As well as being compared against other waterproofs and compacts, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4 is also often compared to travel zooms. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT4's top rivals come from Olympus (such as the Stylus Tough TG-3 and the TG-820) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-FT3 and the Lumix DMC-FT6)

compared toWaterproof competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic FT4 compared to other waterproof competitors include: it has a built-in GPS and significantly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 8 seconds).

However, on average it has a significantly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 1,030k dots), slightly lower maximum light sensitivity (1,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO), has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and is older (january 2012 vs march 2014).

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3

Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3
2 years newer
$1,206

Significant advantages of the TG-3 (vs the FT4)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the TG-3 (vs the FT4)

  • None found

common strengths of the TG-3 and FT4

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3
1 year older

Significant advantages of the DMC-FT3 (vs the FT4)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FT3 (vs the FT4)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FT3 and FT4

  • None found

Olympus TG-820

Olympus TG-820 iHS
similar age

Significant advantages of the TG-820 (vs the FT4)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the TG-820 (vs the FT4)

  • None found

common strengths of the TG-820 and FT4

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT6

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT6
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the DMC-FT6 (vs the FT4)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FT6 (vs the FT4)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FT6 and FT4

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30
2 years newer
$439

Significant advantages of the DMC-FT30 (vs the FT4)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FT30 (vs the FT4)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FT30 and FT4

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix FT5

Panasonic Lumix FT5
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the FT5 (vs the FT4)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the FT5 (vs the FT4)

  • None found

common strengths of the FT5 and FT4

  • None found

compared toCompact competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic FT4 compared to other compact competitors include: it has a significantly wider wide angle lens (28 mm vs 38 mm), has better image stabilization (lens vs none), shoots faster continuously (3.7 fps vs 0.8 fps), is newer (january 2012 vs july 2007) and has a built-in GPS.

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (2.7" vs 3"), is much larger (compact (103×64×27 mm) vs super compact (95×57×23 mm)), doesn't have a touch screen, is thicker (1.1" vs 0.9") and is slightly heavier (197 g vs 172 g).

Samsung ST6500

Samsung ST6500
1 year older

Significant advantages of the ST6500 (vs the FT4)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (102×57×19 mm) vs Compact (103×64×27 mm)
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Has a touch screen

Significant disadvantages of the ST6500 (vs the FT4)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Not waterproof

common strengths of the ST6500 and FT4

  • Very small: Super compact (102×57×19 mm) vs Compact (103×64×27 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    2. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Thin: 0.8" vs 1.1"

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T30

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-T30
5 years older

Significant advantages of the DSC-T30 (vs the FT4)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (95×57×23 mm) vs Compact (103×64×27 mm)
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"
  • Much longer battery life: 420 shots vs 310 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-T30 (vs the FT4)

  • Much worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 28 mm
  • No built-in GPS
  • Not waterproof

common strengths of the DSC-T30 and FT4

  • Very small: Super compact (95×57×23 mm) vs Compact (103×64×27 mm)
  • Good image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Lens
  • Great battery life: 420 shots vs 310 shots

Canon PowerShot A810

Canon PowerShot A810
similar age

Significant advantages of the A810 (vs the FT4)

  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/2000 of a second vs 1/1300 of a second

Significant disadvantages of the A810 (vs the FT4)

  • No built-in GPS
  • Much shorter battery life: 220 shots vs 310 shots
  • Not waterproof

common strengths of the A810 and FT4

  • Very small: Compact (95×62×30 mm) vs Compact (103×64×27 mm)
  • Light weight: 171 g vs 197 g
  • Thin: 1.2" vs 1.1"

Samsung L730

Samsung L730
4 years older

Significant advantages of the L730 (vs the FT4)

  • Much smaller: Super compact (95×59×21 mm) vs Compact (103×64×27 mm)
  • Thinner: 0.8" vs 1.1"

Significant disadvantages of the L730 (vs the FT4)

  • Much worse wide angle: 38 mm vs 28 mm
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Lens
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.5" vs 2.7"

common strengths of the L730 and FT4

  • Very small: Super compact (95×59×21 mm) vs Compact (103×64×27 mm)
  • Thin: 0.8" vs 1.1"
  • Light weight: 183 g vs 197 g

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Panasonic FT4 compared to travel zoom competitors include: it is newer (january 2012 vs january 2011), is slightly lighter (197 g vs 300 g), is waterproof and significantly longer exposures (60 seconds vs 16 seconds).

However, on average it has slightly less zoom (4.6x vs 20x), has a significantly narrower wide angle lens (28 mm vs 23 mm), has a much smaller screen (2.7" vs 4.8"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 460k dots) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Samsung Galaxy Camera

Samsung Galaxy Camera
7 months newer
$100

Significant advantages of the Camera (vs the FT4)

  • Much larger screen: 4.8" vs 2.7"
  • Much better wide angle: 23 mm vs 28 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the Camera (vs the FT4)

  • Much heavier: 300 g vs 197 g
  • Not waterproof
  • Much shorter max exposures: 16 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the Camera and FT4

  • Built-in GPS
  • Very small: Compact (129×71×19 mm) vs Compact (103×64×27 mm)
  • Very thin: 0.8" vs 1.1"

Panasonic Lumix TZ30

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ30
similar age
$351

Significant advantages of the TZ30 (vs the FT4)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the TZ30 (vs the FT4)

  • Significantly shorter battery life: 260 shots vs 310 shots
  • Not waterproof
  • Much shorter max exposures: 15 seconds vs 60 seconds

common strengths of the TZ30 and FT4

  • Built-in GPS
  • Very small: Compact (105×59×28 mm) vs Compact (103×64×27 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.1" vs 1.1"

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ20
1 year older

Significant advantages of the DMC-TZ20 (vs the FT4)

  • Significantly better wide angle: 24 mm vs 28 mm
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-TZ20 (vs the FT4)

  • Significantly larger: Compact (105×58×33 mm) vs Compact (103×64×27 mm)
  • Not waterproof
  • Thicker: 1.3" vs 1.1"

common strengths of the DMC-TZ20 and FT4

  • Built-in GPS
  • Very small: Compact (105×58×33 mm) vs Compact (103×64×27 mm)
  • Very light: 219 g vs 197 g