Panasonic reveals new rugged LUMIX camera


7 Feb 2012

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Panasonic has unveiled the latest camera in its LUMIX range – the DMC-FT4 – designed to be waterproof, dustproof, shockproof and freezeproof.

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FT4 is waterproof to depths of up to 12m and is dustproof. It’s also shockproof, resisting drops from a height of up to 2m and can withstand temperatures as low as -10C, Panasonic says.

It includes a 28mm wide-angle lens with a 4.6x optical zoom and a 12.1-megapixel sensor. It features intelligent zoom technology which extends the zoom ratio by 2x, maintaining the image quality in digital zoom.

The camera can shoot full HD video and is equipped with the Venus Engine, which can allow the camera to record full HD footage and high-resolution consecutive shots at 3.7fps.

The LUMIX DMC-FT4 includes GPS, which shows the name of the location and landmark to give users details of the area in which they’re shooting. It covers 203 countries and 1m landmarks, according to Panasonic.

Photos and videos tagged with location names are automatically sorted in the folder alphabetically for quick access. It can also detect the local time of the region.

The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FT4 will be available in March, costing €419.99.

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