Oh Panasonic, why are you so good to us? We're still swooning over theand point-and-shoot cameras, when we're seduced by the new 10.1-megapixel Lumix DMC-FX35. The slinky successor to the magnificent , the FX35 boasts a super-duper wide-angle lens, provided by the old hands at Leica.
The 4x optical zoom is correspondingly larger than average, equivalent to a sultry 25mm wide angle going up to 100mm on a 35mm film camera. A snapper this svelte with such a wide angle is bound to turn a lot of heads.
Panasonic's usual feature line-up is here, with intelligent auto mode doing all the thinking, mega OIS keeping things steady, alongside face detection and the usual assortment of scene modes. The high-definition buzzword gets a look-in too, with 720p HD video and stills on offer.
Red-eye can be digitally corrected in-camera, while a new intelligent exposure function aims to tweak the exposure of darkened areas in the shot to avoid loss of detail, especially in high-contrast images. We'll be testing all these features in our forthcoming review.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX35 is available now for around £200, but who can put a price on love? Click for the next page to check out the FX35 from behind. -Rich Trenholm
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The 64mm (2.5-inch) LCD screen has 230,000-dot resolution, and yet another intelligent function that detects light conditions and automatically adjusts the screen's backlighting to make the image easier to see in harsh lighting conditions. See, brains are sexy.