When it comes to all weather cameras there aren’t too many to choose from but there are some pretty good and swanky models. For instance the recently reviewed Olympus Tough-3000 proved to be a versatile little camera and the Panasonic DMC-FT2 promises to be even better.
The Lumix DMC-FT2 is a 14.1 MP camera and is probably one of the toughest looking cameras around with rivets on all four corners (front and back). However they are mere showpieces that add to the overall look of the camera. But that shouldn’t make the DMC-FT2 any weaker in its overall build. The camera features a brushed metal finish (front/back) that is far more appealing than the glossy body that some feature. In fact the rivets and the metal finish give the FT2 a very retro look. Just like any other all weather camera the DMC-FT2 is a chunky device that measures in at 3.91 x 2.48 x 0.96 inches. However don’t be fooled by its size – the camera can withstand a fall from a height of 2 meters and can be submerged to a depth of approximately 10 meters. In addition to this the FT2 is also built to survive sub zero temperatures. However it does have limitations of up to -10 degrees C. In terms of weight the camera is a little heavy at 190 g but can be overlooked for its sheer ruggedness.
Apart from its 14 MP CCD sensor the FT2 also features a 28 mm wide angle lens that allows you to capture a wider aspect than traditional 32 mm lenses. There are around 26 different scene modes to choose from apart from the dedicated Beach and Surf, Snow and Surf modes. And just like most Panasonic camera the FT2 comes with a quick menu mode which allows you to configure settings such as Auto Focus, Picture size, Video/Record quality and a few more. However the settings that are available are dependent on the shooting mode that the camera is set to. Camera interface remains the same as most other Panasonic models. Nevertheless navigating between menus is easy and the large sized and protruding keys add to the overall responsiveness.
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