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Panasonic DMC-FT3 Digital Camera

Compact Camera 12.1MP 4.6x Oct 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Ten industry awards
Good size
No touch screen
157 Reviews + 10 Awards
buy-n-shoot.com Gold Ephotozine Recommended PhotographyBlog.com Recommended PC Mag Editor's Choice

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Reviews

Ten Industry Awards

This camera has received ten awards from experts in digital cameras.

This low megapixel digital camera received a "Recommended" award from both review sites Ephotozine and PhotographyBlog.com, both of which wrote that this Panasonic camera was good.

This camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by both review sites PC Mag and Photoreview.com.au, both of which concluded that this digital camera was brilliant.

The authors at two additional expert review sites endorsed this Panasonic camera. This low megapixel digital camera received a "Gold" award from website Buy-n-shoot.com who decided it was exceptional and it received a "Silver" award from review website Revolucaodigital.net.

This Panasonic digital camera received a "Best Product" award from Kamerabild.se, it received a "Best in Test" award from Lydogbilde.no and Tipa.com gave it a "Technical Image Press Association Award".

This digital camera received a "Best in Test" award from Ljudochbild.se.

Expert Reviews Are Good

Based on thirty-eight expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, CNET.com, Trusted Reviews and Ephotozine the average expert rating of this camera is 80%.

User Reviews Are Average

The average user rating of this camera is 79% based on 128 user reviews. Over 73% of reviewers gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars.

Panasonic Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

We checked 8,853 user and expert reviews (including 695 verified purchases) for Panasonic digital cameras and found that on average Panasonic has good reviews compared to other brands. We also found that Panasonic has good reviews specifically within its low megapixel digital cameras range. 95% of those that bought a Panasonic camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Two people considered that the product was noisy. Asia.cnet.com said in their review of this digital camera “Better high ISO noise performance” but they scored the product 1 stars.

Has a Built-In Microphone

The DMC-FT3 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to this digital camera also have a built-in microphone.

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Better High ISO Noise Performance

Two people considered that the product was noisy. Asia.cnet.com said in their review of this digital camera “Better high ISO noise performance” but they scored the product 1 stars.


Smart TV

GPS Feature

Twenty-three owners who purchased it concluded that it had gps. Pc Mag mentioned in their Panasonic DMC-FT3 review “Integrated GPS, barometer” . Photographyblog.com wrote in their review of this digital camera on PhotographyBlog.com “GPS integrato”. Six years ago Cnet.com.au said “GPS is responsive” in their review of this digital camera yet they only scored it 1 stars.


Support

Good Support

Six people wrote in their reviews that it had good technical guidance. Ronnie Mcbadger gave the product a rating of 6 stars and he wrote in his review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk six years ago “It does go away and it says clearly in the manual it's not an issue”. Simon wrote “Good instructions included regarding cleaning thoroughly after each underwater use” and scored it 8 stars. The Booths mentioned on Amazon.co.uk six years ago “As long as you follow the underwater instructions properly it has not faulted”.


Shutter

Very Fast Camera Shutter Interval

Across all the comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as this camera the camera shutter intervals range from 0.3s to 3s. With a camera shutter interval of only 0.3 seconds, the DMC-FT3 has a fairly fast camera shutter interval compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Light Exposure

Supports Seven ISO Sensitivities

The Panasonic DMC-FT3 has a greater number of ISO speeds than most low megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as it. This Panasonic camera supports a 400 ISO sensitivity, which is the most commonly supported ISO sensitivity supported by comparable spec digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago. The ISO sensitivities "100", "200", "800", "1600", "6400" and "Auto" are also supported by this camera.

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Lens System

Five Aspheric Elements

The Panasonic DMC-FT3 is a five aspheric element digital camera. Most of the other digital cameras of this type and age have between 1 and 14 aspheric elements.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the DMC-FT3 has a fairly standard digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

We compared all the other 4x digital zoom cameras to this camera and we think because of it's better review score, the SX220 HS, and the SX40 HS both from Canon is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a bigger digital zoom then you might also want to consider the Canon 500 (4.1x and higher rated).

