Panasonic DMC FT30 Detailed Review

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Also DMC FT30 was introduced by Panasonic in February 2015. It belongs to the outdoor and action cams category.

Panasonic is well-known and shouldn’t require further introduction, please see our manufacturer’s page for more digital cameras by Panasonic.

Brand Panasonic
Category Outdoor & Action
Date 02/2015

Panasonic DMC FT30 has environmental sealing and different protection features. Let’s see in the list below:

Waterproof 8.00 meter
Drop from height 1.50 meter
Temp. range from -10.00 °C
Sensor Properties

The DMC FT30’s image sensor has an effective resolution of around 16 megapixel. The resolution is somewhat below average but will be sufficient for most purposes. Photos with this resolution can easily be printed to A3 size.

The Panasonic does not support recording RAW images. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computeand involves one extra processing step but will almost always result in superior image quality.

Format 1/2.33″
Resolution 16.00 Megapixel
Continuous 1 FPS
RAW support
Focal length (min) 25mm
Focal length (max) 100mm
Aperture (max) 3.9
Aperture (min) 5.7

The DMC FT30’s shutter speed varies from 1/1300s to 8s.

The highest shutter speed of the Panasonic is just 1/1300s. That’s no longer state of the art and may cause problems in challenging light conditions.

Max. shutter speed 1/1300s
Min. shutter speed 8s
Sensitivity Properties

The DMC FT30’s usable sensitivity ranges from 100 ISO to only 1600 ISO.

Additionally, the Panasonic’s sensitivity can be boosted to 6400. However, ISO boosting will almost always lead to an increase in noise.

Min. sensitivity 100 ISO
Max. sensitivity 1600 ISO
Boost 6400 ISO
Exposure Modes

The DMC FT30 supports all general exposure modes.

Center weight
Flash Specs

The DMC FT30 features a built-in flash with a range of up to 4m (15 ft.). That’s on the low end and will only work for very close subjects.

A hotshoe is missing from the Panasonic.

Range 4.40m
(15 ft.)
Hot shoe
Display Specs

The DMC FT30 features a monitor with a diagonal of 76.00mm (3.0 in.) and a resolution of c. 0.46 megapixel. That rather low resolution is no longer state of the art and will make it difficult to evaluate images on the display.

Unfortunately, the DMC FT30’s monitor is not articulated. That can make it tricky to frame your subject in some situations, e.g. when taking selfies.

The DMC FT30 does not feature a touch screen.

Display characteristics at a glance:

Type LCD
Size 76.00mm (diagonal)
(3.0 in.)
Resolution 0.46 megapixel
Touch screen
Video Specs

DMC FT30 video supported the resolution with 1280 x 720 pixel.

ACamera is not equipped with an external microphone.

Panasonic DMC FT30 Video parameters:

Max. resolution 1280 x 720 pixel
…with frame rates 25 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

Built-in wireless connectivity is not available with the Panasonic. You will need appropriate accessories to wirelessly transfer images between camera and smartphone.

Connect the Panasonic to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

The Panasonic supports USB 2.0.

Connection parameters:

Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini

The camera supports SD HC and SD XC cards.

Memory cards characteristics:

Slots 1
Memory cards SD

The Panasonic DMC FT30 works with a BCK7E LiIon battery. The battery lifetime is an average 250 shots. That’s on the lower side of things for a full day, consider a spare battery for the DMC FT30.

The battery can be charged over USB while in camera. Very useful, especially on vacation when most people bring a USB charger for their smartphone anyway.

The DMC FT30’s battery battery parameters:

Type BCK7E LiIon
In-camera charging
Battery life 250 photos

The Panasonic DMC FT30’s dimensions are 103.7 x 58.3 x 19.7mm³. (4.1″ x 2.3″ x 0.8″). This includes the lens. The camera’s weight is only 144 grams (4.6 oz.), lens included.

Here is front and top view of the DMC FT30:

Dimensions Comparison

To put the size of the camera in context, here it is next to a typical ID card (c. 86mm x 55mm, about the size of a credit card).

The DMC FT30 is not much bigger:

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