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Panasonic DMC-FT3 Digital Camera

12.1MP 4.6x Feb 2011
Megapixel Waterproof Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer Release Date
Compact Digital Camera FT3 - Ultimate Rugged Camera Featuring Full HD Movie Recording and Various Function for Outdoor UseThe DMC-FT3 is designed for active use, that is waterproof to a depth of... More
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Ten Industry Awards

Experts in cameras really like this camera and have given it ten awards.

The reviewers at two expert review sites both concluded that they would endorse this Panasonic camera. This Panasonic digital camera received a "Recommended" award from both Ephotozine and PhotographyBlog.com.

The experts at two more expert review sites both concluded that this waterproof camera was exceptional and gave it their highest award. This camera received an "Editor's Choice" award from both PC Mag and Photoreview.com.au.

An additional two expert review sites both thought that this Panasonic digital camera was good. The writer at Buy-n-shoot.com decided that this Panasonic camera was fantastic and gave it a "Gold" award and the editor of Revolucaodigital.net decided that it was very good and gave it a "Silver" award.

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

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Good Expert Reviews

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

User Reviews Are Good

On average, based on 70 user reviews the average user rating of this camera is 80%.

Good Size

A number of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 owners wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was compact. Ephotozine.com said five years ago “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” in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 review. Four years ago expert review site Ld2.ciol.com said “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT2 is one of the toughest compact cameras going”. Ld2.ciol.com also said “The DMC-TS3/FT3 rugged compact camera does extreme conditions photography”.

Good Connectivity

A few people wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had gps. Expert review site Photographyblog.com mentioned “Dust proof capabilities, plus a built-in GPS function, compas” in their review of this digital camera and rated the product 4 stars. Cnet.com.au wrote “The FT3 has acquired a GPS, compass, altimeter”. Steves-Digicams.com wrote “This 12-megapixel camera boasts full 1920x1080 HD video capture, built-in GPS functionality” in their review of this digital camera.

Robust

Some people mentioned in their reviews that the product was strong and durable. Cnet.com said on expert review site CNET.com “Fast shooting performance make the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 a worthy rugged point-and-shoot even if its photos” in their review of this digital camera. Pcmag.com said on expert review site PC Mag “HD video capture—and this rugged shooter was waterproof up to 33 feet” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. Pcmag.com also mentioned “Innovative feature set make this pocket camera our favorite rugged outdoor shooter”.

A few customers considered that it was good at resisting water ingress. Ld2.ciol.com said “It is dustproof, waterproof up to depths of 12m (40 feet), shockproof against a drop of up to 2 m” . Expert website Tipa.com wrote in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 review “The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3/FT3 is waterproof to a depth of 12m”.

Several Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 reviewers said in their reviews that the product was well made. Pcmag.com gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100 and wrote in their review on expert review site PC Mag five years ago “Last year's Editors' Choice Panasonic Lumix DSC-TS2 compact camera was a powerhouse, offering great image and build quality”. Photoreview.com.au said also five years ago “Thoughtfully designed and well built, they combine a straightforward user interface with excellent performance so it's no wonder the FT3 was rece” and rated it 5 stars.

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Panasonic Has Good Digital Camera Reviews

Panasonic has good average reviews for its waterproof cameras as well as across its entire camera range.

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Good Technical Features

A few Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 owners considered that this digital camera had good features. Five years ago Cnet.co.uk wrote on expert website CNET.co.uk “Crammed full of cutting-edge features, including built-in GPS”. Expert review site Expertreviews.co.uk said “The long list of great features, from 12m waterproofing to 1080p video capture, makes this an impressive all-rounder” in their review. Expert website Firstpost.com said “Though it has some amazing features and delivered on all performance fronts”.

Good Quality Pictures

Three Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 owners wrote in their reviews that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 was able to produce good images. Tipa.com mentioned in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 review “It has an integrated GPS function, ideal for photographers who want to shoot in the great outdoors”.

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 owner mentioned in their reviews that it had a good picture resolution.

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Good Video Capture

A few people who bought it concluded that it was good for video recording.

Good Product Quality

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 owner concluded that it was good quality.

Easy to Use

One person reckoned that it had a good interface.

CCD Sensor Type

The Panasonic DMC-FT3 has a better sensor type than most digital cameras that have been around for more than two years. This digital camera has a CCD sensor type, whereas most waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago have a MOS sensor type. CCD sensors produce high quality, low-noise images but consume a lot more power than CMOS sensors. CCD is the most common image sensor type used in digital cameras.

This camera's sensor type (CCD) is actually the best sensor type amongst all digital cameras that are a comparable age to the DMC-FT3.

Amongst comparable types of camera the worst sensor type is MOS.

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Very Large Display Diagonal

The smallest display diagonal of cameras that were released more than two years ago is 1.8" and the largest is 7.7". The Panasonic DMC-FT3 has a very large display diagonal (7.7 inches) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the DMC-FT3.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The DMC-FT3 supports Full HD video. Most of the other digital cameras that came out more than two years ago do not support Full HD video.

