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April 07, 2009

Second impact review of the Panasonic TS1 (FT1)

A month after its review at PhotoReview, the Panasonic FT1 (TS1) has received another impact review, this one at Imaging Resource. This review is using their "express" format and more importantly their findings seem to agree with the Photo Review findings (corrected url). Spoiler follows in the next paragraph, so please stop reading if you want to read the review first!

After two reputable review-site reviews, it looks like Panasonic may potentially have another "TZ3 moment" with the FT1/TS1. Olympus had the field all to itself for years, but because of their stubborness on avoiding SD/SDHC/MMC memory cards, they lost a big opportunity to dominate this market segment. Now it's too late because...

... this year, a number of other companies have entered this segment, including Canon, Fuji and Panasonic. It looks like unless Olympus immediately adds SD/SDHC/MMC support to their cameras, and apologizes for their stubborn attitude, they are going to lose this market segment for good.

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