-children proof camera.”. Rob P mentioned in his Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 review “The best compact, waterproof, shockproof camera i have tested” and rated it as very good.

One customer who purchased this digital camera said that it was tight. Jeremy said on Amazon “The images are very poor! It is water tight and the underwater images are acceptable” nonetheless he rated the product 1 stars.

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 owner who reviewed this digital camera considered that it was thin. In December this year Sarakani wrote “Wonderful results for such a slim, compact and inexpensive camera” in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 review.

One person who reviewed the product thought it was easy to carry around.

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Robust

Several customers said in their reviews that the product was good at resisting water ingress. Alison Few scored it very highly and she said on Amazon “Very good purchase used in Egypt took brilliant underwater camera” in her Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 review. Ecp said in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 review on Amazon “Significantly better than a disposable underwater camera” and scored it 80 out of 100. Ecp also wrote “The kids had great fun making underwater movies too”.

Several customers who reviewed it reckoned that it was strong and durable. A few weeks ago Amazon Customer said on Amazon “We run a small fire safety business and now have 4 of these cameras very robust and great pictures” in their review of this digital camera. Last year Goodgearguide.com.au wrote on expert review site Good Gear Guide.com.au “All the usual hallmarks of a rugged camera are incorporated in the p”.

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Reasonably Priced

Some Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 reviewers who reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 considered that it was good value for money. Customer H rated the product 5 stars and said this month “Great value” in their review. This year Durf wrote “Shoot at a good price”. Ecp wrote in December last year “That's not to detract from a camera that's good value”.

Several Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 reviewers who bought it mentioned that it was cheap. Ecp said on Amazon in December last year “Then it's not expensive”. One customer mentioned that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 was a bargain for the price. Pen Name said on Amazon in December last year “For a cheap underwater camera this was perfect! Originally I was looking for cheaper than this”.

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Good Quality Pictures

Some people who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was able to produce good images. Durf mentioned on Amazon in December “Takes good pictures and footage”. Ecp mentioned in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 review “Takes decent pics”. This month Ed wrote “Takes a great photo, was brilliant in the seawater” in his Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 review.

One customer who bought it mentioned that it had a good picture resolution.

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Popular Choice

The Lumix DMC-FT30 is a popular choice of digital camera.

Good Video Capture

Some customers mentioned in their reviews that it was good for video recording. Hondacxrider said on Amazon “Fortunately all videos backed up” however despite that they only gave the product a score of 2 stars.

Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

Based on 7,426 expert and user reviews, Panasonic has good ratings for its digital cameras. Panasonic also has good ratings specifically for its waterproof cameras compared to other brands.

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Good Technical Features

A few Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 reviewers said in their reviews that it had good features. This year Customer H scored the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 5 stars and wrote on Amazon “Great little camera with loads of useful features and works just like it says on the box! Used loads underwater within depth range” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30. Expert review site Ephotozine.com mentioned in their review “Features an improved waterproof rating of 8 metres, as well as a torch illumination mode”.

CCD Sensor Type

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 has a better sensor type than most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This camera has a CCD sensor type, whereas most similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to it have a MOS sensor type. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

This camera's sensor type (CCD) is actually the best sensor type amongst all cameras of a similar spec and age to the Lumix DMC-FT30.

A MOS sensor type is the worst sensor type amongst comparable types of camera.

We compared all the other digital cameras that have a CCD sensor to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Praktica WP240[plb_3496600_price] is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

Like most of the other cameras that were launched more than a year ago, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 has an image stabiliser.

Alternative digital cameras with an image stabiliser currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix S33[plb_2770545_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available including the Nikon Coolpix S33[plb_2770545_price] which has better reviews.

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Waterproof

The Lumix DMC-FT30 is waterproof, as are most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-FT30.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative waterproof digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon Coolpix S33[plb_2770545_price], or the Praktica WP240[plb_3496600_price].

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Nine Diaphragm Blades

Most of the other cameras of this type and age only have between three and eight diaphragm blades, however the Lumix DMC-FT30 has nine diaphragm blades.

