A new contender in the bantamweight division of the digicam market, Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FX100 packs a lot of power into a compact package that's easy to carry and use.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100's resolution of 12.2Mp (megapixels) seemed like overkill at first, yet the camera produced clear, well-exposed images at every setting.

Image stabilisation was consistently effective, and those who love to shoot landscapes will appreciate that the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100's 3.6x zoom Leica lens starts at a wide-angle 28mm.

Serious shutterbugs may be disappointed at the lack of manual exposure controls, but in our lab tests, there was little reason to second-guess the camera's calculations. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100 achieved Good scores for image and flash quality, and Very Good marks for colour quality.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100's menus and controls are well thought out, with most important settings just a click or two away. Travellers will also appreciate the compact battery recharger, which you'll be using given the decidedly average battery life of 530 shots per charge.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100: Specs

  • 12 megapixel sensor
  • 3.6x optical zoom
  • 4x digital zoom
  • 2.5in LCD screen
  • supports MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card
  • integrated memory: 27MB
  • 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1150 mAh (included)
  • built-in red-eye reduction
  • focal length: 6mm - 21.4mm
  • dimensions: 97x25x54mm
  • 148g
  • 12 megapixel sensor
  • 3.6x optical zoom
  • 4x digital zoom
  • 2.5in LCD screen
  • supports MultiMediaCard, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card
  • integrated memory: 27MB
  • 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 1150 mAh (included)
  • built-in red-eye reduction
  • focal length: 6mm - 21.4mm
  • dimensions: 97x25x54mm
  • 148g

OUR VERDICT

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100 is streamlined enough not to baffle novice users, but even seasoned shutterbugs ought to consider this is as a backup to their SLR or DSLR. Especially as a vacation take-along, this lightweight camera will produce consistently pleasing images.

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