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Enter the LUMIX FT7: A New 4K Rugged Camera for Outdoor Shooting

- 6 years ago

Panasonic LUMIX has announced a brand new tough camera to their lineup to capture every shot in 4K Video and Photo, no matter what the conditions are like

Enter the LUMIX FT7: A New 4K Rugged Camera for Outdoor Shooting

Aimed squarely at the outdoor type, the new Lumix FT7 steps in where the Lumix FT5 left off and positions itself above the Lumix FT30. Waterproof up to 31m [102ft], shockproof to 2m [6.6ft], freezeproof to -10°C, dustproof and pressure resistant to 100kg [220lb] making it the great rugged companion for extreme shooting scenarios.

Onboard, you’ll find a 20.4-megapixel sensor with a 28mm wide-angle 4.6x [28-128mm equivalent] optical zoom lens. The new FT7 also highlights Power O.I.S [Optical Image Stabilisation] to help to make still and moving shots steadier, even when mounted to a bike, or when running, for example.

Enter the LUMIX FT7: A New 4K Rugged Camera for Outdoor Shooting

A brand new feature in the FT7 is a 0.2-inch [1,170k-dot equivalent] LVF, [Live View Finder]. Made to help for practical shooting, the LVF will make composing shots in strong sunlight possible, with the added bonus of saving and extending battery life in harsh/cold conditions. The 3.0″ rear screen claims a highest-in-class [1,040k-dot resolution] display and houses a tough, tempered-glass front.

The FT7 also offers users a full-resolution high-speed burst shooting mode, up to 10fps [frames per second], which is coupled with Light Speed AF [auto focus] and all of your amazing footage can be captured in smooth 4K Video. When 10fps isn’t enough, you can work the 4K Photo option to take even the most fleeting of moments by shooting at 30fps in 8-megapixel equivalent resolution, extracting the best frame from a 4K burst to save as a still photo.

Enter the LUMIX FT7: A New 4K Rugged Camera for Outdoor Shooting

The native Wi-Fi allows for uploading photos and videos to social channels and images can also be GPS geo-tagged to assure that you will be able to pinpoint exactly where your shots took place. All of this and the FT7 supports USB charging for charging from battery packs when wall charging isn’t an option.

Enter the LUMIX FT7: A New 4K Rugged Camera for Outdoor Shooting

The FT7 also boasts some special modes such as time-lapse shooting; it has 22 creative filters onboard, as well as a panorama mode, which can capture both horizontal and vertical images. It can even help with night-time adventures as it can be used as a torchlight, without the camera function being activated. Other tools that you’ll find in the FT7 include a compass and altimeter, making it really useful [beyond its camera capabilities] for a huge range of outdoor activities, including fishing, camping, diving, snorkelling, surfing, snowboarding, skiing and mountain climbing. The FT7 is a camera that can step up to the plate in those occasions when you’d normally have to leave your ‘regular’ camera behind.

The new Panasonic LUMIX FT7 will be available in 3 colour versions: orange, blue and black, from July with an SRP of £399.

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Having spent many years working in various pockets of the music industry, and always with a camera in hand, Simon has worked with organisations such as Warner/Chappell, Food Records and ultimately, co-founding the innovative independent record label, Izumi Records before moving fully into the world of publishing in 2007. Amongst numerous other projects in the last decade, he has been responsible for a number of specialist photo trade magazines and journals for the filmmaking and photography communities, along with a coffee table book entitled, "Great Britons of Photography' which he produced with Peter Dench and Leica. Now heading up PhotoBite, Simon and the team have set themselves a task of delivering informative and inspirational content for photographers of all levels, from the beginner, shooting with smartphones, to the seasoned photographer and filmmaker.