Nineteen customers who reviewed it agreed that it was strong and durable. Cnet.co.uk said in their review of the Panasonic DMC-FT5 “Waterproof, freezeable, droppable, rugged” . Expert website Expertreviews.co.uk said in their review of this digital camera “Rugged, waterproof cameras are perfect for skiing”. Expert review site Ephotozine.com wrote “The Panasonic Lumix FT5 is the latest version of Panasonic's ultra tough waterproof cameras” .
Fifteen owners who reviewed it thought it was well made. Hardwarezone.com.sg said in their Panasonic DMC-FT5 review four years ago “Robust build” but in spite of that they only gave the product a score of 18.8 out of 100. What Digital Camera said “Build and handling” . Cnet.co.uk mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert website CNET.co.uk “In this review Rugged construction Under the hood Networking features Stills performance Video performance Conclusion Building something that’s both attractive”.
Fourteen people wrote in their reviews that it was good at resisting water ingress. Digital Versus mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Waterproof to 13m dropresistant from 2m crushproof to 100 kg” however despite that they only gave it a rating of 1 stars. Expert review site Ephotozine.com said in their review of this digital camera “The camera also features a new underwater white balance mode and is now waterproof to 13m, shockproof to 2m, can endure temperatures as low as -10ºC” . Ephotozine.com also said “The camera also features a new underwater white balance mode and is now waterproof to 13 metres, shockproof from 2 m” in their review.
One owner mentioned in their reviews that it was reliable. Two years ago Mark Ezekiel mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “I met a few people along the may with similar issues my advise is just don't buy this it really isn't that reliable for swimming” and scored the product 5 stars.