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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 packs Wi-Fi, touchscreen

Meet the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90, a camera with Wi-Fi built in, so you can upload your snaps straight to Facebook and suchlike.

So you've taken some humiliating photos of your friends on a debauched night out, but you want to make sure the photos find their way to Facebook before you sober up and think better of it. Enter the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90, which has built-in Wi-Fi capability, and ensures you never have to wait to get your photos online.

You can post images to Facebook, Flickr, Picasa or YouTube using the camera's Wi-Fi capability, or back them up to your PC, which sounds a bit more boring, but is probably, y'know, less likely to get you fired.

You can also sign up for a service called Lumix Club (sounds like a fun club, right?), which -- once you're registered -- lets you post photos to multiple sites simultaneously, without having to enter your log-on details separately.

Finally, there's an Android and iOS app called Lumix Link, which ties the camera to your mobile's data signal. Once logged into Lumix Club on your smart phone, so you can upload photos over your mobile's connection, even away from a Wi-Fi connection. There's a dedicated Wi-Fi button, emphasising the FX90's cable-free chops.

Pretty neat -- though with smart phone cameras getting more and more impressive, we wonder if the FX90 can compete with simply snapping pics on your phone and posting your photos from your mobile, which would doubtless be much easier.

Around the back there's a 3-inch touchscreen for tapping your way around the camera's various menus, and the FX90 can capture 1080i video at 60fps.

Elsewhere, there's a 24mm Leica DC Vario-Summarit lens capable of a 5x optical zoom, and as for the megapixel count, this snapper packs 12.1 delicious megapixels.

There's no word on pricing yet, but the FX90 should be available from October. Stay tuned for the full review.

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