With really good photo and video quality, a great set of features and generally class-leading performance, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100 is probably one of our favorite compact cameras ever. It's not for the inexperienced, though.
With a lens of which most dSLR users could only dream, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 is one of the most versatile and powerful cameras you could hope to pick up for less than £300. A sterling performer throughout our tests, its output more than lives up to the promise of its specs.
The G10 is Micro Four Thirds built down to a price (around £470), which is fair enough, but apart from the movie mode, the G10 doesn't really move on from the original G1. In fact, it's rather a step back in design terms. You still get plenty for your money though, and the live view and movie modes run rings round anything a dSLR can do
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 takes great pictures, but this Micro Four Thirds camera's mass of features makes it complicated and often disorientating to use
The touchscreen Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2 subtly refines its predecessor, the GF1. It's well worth a look if you're after a compact camera with swappable lenses.
No-one's going to buy a 14.1-megapixel super-slim camera and expect it to perform like a digital SLR, but you'd hope the latest-generation models would improve noticeably on what's gone before. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FP3 doesn't even do that, however. Its plain specs, sluggish touchscreen interface and weak lens are disappointing to say the least
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS11 is another solidly built, pocket-friendly entry to the Lumix range. It couldn't be simpler to use, but more manual controls would help it avoid the common compact-camera problem of struggling with noise in low light
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
With a long zoom and loads of physical controls, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ25 is keenly priced and produced consistently sharp, accurate and vibrant results. A great choice for less savvy photographers, the easy access to aperture and shutter priority modes offers plenty of incentive to step away from just auto shooting.
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
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 is the most serious challenger yet to the dSLR's pro photography crown, with excellent low-light performance.
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.
While the Panasonic Lumix CM1 is undeniably pricey and bulky, its wealth of photography kit helps it achieve image quality that's unrivalled in the smartphone world. If you love the idea of always having a great camera to hand but don't want to be weighed down with two devices, the Lumix CM1 is the phone for you.
A supremely tactile camera, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 is one compact you'll really enjoy using. The wide aperture at either end of the zoom allows for some shallow depths of field and attractive defocused areas, but check out the similar EX2F from Samsung before buying.
Reliable, predictable image quality and built-in Wi-Fi make the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ9 a tempting choice for novice users. Tweaks and options are a little thin on the ground, but the option to add creative filters retrospectively means you can afford to experiment without spoiling your original shots.
The Lumix DMC-FP8 lives up to Panasonic's speedy performance claims; its photo quality isn't bad, either.
With a 1-inch 20-megapixel sensor and a 20x zoom lens made for movies, this compact is ready to meet your photo and video demands.
Your GH4 just became expendable.