Panasonic prints the wider picture

The trouble with knocking out the world's first camera with a 16:9-shaped CCD is that there aren't many one hour photo labs ready to print the results

The trouble with knocking out the world's first camera with a 16:9-shaped CCD is that there aren't many one hour photo labs ready to print the results. Feed 'em to your widescreen telly and they'll fill every corner perfectly, but hand them over the counter at Quickie Klicks and they'll be cruelly cropped down to fit more conventional paper sizes.Keen not to see any of their precious pixels go needlessly to waste, Panny's bringing out its own compact printers for its LX1, newly announced LX2 and equally fresh LX3 cameras.Laughing in the face of convention they don't restrict themselves to mere 6x4in postcard-sized prints but push that pencil all the way to full 16:9 format 7x4in snaps. Imagine how much more you can squeeze in with that extra inch.But, as they say, size isn't everything, which is why the KX-PX2 and KX-PX20 (pictured) also get their own LCDs (widescreen of course) for viewing and editing and a whole bundle of printing modes, including 'baby' and 'travel' to complement the scene options on Lumix snappers.They'll be out in the spring, each bundled with a Panasonic camera buddy.

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