Lumix FT5 http://www.stuff.tv/taxonomy/term/391/0 en-GB Panasonic Lumix FT5 http://www.stuff.tv/panasonic-lumix-ft5/review <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Superb video and impressive stills from a chunk of tech you can take anywhere </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Panasonic Lumix FT5" alt="Panasonic Lumix FT5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Panasonic-FT5-main.jpg?1372666862" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="796" height="590" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Panasonic-FT5-1.jpg?1372666862" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="641" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Panasonic-FT5-2_0.jpg?1372666862" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="621" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Panasonic-FT5-3.jpg?1372666862" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="313" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Panasonic-FT5-6_0.jpg?1372666862" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="632" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Panasonic-FT5-8.jpg?1372666862" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="1000" height="751" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Panasonic-FT5-7.jpg?1372666862" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-byline"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/users/tony-horgan" title="View user profile.">Tony Horgan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>No camera looks more rugged than the FT5, the latest in Panasonic's rufty-tufty compact family. Some of the plastic parts of the case feel a tad flimsy but they're offset by the soid engineering of the metal front plate and thick rim around the lens. The FT5 feels good in the hand, considering the corners have been sheared off and the controls kept almost flush to the rear panel.</p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £350.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-price-from"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 0 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">10 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-pros"> <div class="field-label">Pros:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Smooth and colourful video </div> <div class="field-item even"> Natural looking stills </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Transfer images with a fist bump </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cons"> <div class="field-label">Cons:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Nikon edges it for image quality </div> <div class="field-item even"> Some flimsy feeling plastic </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Rugged specs </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Similarly specced to the <a title="Nikon Coolpix AW110 review" href="/review/nikon-coolpix-aw110" target="_blank">Nikon AW110</a>, it'll swim down to 13 metres, survive drops of 2 metres and stay active in temperatures of -10 centigrade. The Panasonic adds an altimeter and hydro-barometer (for scuba-depth tracking) to the standard GPS awareness, with Wi-Fi and contactless NFC image transfer. It's the NFC feature that's most user-friendly; with the help of a free smartphone app, single pictures can be transfered wirelessly from the camera to a phone by bumping the two together.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-hcmvideofield-video field-field-brightcove-video"> <div class="field-label">Video ID/URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="messages warning">This video is not currently supported.</div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Panasonic Lumix FT5" alt="Panasonic Lumix FT5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Panasonic-FT5-Hands-1-resized.jpg?1372666862" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-2"> <div class="field-label">Image #2:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_2" width="567" height="425" title="Panasonic Lumix FT5" alt="Panasonic Lumix FT5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Panasonic-FT5-Hands-3-resized.jpg?1372666862" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image-3"> <div class="field-label">Image #3:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image_3" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Panasonic-FT5-Hands-2-resized.jpg?1372666862" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Double locks </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A fairly substantial metal-effect door keeps the connections dry and free from other irritants, held shut with a pair of sliding latches. We didn't experience any major issues with it opening accidentally, but it's not the most refined system we've come across. More sturdy is the metal loop that will allow you to dangle the FT5 from your rucksack.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Panasonic Lumix FT5" alt="Panasonic Lumix FT5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Panasonic-FT5-Hands-4-resized.jpg?1372666862" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Waterproof? Really? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Despite a few holes here and there (that'll be the stereo microphones and a speaker), the FT5 came through our aquatic assault course without conking out or steaming up. It also dealt well with rapid changes in its environment, unflustered by sudden submergence or the brilliance of the sun as it came up for air.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" title="Panasonic Lumix FT5" alt="Panasonic Lumix FT5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Panasonic-FT5-Hands-5-resized.jpg?1372666862" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Video quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>While picture quality is admirable (see below), the FT5's strongest feature is its video quality. Ramping up the settings to 1080p at 50fps, the resulting footage is within touching distance of the very best. Detail and colour reproduction are bang on, and the smoothness gained by the higher framerate than its rivals really pays off when you're shooting fast-moving subjects, or if you're on the move yourself.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="567" height="425" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/Panasonic-FT5-Hands-6-resized.jpg?1372666862" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Picture quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The FT5 is keen to pick up as much colour from your scene as possible, leaning slightly towards saturation but without looking unrealistic. Viewed up close, you'll notice a mottled effect to edges and details but this comes across as quite organic and natural when images are printed or viewed at typical sizes. Click on the sample image above for a higher-res view.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-label">Image #1:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_image" width="1200" height="900" title="Panasonic Lumix FT5" alt="Panasonic Lumix FT5" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/PanasonicFT5-Test-hi-res.JPG?1372666862" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Conclusion </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>There's very little to choose between the FT5 and <a title="Nikon Coolpix AW110 review" href="/review/nikon-coolpix-aw110" target="_blank">Nikon's AW110</a>. If you're deciding between the two, much of the decision will come down to the importance of video (Panasonic wins) vs. still image quality (Nikon wins), and overall toughness (the Nikon wins again, by a broken nose).</p> <p>Review by <a href="https://plus.google.com/106422809643177538618#106422809643177538618/posts">Tony Horgan</a>.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-make-full-width"> <div class="field-label">Make full width:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Do not make full width </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-review-rating"><legend>Review Rating</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> stills </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> video </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 10 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> build </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 7 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-review-type"> <div class="field-label">Type:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> features </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-review-score"> <div class="field-label">Score:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 8 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Superb video and impressive stills from a chunk of tech you can take anywhere</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/panasonic-lumix-ft5 </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/panasonic-lumix-ft5/review#comments Cameras Lumix FT5 Panasonic Wed, 20 Mar 2013 10:54:05 +0000 Tony Horgan 424526 at http://www.stuff.tv