UPDATE: Watch our exclusive hands-on video of the Panasonic Lumix LX3 here...
As the saying goes, you wait ages for a bus and then three come along at once. Well at Panasonic's Lumix launch in Monaco recently the transport of choice was a Ferrari F430 and it's the cameras that came in threes.
A trio of new compacts was waiting in the playground of the rich and famous, and top of the bill was the retro-styled, Leica-esque LX3 (pictured). Packing a 24mm wide-angle Leica lens, 10megapixel sensor and stacks of manual controls for getting creative with your clicks, the LX3 also comes with a hot shoe for adding an optical viewfinder (pictured) or a larger flash.
Fitting in nicely with Monaco's taste for excess, Panny's second offering was the Samsung-matching 14.7megapixel FX150. Quite how so many pixels are crammed into such a small body is a mystery, especially considering it also gets Intelligent Exposure, Mega O.I.S. image stabilisation and Face Detection that's capable of locking on to 15 mugs at once. Phew.
Completing the compact trio is the 10megapixel FX37 with 25mm lens, 5x optical zoom, Intelligent Auto as well as the ability to capture 720p video at 30fps.
Also on the menu at the buffet of new snappers was a dessert of the FZ28 bridge camera with 18x optical zoom, plus two new camcorders – the SD100 and the hybrid SD card/DVD HS100.
If that wasn't enough Panasonic also debuted a couple of new SD cards at the event in Monaco – but we think you've probably had enough excitement for one news story.
Panasonic LX3, FX150, FX37
On sale: TBA