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Panasonic DMC-FT3 Digital Camera

12.1MP 4.6x Feb 2011
Megapixel Waterproof Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Compact Digital Camera FT3 - Ultimate Rugged Camera Featuring Full HD Movie Recording and Various Function for Outdoor UseThe DMC-FT3 is designed for active use, that is waterproof to a depth of... More
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Average Owner Reviews

This camera has an average owner rating of 77 out of 100 based on 59 owner reviews.

Good Quality Pictures

Eleven customers mentioned in their reviews that the product was able to produce good images. Durf gave the product a score of 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon in January last year “Takes good pictures and footage” in their review of the Panasonic DMC-FT3. Two years ago Ecp wrote “Takes decent pics” in their review of the Panasonic DMC-FT3 and rated the product 80 out of 100. In January last year Ed rated it 5 stars and he wrote in his Panasonic DMC-FT3 review “Takes a great photo, was brilliant in the seawater”.

One Panasonic DMC-FT3 owner said in their reviews that the product had a good picture resolution.

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Robust

Some Panasonic DMC-FT3 reviewers wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was good at resisting water ingress. Alison Few wrote in her Panasonic DMC-FT3 review “Very good purchase used in Egypt took brilliant underwater camera” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars. Ecp gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and wrote on Amazon “Significantly better than a disposable underwater camera” in their Panasonic DMC-FT3 review. Ecp also mentioned “The kids had great fun making underwater movies too”.

One Panasonic DMC-FT3 owner who bought it reckoned that it was strong and durable. Amazon Customer said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “We run a small fire safety business and now have 4 of these cameras very robust and great pictures”.

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Reasonably Priced

Several Panasonic DMC-FT3 reviewers agreed that this digital camera was good value for money. Customer H said “Great value” in their review of the Panasonic DMC-FT3. Durf wrote on Amazon “Shoot at a good price” in their review of this digital camera and gave it a score of 5 stars. Ecp rated this digital camera 4 stars and mentioned on Amazon “That's not to detract from a camera that's good value” in their review.

A few Panasonic DMC-FT3 owners who reviewed it reckoned that it was cheap. Ecp said on Amazon “Then it's not expensive” in their Panasonic DMC-FT3 review. Sarakani said in their review of this digital camera “Wonderful results for such a slim, compact and inexpensive camera”.

One person said in their reviews that the Panasonic DMC-FT3 was a bargain for the price. Pen Name said in their review on Amazon “For a cheap underwater camera this was perfect! Originally I was looking for cheaper than this”.

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Good Size

Several Panasonic DMC-FT3 reviewers who bought it concluded that it was compact. D J Nuttall mentioned in their Panasonic DMC-FT3 review two years ago “Nice compact camera”. Also two years ago Ian Bell scored the product 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 wrote on Amazon “The best compact, waterproof, shockproof camera i have tested” and gave the Panasonic DMC-FT3 a rating of 5 stars.

One customer who reviewed this digital camera thought it was tight. Jeremy said in his review of the Panasonic DMC-FT3 “The images are very poor! It is water tight and the underwater images are acceptable” . One person mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was thin.

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Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Digital Cameras

We checked 4,645 expert and owner reviews for Panasonic cameras and found that on average Panasonic has good reviews. We also found that Panasonic has good reviews specifically within its waterproof cameras range.

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Good Video Capture

A few Panasonic DMC-FT3 reviewers who purchased the Panasonic DMC-FT3 agreed that it was good for video recording. Hondacxrider said on Amazon “Fortunately all videos backed up” yet they rated the product 40 out of 100.

Good Technical Features

One person said in their reviews that the product had good features. Customer H wrote in their review of the Panasonic DMC-FT3 “Great little camera with loads of useful features and works just like it says on the box! Used loads underwater within depth range”.

Very Large Display Diagonal

The smallest display diagonal of waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the DMC-FT3 is 1.8" and the largest is 7.7". At 7.7 inches, the DMC-FT3 has a very large display diagonal compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that are a similar age to the DMC-FT3.

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CCD Sensor Type

The DMC-FT3 has a CCD sensor type which is better than most cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. Most digital cameras of this spec and age 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 waterproof cameras that came out more than two years ago.

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

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative digital cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available including because of it's better review score, the Nikon AW130[plb_1147127_price], the SeaLife DC1400 Pro[plb_1827508_price], or the Panasonic DMC-FT25[plb_1904999_price].

