Here’s our concise review of the Panasonic Lumix FT7 tough compact camera…
Panasonic has a reputation for excellent compacts, and this extends to its underwater range. The newly released FT7 is the latest in a long line of underwater tough cams, and boasts a 20.4MP 1/2.3in sensor and a 35mm equivalent 28-128mm f/3.3-5.9 lens. You also have a host of added extras, such as 4K Photo, which allows you to shoot at 30fps, and export a single shot at 8MP, or Post Focus, which allows you to alter your focal point after taking the shot. Sadly, it doesn’t support RAW shooting, but the JPEGs look great.
If you’re looking to capture underwater footage, the FT7 packs 4K video at 30fps, or 100fps in 720p HD. You also have a nippy focus system which works well in good light, comprising 49 contrast detection points. You also have an electronic viewfinder, which sets it apart from its rivals.
Arguably the best feature about the FT7 is the ability to reach a class-leading 31m depth, though it’s also freeze-proof to -10°C and crush-proof to 100kg, making it a very sturdy option.
Find out more at the Panasonic website.
4K Photo mode
31m depth rating
Buttons can be fiddly
Battery: 300 shots
Card type: SD, SDXC, SDHC
AF: 49-point contrast detect