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Panasonic DMC-FT4 Digital Camera

12.1MP 4.6x CCD Feb 2012
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
The DMC-FT4 is waterproof to 12m (40ft), shockproof to 2.0m (6.6ft), freezeproof to -10 degrees C (14 degree F) and dustproof. It is surely the reliable companion for the recorder of your outdoor... More
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Expert Reviews Are Good

This compact camera digital camera received an expert rating of 80 out of 100 from portablegear.nl.

Good Brand

Based on 4,687 user and expert reviews, Panasonic has good ratings for its digital cameras. Panasonic also has good ratings specifically within its compact cameras range compared to other manufacturers.

CCD Sensor Type

This digital camera has a CCD sensor type, which is typical of many digital cameras of this age and 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.

Other digital cameras that have a CCD sensor currently available which you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Canon PowerShot A3300 IS[plb_66875_price], or the Casio Exilim EX-ZS5[plb_406570_price].

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Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

The DMC-FT4 has a GPS (satellite), unlike most of the other cameras of this spec and age which 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 because of it's better review score, the Sony DSC-HX100V[plb_613234_price], or the Canon PowerShot SX230 HS[plb_1143510_price].

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Panasonic DMC-FT4 supports Full HD video, which is unusual. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the DMC-FT4 do not support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available including the X10[pl_1150_price], or the F800EXR[pl_1518759_price] both from Fujifilm or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ60[plb_2384424_price] which has better reviews.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most commonly supported compatible memory cards on compact cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

We compared this camera to all the other digital cameras that support an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory and we think the Canon IXUS 265 HS[plb_2110773_price], the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ40[plb_2046319_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

Unlike most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the DMC-FT4 which do not support video capability, the DMC-FT4 supports video capability.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras which support video capability and we think the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], the Nikon Coolpix 8800[plb_1640989_price], and the Canon PowerShot SX220 HS[plb_1206_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The DMC-FT4 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other compact cameras that came out around the same time as the DMC-FT4 also have an image stabilizer.

We compared all the other cameras with an image stabilizer to this digital camera and we think the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price], and the Samsung SAMSUNG EX2F[plb_1609335_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

Like most of the other compact cameras that came out around the same time as the DMC-FT4, the DMC-FT4 has a built-in flash.

Other digital cameras with a built-in flash currently available that you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X10[plb_1150_price].

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector Type

The number of HDMI connector types found on the Panasonic DMC-FT4 is more than most cameras that came out around the same time as it. This Panasonic camera has a Micro HDMI connector type, which is the most frequently found HDMI connector type found on compact cameras that are a similar age to the DMC-FT4.

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Quite Long Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

The average slowest camera shutter speed of digital cameras that have been around for more than two years is 15s, and the slowest camera shutter speeds range from 0.12s to 250s. When compared to other compact cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the DMC-FT4, the Panasonic DMC-FT4's slowest camera shutter speed of 60 seconds is one of the longest.

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Has Five White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the DMC-FT4 is more than most cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on similar spec cameras that have been available for a comparable time to the DMC-FT4. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this Panasonic camera.

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Has Three Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the DMC-FT4 is more than most digital cameras of a similar age and type to it. This Panasonic camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most frequently found photo effects found on compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DMC-FT4. The photo effectss "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this camera.

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Five Number of Aspheric Elementss

Most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the DMC-FT4 have between 1 and 14 number of aspheric elementss, including the DMC-FT4 which has five number of aspheric elementss.

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4000 X 3000 Still Image Resolution(s)

The DMC-FT4 has a 4000 x 3000 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most digital cameras of a similar spec and age to it. In addition, this Panasonic camera have still image resolution(s)s of 480 x 480, 640 x 360, 640 x 424, 1536 x 1536, 1600 x 1200, 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 and 4000 x 2248 and 4000 x 2672. The worst still image resolution of all compact cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the DMC-FT4 is 640 x 360 and the best is 5152 x 3864.

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2 USB Version

This camera supports a 2 USB version, which is typical of many digital cameras of this age and type.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The DMC-FT4 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). This Panasonic digital camera also supports a video resolutions of 1280 x 720 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.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution across all compact cameras that are a similar age to the DMC-FT4.