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Panasonic DMC-FT3 supports Full HD video. Most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DMC-FT3 do not support Full HD video.

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras which support Full HD video and we think because of it's better review score, the Olympus TG-620[plb_383816_price], the Sony DSC-TX30[plb_1621820_price], and the Nikon Coolpix AW110[plb_1721867_price] is also worth considering.

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Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

The DMC-FT3 has a GPS (satellite). Most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the DMC-FT3 do not have a GPS (satellite).

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras with a GPS (satellite) currently available including the AW130[pl_1147127_price], or the Coolpix AW110[pl_1721867_price] both from Nikon or the Olympus Stylus TG-2[plb_1721347_price] which has better reviews.

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The DMC-FT3 supports video capability, unlike most of the other waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as the DMC-FT3 which do not support video capability.

Other cameras which support video capability currently available which you might also want to consider include the AW130[pl_1147127_price], or the Coolpix S8200[pl_1656150_price] both from Nikon or the Olympus TG-620[plb_383816_price] which has better reviews.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The DMC-FT3 has an image stabilizer, as do most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the DMC-FT3.

Alternative digital cameras with an image stabilizer currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Olympus TG-620[plb_383816_price], or the Panasonic DMC-FT25[plb_1904999_price].

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other digital cameras of this age and type, the DMC-FT3 has a built-in flash.

Alternative cameras with a built-in flash currently available which you might also want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Olympus TG-620[plb_383816_price], the SVP AQUA-5500[plb_2109901_price], or the Nikon AW130[plb_1147127_price].

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Waterproof

The DMC-FT3 is waterproof, as are most of the other cameras of this type and age.

We compared all the other waterproof digital cameras to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Olympus TG-620[plb_383816_price], and the SeaLife DC1400 Pro[plb_1827508_price] is also worth considering.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is the most frequently found camera shutter type on digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Has Five White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the DMC-FT3 is more than most cameras of this age and spec. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on waterproof cameras that came out more than two years ago. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this Panasonic digital camera.

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Has Three Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the DMC-FT3 is more than most waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This Panasonic camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most commonly found photo effects found on cameras of a comparable age and type to the DMC-FT3. The photo effectss "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this camera.

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Not Available Viewfinder Type

This camera has a Not available viewfinder type, which is typical of many cameras of a similar spec and age to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the DMC-FT3 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by cameras of this age and spec. 1280 x 720 pixels is also supported by this camera. In addition, this Panasonic camera support a video resolutions of 320 x 240 pixels and 640 x 480 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolutions is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all cameras of a comparable type and age to the DMC-FT3.

The worst supported video resolution across comparable types of camera is 320 x 240 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Fairly High ISO Sensitivity (max)

The DMC-FT3 has a quite high ISO sensitivity (max) (6,400) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age. The average ISO sensitivity (max) of similar spec cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DMC-FT3 is 7,000, and the ISO sensitivity (max)s range from 200 to 52,000.

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310 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

The Panasonic DMC-FT3 is a camera that takes 310 shots battery life (CIPA standard)s. Most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DMC-FT3 take between 120 and 1,119 battery life (CIPA standard)s.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is the most commonly found light exposure correction on cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Very Big Combined Zoom

Waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as the DMC-FT3 have combined zooms of between 10x and 37x, and the average combined zoom is 26x. When compared to other waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as the DMC-FT3 that we have assessed, the Panasonic DMC-FT3's combined zoom of 36.3 times zoom factor is one of the biggest.

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Features Two Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The Panasonic DMC-FT3 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most cameras of this spec and age. The most commonly featured auto focusing (AF) modes is Face detection, but this auto focusing (AF) modes is not featured on this camera. The auto focusing (AF) modess Continuous Auto Focus and Single Auto Focus are also featured on this digital camera.

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Fairly Long Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

With a slowest camera shutter speed of 8 seconds, the DMC-FT3 has one of the longer slowest camera shutter speeds amongst waterproof cameras of this age. The average slowest camera shutter speed of digital cameras of this age and spec is 9.6s.

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TFT Display

The Panasonic DMC-FT3 has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most cameras that are a comparable age to it. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight. Across all digital cameras of a similar type and age to the DMC-FT3 the display ranges from LCD (worst) to OLED (best).

