Panny snapper gets a look-a-Leica

It was five years ago now that digicam It-boy Leica agreed to make cameras with Panasonic. Luckily for the snapper world, they still haven’t got tired

It was five years ago now that digicam It-boy Leica agreed to make cameras with Panasonic. Luckily for the snapper world, they still haven’t got tired of each other’s jokes – this new compact is their latest lust-worthy collaboration.

The observant types and eagles among you – Stuff is, incidentally, the most read website among eagles – will have noticed that the C-LUX 1 is essentially a redesigned version of Panasonic’s FX01 [story here].

That’s good news because the 6MP beauty was one of the best digicams we saw from Panasonic’s recent deluge of new releases. Aside from its trim physique, the FX01’s best trick is a 28mm wide-angle lens, which makes it particularly adept at panoramic shots.

It’s also talented at countering hand-shake thanks to the built-in optical image stabiliser, and it’ll shoot 640x480 video at 30fps.

The new robust metal body has been produced in black and silver by Leica, although we’re awaiting confirmation that the silver livery will make it to the UK.

As if to preserve an enigmatic allure, Leica is also keeping schtum on the availability and pricing of the C-LUX 1 – we’ll update this story as soon as we find out. For a more detailed discussion of its specs, go to Leica’s site.

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