Panasonic waterproof Lumix DMC-FT2 digital camera does now HD video on the sea!

01/07/2010

Yes, second edition of DMC-FT1 adds AVCHD Lite 720 video, upgraded 14 megapixel sensos and more.

Main specs:

  • LEICA DC Lens with Folded Optics Technology (=read: Quality lens)
  • 28mm Wide-angle Lens (read, usable on the deck in small space)
  • 4.6x Optical Zoom
  • Shockproof, Waterproof, Freezeproof and Dustproof Protections
  • 14.1-megapixel High-resolution CCD
  • Beach and Surf Mode / Snow Mode / Sports Mode
  • Optional Marine Case DMW-MCFT2
  • Sonic Speed AF
  • Fast Start-up Time (read: usable in action)

As Photography Blog says

As with its predecessor, the FT2 is a take anywhere, use (almost) anywhere that combines sophistication with resilience. It’s also certainly one of the better-looking “tough” cameras on the market, only surpassed in our view by the rather attractive Casio EX-G1. The DMC-FT2 really will survive most things that you throw at it, or throw it into – we bet that you’ll only upgrade the FT2 in future for a better specified model, rather than because it cracks under the strain of hectic family life.


Camera to take to the sea

07/08/2009

When it’s sunny, it doesn’t matter what camera You got. But in most yachting conditions something splash-proof is needed. We know that all known brand’s flagship cameras are weather sealed, like Nikon D3, Canon EOS-1D, Olympus E-3, Panasonic K7. But what is the alternative, not talking with the bank manager? Something <400 U$ point and shoot, instead of U$ 2000 + pro stuff.

All main brands got now so-called tough models in their range. Some examples to grab from the store to next yachting event:

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1S

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1S

I personally love Lumix. Its designed in cooperation with Leica, top quality camera maker. Some Lumix cameras actually are branded as Leica. Lumix uses leica lenses and the quality is just better than others. Now Lumix has drop-proof and water-proof compact cam.

It has a nice design, 12.2 mega pixels and face detection recognition, and optical image stabilization. It also features an intelligent auto mode that automatically detects scenarios and loads presets so that you don’t have to browse through its collection of 27 modes.  The winner is the 4.6x optical zoom lens with a useful 28-128mm-equivalent range.  The very good image quality, ruggedness and all the other features make this camera a great choice for the sea.

Olympus µ TOUGH-8000

Olympus µ TOUGH-8000

Olympus is one of the first camera brands, who started to think about active lifestyle. Olympus µ TOUGH-8000 is waterproof to a depth of even 10 metres (thats more than nearest competitors), shockproof to a height of 2 metres and includes a high precision 3.6x wide optical zoom. This makes it the ideal partner for yachting. With the convenient TAP Control you can operate the camera by tapping the body. The μ TOUGH-8000 offers you Dual Image Stabilisation for perfectly sharp pictures when using maximum zoom or shooting in lower light.

Pentax Optio W80 Azure Blue

Pentax Optio W80 Azure Blue

Pentax has Optio models W60 (available also in Ocean Blue ) and even tougher W80 (pictured here in Azure Blue). This camera is able to record  HD video in 720p mode. Lens starts from 28mm, whit ch is good on the boat to capture all action in wider perspective.

So, don’t afraid to take camera on-board anymore when water is in the air;) These cameras don’t mind dropping, hitting, splashing or even freezing. And its easy to flush them clean from salt under the fresh water tap later. Cameras full of life.

Canon Powershot D10

Canon Powershot D10

For those with a taste for water-related leisure, there’s a camera — Canon PowerShot D10. Waterproof, freezeproof and shockproof; it’s tough enough to take what you dish out. Plus it’s got all the high performance features you expect from a Canon digital camera. You’ve got 12.1 megapixels of resolution plus all of Canon’s powerful, state-of-the-art imaging technologies so you can capture your experiences in breathtaking color and awesome detail.


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