With rubber padding and reinforced glass inside the camera, the FT7's body excludes water, dust and sand, making it suitable for popular outdoor activities throughout the year – such as fishing, camping, diving, surfing and rock climbing. Its external case has been thickened to withstand underwater pressure, while folded optics prevent damage to the lens if the camera is dropped during operation. The rear monitor is protected with tempered glass. It can also withstand temperatures down to -10ºC to suit users who participate in skiing and snowboarding. The camera also includes a built-in compass, altimeter and a handy ‘torch light’ via the LED - making it the perfect partner for outdoor adventurers and holiday makers.
The FT7 is ideal for snorkelling, diving and other water-based activities.
The FT7's 6.17 x 4.55 mm high-sensitivity MOS sensor has an effective resolution of 20.4 megapixels and the new camera can record 4K Video in 3840 x 2160 at 25p. Panasonic's 4K Photo modes include the 4K Pre-burst mode, which records 30 frames per second before and after the shutter is released to capture the defining shot. The Post Focus feature, once set, allows you to choose the focal point of an image after it’s been taken. The new camera also supports high-speed burst shooting at 10 frames per second in full resolution for up to 11 frames with the mechanical shutter or 5 fps with continuous AF. High Speed Video is available for fast motion recording in HD (1280x720) at 100 fps, along with Time Lapse and Stop Motion Animation. The Creative Control mode includes 22 filter effects.
Rear view of the Panasonic Lumix FT7 camera.
The FT7 includes a Live View Finder (LVF) with 1,170,000-dot resolution plus an easy to view 3.0-inch, 1,040,000-dot rear monitor. Image output between the LVF and the rear monitor can be quickly switched with a dedicated button. Power O.I.S stabilisation is built into the lens to suppress handshake. Built-in Wi-Fi streamlines sharing of images, geotagging and remote control via smartphone. The FT7 can be charged via USB cable direct to the camera, anywhere there is a USB power source.
The Lumix FT7 will be offered in Orange or Black at an RRP of AU$599. It is due to go on sale at photographic specialists and consumer electronics retailers in July 2018.