Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FT4 Tough camera (preview)

Panasonic's DMC-FT4 Tough camera can take photos 12m under water and also after it's been dropped from 2m

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Ease of use, good photo quality while it works
Massive leaking issue
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I have owned this model camera for 18 months. It has taken 1000's of photos but only been used underwater 6 times. 4 times it has been used in pools but not underwater, just splashing about. 2 times snorkelling. The 2nd trip killed it. Water leaked in somehow, despite me always, ALWAYS following the directions, drying it after use and checking the seal. It won't even switch on now. Completely dead.
I rang Panasonic, who gave me the name and number of their one and only camera service agent in Australia and the girl I spoke to was very nonchalant in telling me that it probably COULD be fixed, but that it could cost up to $1000 in repairs. I replied "So basically you're telling me go buy a replacement?" she said "Pretty much." Hmm....
Needless to say I won't be getting a Panasonic, if anything, because quite frankly I can't find a decent review for any of the current "Waterproof" cameras on the market. They all seem to have faults.




The color, menus and ergonomics
Leaks like crazy
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Bought this camera and it leaked on the first snorkel trip. We got 6 or so photos out of it. Locked and sealed as instructed but there was water in everything. The screen, the lense and the battery compartment. Camera never went below a couple feet. The entire unit is fried.

So if you are looking to pay a few hundred dollars for six minutes with this camera then pick the orange color. It will look the nicest at the bottom of your trash bin.

Steve Byfield



Great features like the handheld night shots
Camera died after about 8 snorkel trips due to leakage
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The leakage problem has not been fixed on the FT4. Even following to the letter the instructions for caring for the camera, after about 8 dives the camera leaked (and not via the battery compartment) and completely died. I'm only hoping that the shots and videos that I had taken up to that point can be rescued from the memory card as I'd bought this camera for my honeymoon. I also hope that Panasonic customer services are better than some reports I've read on the web and will accept responsibility for the problems. Be cautious in buying this camera if you intend to snorkel in the sea with it.

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