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Features
- 20.4 Megapixels
- 4K Photo/Video
- Waterproof down to 31m / 102 feet
- 3 inch LCD screen and Viewfinder
- Shockproof, Freezeproof, Dustproof

Tough. Dependable. Strong

Featuring 4K capability and waterproofing up to 31 metres, Panasonic introduce the DC-FT7, a newly enhanced and highly versatile durable camera that can capture never-before images.

Waterproof Down to 31m/102ft

Thanks to an improved depth rating of 31m/102ft (IPX8 standard), if you are a hardcore scuba diver, you can now capture great underwater shots without the need of a waterproof case.


Viewfinder

Monitors can be difficult to see in bright sunshine, on the beach or the slopes. The LUMIX FT7’s 0.2-inch 1,170k-dot equivalent high-resolution LVF (Live View Finder) equips you to compose the perfect shot.


3.0-inch 1,040k-dot Rear Monitor

Boasting a highest-in-class 1,040k-dot high-resolution 3.0-inch tempered-glass LCD screen, the LUMIX FT7 is designed for durability. Intelligent LCD technology ensures continuous visibility by automatically adjusting the screen’s brightness level in seven stages to handle a wide range of ambient light conditions.


4K Photo

The unique 4K Photo feature allows you to capture the perfect moment by selecting a frame from a video sequence shot at 30 frames per second and saving it as an 8-megapixel-equivalent high-resolution image.


4K Video

Whether you’re watching movies or editing videos, 4K delivers a far more intense viewing experience. Its native resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels is four times larger than Full HD, resulting in a much higher level of clarity.


20.4MP Sensor and 4.6x Zoom Lens

Featuring a highest-in-class resolution 20.4-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor and 4.6x optical zoom lens, the LUMIX FT7 empowers you to capture brilliant high-definition shots from 28mm wide-angle to 128mm.


Protection For All Kinds of Outdoor Excitement

  • Waterproof Down to 31m/102ft for scuba diving, kayaking, fishing, and other water sports
  • Shockproof Up to 2m/6.6ft and Dustproof for mountaineering, rock climbing, and more action
  • Freezeproof Down to -10°C / 14°F for skiing, snowboarding, and more winter excitement
  • Pressure Resistance to 100kgf/220lbf so it can be packed inside luggage when you’re on the move
EAN: 5025232883455

Model: DC-FT7EB-D

4K Video is only 30fps rather than a desired 60fps but for £150 still worth it my opinion.

Yes the sensor is arguably not the best but again for the price do not think you can get much better.

The Olympus Tough 6 is rated very highly but that is over £300.

I had the FT1 from 2008 and it lasted all this time and it some decent point and shoot photos on holiday. Only died recently when my son took it scuba diving over 20m Knob.

Think this is online only but maybe check your local store. Comes with Costco no nonsense 2 year guarantee included. In store there is a sign to say 5 year as mentioned on a previous deal so again best to check.


Still £399.99 in John Lewis
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I have one of these and previously a fuji. They are a bit of fun and good on a sandy beach as can be washed off. They dont last more than a few years say 10 holidays as the seals go and the coating that prevents droplets of water on the lens disappears. Underwater shots are ok but not stunning and I probably wont get another one when this fails. Worth a try at a good price but dont expect Blueplanet quality. Heat
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Forgot to say I did buy this and it was delivered by ParcelForce 2 days later

Also bought a SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC 128GB from amazon that was on offer for £32 gone back up to £45

However the micro SD is currently on offer

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for £23 plus postage if your not a prime member
Great deal anything similar in 60fps for similar or slightly more.
Great for what it is, but will take worse photos than a phone I think. We need some good options for rugged waterproof cameras with larger sensors, RX0 is OK but flawed, nothing else really viable.
MR112323/05/2020 23:17

Great deal anything similar in 60fps for similar or slightly more.


I only looked at the Olympus Tough TG6 and the Nikon Coolpix W300 both are double the price of this and 4K at 30fps. Not sure you can get much more for the money.

