If life begins at 40, things are looking good for the Panasonic Lumix FX series. The new DMC-FX40 is a stylish 12.1-megapixel-point-and-shoot camera with a wide-angle lens and long zoom.
That's a 25mm wide-angle Leica lens with a 5x optical zoom, adding up to the equivalent to 25mm to 125mm on a 35mm camera. Inside, it boasts twin CPUs to run its Venus Engine V brain. This powers up face recognition, which remembers people you've photographed and looks for them again.
Other features include a souped-up iA automatic mode, panorama assist, which creates panoramic images both vertically and horizontally, and automatic screen brightness audjustment.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX40 will come in black, silver or red. Click through the gallery for more, and to see how the FX40 rings the changes -- or not -- over its predecessors the FX33, FX35 and FX37.
Here's the 64mm (2.5-inch) LCD screen, which is fine but a little underwhelming next to the whopping monitors on the FS25 and other new models. Still, at least it keeps the FX40 trim. Hmm, this looks familiar...
The eagle-eyed among you will have spotted that the FX40 is the one in the middle because of the 12-megapixel change, as well as the round playback selector instead of the square one. Good game, good game.