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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20
Ilse Jurriën : January 31th 2012 - 16:30 CET
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PanasonicPanasonic Lumix FT20 digital camera : Prior to the CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging Show next month in Japan, Panasonic announces a new stylish digital camera ideally suited for underwater photography. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20, also known as the Lumix DMC-TS20 in the United States, is a stylish, rugged digital camera with HD video recording integrated. The Panasonic FT series are designed for active outdoor use, just like the Panasonic Lumix FT20, which is waterproof up to 5m, freeze proof to -10 degrees Celsius and shock proof up to 1.5m. The compact Panasonic DMC-FT20 is extremely easy to carry with you and will capture everyday situations with great detail thanks to the 16 Megapixel sensor. Whether it’s rainy, snowy or shiny weather, the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 will be the perfect companion for the whole family!

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Panasonic DMC-FT20 waterproof camera
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 is the perfect digital camera for use at the beach, in the sea, walking, biking and even skiing and snowboarding, thanks to its amazing underwater specifications; the camera is waterproof to a depth of 5m and dustproof equivalent to the "IPX8" and "IP6X" standard. Waterproof means users can shoot in the rain or snow with no worries - so with the Panasonic DMC-FT20 there’s no reason to not record your adventures whether it’s rainy, snowy or shiny weather!

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Freeze- & shock proof Panasonic FT20 camera
Thanks to rubber padding and reinforced glass and carbon resins inside the camera, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 features an airtight body protected against water immersion, dust and sand. The Panasonic DMC-FT20 is drop proof from a height up to 1.5m in accordance with the "MIL-STD 810F Method516.5-Shock" test standard. The lens unit is protected by a supplementary damper to absorb the force from shock impact. All components including the lens unit are re-examined to endure the temperature as low as -10 degrees C to make the Panasonic Lumix FT20 freezeproof.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 camera lens
The newly developed 25mm ultra wide angle camera lens integrated in the 16.1 megapixel Panasonic Lumix FT20 offers 4x optical zoom. 25mm ultra wide angle of view enables shooting dynamic landscapes or group portrait without letting them protrude out of a frame. The 4x optical zoom increases its power to 8x equivalent with the Intelligent Zoom function with minimum deterioration of image quality thanks to the Intelligent Resolution technology.

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Shooting modes on the Panasonic Lumix FT20
The Panasonic Lumix FT20 comes equipped not only with strong basic performance but also with a variety of shooting options to enhance ease and fun. The Miniature Effect mode in which the edge of shot is defocused while saturation and contrast is emphasized creating a model or toy town effect. The video recorded in this mode is played back in 10x fast-forwarding making it more comical to watch. Panorama Shot makes it is possible to shoot a horizontal / vertical panoramic image with consequent shots taken by overlaying the previous picture.

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720p HD Video on the Panasonic DMC-FT20
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 records dynamic HD video in 1280 x 720p at a smooth 30p (NTSC) 25p (PAL) in MP4 format which has high compatibility with personal computers or smartphones for editing or sharing the videos. The recorded HD videos can be directly uploaded to YouTube. The Panasonic DMC-FT20 incorporates a dedicated video button to switch between photo and video recording quickly. The 4x optical zoom is also available in video recording as well as Active Mode that minimizes hand shake even when the video is recorded while walking.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 digital camera
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 features a 2.7inch Intelligent LCD with High Angle mode, ensuring images are easy to view outdoors. Once you’ve taken your shots, users can enjoy their communication with the Lumix Image Uploader, which realizes instant image sharing via Facebook or YouTube with any PC on the spot.

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Panasonic DMC-FT20 price & availability
Featuring a stylish, casual look with a guaranteed rugged design, the Panasonic Lumix FT20 will broaden your shooting opportunity both for daily scenes in town and for outdoor leisure. Available in a wide choice of colors (black, blue, red and orange), the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 will be available from March 2012 for a suggested retail price of €220 Euro. The same camera will be available in the United States from late-February under the name Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20 for a suggested retail price of $180 USD. Prices and color options may vary from country to country. Visit your local Panasonic dealer for more information.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 review

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 review
Once we receive a Panasonic DMC-FT20 test sample, we will publish a sample photo gallery with high resolution pictures, accompanied by an extensive Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT20 review.

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