As exclusive clubs go, the 10MP digital compact club is as prestigious as they come. Panasonic’s DMC-LX2 (above left) is only the fifth camera of its kind to hold such a hefty sensor. You want poster-sized printouts? This’ll handle the job no problem.
It also sports a 16:9 wide LCD and all the top quality features we’ve come to expect from the Lumix range. That means a wide-angle lens, image-stabiliser, manual focus and exposure controls more commonly found on SLRs. It’ll even shoot high-definition video, although only at 15fps. Despite such high specs, the battery life is good for up to 300 snaps on one charge.
For those of you who believe that size isn’t everything, Panasonic has also announced the DMC-FX3 (above right). Its 6MP sensor, optical image stabiliser and ISO 1600 High Sensitivity mode should produce blur-free images, even with moving subjects.
It doesn’t stop there either. On top of these two, Panasonic’s Lumix range has been bolstered with two more compacts, the DMC-FX07 and FX50, and a 10.1MP SLR, the DMC-FZ50. We’re spoilt for choice.