Panasonic joins the 12 megapixel club

First Sony pushed the boundaries with the 12.1MP W200, then Casio matched it with the Exilim Z1200, but now Panasonic's gone and beaten them both with

First Sony pushed the boundaries with the 12.1MP W200, then Casio matched it with the Exilim Z1200, but now Panasonic's gone and beaten them both with a 12.2MP Lumix… that'll also shoot movies in 720p HD.OK, so the video footage is a jittery 15fps and we're really not sure that extra 0.1MP makes a whole lot of difference with photos when you've already got 12687770 pixels on your side, but then this is all about the bragging rights.Still, cramming as many pixels as the pro Nikon D2x into a compact with a sensor nearly an eighth the size can't be healthy, can it? Panasonic reckons so. It claims to have solved the ensuing problems of noise through some clever in-camera shenanigans. We'll wait and see.Meanwhile we're still lusting over the rest of the spec. There's a wide-angle lens, for fitting in group shots in tight spaces, that'll still stretch as far as a standard digicam thanks to a longer than usual 3.6x zoom. Toss in Panny's Mega OIS, or Optical Image Stabilisation, and Casio and Sony really should watch their backs.

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