Panasonic launches new LUMIX hybrid cameras

Panasonic's new compact digital still cameras also take great-looking 720p high-definition videos.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FT1

In the FT-Rugged series, the LUMIX DMC-FT1 is a ruggedised compact digital camera that is waterproof to 3 metres, dustproof and also shock-proof from a height of 1.5 metres. It has a 12.1-megaipxel sensor and a 28mm, 4.6x zoom lens. The case is hard enough to withstand accidental knocks and drops, and you can drop it in the ocean or a pool, and even take it underwater with you, without damaging it. It's ideal for outdoor adventures where you don't want to be carrying anything bulky. Look out for it in stores in April 2009.

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