Panasonic's run of producing the goods when it comes to digital compacts shows no signs of slowing. The Lumix DMC-FX55 is easy to use and reliable, producing consistently sharp, evenly exposed, colourful images -- it's all you could hope for from a pocket snapshot camera
What a great little camera -- you get an excellent zoom range, good image quality and innovative focusing, exposure and ISO technologies that really do make a difference to your shots. It might be a snapshot camera rather than a serious photographic tool, but it's much smarter than the average point-and-clicker
Panasonic does it again with the cracking Lumix DMC-FX500, a point-and-shoot with a great lens, large and responsive touchscreen and a list of features as long as your arm
Panasonic makes some great 10-megapixel compacts, but seems to be struggling to get the best out of its 12-megapixel sensors -- the Lumix DMC-FS25, Lumix DMC-FX40 and Lumix DMC-FT1 all turn out slightly mushy detail. While the FS25 has a good lens and a great control layout, its picture quality is something of a letdown
Smart in both looks and brains, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77 produces some of the best images of any digital compact we've tested over the last couple of months. We're not so keen on the handling as the sleek, trim body is devoid of easy grab points, but it's redeemed by the responsive, easy-to-use touchscreen.
A highly configurable camera that will appeal directly to the more ambitious photographer. Excellent low-light performance, accurate colour reproduction and sharp, noise-free results at even fairly middling sensitivity mean you'll have trouble finding a more flexible, dependable model than the Panasonic Lumix GX1.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX70 is a well-made compact camera that delivers good results within the limits of its sensor, but it's too expensive
Apart from its rather remarkable 5x super-wideangle lens, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX40 doesn't have any other obvious selling points that justify its price. But, when you pick it up and use it, you realise you're also getting outstanding design and build quality. It's just a pity the pictures aren't crisper
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS30 is a competent compact camera, with an 8x zoom. There's nothing revolutionary about it, but it lets you point, shoot and get decent results with minimal fuss.
Why bother looking at any of Panasonic's other numerous 12-megapixel compacts now that the Lumix DMC-ZX1 is here? It beats the whole lot for zoom range and, from the look of our test shots, image quality too, yet it's no bigger. The DMC-ZX1's only real rivals are the Lumix DMC-TZ6 and DMC-TZ7 superzooms
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZX3 is a great little camera if you can ignore the over-the-top tech that the company insists on throwing at its compacts
Despite a few shortcomings, the FZ45 superzoom offers excellent value. It resembles a dSLR put on a hot wash, but it's easier to use and packed full of the latest must-have features. It feels like we've seen much of what's on offer here before, however.
Following hot on the heels of Panasonic's first tough camera, the DMC-FT1, comes the DMC-FT2, which is even more extreme and rugged than before.
The Panasonic DMC-FZ7 is a solid megazoom alternative for beginners and enthusiasts alike.
There's nothing fundamentally wrong with the Lumix G5, but with a lack of "wow"-worthy features, it's just another interchangeable lens camera.
If you want a basic tough camera and can live with its quirks and images, the FT10 is a decent enough choice.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX1 has a broad set of manual controls, image stabilisation, and a wide lens and sensor crammed into a compact package.
While the FX07 may not be as enticing to users who own a similar, but older, shooter, we feel it warrants a quick look to unearth the differences.