Across comparable types of camera the worst supported video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the DMC-FT4 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is in fact the best video resolution across all digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the DMC-FT4.

A 320 x 240 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst video resolution across similar types of camera.

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Quite High ISO Sensitivity (max)

Compact cameras that have been available for more than two years have ISO sensitivity (max)s of between 3 and 52,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 4,700. At 6,400, the DMC-FT4 has a fairly high ISO sensitivity (max) compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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310 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

The DMC-FT4 is a digital camera that takes 310 shots battery life (CIPA standard)s. Most of the other cameras of this age and type take between 110 and 1,249 battery life (CIPA standard)s.

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Features Two Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The number of auto focusing (AF) modes featured on the Panasonic DMC-FT4 is more than most cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This digital camera features a Face detection auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most commonly featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on compact cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the DMC-FT4. The auto focusing (AF) modes "Continuous Auto Focus" is also featured on this camera.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This digital camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is typical of many cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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14 Reasons Against

Quite Small Normal Focusing Range (tele)

The normal focusing range (tele)s of compact cameras that are a comparable age to the DMC-FT4 range from 0.2m to 3.5m. With a normal focusing range (tele) of only 0.3 meters, the Panasonic DMC-FT4's normal focusing range (tele) is one of the smallest amongst compact cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

At only 4.6 times zoom factor, the DMC-FT4 has a fairly small optical zoom compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DMC-FT4. The optical zooms of compact cameras that are a similar age to the DMC-FT4 range from 0.17x to 50x.

Digital cameras with a bigger optical zoom that might be worth considering include the ELPH 320 HS[pl_1385328_price] (5x), or the PowerShot G16[pl_1602829_price] (5x) both from Canon which is also higher rated.

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Quite Low Megapixel

The megapixels of comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than two years range from 0.3MP to 46MP. With a megapixel of only 12.1 megapixels, the DMC-FT4 has one of the lower megapixels amongst comparable spec cameras of this age.

We compared this camera to all the other 12.1MP cameras and we think because of it's better review score, the ELPH 100 HS[pl_783777_price], and the PowerShot SX230 HS[pl_1143510_price] both from Canon is also worth considering.

If this Panasonic digital camera megapixel is too low for you then you might also want to look at the Nikon Coolpix P330[plb_1724102_price] (12.2MP), or the Samsung SAMSUNG EX2F[plb_1609335_price] (12.4MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The DMC-FT4 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other cameras of this age and type also do not support wi-Fi.

We compared all the other digital cameras which also support wi-Fi to this digital camera and we think the FinePix Z1000EXR[pl_394895_price], or the X100T[pl_3180325_price] both from Fujifilm or the Sony DSC-WX200[plb_1609944_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The Panasonic DMC-FT4 is not waterproof. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the DMC-FT4 are also not waterproof.

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Only 1/2.33"" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the DMC-FT4 is 1/2.33"". That's 1% less optical sensor size than the most common optical sensor size of 1/2.3"".

This digital camera's optical sensor size (1/2.33"") is in fact the worst optical sensor size across all comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as the DMC-FT4.

A 2/3"" optical sensor size is the best optical sensor size amongst comparable types of digital camera.

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Only Features Five Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the DMC-FT4 is more than most digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. This Panasonic digital camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on cameras that have been around for around the same time as the DMC-FT4. The flash modess "Forced off", "Forced on", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this camera.

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Only Supports Two Camera File Systems

The DMC-FT4 has a greater number of camera file systems than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This Panasonic camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most frequently supported camera file system supported by cameras of a similar spec and age to the DMC-FT4. The camera file system "DCF 2.0" is also supported by this Panasonic digital camera.

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Quite Low Motion JPEG Frame Rate

The lowest motion JPEG frame rate of comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years is 15fps and the highest is 240fps. With a motion JPEG frame rate of only 25 frames per second, the DMC-FT4 has one of the lower motion JPEG frame rates amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Only Has Four Shooting Modess

The DMC-FT4 has a greater number of shooting modes than most digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. This camera has an Auto shooting modes, which is the most frequently found shooting modes found on cameras that were launched around the same time as the DMC-FT4. The shooting modess "Movie", "Program" and "Scene" are also found on this Panasonic camera.

