Panasonic has announced the new Lumix FT7 (also known as Lumix TS7 in some region) rugged camera. This is a compact camera, certainly designed to withstand the harsh weather. This is the first ‘rugged compact’ camera to offer an Integrated EVF, which gives photographers more options for framing, especially useful when the sun is too dazzling. To view the LCD screen becomes more difficult.
Panasonic Lumix FT7 offered 4K video and 4K photo as well as waterproof, freezeproof, dustproof, and pressure-resistant build. However, what makes the USP of the latest Lumix model is the built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF) that is accompanied by an LCD monitor. It features a 20.4-megapixel back-side illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor with a f/3.3-5.9, 28-128mm equivalent fixed lens. This lens offers 4.6x of optical zoom and works with Power OIS (optical image stabilization).
The Panasonic FT7 rugged camera supports burst shooting at 10fps with single autofocus and uses 49-point contrast-detect autofocus to enable 5fps with continuous AF. Further, you can shoot 4K video at 24p and 30p, full-HD (1080p) at 60p, and HD (720p) at 120p. There are also modes such as time-lapse shooting, 22 creative filters, and a panorama mode with support for both horizontal and vertical panoramas. Similarly, the camera includes a 4K Photo feature that enables you to extract 8-megapixel version of images from a 30fps video.
The Panasonic Lumix FT7 comes with 0.2-inch EVF in size and has a resolution of 1,170k-dot along with 0.45 of magnification. It helps you easily capture shots under bright sunlight and saves battery life to an extent. Further, the rugged camera has a 3-inch LCD monitor on the back with a 1,040k-dot resolution and a tempered-glass protection. This combination of the EVF and LCD monitor makes the Panasonic FT7 a step ahead of its competitors, including the Nikon Coolpix W300, which doesn’t have a dedicated EVF to preview shots.
It is also waterproof up to 31 meters as well as can resist shocks from up to two meters, and can work in an environment with temperature as down as -10-degree Celsius. It can also resist a pressure of up to 100kg. It has Wi-Fi connectivity to let you share photos and videos to Instagram, Facebook, and WhatsApp. Images can also be geo-tagged using GPS. The camera additionally has a Micro-HDMI port and a Micro-USB port. Moreover, there are features to transform the Lumix FT7 into a torchlight or use its onboard compass and altimeter.
The Panasonic Lumix FT7 price has been set at £399 – approximately $540 and will be available for purchase starting July in the UK. It comes in Blue, Orange, and Black color options.