By Keri Algar

SYDNEY, NSW: The 20-year-old awards represent fourteen countries across Europe, South Africa and the United States, and are formed by an independent collection of consumer electronics experts.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2 received the best compact camera system award for its ability to integrate photo and video functions with equal excellence, according to a TIPA spokesperson.

“[It] is a true 'hybrid' photo and video camera, where video is no longer just an additional function,” said the jury spokeperson. 

Panasonic’s tough camera, the FT3, was awarded its accolade for innovative design and features.

“It has an integrated GPS function, ideal for photographers who want to shoot in the great outdoors and record their exact position during that shoot.”

“The camera has a built-in compass, altimeter and barometer to show and record altitude, barometric pressure and orientation data. The barometer also works as an indicator for depth underwater. Thanks to its location awareness, the internal clock of the camera is automatically adjusted to the local time.”

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In Australia, Alistair Robins, group marketing manager, Lumix, Panasonic Australia said the company continues to lead the evolution of the Micro Four Thirds platform.

“We are also proud to offer the LUMIX DMC-FT3 – the next generation in tough digital cameras designed with the active user in mind – the perfect match for outdoor adventurers and holiday makers who are not only looking for rugged features but also outstanding image quality,” said Robins.