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Average Optical Zoom

With an optical zoom of 4.6 times zoom factor, the DMC-FT3 has a fairly typical optical zoom compared to most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera.

If this camera optical zoom is too small for you then you might also want to consider the S110 (5x), or the S120 (5x) both from Canon which also has a higher rating.

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Ports & Interfaces

Supports PictBridge

The DMC-FT3 supports PictBridge. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also support PictBridge.

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Display

Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The DMC-FT3 has a vari-angle LCD display, unlike most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera which do not have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Average Display Diagonal

The Panasonic DMC-FT3 has a fairly standard display diagonal (2.7 inches) compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 2.7" screen cameras currently available including the Canon SX40 HS which has better reviews.

Cameras with a larger display diagonal that might also be worth considering include the Canon SX50 HS (2.8") which also has a higher rating.

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Picture Quality

Has an Image Stabilizer

The DMC-FT3 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also have an image stabilizer.

It may also be worth considering one of the other cameras with an image stabilizer currently available including because of it's better review score, the DMC-LX7 ($419.95), or the LUMIX GF3K ($459.95) both from Panasonic or the Canon SX50 HS.

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4000 X 3000 Pixels Image Resolution

This camera has a maximum image resolution of 4000 x 3000 pixels, which is typical of many digital cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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Only 1/2.33"" Optical Sensor Size

The biggest optical sensor size of the DMC-FT3 is 1/2.33"". That's 1% less optical sensor size than the most frequently found optical sensor size of 1/2.3"".

This digital camera's optical sensor size (1/2.33"") is actually the worst optical sensor size across all similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

A 4/3"" optical sensor size is the best optical sensor size amongst similar types of digital camera.

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Only 1920 X 1920 Still Image Resolution

The Panasonic DMC-FT3 has a 1920 x 1920 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 384 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most digital cameras of this age and spec. The best still image resolution of all cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera is 6016 x 4016 and the worst is 384 x 480.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Twenty-six owners who purchased the product concluded that it was compact. Expert review site Ephotozine.com wrote “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 was launched in January 2011 and is a compact camera designed for use outdoors, for example, when taking part in water sports or when skiing”. Ld2.ciol.com mentioned “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2 is one of the toughest compact cameras going”. Pocket-Lint.com mentioned on expert website Pocket Lint “This compact snapshot packs in a host of the latest must have features” in their review of the Panasonic DMC-FT3.

Five customers concluded that it was heavy and bulky. Pr Blandy rated it 5 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera four years ago “While larger and heavier than normal pocket cameras it is still pocketable”. Pr Blandy also mentioned “Having experience with underwater cameras which are mostly too bulky, this camera looked attractive from a decent brand” in their review. Steve mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “Nice zoom -( if you want more use your legs )and it does slip into your pocket despite people saying its bulky or too large or ugly” and gave it a score of 7 stars.

Two customers who reviewed it agreed that it was a good body shape. Six years ago Techlad said “The metal body still looks flawless”. Ed Dorchester said in his review of the Panasonic DMC-FT3 “Feels built to be used with a sturdy solid body, easy control”.

Two owners who purchased the product considered that it was thin. Sarakani wrote in their review of this digital camera “Wonderful results for such a slim, compact and inexpensive camera” and gave this digital camera a rating of 7 stars. Jonathan Stuart wrote in his review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk “Despite being "rugged" it is slim enough to slip in to pockets”.

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Average Weight

The Panasonic DMC-FT3 has a fairly standard weight (175 grams) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Panasonic DMC-FT3 supports video capability. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera also support video capability.

Alternative cameras which support video capability currently available that you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77, the Canon SX230 HS, or the Nikon Coolpix 8800.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The DMC-FT3 has a built-in flash. Most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera also have a built-in flash.