I would have gone for the TG6 if I could have justified the price difference....which I couldn't...being a tight git got in the way.🤑🤑🤠
Edited by: "SonsOfDog" 23rd May
MPD123/05/2020 23:22

Great for what it is, but will take worse photos than a phone I think. We …Great for what it is, but will take worse photos than a phone I think. We need some good options for rugged waterproof cameras with larger sensors, RX0 is OK but flawed, nothing else really viable.


RX0 would be nice but price was over £500 last time I looked and is it that much better than a GoPro7 \ 8 which are on offer at the mo?

Phones these days may take better pics in some situations but I can't use mine in water and one drop and it's toast.

These tough cams give me a bit more piece of mind and also my kids love taking pics so can just hand it over to them without worrying. If it breaks so be it, if my phone breaks, it's a bit more disastrous as I use it for work 24\7.

I'm not trying to be be Chris Fallows with my pics so happy enough with this or equivalent. 🏼
SonsOfDog23/05/2020 23:43

RX0 would be nice but price was over £500 last time I looked and is it …RX0 would be nice but price was over £500 last time I looked and is it that much better than a GoPro7 \ 8 which are on offer at the mo?Phones these days may take better pics in some situations but I can't use mine in water and one drop and it's toast.These tough cams give me a bit more piece of mind and also my kids love taking pics so can just hand it over to them without worrying. If it breaks so be it, if my phone breaks, it's a bit more disastrous as I use it for work 24\7.I'm not trying to be be Chris Fallows with my pics so happy enough with this or equivalent. 🏼


Yea like I said good for what it’s for (rugged), just don’t expect great image quality. GoPro has same sensor as one of these, RX0 sensor is 4x the size so for photos it’s much much better, although the stabilisation is poor so it’s definitely not an ‘action camera’ like a GoPro (not is this deal either).
I have one of these and previously a fuji. They are a bit of fun and good on a sandy beach as can be washed off. They dont last more than a few years say 10 holidays as the seals go and the coating that prevents droplets of water on the lens disappears. Underwater shots are ok but not stunning and I probably wont get another one when this fails. Worth a try at a good price but dont expect Blueplanet quality. Heat
I had one of these too, had about a week before steam/condnsation started appearing on the inside of the lens! Seriously only had it in the pool and never more than 1m.
Edited by: "noir_dreams" 24th May
Would this be an affordable substitute for a go pro hero 8? I need a youtube video Camera that handles movement blur better than my s8note, but cannot afford a go pro. The above camera is certainly feasible for my budget. Thanks for your thoughts, and appreciate any helpful alternative suggestions.
MPD123/05/2020 23:22

Great for what it is, but will take worse photos than a phone I think. We …Great for what it is, but will take worse photos than a phone I think. We need some good options for rugged waterproof cameras with larger sensors, RX0 is OK but flawed, nothing else really viable.



You're right I've been searching for a few years because we like to go to the Maldives and wanted something worry free to cover beach and under water shots.

Over the years I've looked at other guests shots with everything from GoPro's to these waterproof cameras and as you say they aren't really better then a modern phone. Out of the water they are actually worse then a current top end iOS/Android phone. But worse still in the water they are at best on a par with one of those phones in a waterproof case.

Like SonsOfDog I don't fancy risking my expensive phone in the water with a cheap case. But nor did I see the point in spending a couple of hundred on a waterproof camera. So in the end I just settled on a cheap 1080p YI cam. Don't care if it breaks. And the video/shots under water are equivalent to what I see others grabbing for anything under £500. Plus I prefer to shoot in 1080p, as 4k/60fps eats up storage fast, but IMO on "cheap" cameras doesnt yield much benefit underwater.

For over water shots we use our phones/my DSLR.

I think if you really want good underwater performance for reasonable money, best bet is to find cheap DSLR/bridge camera cases. Then search for a matching second hand camera on eBay/etc. I can't justify the extra space needed, since I already take my DSLR. But that combo will blow away even the more expensive options.
Anyone used one underwater
Remember folks this is an ACTIONCAM! And not for would be David Bailey’s. These are aimed at extreme sports or underwater; or in the case of myself, using in rock pools etc as due to disability and age, I daren’t go motocross or parachuting

I have the SJCam SJ6 Legend which I bought for around £100 a few years ago. It came with a waterproof case and has not failed me yet. I periodically test the case out with folded up tissue ii side to check for leakage.
We've had various tough cameras - great for holidays and kids probably snorkelling only and they mostly become point and shoot underwater. Make sure seals are clean (and locked if applicable) and lubed properly before use. Also buy a waterproof SD card.

