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.