The Good Waterproof, freezeable, droppable, rugged; Built-in Wi-Fi; Integrated GPS; Improved controls; Generally good image quality.
The Bad Pricey for the casual buyer; Some panorama imperfections; Slight fall-off in focus at image corners.
The Bottom Line The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5 isn't cheap, but your money is buying a tank-like snapper that's built to last. It's great for the more adventurous traveller who doesn't hanker after extensive manual controls, and anyone who's worried about their kids getting their hands on a more fragile device.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5
Building something that's both attractive and rugged is a tall order. In the FT5, Panasonic's just about pulled it off.
The latest in a fairly long line of rough, tough cameras, it's yours for around £350.
There's nothing subtle about the FT5, but then it has been built for an active, outdoor life. The battery and SD card compartment locks in place, there are no moving parts outside of the airtight case -- so the lens, for example, is captive behind a window -- and every opening has been carefully sealed. That's because it's waterproof to 13m (43ft), which is more than many casual watches. If you need to take it any further, you'll have to invest in a marine casing.