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is the most commonly found focus adjustment on cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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12 Reasons Against

Poor Product Quality

Some Panasonic DMC-FT3 reviewers who reviewed the product thought it was not good quality. Ecp wrote on Amazon two years ago “When not in the water the image quality isn't the very best” in their review. Rob P said on Amazon “Other cameras I have tried suffer from shutter lag or poor quality photos”. Xycinate rated the product 60 out of 100 and wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “However, I find that the image quality is somewhat poor”.

Very Small Normal Focusing Range (tele)

With a normal focusing range (tele) of only 0.3 meters, the DMC-FT3 has a quite small normal focusing range (tele) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the DMC-FT3. The average normal focusing range (tele) of waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as the DMC-FT3 is 0.77m.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years, the DMC-FT3 does not support wi-Fi.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also support wi-Fi to this digital camera and we think the AW130[pl_1147127_price], or the Coolpix AW110[pl_1721867_price] both from Nikon or the Canon EOS 70D[plb_2128674_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Quite Small Digital Zoom

The digital zooms of digital cameras of this age and type range from 2x to 20x, and the average digital zoom is 5.9x. The Panasonic DMC-FT3 has a quite small digital zoom (only 4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DMC-FT3.

We compared all the other 4x digital zoom digital cameras to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Olympus TG-620[plb_383816_price], and the Nikon AW130[plb_1147127_price] is also worth considering.

If this Panasonic digital camera digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the SeaLife DC1400 Pro[plb_1827508_price] (5x) which also has a higher rating.

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

The DMC-FT3 has a greater number of flash modes than most similar spec digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on digital cameras of this type and age. The flash modess "Forced off", "Forced on" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Only Supports Two Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the DMC-FT3 is more than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This Panasonic camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by cameras of this age and type. The camera file system "DCF 2.0" is also supported by this camera.

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Only 1600 X 1200 Still Image Resolution(s)

The DMC-FT3 has a 1600 x 1200 still image resolution(s) which is higher than most digital cameras of this spec and age. Most waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This Panasonic camera also have still image resolution(s)s of 480 x 480, 640 x 360, 640 x 424, 1536 x 1536, 1920 x 1080, 1920 x 1920, 2048 x 1360, 2048 x 1536, 2448 x 2448, 2560 x 1440, 2560 x 1712, 2560 x 1920, 2992 x 2992, 3264 x 1840, 3264 x 2176, 3264 x 2448, 4000 x 2248 and 4000 x 2672 and 4000 x 3000. Cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the DMC-FT3 still image resolution(s)s range from 640 x 480 (worst) to 4608 x 3456 (best).

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Quite Few Total Megapixels

With a total megapixels of only 12.5 megapixels, the DMC-FT3 has one of the less total megapixelss amongst digital cameras of this age. The average total megapixels of cameras of this type and age is 15MP.

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Very Small Internal Memory

Cameras of this spec and age have internal memorys of between 7.9MB and 700MB, and the average internal memory is 80MB. At only 19 megabytes, the DMC-FT3 has a fairly small internal memory compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the DMC-FT3.

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Only 4000 X 3000 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The DMC-FT3 has a higher image resolution than most digital cameras of this type and age. This Panasonic camera has a 4000 x 3000 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 4608 x 3072 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all digital cameras of a similar type and age to the DMC-FT3 the image resolution ranges from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 8256 x 6192 pixels (best).

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The DMC-FT3 has a greater number of supported image formats than most cameras of a similar age and spec to it. This camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most commonly supported image formats supported supported by cameras of a similar spec and age to the DMC-FT3.

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Very Low Motion JPEG Frame Rate

The Panasonic DMC-FT3 has a fairly low motion JPEG frame rate (only 30 frames per second) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the DMC-FT3. The lowest motion JPEG frame rate of waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the DMC-FT3 is 25fps and the highest is 240fps.

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7 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic DMC-FT3

SD Compatible Memory Cards

This digital camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most frequently supported compatible memory cards on cameras of a similar spec and age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

There are a number of alternative cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the TG-620[pl_383816_price], or the TG-620[pl_383816_price] both from Olympus or the Ricoh WG-4 GPS[plb_2626383_price].

Digital cameras with a better memory card type that might also be worth looking at include the Pentax WG-3[plb_1993993_price] (Eye-Fi|SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Kodak PlaySport[plb_2621744_price] (SD|SDHC) which also has a higher rating.

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Released Over Six Years Ago

It was over six years ago when Panasonic released the DMC-FT3.

