Lumix DMC FT5

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johnbandry Senior Member • Posts: 1,303
Lumix DMC FT5

Probably a misunderstanding, but...

I visited my local camera shop today to enquire about this camera (price drop on wex website to £299 already) and was told they wouldn't be stocking it as the FT6 would be coming out next month.

Has anyone else heard anything, and does anyone have first-hand/hands-on experience of the FT5?

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Re: Lumix DMC FT5

johnbandry wrote:

Probably a misunderstanding, but...

I visited my local camera shop today to enquire about this camera (price drop on wex website to £299 already) and was told they wouldn't be stocking it as the FT6 would be coming out next month.

FT6 next month (may 2013)? No way!

FT6 next march (2014)? Yes way

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Markr041 Veteran Member • Posts: 4,417
Re: Lumix DMC FT5

johnbandry wrote:

Probably a misunderstanding, but...

I visited my local camera shop today to enquire about this camera (price drop on wex website to £299 already) and was told they wouldn't be stocking it as the FT6 would be coming out next month.

Has anyone else heard anything, and does anyone have first-hand/hands-on experience of the FT5?

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John Bandry

1. The FT5 (TS5) just came out. There is no replacement in the works. The camera shop is confusing Panasonic camera models. Price variability is the hallmark of Panasonic marketing. The LX7 price has dipped very low leading to all sorts of speculation originally. Then it went up, and then down, and up...

2. There is a big thread dedicated to the FT5 (TS5):

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/51340080

Pictures and videos. It is great camera, for stills and video.

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johnbandry OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,303
Re: Lumix DMC FT5

Thanks for the pointer to the thread - I missed it because I only searched for FT5. I assumed the shop was mistaken; probably thinking of the GF6(?). Anyway, I've ordered an FT/TS5 and will know more soon. I'm planning on taking it sailing/swimming in the med in a week.

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Re: Lumix DMC FT5

johnbandry wrote:

Probably a misunderstanding, but...

I visited my local camera shop today to enquire about this camera (price drop on wex website to £299 already) and was told they wouldn't be stocking it as the FT6 would be coming out next month.

Has anyone else heard anything, and does anyone have first-hand/hands-on experience of the FT5?

Panasonic has a release history that allows for fairly predictable new-release schedules and it's likely too soon for a FT5 replacement.  Not sure what type of shop you visited, but many will avoid reordering and getting stuck with an old model - claiming that it's being replaced "soon".  In the meantime, they'll be happy to sell you something else.

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Markr041 Veteran Member • Posts: 4,417
Re: Lumix DMC FT5

johnbandry wrote:

Thanks for the pointer to the thread - I missed it because I only searched for FT5. I assumed the shop was mistaken; probably thinking of the GF6(?). Anyway, I've ordered an FT/TS5 and will know more soon. I'm planning on taking it sailing/swimming in the med in a week.

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John Bandry

Let us know how it does. Better - show us!

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