The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07 is almost identical to its sister camera, the DMC-FX50. Both cameras have the same wide-angle Leica lens, 7-megapixel sensor, and image processor, as well as many of the same features. The only significant differences between the two cameras are that the FX50 has a 3-inch LCD display and comes in silver and black, while the FX07 has a 2.5-inch LCD display and adds red and blue models to the lineup. Style-conscious users might be attracted to the FX07's smaller price tag and wider color selection. Neither camera has an optical viewfinder, so users will have to frame their shots using the camera's LCD.
Though it impressed us with a decent lens and a solid build, the FX07's predecessor, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9, suffered from some photo-quality issues. With a different lens and Panasonic's new LSI Venus Engine III image processing engine, the DMC-FX07 will hopefully produce better images than did the previous generation of FX cameras. The FX07 should not be confused with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX7, a lower-end version of the DMC-FX9.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07 ships in September with a suggested retail price of $350. It will be available in black, silver, blue, or red.