Intro

The Panasonic Lumix FT7 (or TS7 because it’s recognized in North America) is the corporate’s newest rugged waterproof compact. It’s a serious improve to the 5 12 months outdated (and now discontinued) Lumix FT5 / TS5 with an up to date 20.Four Megapixel sensor and a stabilised 4.6x zoom with a spread of 28-128mm.

Additionally new is a built-in 1,170okay dot digital viewfinder and the three inch LCD display has an elevated decision of 1040okay dots, in contrast with 460okay dots on the FT5 / TS5. The FT7 / TS7 is waterproof to a depth of 31m – that’s deeper than another waterproof compact – will be dropped from a peak of two metres and subjected to a power of 100kgf with no sick results. It’ll perform in temperatures right down to -10C.

Like different high-end Lumix compacts, it may shoot 4k video and likewise advantages from Panasonic’s 4K capturing modes that permit you to shoot a 30fps burst of images at eight Megapixel decision. There’s Wifi, permitting you to connect with your telephone to obtain pictures and shoot remotely. In contrast to the sooner Lumix FT5 / TS5, there’s no built-in GPS, however you possibly can tag pictures with positional information out of your telephone’s GPS.

A inbuilt peak/depth sensor and compass full the image and you’ll cost the FT7 / TS7 through it’s USB connector from any appropriate energy supply. In my remaining evaluate, discover out if the FT7 / TS7 is one of the best waterproof rugged digital camera for you!

 

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The Lumix FT7 /TS7 isn’t an enormous departure from the FT5 by way of design, however it’s a little greater and weightier. The chunky handgrip is an enormous enchancment and you’ll activate the AF help LED and use it as a torch. As on earlier Lumix waterproof compacts, the lens is positioned on the prime left and, even though it now has a big round bezel, it’s worthwhile to take care to maintain your fingers out of the way in which.

 

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The brand new 1040okay LCD gives a transparent shiny picture, however like all screens it may be a little bit troublesome to see in shiny daylight. Which is the place the brand new 1,170okay dot digital viewfinder is available in very helpful. To be trustworthy although, your solely going to be utilizing it on dry land, or in very calm circumstances because it’s nearly inconceivable to make use of in case you’re within the water in uneven circumstances. That stated, the picture is obvious, shiny and regular and it’s nice to be used within the sunshine and for maintaining monitor of your topic when totally zoomed in. There’s no eye sensor for the EVF, a single press of the LVF button to the left toggles between it and the LCD show.

 

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In prime of the Lumix FT7 / TS7 there’s a pleasant large shutter button that you simply actually can’t miss. Like most waterproof compacts, the zoom is managed by a rocker on the rear panel. The thumb relaxation above the zoom rocker is, nicely let’s name it ungenerous, and on a couple of events I found I had zoomed all the way in which in with out which means to. The battery and card are positioned behind a sealed door on the correct with a double catch – one to shut and one to lock. When within the unlocked place the locking tab shows a pink warning tag.

 

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This photograph reveals the angle of view with the Lumix FT7 /TS7 at its most 28mm equal huge angle setting. Good for selfies and group photographs, however not as huge as an motion cam or the 25-100mm Olympus TOUGH TG-5.

 

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Right here’s the angle of view with the Lumix FT7 /TS7 zoomed all the way in which in to 128mm. The FT7 / TS7’s lens has a most aperture of f3.Three on the huge angle setting, closing to f5.9 when totally zoomed in. So though it’ll get you a little bit nearer to the motion than the TOUGH TG-5, its lens is nowhere close to as shiny because the TG5’s f2.0-4.9 lens. That implies that underwater and in low gentle, you’ll be capturing at larger ISO sensitivity settings with noisier pictures in consequence.

 

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When you can’t get the whole lot in with the Lumix FT7 / TS7’s 25mm huge angle, it has a superb panorama mode. You simply press the shutter button and pan the digital camera and the FT7 / TS7 routinely stitches the photographs collectively to supply a 180 diploma view. Panoramic images have a decision of 8176 x 1744 pixels, so you possibly can make an excellent high quality print round 40 x 9 inches or 100 x 23 centimetres.

 

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The Lumix FT7 / TS7 can focus as shut as 5cm from the lens. That’s probably not shut sufficient to fill the body with actually small stuff, like bugs or little fish, however for flowers and greater creatures like crabs, or jellyfish it’s greater than as much as the job. Once you’re this near the topic, offering the FT7 / TS7 selects f3.3, the background is properly blurred.

 

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In Progam auto mode the Lumix FT7 / TS7 could not select the widest aperture, notably in shiny circumstances, so if you wish to blur the background you’ll want to modify to Handbook publicity mode. This lets you choose one in every of two aperture settings and to differ the shutter pace. On my pre-production mannequin there was no Aperture or Shutter precedence mode, solely totally handbook. Right here the FT7 / TS7 needed to decide on f10 in Program Auto mode so I switched to Handbook, chosen f3.Three and centered on the signal board. Even then, the backround isn’t all that blurred.

 

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For this indoor panning video clip I left the Lumix FT7 / TS7 on its default 1080 / 50p video setting and shot with the stabilisation enabled. The Lumix FT7 / TS7 additionally after all shoot 4k UHD video.

 

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Right here a pattern of the Lumix FT7 / TS7 in Excessive Pace Video mode the place it shoots at 100fps for quarter pace playback at 25fps.

 

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