Panasonic’s tough FT5 boasts a 16.1MP 1/2.33in MOS sensor, which is similar in size to the sensor in the Canon and Sony models, though higher in resolution.
The f/3.3-5.9 Leica lens has a 28-128mm equivalent focal length, as well as 5-axis optical stabilisation to help eliminate camera shake in low light. The FT5 is waterproof down to 13m, shockproof to 2m, freezeproof to -10°C, and pressure resistant to 100kgf. So while it can’t operate at anywhere near the depth of the Canon D30, it’s still suitable for the majority of mainstream underwater activities. On the rear of the camera is a 3in 460k-dot screen, which is larger than the one on its predecessor, the FT4. Wi-Fi and NFC are built in for controlling the camera remotely via a smartphone or tablet, and there’s also GPS so you can keep track of where your images were shot. As well as stills, the camera shoots Full HD (1080p) video at up to 50fps for 2x slow-mo. Maximum shooting speed is an impressive 10fps, and battery life is around 370 shots per charge.
- Resolution: 16.3MP
- ISO range: 100-3200
- Burst rate: 10fps
- Find out more on the Panasonic website
This review was first published in the July 2015 issue of Practical Photography - download back issues here.