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Old Jun 16, 2010, 9:33 AM   #1
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after I busted my little Nikon coolpic, I started looking at the more durable cameras. I like the Casio EXG1 but I'm also looking at the Lumix DMC-FT1 which I understand would take a better photo. The Lumix would run me about twice what the Casio costs & I'm wondering if the difference is that great? For perspective, I was very happy w/ the Nikon.

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Old Jun 16, 2010, 9:40 AM   #2
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Welcome to the Forum. We're pleased that you dropped by.

Yes, the Panasonic FT1 is a much better camera, with much better image quality and video than the Casio model. The professional reviews verify that quite nicely.

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Old Jun 16, 2010, 9:48 AM   #3
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You may want to look at other competitors, too.

For example, the Pentax Optio W90 review was just posted recently (and we also have a reviews of the Olympus Stylus Tough 8010 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 online).
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I think the TS1 is the same camera as the FT1? That leads to my next question; is the TS2 (at 320.00) that much improved over the TS1 (at 240.00)? Sorry for the lame questions, I do read the reviews but I'm not knowledgable enough to make use of much of the information. I just want a camera that we can take hiking, camping, kayaking, & so on that will take a decent photo.

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I think the TS1 is the same camera as the FT1?
Yes, except for minor differences between regions, it's the same camera.

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That leads to my next question; is the TS2 (at 320.00) that much improved over the TS1 (at 240.00)?
I don't know the answer. But, the TS2 appears to use the same sensor as the recently reviewed Panasonic DMC-ZR3

So, you may be able to get an idea of how image quality might compare (except for specific feature/lens differences) by comparing it to the TS1 review.

Personally, I wouldn't spend that much more to get a higher resolution sensor in a camera that small, unless there was a very good reason for doing so (as higher resolution with a small sensor is not always a good thing).
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Yes, the FT2 does have better image quality that I find quite impressive. Here is a link to a post in out Panasonic P+S folder complete with photo samples.

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http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pa...lumix-ft2.html
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Wow! those are impressive. Thanks.

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+3 on the Panasonic FT2
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olympus tough 8010 actually has better water seals, the the panny. So if snorkeling the tough is better suited for it.
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