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Features Date Imprinting

The DMC-FT3 features date imprinting. Most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera also feature date imprinting.

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Shock Proof

The DMC-FT3 is shock proof, as are most of the other cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Has an HDMI Port

The DMC-FT3 has an HDMI port. Most of the other similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this digital camera also have an HDMI port.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Panasonic DMC-FT3 has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as this camera.

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Does Not Have a Video Out

Like most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera, the Panasonic DMC-FT3 does not have a video out.

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Camera

Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

The DMC-FT3 has a GPS (satellite), which is unusual. Most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that came out more than two years ago do not have a GPS (satellite).

It may also be worth considering one of the other digital cameras with a GPS (satellite) currently available including the SX230 HS, or the S110 both from Canon which has better reviews.

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Has an Electronic Compass

The DMC-FT3 has an electronic compass, as do most of the other digital cameras of this type and age.

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Features Album Organization

The Panasonic DMC-FT3 features album organization. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago also feature album organization.

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Features Multi Burst Mode

The DMC-FT3 features multi burst mode. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec also feature multi burst mode.

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Features Calendar

The DMC-FT3 features calendar, as do most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Features Histogram

The DMC-FT3 features histogram. Most of the other low megapixel digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera also feature histogram.

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Features

Good Technical Features

Ten customers reckoned that the product had good features. Cnet.co.uk wrote “As tough as nails and crammed full of cutting-edge features, including built-in GPS” in their review of the Panasonic DMC-FT3. Firstpost.com wrote in their review of the Panasonic DMC-FT3 “Though it has some amazing features and delivered on all performance fronts” . Expertreviews.co.uk gave it a rating of 7 stars and wrote “The long list of great features, from 12m waterproofing to 1080p video capture, makes this an impressive all-rounder” in their review of this digital camera.


Power

Easily Accessible Battery and SD Card Slot

Four people who bought the Panasonic DMC-FT3 thought it had a good battery life. Asia.cnet.com said “Easily accessible battery and SD card slot” but they gave it a score of 1 stars. Pr Blandy mentioned four years ago “The locking mechanism on the battery compartment is robust enough, with a slide lock.” in their Panasonic DMC-FT3 review. Stephen Brannon said “Battery life is excellent”.


Good Flash

One owner who reviewed it considered that it had a good flash. Amazon.co.uk said “The adapter shows up as a USB flash drive and allows you to install the drivers” in their Panasonic DMC-FT3 review nonetheless they only gave this digital camera a rating of 1 stars.

1080p Video Capture

Twenty-seven owners who bought the product thought it was good for video recording. Pc Mag mentioned in their Panasonic DMC-FT3 review six years ago “High-quality HD video capture 1080p at 17Mbps AVCHD” nonetheless they only gave this digital camera a rating of 18.8 out of 100. Pcmag.com rated it 74.128616021379 out of 100 and said in their review of this digital camera on expert review site PC Mag “HD video capture—and this rugged shooter was waterproof up to 33 feet”. Steves-Digicams.com mentioned “This 12-megapixel camera boasts full 1920x1080 HD video capture, built-in GPS functionality” and gave it a score of 4 stars.

Full HD Video Mode With Zoom

Eight owners wrote in their reviews that the product had a good zoom. Six years ago Digital Versus said “Full HD video mode with zoom” in their review of the Panasonic DMC-FT3 but they only rated it 1 stars. Techmagnifier.com said “Excellent digital 4x digital zoom (Max” in their review of this digital camera. Pc Mag wrote “Can zoom and refocus while recording video”.

Three customers reckoned that this digital camera had a good autofocus. Digital Versus mentioned six years ago “Responsive (phototophoto, autofocus” in their review of this digital camera. Steve said “Vibrant colours, superfast focus response (much faster than the Panasonic TZ10 I have used)and an incredible macro facility” and scored the product 7 stars. Jonathan Stuart mentioned in his Panasonic DMC-FT3 review “The camera is also quick to turn on, focus and save pictures to the memory card so you aren't waiting for the camera to catch up”.