I've another compact with a proper housing bought years ago on ebay bought for less than the cost the hosuing, but not used below 5-10m as you run out of light.
cryptobrit24/05/2020 11:10

Remember folks this is an ACTIONCAM! And not for would be David Bailey’s. …Remember folks this is an ACTIONCAM! And not for would be David Bailey’s. These are aimed at extreme sports or underwater; or in the case of myself, using in rock pools etc as due to disability and age, I daren’t go motocross or parachuting I have the SJCam SJ6 Legend which I bought for around £100 a few years ago. It came with a waterproof case and has not failed me yet. I periodically test the case out with folded up tissue ii side to check for leakage.


It is not an action camera.
Whats the controls like in the real world? Not interested in waterproofing, but def it's shock resistance and ease of use - we need a camera for preschool that the kids can use. The smaller sensor, with high pixel count is also concerning for low light use.


ta

O and the sampe images on Panny's website look they we're shot on a cell phone ten years ago. Awful.
Edited by: "capriboycraig" 24th May
MPD124/05/2020 12:32

It is not an action camera.


Mike: why is it described as one then? I take with your comment it is more of a robust ‘carry in your pocket’ camera?
cryptobrit24/05/2020 13:17

Mike: why is it described as one then? I take with your comment it is more …Mike: why is it described as one then? I take with your comment it is more of a robust ‘carry in your pocket’ camera?


Can’t speak for why someone at Costco decided to use that description, but it’s not how Panasonic describe the camera. It’s also just clearly not an action camera. The shape is wrong, it’s not designed for mounting, the stabilisation is woeful etc. It’s a rugged camera, and to be fair to Panasonic they have nailed the rugged element of this product.
MPD124/05/2020 13:49

Can’t speak for why someone at Costco decided to use that description, but …Can’t speak for why someone at Costco decided to use that description, but it’s not how Panasonic describe the camera. It’s also just clearly not an action camera. The shape is wrong, it’s not designed for mounting, the stabilisation is woeful etc. It’s a rugged camera, and to be fair to Panasonic they have nailed the rugged element of this product.


Thank you for the clarification.
LoriScotia24/05/2020 09:57

Would this be an affordable substitute for a go pro hero 8? I need a …Would this be an affordable substitute for a go pro hero 8? I need a youtube video Camera that handles movement blur better than my s8note, but cannot afford a go pro. The above camera is certainly feasible for my budget. Thanks for your thoughts, and appreciate any helpful alternative suggestions.


A refurbished GoPro Hero7 can be bought for around £200. I expect it would be superior for both picture and sound. I've used those quite a lot and they're bulletproof (and have a cheap and easily replaceable lens on the front if they get cracked). The sound is reasonably acceptable too, and that's important for family holidays almost as much as picture quality. Stabilisation is excellent. I've owned a lot of action cameras and Hero7 is one of the best. (Hero8 has some anecdotal reports of problems - particularly battery issues and overheating problems.)
Edited by: "ballencrieff" 24th May
Thanks to OP - was half-tempted....then remembered that my rugged phone (Ulefone Armor6) takes great pics and is water/drop/dust proof. Not the latest model (that'd be Armor7) but boy does it 'take a licking and keep on ticking' (been dropped a couple of times, caught in downpours, regularly used hacking about on smallholding here etc). Reckon any half-decent 'rugged phone' will perform similarly and be more cost-effective ?
I gave this to my 4y old (the slightly older model). Was worth it. Easy to use and they need to be safe with a camera and kids cameras are not worth buying as they are such rubbish quality.
So, can somebody explain why would you choose this instead of some GoPro-like camera?
Mietas24/05/2020 18:07

So, can somebody explain why would you choose this instead of some …So, can somebody explain why would you choose this instead of some GoPro-like camera?