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Has a GPS (satellite)

has a GPS (satellite)

The DMC-FT3 has a GPS (satellite). Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for a similar time to the DMC-FT3 do not have a GPS (satellite).

We compared this digital camera to all the other digital cameras with a GPS (satellite) and we think the Canon EOS 1D X[plb_1384067_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The DMC-FT3 supports video capability, unlike most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the DMC-FT3 which do not support video capability.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

The Panasonic DMC-FT3 has an image stabilizer. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the DMC-FT3 also have an image stabilizer.

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Has a Built-In Flash

has a built-in flash

The DMC-FT3 has a built-in flash, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the DMC-FT3.

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Waterproof

Like most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to the DMC-FT3, the DMC-FT3 is waterproof.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is typical of many waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Has Five White Balances

The DMC-FT3 has a greater number of white balance modes than most waterproof cameras that were launched more than two years ago. This Panasonic camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on digital cameras that are a comparable age to the DMC-FT3. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this camera.

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Has Three Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the DMC-FT3 is more than most cameras of this spec and age. This camera has a Black&White photo effects, which is the most commonly found photo effects found on cameras of a comparable type and age to the DMC-FT3. The photo effectss "Sepia" and "Vivid" are also found on this digital camera.

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Not Available Viewfinder Type

This camera has a Not available viewfinder type, which is typical of many cameras of this age and spec.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the Panasonic DMC-FT3 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most common video resolutions of 1280 x 720 pixels (which is also supported by this Panasonic digital camera). In addition, this camera support a video resolutions of 320 x 240 pixels and 640 x 480 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution across all waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the DMC-FT3.

Across comparable types of digital camera the worst supported video resolution is 320 x 240 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum video resolution on waterproof cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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310 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)s

Most cameras of this age and type take between 120 and 1,119 battery life (CIPA standard)s, including the DMC-FT3 which takes 310 battery life (CIPA standard)s.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This digital camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is the most frequently found light exposure correction on cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Big Combined Zoom

When compared to other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the DMC-FT3 that we have checked the combined zoom of, the Panasonic DMC-FT3's combined zoom of 36.3 times zoom factor is one of the biggest. The smallest combined zoom of waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago is 10x, the biggest is 37x, and the average combined zoom is 25x.

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Features Two Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The Panasonic DMC-FT3 has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most waterproof cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. The most frequently featured auto focusing (AF) modes is Face detection, but this auto focusing (AF) modes is not featured on this Panasonic camera. The auto focusing (AF) modess Continuous Auto Focus and Single Auto Focus are also featured on this digital camera.

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Quite Long Slowest Camera Shutter Speed

The average slowest camera shutter speed of waterproof cameras that have been available for a similar time to the DMC-FT3 is 9.7s. At 8 seconds, the Panasonic DMC-FT3 has a fairly long slowest camera shutter speed compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for a similar time to the DMC-FT3.

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TFT Display

The DMC-FT3 has a better display than most cameras that are a comparable age to it. This camera has a TFT display, whereas most waterproof cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to it have an LCD display. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight. Across all waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as the DMC-FT3 the worst display is LCD and the best is OLED.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto focus adjustment, which is typical of many digital cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Panasonic DMC-FT3 does not support wi-Fi, although keep in mind that most of the other cameras of a similar age and type to the DMC-FT3 also do not support wi-Fi.

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Quite Small Digital Zoom

At only 4 times zoom factor, the DMC-FT3 has a quite small digital zoom compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that are a comparable age to the DMC-FT3. Cameras that were launched around the same time as the DMC-FT3 have digital zooms of between 2x and 20x, and the average digital zoom is 5.9x.

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Only 640 X 480 Still Image Resolution(s)

This camera has a still image resolution(s) of 480 x 480|640 x 360|640 x 424|640 x 480|1536 x 1536|1600 x 1200|1920 x 1080|1920 x 1920|2048 x 1360|2048 x 1536|2448 x 2448|2560 x 1440|2560 x 1712|2560 x 1920|2992 x 2992|3264 x 1840|3264 x 2176|3264 x 2448|4000 x 2248|4000 x 2672|4000 x 3000, which is typical of many digital cameras of this age and type.

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

The DMC-FT3 has a greater number of flash modes than most waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as it. This Panasonic camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on cameras of a comparable age and type to the DMC-FT3. The flash modess "Forced off", "Forced on" and "Red-eye reduction" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Only Supports Two Camera File Systems

The number of camera file systems supported by the DMC-FT3 is more than most cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This digital camera supports an Exif 2.3 camera file system, which is the most commonly supported camera file system supported by waterproof cameras that were released around the same time as the DMC-FT3. The camera file system "DCF 2.0" is also supported by this camera.

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Quite Few Total Megapixels

With a total megapixels of only 12.5 megapixels, the Panasonic DMC-FT3 has a quite few total megapixels compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for more than two years. The total megapixelss of waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago range from 5MP to 21MP.