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Has Two Image Editing Modes

The Lumix DMC-FT30 has a greater number of image editing modes than most waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Panasonic digital camera has a Resizing image editing mode, which is the most commonly found image editing mode found on cameras of a similar age and spec to the Lumix DMC-FT30. The image editing mode "Crop" is also found on this digital camera.

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Very Long Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

Digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FT30 have maximum camera shutter speeds of between 4s and 60s, and the average maximum camera shutter speed is 15s. When compared to other waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FT30 that we have assessed the maximum camera shutter speed of, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30's maximum camera shutter speed of 60 seconds is one of the longest.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 220 megabytes, the Lumix DMC-FT30 has a fairly big internal memory compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the Lumix DMC-FT30. The internal memory of digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Lumix DMC-FT30 range from 25MB to 480MB.

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Has Five White Balance Modes

The number of white balance modes found on the Lumix DMC-FT30 is more than most cameras of this spec and age. This Panasonic camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on digital cameras of a similar type and age to the Lumix DMC-FT30. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this Panasonic digital camera.

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4608 X 3456 Still Image Resolution

The Lumix DMC-FT30 has a 4608 x 3456 still image resolution which is higher than the 2048 x 1536 still image resolution found on most waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to it. This digital camera also have still image resolutions of 4608x3456, 3648x2736, 2560x1920, 2048x1536, 1280x960, 640x480, 4608x3072 and 4608x2592 and 3456x3456.

A 4608 x 3456 still image resolution is in fact the best still image resolution amongst all digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Lumix DMC-FT30.

A 640 x 480 still image resolution is the worst still image resolution amongst comparable types of camera.

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Five Aspheric Elements

The Lumix DMC-FT30 is a five aspheric element camera.

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Very Small Minimum ISO Speed

At only 100, the Lumix DMC-FT30 has a fairly small minimum ISO speed compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FT30. The average minimum ISO speed of waterproof cameras that were released one year ago is 110, and the minimum ISO speed range from 100 to 130.

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Slideshow Playback Mode

This camera has a Slideshow|Zoom playback mode, which is typical of many digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Supports Three Camera File Systems

The Lumix DMC-FT30 has a greater number of camera file systems than most waterproof cameras that are a similar age to it. This digital camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by digital cameras of this spec and age. The camera file systems "DCF" and "DPOF" are also supported by this camera.

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Very Light

The average weight of digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the Lumix DMC-FT30 is 260g. With a weight of only 125 grams, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 is one of the lighter cameras of a similar spec and age to the Lumix DMC-FT30 amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

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Very Small Maximum Aperture

The biggest maximum aperture of cameras that came out around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FT30 is 2.7, the smallest is 13, and the average maximum aperture is 5.8. When compared to other cameras that were launched around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FT30, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30's maximum aperture of 13 is one of the smallest.

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Has Two Playback Modes

The number of camera playback modes found on the Lumix DMC-FT30 is more than most digital cameras of this type and age. The most frequently found playback mode is Movie, but this playback mode is not found on this camera. The playback modes Slide show and Thumbnails are also found on this Panasonic camera.

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Supports Eight ISO Speeds

The number of ISO speeds supported by the Lumix DMC-FT30 is more than most cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This camera supports 6 and 400 ISO speeds, which is the most frequently supported ISO speed supported by waterproof cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-FT30. The ISO speeds "100", "200", "400", "800", "1600", "3200" and "Auto" are also supported by this Panasonic camera.

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Supports One Image Format

The number of supported image formats on the Lumix DMC-FT30 is more than most waterproof cameras that have been available for more than a year. This digital camera supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Lumix DMC-FT30.

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Very Narrow

With a width of only 103.7 millimeters, the Lumix DMC-FT30 is one of the narrower waterproof cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-FT30 amongst waterproof cameras of this age. The narrowest waterproof camera that has been available for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-FT30 is 100mm wide, the widest is 160mm, and the average width is 120mm.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is the most commonly found focus on comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Very Short

The shortest digital camera of a similar age and type to the Lumix DMC-FT30 is 50mm tall and the tallest is 650mm. The Lumix DMC-FT30 is fairly short (only 58.3 millimeters) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were released more than a year ago.