Two people said in their reviews that this digital camera had a good image stabiliser. Techmagnifier.com wrote “Better image stabilization” in their review of this digital camera. Six years ago Techlad gave the product a score of 4 stars and said “The camera has optical image stabilisation”.

One person considered that the product had a good lens. Techlad wrote on Amazon.co.uk “The lens is still crystal clear” in their review of this digital camera.

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High Image Quality

Sixty-six people considered that it was able to produce good images. Techmagnifier.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The playback system supports viewing the photos on map with computer”. Techmagnifier.com also mentioned “Captures crystal clear images” in their review. Tipa.com wrote “It has an integrated GPS function, ideal for photographers who want to shoot in the great outdoors” and gave it a rating of 5 stars.

Four owners who reviewed the product considered that it was good in low light. Pc Mag mentioned on PC Mag “Decent low-light performance”. Five years ago S. Ward wrote “The led light for videoing in low light is great”. John Cooke mentioned in his review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk six years ago “On the test I checked in low light, bright light, video, zoom for both still”.

Three owners thought it had a good picture resolution. Six years ago Trusted Reviews wrote “3D shooting mode” but in spite of that they only scored the product 18.8 out of 100. One customer who reviewed it considered that it had a good ISO range.

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No Touch Screen

Five owners concluded that it did not have a good screen. Techmagnifier.com said “No touch screen” . Techmagnifier.com also wrote “Low resolution screen 230K dots” in their review. Digital Versus wrote six years ago “Poorquality screen (definition, colours” in their review of this digital camera.

One customer reckoned that it did not have a good viewfinder. Six years ago The Booths said in their review of the Panasonic DMC-FT3 “Downfalls are when its sunny its hard to see what you are photographing, would be better with a viewfinder as well”.

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Video

Supports Video Recording

The DMC-FT3 supports video recording, as do most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The DMC-FT3 supports Full HD video, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to this camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras which support Full HD video currently available including because of it's better review score, the SX220 HS, or the ELPH 100 HS both from Canon.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This digital camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found maximum video resolution on digital cameras of this type and age.

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Design

Nice Design

Eight customers who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it was good looking. Pgb scored it 8 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Because this is a shockproof, waterproof camera, I have no worries letting my kids use this camera and they are becoming pretty good photographers!”. Six years ago The Booths mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “Picks up the GPS location pretty quickly”. Smileymiley wrote on Amazon.co.uk “Overall well worth the money and a great camera, easy to use, pretty foolproof and robust to all conditions with the great picture quality that you would expect from Lumix” in their Panasonic DMC-FT3 review.

Three owners said in their reviews that it was rough. Robert Macrae mentioned in his review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk “It has survived a rough year or more of hard use”. Stephen Brannon said “This is a fantastic little camera for anyone who likes to get outside, play rough and get wet”. Ath mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “I dropped it on a rough surface once because it was very windy” in their review of this digital camera.

One customer who reviewed it reckoned that it was well designed. Four years ago Mr J Moon mentioned in his review of this digital camera “Really liked design and colour of camera” and gave this digital camera a score of 8 stars. One person who purchased this digital camera considered that it was ugly.

One customer who reviewed it thought it was neat. Jeremiah gave this digital camera a rating of 8 stars and he wrote “The GPS function is particularly neat, especially when abroad, to work out what exactly you were photographing”.

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Dustproof

The DMC-FT3 is dustproof, as are most of the other digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

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High Image Quality

Fourty-three owners who reviewed it agreed that it was good quality. Digital Versus said “Generall image quality” in their review of this digital camera nonetheless they gave it a rating of 18.8 out of 100. T3.com wrote “Robust build quality”. It Reviews.com mentioned six years ago “Good, reliable image quality with ruggedness”.