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Very Few Total Megapixels

The total megapixelss of compact cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 10MP to 48MP, and the average total megapixels is 16MP. The Panasonic DMC-FT4 has one of the less total megapixelss (only 12.5 megapixels) amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Very Small Extra/Smart Zoom

The Panasonic DMC-FT4 has one of the smaller extra/Smart zooms (only 9.1 times zoom factor) amongst compact cameras of this age. The average extra/Smart zoom of cameras of a similar type and age to the DMC-FT4 is 30x, and the extra/Smart zooms range from 1.3x to 220x.

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Very Short Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

With a maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 128 millimeters, the DMC-FT4 has one of the shorter maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s amongst similar spec cameras of this age. Across all the cameras of this type and age the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 18mm to 1,000mm.

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The number of supported image formats on the Panasonic DMC-FT4 is more than most cameras of a comparable type and age to it. This digital camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by compact cameras that came out around the same time as the DMC-FT4.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic DMC-FT4

Released Over Five Years Ago

It was over five years ago when Panasonic released the DMC-FT4.

Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the DMC-FT4 has a pretty typical digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of this age and type.

We compared all the other 4x digital zoom cameras to this digital camera and we think the PowerShot SX230 HS[pl_1143510_price], and the PowerShot A3300 IS[pl_66875_price] both from Canon which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you want a camera with a bigger digital zoom then you might want to look at the Canon 500[plb_1539093_price] (4.1x and higher rated).

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Average Weight

The DMC-FT4 has a fairly standard weight (175 grams) compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the DMC-FT4.

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Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 2.7 inches, the Panasonic DMC-FT4 has a pretty typical display diagonal compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the DMC-FT4.

We compared all the other 2.7" screen digital cameras to this digital camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Casio Exilim EX-ZS5[plb_406570_price] is also worth considering.

If this digital camera display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to look at the PowerShot N[pl_1478196_price] (2.8"), or the SX710 HS[pl_3538695_price] (3") both from Canon which is also higher rated.

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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
Colour of Product
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)
Extra/Smart Zoom
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Number of Aspheric Elements
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Focus Adjustment
Macro 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 Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
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
Audio System
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Field of View
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Second Display
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
AV Output
Connection to PC
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
Camera
3D
GPS (satellite)
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Calendar
Histogram
Playback Zoom (max)
Image Editing
Camera File System
Multi Burst Mode
Camera Playback
Electronic Compass
Altimeter
Barometer
Scene Modes
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Number of Batteries Supported
Battery Capacity
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Voltage
Battery Level Indicator
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Hand Strap
Networking
Wi-Fi
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
Weight
Interface
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Aperture Range (F-F)
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Ports Quantity
On/off Switch
Effective Sensor Resolution
Camera Shutter Speed
Lens System
Digital SLR

Expert Reviews

(1)
1 February 2014

De Panasonic DMC-FT4 is een outdoor-camera, die ondanks zijn robuuste uiterlijk zeer complete functionaliteiten biedt. De camera is stof- en waterbestendig (tot 12 meter), overleeft vallen tot... Read more…

Extremely rugged
Good features
Fast Performance
Waterproof to 12m shockproof to 2m Image quality at wideangle settings and low ISO settings
Simple interface, effective iA mode
GPS unreliable
Poor battery life
Weak flash
Lens quality could be more consistent across the frame
Noise and smoothing visible from 400 ISO

User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 15 February 2013 by Mrs. B. Laxton
(Verified Purchase)

Bought as a Christmas present for my husband. It was the best price I found for this model. He's delighted...

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dmcft4egk, dmcft4egs, dmcft4ega, dmcft4egd, 5025232660865, panasonic 121, 5025232660919, 5025232660940, 5025232660896, panasonic 121m, panasonic 121mp, panasonic dmcft4, panasonic dmcft4e, panasonic dmcft4eb, panasonic dmcft4ebk, panasonic dmcft4ebs
Barcodes 05025232660681, 05025232660766, 05025232660797, 05025232660827, 05025232660865, 05025232660896, 05025232660919, 05025232660940, 05025232660957, 05025232660964, 05025232660988, 05025232661022

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