Panasonic Lumix G5, LX7 and FZ200 hands on reviews
Panasonic Lumix LX7 hands on review
Next up in the new Lumix line is the 10.1MP LX7, the successor to the Panasonic Lumix LX5. It sports a Leica 24mm wide angle lens that aims to let plenty of light into your shots with a max f1.4 aperture. So the LX7 will be great for shallow depths of field with background blurring, if that's what you're going for. There's also a pop up flash and the obligatory HD video capabilities.
We loved the manual aperture ring around the fixed lens, plus you can also control the aspect ratio (4:3, 16:9 etc) from here. These controls, in a body that's compact and stylish enough to get our attention without going down the retro route, really add something that the likes of the Nokia PureView 808 and the best Android smartphones just can't replicate. The LX7 will get unleashed in September for a measly £450.
Panasonic Lumix FZ200 hands on review
Panasonic's new superzoom bridge camera really does what it says on the tin – the 24x zoom 25mm wide-angle Leica lens produces detailed shots even when you're across the street, spying on your target (in our case old Hungarian churches, don't worry).
The FZ200 also offers up a 12MP sensor, Venus Engine, fast AF and ISO up to 6400. With full HD video on board and an f2.8 aperture through the whole zoom range, this bridge should definitely be on your shortlist if you're all about the optical zoom. And you can get your hands on one from late August/ early September for £500.