Easy to Use

Twenty-one people who reviewed the product thought it was easy to use. Digital Versus wrote “Easy to use and good iA mode” in their review of this digital camera but in spite of that they gave this digital camera a rating of 18.8 out of 100. Amazon.co.uk said “It's easy to use” in their review of this digital camera but even so they scored the product 20 out of 100. Richard Joynson rated the Panasonic DMC-FT3 5 stars and he mentioned on Amazon.co.uk five years ago “I wish it was more intuitive”.

Three customers who purchased this digital camera thought it was easy to use the menus. Richard Joynson said five years ago “I wish I had it on perfect settings for this filming I did” in his review of this digital camera. S. Ward scored the product 6 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk “The menus are nice and easy to use”. J. Bell wrote “The screen is very good quality and menus are all reasonably intuitive”.

One owner wrote in their reviews that it was easy to handle. Asia.cnet.com said “Improved handling due to handgrip”. One customer who reviewed it considered that it had a good interface.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Peter Mac he said on Amazon.co.uk “To be honest - I hope that other owners have perfect results from their FT3s, as it is a lovely camera to hold and use”.

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Waterproof 12 M), Shockproof 2 M), Coldproof 10

Thirty-nine owners said in their reviews that it was strong and durable. Cnet.com.au mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Tough, rugged chassis can withstand most situations” . Digital Versus wrote “Waterproof 12 m), shockproof 2 m), coldproof 10”. Six years ago Cnet.com wrote in their review of this digital camera on CNET.com “GPS and fast shooting performance make the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 a worthy rugged point-and-shoot even if its photos” and rated the product 5 stars.

Thirty-three owners who purchased the Panasonic DMC-FT3 agreed that it was good at resisting water ingress. Trusted Reviews said in their review of this digital camera “Shock, dust and waterproof” but despite that they only scored it 1 stars. Pc Mag said “Waterproof to 40 feet” in their review of this digital camera. Expert review site Ld2.ciol.com mentioned in their Panasonic DMC-FT3 review “It is dustproof, waterproof up to depths of 12m (40 feet), shockproof against a drop of up to 2 m” however despite that they only gave this digital camera a score of 3 stars.

Thirteen customers mentioned in their reviews that it was well made. Amazon.co.uk said in their Panasonic DMC-FT3 review “Well packaged, looks pretty and is extremely fast Got this baby for 15 with free shipping Setup couldnt have been easier since the software is built in to the device itself” but despite that they only scored it 20 out of 100. Pcmag.com said on PC Mag “Last year's Editors' Choice Panasonic Lumix DSC-TS2 compact camera was a powerhouse, offering great image and build quality” in their review of this digital camera. Six years ago expert review site Photoreview.com.au scored the product 8 stars and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Thoughtfully designed and well built, they combine a straightforward user interface with excellent performance so it's no wonder the FT3 was rece”.

Three owners who reviewed it said that it was easy to damage or scratch. Em mentioned on Amazon “Then this weekend i took it to Center Parcs with me again and sadly it broke on the first day” in their review of this digital camera and rated it 6 stars. K Dawson mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “First trip and it broke after taking a few days pictures, white out on the screen so did not have it working for swimming with mantars”.

Two owners agreed that it was reliable. Four years ago Amazon Customer wrote in their review of the Panasonic DMC-FT3 on Amazon.co.uk “I had Lumix cmaeras before and found them reliable and good quality” and rated it 7 stars.

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Average Waterproof Up to

The DMC-FT3 has a relatively standard waterproof up to (12 meters) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

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Released Over Four Years Ago

This digital camera has been on the market since April 2017.


Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dmcft3egs, dmcft3egr, dmcft3egd, dmcft3ega, dmcft3epr, dmcft3epd
Barcodes 05025232606757, 05025232606764, 05025232606771, 05025232606788, 05025232606801, 05025232606825, 05025232606863, 05025232606887, 05025232606894
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