Built to be waterproof to a depth of 13m, shockproof to a height of 2m and freeze proof down to minus 10 degrees Celsius, the 16.1-million-pixel FT5 can also withstand a weight of 100kg, according to Panasonic.

On-board weaponry includes a 4.6x, Leica-branded, DC-Vario Elmar, zoom (with a wideangle focal length of 24mm), ‘one-touch’ Wi-Fi connection, a 10 frames per second burst rate, plus a 3in LCD monitor and built-in GPS.

A price and UK launch date have yet to be confirmed.