Average Waterproof Up to

At 12 meters, the Panasonic DMC-FT3 has a pretty standard waterproof up to compared to most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the DMC-FT3.

Digital cameras with a higher waterproof up to that might be worth looking at include the Panasonic DMC-FT5[plb_1943538_price] (13m), the Pentax WG-3[plb_1993993_price] (14m), or the Ricoh WG-4[plb_2173526_price] (14m) which also has a higher rating.

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1/2.33"" Optical Sensor Size

This camera has a 1/2.33" optical sensor size, which is the most frequently found optical sensor size on cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 175 grams, the DMC-FT3 has a pretty average weight compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Average Megapixel

With a megapixel of 12.1 megapixels, the Panasonic DMC-FT3 has a relatively standard megapixel compared to most of the other cameras of this type and age.

If you want a higher megapixel then you might want to look at the Coolpix S8200[pl_1656150_price] (13.2MP and higher rated), or the Coolpix S32[pl_2196633_price] (13.2MP and higher rated) both from Nikon.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 4.6 times zoom factor, the Panasonic DMC-FT3 has a fairly average optical zoom compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DMC-FT3.

If you are looking for a bigger optical zoom then you might also want to look at the Sony DSC-TX30[plb_1621820_price] (5x), or the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-630[plb_1666893_price] (5x) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Waterproof
Colour of Product
Waterproof Up to
Freezeproof Up to
Dustproof
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Fixed Focal Length
Lens Type
Extra/Smart Zoom
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Combined Zoom
Number of Aspheric Elements
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Auto Mode Focusing Range (wide)
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Auto Mode Focusing Range (tele)
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Interval
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Wind Filter
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
HDMI
Camera
3D
GPS (satellite)
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Calendar
Album Organization
Histogram
Orientation Sensor
Image Editing
Camera File System
Multi Burst Mode
Camera Playback
Electronic Compass
Altimeter
Barometer
Scene Modes
Languages Support
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Capacity
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Voltage
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Hand Strap
Networking
Wi-Fi
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
Technical Features
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
Date Imprinting
Shock Proof
Weight
Interface
Dimensions (WxDxH)
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Aperture Range (F-F)
Effective Sensor Resolution
Camera Shutter Speed
Lens System
Power Supply Type
Digital SLR

Expert Reviews

21 May 2014

Eine Digicam zum Einstecken, die auch selbst einiges einstecken kann ? das ist die Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 im wasserdichten, stoßfesten und frostsicheren Gehäuse. Um die zu bekommen, muss man... Read more…

Captures crystal clear images
Better image stabilization
The playback system supports viewing the photos on map with computer
Excellent digital 4x digital zoom (Max
36.3x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)
No touch screen
Low resolution screen 230K dots)
Slow shutter speed 11300 of a second)
Lacks incamera HDR
Poor maximum light sensitivity 1600 ISO)

User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 10 February 2016 by Amazon Customer
(Verified Purchase)

Had this camera for almost 4 years... still works great, used it for scuba had it down to 18m by mistake and it still works fine...

I ordered this to solve two problems. My desktop media machine that didn't have a wireless card, and my ancient little Acer netbook whose wireless card died suddenly and I'm far too cheap to buy (and
Follow directions exactly AFTER REBOOTING YOUR CABLE MODEM
Easily connected one wired and two wireless computers
Good while it lasted
Very stable, never drops connection (I have it connected to the high end Cisco Linksys 4200). Extremely easy to install, device will install drivers from USB for Windows machines
Once in awhile, it will lose the signal, but it's only a blip. Refreshing the page fixes the problem and it's not really something that bothers me. From time to time, it will take a little longer than
Lag horrible in online gaming now. ping rises to 10k. usb gets VERY hot
Although 100 stable (never drops connection), device will never connect to or hold onto a 300 Mbps connection. Again, I have this paired to a Cisco Linksys 4200 series router. As such, 2 devices from
Sometimes they can be directly next to the router and still have no connection
My computers beeen down for days, couldn't figure it out, it was mimicking a crashed hard drive, no sign of life at boot, but BIOS recognized the drives. .. . I unplugged the adapter and it works perf

Brochures and Manuals

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dmcft3egs, dmcft3egr, dmcft3egd, dmcft3ega, dmcft3epr, dmcft3epd
Barcodes 05025232606757, 05025232606764, 05025232606771, 05025232606788, 05025232606801, 05025232606825, 05025232606863, 05025232606887, 05025232606894

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