Easy - better for stills. Has a flash, easier to hold as a camera, has zoom. Probably better lens and sensor, which is essential when it gets darker, like at night or under water.
Edited by: "fsa" 25th May
MPD124/05/2020 12:32

It is not an action camera.


the title says it is.
fsa25/05/2020 00:35

Easy - better for stills. Has a flash, easier to hold as a camera, has …Easy - better for stills. Has a flash, easier to hold as a camera, has zoom. Probably better lens and sensor, which is essential when it gets darker, like at night or under water.


Unfortunately it doesn’t have any noticeable improvement in image quality. Zoom and ergonomics are advantages though.
LoriScotia24/05/2020 09:57

Would this be an affordable substitute for a go pro hero 8? I need a …Would this be an affordable substitute for a go pro hero 8? I need a youtube video Camera that handles movement blur better than my s8note, but cannot afford a go pro. The above camera is certainly feasible for my budget. Thanks for your thoughts, and appreciate any helpful alternative suggestions.


If you can stretch your budget up to £229 you can get the DJI Osmo Action AND free charging kit from Jessops HERE
MPD125/05/2020 10:23

Unfortunately it doesn’t have any noticeable improvement in image quality. …Unfortunately it doesn’t have any noticeable improvement in image quality. Zoom and ergonomics are advantages though.


Shame, my old Olympus TG5 is pretty good, did very well in Sharm-el-sheik in and out of the water.
Better or at least as good as most phone cameras, upto and including iPhone 11 pro, though most p&s can't compete with the built-in image enhancing modes, especially the night modes.
fsa25/05/2020 23:08

Shame, my old Olympus TG5 is pretty good, did very well in Sharm-el-sheik …Shame, my old Olympus TG5 is pretty good, did very well in Sharm-el-sheik in and out of the water.Better or at least as good as most phone cameras, upto and including iPhone 11 pro, though most p&s can't compete with the built-in image enhancing modes, especially the night modes.


Yea - to be honest perhaps I'm a little harsh as I'm personally looking for more in terms of image quality than a phone camera can offer. For many people this would be a fun, not too expensive camera for around the pool and in the ocean. Personally I just wish someone would do this camera with a decent 1 inch+ sensor.
delvey198724/05/2020 10:20

Anyone used one underwater


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Here are some from my FT1 - Although have not had the chance to test this one yet - I would expect it to bet better than the FT1 I bought in 2008-2009. For me and I confess I am no expert, the pics look decent enough

As others have mentioned night shots are pretty pants comparing to modern day phones and £500+ SLRs.
My son and I has used as an "action cam" I use the term loosely as it not comparable to the likes of a GoPro and the equivalent. As Mike has mentioned a few times.
Just attached it to bikes, quads, snowmobiles etc with a gorilla tripod. It does survive a fair few knocks and bumps.

I feel it is a fair all rounder for the price. I probably will get a GoPro or the likes at some point but for now with the younger kids this is fine for my needs.

Ouzoherb24/05/2020 07:48

I have one of these and previously a fuji. They are a bit of fun and good …I have one of these and previously a fuji. They are a bit of fun and good on a sandy beach as can be washed off. They dont last more than a few years say 10 holidays as the seals go and the coating that prevents droplets of water on the lens disappears. Underwater shots are ok but not stunning and I probably wont get another one when this fails. Worth a try at a good price but dont expect Blueplanet quality. Heat



I had mine FT1 over 10 years and go on holiday 2-3 times a year, sometimes 4. Maybe the fuji ones are not built as well, I cant really comment. Maintenance, when you finished using it also helps the longevity. Which model do you have?
capriboycraig24/05/2020 12:47

Whats the controls like in the real world? Not interested in …Whats the controls like in the real world? Not interested in waterproofing, but def it's shock resistance and ease of use - we need a camera for preschool that the kids can use. The smaller sensor, with high pixel count is also concerning for low light use.taO and the sampe images on Panny's website look they we're shot on a cell phone ten years ago. Awful.



Even with my sausage fingers, I find very easy to use and my youngest, 6, has no issues.

Hope that helps some make a decision either way.
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