Panasonic preps intelligent Lumix cams

Give most cameras an IQ test and the results are likely to fall somewhere in between Jade Goody and Mr Bean. Panasonic’s new cams, however, are

Give most cameras an IQ test and the results are likely to fall somewhere in between Jade Goody and Mr Bean. Panasonic’s new cams, however, are certainly no dunces. Top of the class is the clever clogs FZ18 (pictured), with 28mm wide-angle Leica lens for awesome 16:9 shots, an 8MP sensor and 18x optical zoom for getting in close on far off action. What makes it so clever is Panasonic’s new Intelligent Auto mode, which combines a MEGA O.I.S for stabilising your shaky hands, Intelligent ISO to battle blur in lowlight, plus an Intelligent Scene Selector, the ability to detect up to 15 faces in one shot and a continuous auto focus mode which is always working to keep your subject nice and crisp. Its slightly less brainy brothers are the compact FX55 and FX33. Both have 8megapixel sensors, wide-angle Leica lenses, 3.6x optical zooms and all the same Intelligent Auto functions of the FZ18. The FX55 gets a 3in LCD, while the FX33 drops half an inch, but both are capable of outputting full HD 1920x1080 16:9 snaps to your hi-def telly. Snap all of them up in shops from September, or train your viewfinder on Stuff.tv for reviews very soon. Essentials Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ18, FX55, FX33 Price: £330, £280, £250 On sale: September Contact: Panasonic Related stories: Pentax M40 and E40 keep it small and simple New Casio Exilims shoot straight to YouTube Pentax K100D Super snapping great