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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10

Ilse Jurrien
Photokina report
Saturday 31st, July 2010
Posted by: Ilse Jurrien

Photokina 2010 News - Panasonic introduced the new Lumix DMC-FT10 from the Lumix's FT series geared for active outdoor use. Featuring the flat and slim profile adopting the folded optics for its 4x optical zoom lens unit, the new 14.1-megapixel Lumix FT10 features credible toughness to be waterproof to 3m, shockproof to 1.5m, freezeproof to -10 degrees C and dustproof. Panasonic's world-acclaimed iA (Intelligent Auto) mode makes it easy for anyone to take beautiful photos by various shooting-assist functions. It comprehends MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) for hand-shake, Intelligent ISO Control for subject movement, Face Detection and Intelligent Scene Selector.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10 includes an iA mode
The dedicated iA button on the top of the camera lets you enter the iA mode directly. Once you enter the iA mode, these multi-capable functions happen automatically, so you can shoot without the bother of adjusting settings every time conditions change. You can enjoy easy, trouble-free shooting in any situation and get the satisfaction that comes with capturing clear, beautiful images.

Record HD videos with the Panasonic FT10
With the Panasonic DMC-FT10, HD (High Definition) movie recording in 720p Motion JPEG is available. The high performance DMC-FT10 excels in the powerful battery life as long as 300 pictures per a single charge (CIPA) despite its slim, compact body. The 2.7-inch large Intelligent LCD with AR coating assures high visibility of photo and movies both in shooting and playing back the images. Enjoy casual photo and video shooting with tremendous ease stylishly in town and actively in outdoor adventures - the Panasonic FT10 suits both situations.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10 lens
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10 features a high-quality 4x optical zoom Lumix DC Lens (35-140mm). The folded optics of the shaft guide method is adopted to secure the toughness of the lens unit. Comprising 11 elements and a prism unit in 10 groups, including an ED lens and 4 aspherical lenses with 7 aspherical surfaces, this advanced lens unit renders high resolution image corner to corner even adopting the folded optics. Further, in 3-megapixel resolution mode, the Extra Optical Zoom function provides additional magnification, extending the zoom power to 8.4x (294mm) by using the center part of the high resolution CCD to bring subjects even closer.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10

Panasonic DMC-FT10 waterproof and shockproof camera
Despite its flat and futuristic profile, the Panasonic Lumix FT10 is waterproof to a depth of 3m and dustproof equivalent to the "IPX8" and "IP6X" standard. Thanks to rubber padding and reinforced glass and carbon resins inside the camera, the Lumix FT10 features an airtight body protected against water immersion, dust and sand. The Panasonic Lumix FT10 is drop proof from a height up to 1.5m in accordance with the "MIL-STD 810F Method516.5-Shock" test standard. In addition to reinforcing the exterior of the camera with shock-resistant material, the Panasonic FT10 uses folded optics to prevent its lens unit from taking damage when dropped during operation. The lens unit is protected by a supplementary damper to absorb the force from shock impact. All components including the lens unit are reexamined to endure the temperature as low as -10 degrees C to make the DMC-FT10 freezeproof.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10

Intelligent Auto mode on the Panasonic Lumix FT10
Panasonic incorporated the Intelligent Auto mode in pursuit of the ultimate ease of operation and the reduction of misshots. The MEGA O.I.S. suppresses hand-shake and the Intelligent ISO control prevents moving subject from being blurred by optimizing the shutter speed and ISO sensitivity setting, to render sharp, clear images whatever the shooting situation is. Human faces are captured in focus and appropriate exposure with the Face Detection. Unwanted red-eyes are digitally corrected and backlight compensation automatically activates if they happen. Intelligent Scene Selector, which automatically selects whichever of 6 Scene Modes - Macro, Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery and Sunset - that best suits the shooting situation. The Quick AF system allows the camera to keep focus on the subject while the camera is in recording mode even before pressing a shutter button halfway, to get the best result out of a shutter chance because the focus is always near the subject and the AF time is minimized. The user can activate all of these useful, convenient shooting-assist functions by simply pressing an dedicated iA button on the top of the camera. All these make the FT10 the ultimate, super-versatile automatic camera for capturing clear, beautiful, mistake-free photos with ease.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10 photo and video camera
The new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10 records dynamic HD movie in 1280 x 720p Motion JPEG at a smooth 30 fps, in addition to WVGA (848 x 480) and normal VGA (640 x 480). You can enjoy recording not only photos but also HD movies casually even in active outdoor situations. It is also possible to edit it or upload it on YouTube with the included software PHOTOfunSTUDIO ver. 5.0.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT10

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