The Panasonic FT5 produces images that are generally well-exposed and vibrant. Unfortunately due to the size and location of its lens, it’s pretty easy to get fingerprints all over it and we have ended up with many shots which were less than ideal because we forgot to clean the protective glass covering the lens.
In terms of resolution the Panasonic FT5 scored 1800LPH both vertically and horizontally, with details starting to get lost as early as ISO100. The absolute ceiling we would recommend shooting at is ISO800, but the good news is that while the FT5 may not have performed well in our tests, the shots produced outside our lab were still reasonably good for its class of competition.
Below are sample photographs shot with the Panasonic Lumix FT5. The photos have not been post-processed and are copyright to SPH Magazines. They are provided for your reference only and we ask that you do not reproduce them elsewhere. Click for the full-resolution images.
The Panasonic FT5 is a mixed bag of offerings. It offers some manual exposure controls, even though the choice is limited to switching between two aperture values at any focal length. In this regard choices are limited but it's a handy function to have when you need it.
The camera features an attractive design that also feels tough due to its mostly-metal construction, but its protective lens cover tends to easily attract finger prints, and if you forget to clean those off, many shots will turn out disappointing. Its rear display is one of the better ones when viewed under bright sunlight; unfortunately its low resolution and washed-out colors pale in comparison to other offerings found in its peers.
Images tend to be well-exposed, though as with many compact cameras, they are best viewed at smaller sizes as enlarging them will reveal an obvious loss of detail. The Panasonic FT5 is a competent camera, but the flaws mentioned above prevent it from being one of the better tough cameras around.