Panasonic has today launched a new tough, portable camera exclusively designed for outdoor adventures. The LUMIX FT7/TS7 is both waterproof (up to 31m / 102 ft), and shockproof (to 2m / 6,6 ft). With its new Live View Finder (LVF), the 20.4-megapixel-sensor and 28mm wide angle 4.6x optical zoom lens, the FT7 is the perfect companion for extreme experiences up high, on the ground or in the water.
The rugged, freeze-proof (to -10°C), pressure-resistant (to 100kg / 220lbf) yet compact design packs a punch with a host of high-tech photography features, making sure that you don’t miss a moment of your amazing dive, thrilling 360° ski jump or breath-taking ride on a Hawaii Pipeline wave. From the rocks, through the jungle or jumping straight into the water – everything is possible in 4K and Full HD.
Memories will also be hard to miss with the brand new 0.2-inch 1,170K-dot equivalent LVF (Live View Finder) even if the subject is back-lit or under strong sunlight. The 3.0-inch rear monitor boasts the highest-in-class 1,040K-dot resolution.
Capture every second of your amazing adventures with high speed burst shooting at 10 fps* and the Light Speed AF – perfect if you don’t want to miss your bungee jump view of the sky or when the shark bites into the cage! and incredible moments can be recorded in stunningly smooth, high-resolution 4K video and 4K PHOTO.
Easily share your latest adventure with stunning, GPS geo-tagged images via whatsapp, Instagram or Facebook with Wi-Fi® connectivity.
Enhance the high-quality images even further for social sharing with time-lapse shots and other great integrated special effects, such as the 22 creative filters and great Panorama-mode for horizontal and vertical panoramic images.
For those expecting to experience night-time adventures such as rock climbing or cave walking, you can even use your camera as a torch light, without the camera function being activated.
FEATURES & TECHNICAL DETAILS
1. 31m / 102 ft waterproof rugged design boosting outdoor excitement
The new LUMIX FT7 boasts an even more rugged design, enabling it to be waterproof to up to 31 m / 102 ft, dustproof, shockproof to 2 m / 6.6 ft, freezeproof to -10 degrees C / 14 degrees F and pressure resistant to 100 kgf / 220 lbf. Thanks to its minimum aperture area and the rubber padding and reinforced glass inside the camera, the LUMIX FT7 features an airtight body protected against water immersion, dust and sand. The body case is thicker, to withstand high water pressure of 31m / 102ft, and the shockproof allows the camera to survive drops from a height of up to 2.0m/6.6ft in accordance with the ”MIL-STD 810F Method516.5-Shock” test standard. All components including the lens unit have been re-examined to endure temperatures as low as -10 degrees C / 14 degrees F.
Not only that, as the FT series is a camera specially designed for active outdoor use, it includes a compass and altimeter. Take the camera fishing or camping in the springtime; diving, snorkeling or surfing in the summer; mountain climbing in the autumn or skiing or snowboarding in the winter – The LUMIX FT7 is the all-year-round active field player to record memories as stunning photos and videos.
2. New LVF (Live View Finder) and high resolution rear monitor
The LUMIX FT7 integrates a new 0.2-inch 1,170K-dot equivalent LVF (Live View Finder). It is now easier to capture subjects that are backlit or even under strong sunlight. Using the LVF also saves power consumption to achieve longer battery life in harsh conditions. Both the sensor and the LVF are in 4:3 aspect. The 3.0-inch rear monitor in 3:2 aspect boasts highest-in-class 1,040K-dot resolution featuring approximately 100% field of view. The image output between the LVF and the rear monitor can be instantly switched with a dedicated button. Tempered glass is adopted for the cover glass of LCD.
3. 4K capability bringing the evolution in videography/photography
The LUMIX FT7 records stunningly smooth, high-resolution QFHD 4K videos in 3840×2160 at 30p / 25p(50Hz Area) 30p(60Hz Area) or 24p in MP4* in addition to Full-HD 1,920 x 1,080 60p / 50p(50Hz Area) 60p(60Hz Area) videos in MP4 (MPEG-4 / H.264) format with practical full-time AF.
Taking advantage of 4K technology, users can enjoy 4K PHOTO with the LUMIX FT7. With the 4K PHOTO, users can capture the fleeting photo opportunities at 30 fps in 8-megapixel equivalent resolution by extracting a frame of the most photogenic timing out of the 4K burst file to save as a photo. Three exclusive functions are integrated to make the 4K photography even easier; 4K Burst Shooting, 4K Burst (Start/Stop) and 4K Pre-burst. The 4K Burst Shooting allows consecutive shooting at 30 fps*, which can be used just like a photo burst shooting. The LUMIX FT7 comes with the Post Focus function that enables users to select an in-focus area even after shooting. It is helpful in situations like macro shooting where severe focusing is required or for changing expressions by changing focused subject.
The 4.6x optical zoom with POWER O.I.S. is available in video recording, too. The Auto Wind Cut function blocks out most of the noise from background wind.
High Speed Video enables the recording of subjects with fast motion in HD(1280×720) at 120 fps (60Hz Area) / 100 fps (60Hz Area), while Time Lapse /Stop Motion Animation are also available.