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Features Five Auto Focus

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Lumix DMC-FT30 is more than most waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This camera features a Face detection auto focus, which is the most commonly featured auto focus featured on digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Lumix DMC-FT30. The auto focus "Continuous Auto Focus", "Face tracking", "Spot Auto Focus" and "Tracking Auto Focus" are also featured on this Panasonic camera.

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Very Thin

With a depth of only 19.7 millimeters, the Lumix DMC-FT30 is fairly thin compared to most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-FT30. Across all the waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FT30 the depths range from 19mm to 79mm, and the average depth is 42mm.

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15 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Average

This camera has an average expert rating of 66% based on ten expert reviews from sites including Chip.de, Good Gear Guide.com.au, digitalfotoforalla.se and Lydogbilde.no.

Poor Product Quality

A few Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it was not good quality. Ecp said on Amazon “When not in the water the image quality isn't the very best” in their review. H gave it a score of 1 stars and mentioned on Amazon last year “Picture quality was grainy and poor”. A few weeks ago Rob P wrote on Amazon “Other cameras I have tried suffer from shutter lag or poor quality photos”.

Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Lumix DMC-FT30 does not support Full HD video, unlike most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Lumix DMC-FT30.

There are a number of other cameras which also support Full HD video which you might want to consider including the Nikon Coolpix S33[plb_2770545_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-FT30, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 does not have a GPS.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most cameras of a comparable age and type to the Lumix DMC-FT30 do not support WiFi connectivity. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

Like most of the other cameras of this type and age, the Lumix DMC-FT30 does not support video recording.

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Not 3D Compatible

The Lumix DMC-FT30 is not 3D compatible, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Lumix DMC-FT30 are also not 3D compatible.

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Quite Small Screen Size

The average screen size of cameras of this age and type is 2.9". With a screen size of only 2.7 inches, the Lumix DMC-FT30 has one of the smaller screen sizes amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

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Very Low Maximum Waterproof Depth

The average maximum waterproof depth of cameras of this type and age is 13m, and the maximum waterproof depths range from 3m to 30m. With a maximum waterproof depth of only 8 meters, the Lumix DMC-FT30 has a quite low maximum waterproof depth compared to most of the other digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Lumix DMC-FT30.

If this camera maximum waterproof depth is too low for you then you might want to consider the Nikon Coolpix S33[plb_2770545_price] (10m) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Small Digital Zoom

The Lumix DMC-FT30 has one of the smaller digital zooms (only 4 times zoom factor) amongst waterproof cameras of this age. The smallest digital zoom of digital cameras of this type and age is 2x and the biggest is 8x.

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Very Low JPEG Frame Rate

At only 25 frames per second, the Lumix DMC-FT30 has a fairly low JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other digital cameras of this type and age. Across all the cameras that are a comparable age to the Lumix DMC-FT30 the JPEG frame rates range from 25fps to 240fps, and the average JPEG frame rate is 60fps.

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Very Small Battery Capacity

The smallest battery capacity of cameras that were released around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FT30 is 680mAh and the biggest is 3,800mAh. The Lumix DMC-FT30 has one of the smaller battery capacities (only 680 milliamperes * hour) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Very Low Display Resolution

With a display resolution of only 230,000 pixels, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 has one of the lower display resolutions amongst waterproof cameras of this age. The lowest display resolution of similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Lumix DMC-FT30 is 23,000 pixels, the highest is 1,100,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 570,000 pixels.

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Very Few Total Megapixel Count

Waterproof cameras that were released more than a year ago have total megapixel counts of between 14MP and 53MP. With a total megapixel count of only 16.6 megapixels, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 has one of the less total megapixel counts amongst comparable spec digital cameras of this age.

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Quite Large Minimum Aperture

The Lumix DMC-FT30 has a fairly large minimum aperture (3.9) compared to most of the other cameras that were released around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FT30. Digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-FT30 have minimum apertures of between 1 and 3.9.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30

Released Over a Year Ago

This Panasonic camera was released over a year ago.

SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If the memory card type of this waterproof camera is too bad for you then you might also want to look at the Nikon Coolpix S33[plb_2770545_price] (SD|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Megapixel Count

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30 has a pretty average megapixel count (16.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-FT30.

Cameras with a higher megapixel count that might be worth considering include the Praktica WP240[plb_3496600_price] (20MP) which is also higher rated.

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Average Optical Zoom

The Lumix DMC-FT30 has a fairly standard optical zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Image Stabiliser
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Waterproof
Colour
Maximum Waterproof Depth
Maximum Freezeproof Temperature
Shock Resistant Case
Freezeproof
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Aspheric Element
Focusing
Auto Focus
Auto Focus Assist Beam
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Video Format
Analog Signal Format
Video Resolution
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Image Editing Mode
Camera File System
Playback Mode
Playback Mode
Scene Mode
On Screen Display Language
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Supported Battery
Battery Capacity
Shot Per Battery Charge
Battery Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating System/software
System Requirements
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Included Cable
Battery Included
Included Battery Charger
Hand Strap
Technical Details
Built-In Speaker
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Near Field Communication
Bluetooth
Certificates
Other Features
Built-In Flash
Special Features

Expert Reviews

(11)

The main point to remember about Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FT30 Tough camera is that it's very small and easy to carry with you on all types of adventures, whether they are on land on water. All the... Read more…

5 January 2015

The Panasonic Lumix FT30 replaces the FT25 , and features an improved waterproof rating of 8 metres, as well as a torch illumination mode. The camera has a 25mm wide-angle lens, a 2.7inch screen,... Read more…

26 June 2015

Det ser måske ikke så sejt ud, men det lille Panasonic-kamera kan tåle nogle knubs. Og noget vand. Kameraet er ikke særlig avanceret og har begrænsede funktioner. F.eks. er der ikke GPS,... Read more…

Optikken er tegner ikke altid helt skarpt, og kraftigt lys kan nogle gange overeksponere billederne. Så snart man kommer lidt op i ISO værdierne, så kommer der også ret meget støj på...

5 May 2015

Konkurrenterne kan tages med på større dybder, men FT30 er tryktæt til otte meter, og det er rigeligt til snorkling.Det første, man bemærker, er, at FT30 er et meget lille og praktisk kamera.... Read more…

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 9 January 2016 by Rob P
(Verified Purchase)

I purchased one of these cameras to test it for work - since my first purchase I have bought 5 more! I have tried and tested many waterproof, shockproof cameras but not found one this good for the... Read more…

Reviewed 29 November 2015 by Jeremy
(Verified Purchase)

The images are very poor! It is water tight and the underwater images are acceptable BUT the others are incredibly poor. Contrasty, poor colours. The flash is a joke. Unfortunately by the time I... Read more…

Reviewed 12 April 2015 by D J NUTTALL
(Verified Purchase)

All seems fine. Nice compact camera. Yet to try in anger...

Reviewed 15 August 2016 by Paul Lambert

I bought this at the airport for my holiday which was a beach, sand pool, hot days etc. After a couple of days using it in the pool with my kids we soon found that the lens was constantly becoming... Read more…

Reviewed 10 August 2016 by L. M. Gosling
(Verified Purchase)

Good little camera at a good price.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic dmcft30, panasonic pan1565, panasonic dmcft30e, panasonic dmcft30ep, panasonic dmcft30eb, panasonic dmcft30eg, panasonic dmcft30egk, panasonic dmcft30ebd, panasonic dmcft30eba, panasonic dmcft30epd, panasonic dmcft30ebk, panasonic dmcft30ebr, panasonic dmcft30egd, panasonic dmcft30ega
Barcodes 05025232820191, 05025232820207, 05025232820221, 05025232820269, 05025232820276, 05025232820283, 05025232820290, 05025232820306, 05025232820313, 05025232820320, 05025232820337, 05025232820344, 05025232820351, 05025232820368, 05025232820375

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