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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP8: Slidin' stylin'

Panasonic's new Lumix DMC-FP8 is an attempt to inject some style into the Lumix range, with a sliding cover revealing an oversized zoom

More new cameras from Panasonic! Now, we'd recommend the Lumix range of compacts to anyone, but we admit they're all about the function over form. Cutting-edge specs and class-leading optics are all well and good, but sometimes we're just about rocking a look, y'feel it? So feast your minces on the Lumix DMC-FP8, with its sliding design, light-up buttons and more colours than Brüno's wardrobe.

The 12.1-megapixel FP8's aluminium frame comes decked in silver, black, red, pink, violet, green, blue or gold. It's a mere 2cm thick with no protruding lens. It's also quick, with Panasonic claiming industry-fastest autofocus and 0.006-second shutter lag.

Despite its svelte form, the FP8 includes a worthy 4.6x optical zoom lens from Leica, widening out to 28mm, equivalent to a 35mm camera. It features Panasonic's new power OIS (optical image stabilisation) system to deal with camera shake from handheld snapping, and shoots 1,280x720-pixel high-definition video with YouTube upload.

Click continue to see how the FP8 operates in the dark, and to find out the price.

Next to the 69mm (2.7-inch) are the camera's light-up controls. If that illuminates your bulb, the Panasonic Lumix FP8 can be yours from around £250 in July.