The Good Sharp focus; Wide f/2.5 maximum aperture; Vibrant colours; Highly usable touchscreen.
The Bad Occasionally tricky to hold.
The Bottom Line 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.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77
You can often tell what a camera will do by the category it falls under: dSLRs offer unrivalled versatility; superzooms suit the more ambitious amateur; and ultra-compact snappers are great for taking to the pub or beach. Then we have the cameras that sit in the middle ground, which is where we find the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX77.
It's trim but not tiny and has a good zoom and a great lens, even though it isn't aimed at the pros. Around the back there's an impressive touchscreen display, which Panasonic hasn't made the camera's major selling point. Why? Because there's so much else to love about this slimline, unfussy device, as our tests quickly revealed.
It's available to buy from £180.
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