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Very Small Internal Memory

With an internal memory of only 19 megabytes, the DMC-FT3 has one of the smaller internal memorys amongst waterproof cameras of this age. Waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as the DMC-FT3 have internal memorys of between 7.9MB and 700MB, and the average internal memory is 76MB.

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Only 4000 X 3000 Pixels Maximum Image Resolution

The DMC-FT3 has a 4000 x 3000 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as it. Most comparable spec cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it have a 4608 x 3072 pixels maximum image resolution. Digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the DMC-FT3 maximum image resolutions range from 640 x 480 pixels (worst) to 8256 x 6192 pixels (best).

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Only Supports One Image Formats Supported

The number of supported image formats on the DMC-FT3 is more than most cameras of this spec and age. This Panasonic digital camera supports a JPG image formats supported, which is the most frequently supported image formats supported supported by cameras of this age and type.

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7 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic DMC-FT3

SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most commonly supported compatible memory cards on digital cameras of this age and type. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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Released Over Six Years Ago

This Panasonic digital camera was released over six years ago.

Average Waterproof Up to

The DMC-FT3 has a fairly average waterproof up to (12 meters) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were launched around the same time as the DMC-FT3.

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1/2.33"" Optical Sensor Size

This camera has a 1/2.33" optical sensor size, which is typical of many digital cameras of this type and age.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 175 grams, the DMC-FT3 has a pretty typical weight compared to most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Average Megapixel

The DMC-FT3 has a relatively average megapixel (12.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable type and age to the DMC-FT3.

If this camera megapixel is too low for you then you might also want to consider the Canon EOS 1D X[plb_1384067_price] (18.1MP) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Optical Zoom

At 4.6 times zoom factor, the DMC-FT3 has a relatively standard optical zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a similar age and spec to the DMC-FT3.

If you are looking for a camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the Olympus Stylus Tough TG-850[plb_2167574_price] (5x).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Optical Sensor Size
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Aspect Ratio
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Waterproof
Colour of Product
Waterproof Up to
Freezeproof Up to
Dustproof
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture Number
Minimum Aperture Number
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Fixed Focal Length
Lens Type
Extra/Smart Zoom
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Combined Zoom
Number of Aspheric Elements
Number of Diaphragm Blades
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Auto Mode Focusing Range (wide)
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Auto Mode Focusing Range (tele)
Normal Focusing Range (wide)
Normal Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Interval
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Analog Signal Format System
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Wind Filter
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Vari-Angle LCD Display
Field of View
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
DC-In Jack
HDMI
Camera
3D
GPS (satellite)
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Calendar
Album Organization
Histogram
Orientation Sensor
Image Editing
Camera File System
Multi Burst Mode
Camera Playback
Electronic Compass
Altimeter
Barometer
Scene Modes
Languages Support
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Capacity
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Voltage
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Battery Charger Included
Hand Strap
Networking
Wi-Fi
Other Features
Video Capability
Built-In Flash
Technical Features
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
Date Imprinting
Shock Proof
Weight
Interface
Dimensions (WxDxH)
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Aperture Range (F-F)
Effective Sensor Resolution
Camera Shutter Speed
Lens System
Power Supply Type
Digital SLR

Expert Reviews

21 May 2014

Eine Digicam zum Einstecken, die auch selbst einiges einstecken kann ? das ist die Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 im wasserdichten, stoßfesten und frostsicheren Gehäuse. Um die zu bekommen, muss man... Read more…

Captures crystal clear images
Better image stabilization
The playback system supports viewing the photos on map with computer
Excellent digital 4x digital zoom (Max
36.3x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)
No touch screen
Low resolution screen 230K dots)
Slow shutter speed 11300 of a second)
Lacks incamera HDR
Poor maximum light sensitivity 1600 ISO)

User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 10 February 2016 by Amazon Customer
(Verified Purchase)

Had this camera for almost 4 years... still works great, used it for scuba had it down to 18m by mistake and it still works fine...

I ordered this to solve two problems. My desktop media machine that didn't have a wireless card, and my ancient little Acer netbook whose wireless card died suddenly and I'm far too cheap to buy (and
Follow directions exactly AFTER REBOOTING YOUR CABLE MODEM
Easily connected one wired and two wireless computers
Good while it lasted
Very stable, never drops connection (I have it connected to the high end Cisco Linksys 4200). Extremely easy to install, device will install drivers from USB for Windows machines
Once in awhile, it will lose the signal, but it's only a blip. Refreshing the page fixes the problem and it's not really something that bothers me. From time to time, it will take a little longer than
Lag horrible in online gaming now. ping rises to 10k. usb gets VERY hot
Although 100 stable (never drops connection), device will never connect to or hold onto a 300 Mbps connection. Again, I have this paired to a Cisco Linksys 4200 series router. As such, 2 devices from
Sometimes they can be directly next to the router and still have no connection
My computers beeen down for days, couldn't figure it out, it was mimicking a crashed hard drive, no sign of life at boot, but BIOS recognized the drives. .. . I unplugged the adapter and it works perf

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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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