* Max.29 min 59 sec.
4. High picture quality with new 20.4-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS Sensor
The new LUMIX FT7 integrates a 20.4-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor to achieve highest-in-class resolution. it also boasts high-speed response to achieve burst shots at 10 fps* in full resolution with a mechanical shutter and 5 fps with continuous AF. Auto focusing is fast and accurate with its Light Speed AF.
The LUMIX FT7 incorporates a high-quality 28mm wide-angle LUMIX lens with a 4.6x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 28-128mm) in folded optics. Thanks to the Intelligent Resolution technology, an Intelligent Zoom is available with the LUMIX FT7, which virtually extends the zoom ratio to 9.1x equivalent; maintaining the picture quality even when combined with the digital zoom. Furthermore, the POWER O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer) effectively suppresses any handshaking.
*Max. 11 images.
– Wi-Fi 2.4GHz (IEEE802.11b/g/n) Connectivity
The LUMIX FT7 integrates Wi-Fi® connectivity to offer a more flexible shooting experience and instant image sharing with easy operation. Once the camera is connected to a smartphone or tablet installed with Panasonic’s dedicated application software Panasonic Image App for iOS / Android, users can shoot, browse and share images remotely. GPS geotag can also be added on the photos after shooting.
– AC/USB Power Charging
The camera’s battery can be recharged via AC or USB according to the user’s convenience.
– Creative Control
The LUMIX FT7 is equipped with Creative Control featuring a total of 22 filter effects: Expressive, Retro, Old Days, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Monochrome, Dynamic Monochrome, Rough Monochrome, Silky Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Toy Pop, Bleach Bypass, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Fantasy, Star Filter, One Point Color, and Sunshine.
The Creative Control lets users shoot with a filter effect while checking what difference it makes to the picture. It can also be used for video recording *. With the Creative Panorama function, it is possible to shoot a horizontal / vertical panoramic image with consequent shots taken by overlaying the previous picture and selecting a filter effect of Expressive, Retro, Old Days, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Monochrome, Dynamic Monochrome, Rough Monochrome, Silky Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Bleach Bypass, Soft Focus, Fantasy, Star Filter and One Point Color.
*Some filters cannot be used for video recording.
– Torch Light
It is possible to turn the light on to light up a subject even while the camera function is not activated.
– SDXC UHS-I Memory Card Compatibility
The LUMIX FT7 complies with SDXC UHS-I Memory Card for high-speed data recording such as 4K video.
This camera’s waterproof/dustproof rating complies with the “IPX8” and “IP6X” ratings. Provided the care and maintenance guidelines described in this document are strictly followed, this camera can operate underwater, to a depth not exceeding 31 m (102 feet) for a time not exceeding 60 minutes. (*1)
This camera also complies with “MIL-STD 810F Method 516.5-Shock”. The camera has cleared a drop test from a height of 2 m (6.6 feet) onto 3 cm (0.1 feet) thick plywood. In most cases this camera should not sustain any damage if dropped from a height not exceeding 2 m (6.6 feet). (*2)
Withstand Load Performance
This camera complies with 100 kgf/220.5 lbf load tests. (*3)
This does not guarantee no destruction, no malfunction, or waterproofing in all conditions.
*1 This means that the camera can be used underwater for a specified time in specified pressure in accordance with the handling method established by Panasonic.
*2 “MIL-STD 810F Method 516.5-Shock” is the test method standard of the U.S. Defense Department, which specifies performing drop tests from a height of 122 cm (4 feet), at 26 orientations (8 corners, 12 ridges, 6 faces) using 5 sets of devices, and passing the 26 orientation drops within 5 devices. (If failure occurs during the test, a new set is used to pass the drop orientation test within a total of 5 devices) Panasonic’s test method is based on the above “MIL-STD 810F Method 516.5-Shock”. However, the drop height was changed from 122 cm (4 feet) to 200 cm (6.6 feet) dropping onto 3 cm (0.1 feet) thick playboard. This drop test was passed. (Disregarding appearance change such as loss of paint or distortion of the part where drop impact is applied.)
*3 According to the test method specified by Panasonic.
Handling of the camera
•Waterproofing is not guaranteed if the unit is subject to an impact as a result of being hit or dropped etc. If an impact to the camera occurs, it should be inspected (subject to a fee) by Panasonic to verify that the waterproofing is still effective.
•When the camera is splashed with detergent, soap, hot spring, bath additive, sun oil, sun screen, chemical, etc. wipe it off immediately.
•The waterproof function of the camera is for sea water and fresh water only.
•Any malfunction caused by customer misuse, or mishandling will not be covered by the warranty.
•The inside of this unit is not waterproof. Water leakage will cause malfunction.
•Supplied accessories are not waterproof.
•Card and battery are not waterproof. Do not handle with a wet hand. Also, do not insert a wet card or wet battery into the camera.
•Do not leave the camera for a long period of time in places where the temperature is very low (such as at ski resorts or high altitudes) or where the temperature may exceed 40 degrees C (104 degrees F) (such as inside cars in strong sunlight, close to a heater, on boats, or on the beach). (Waterproof performance may become degraded.)
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•Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.