The FX8 was just recently released arriving in mid June in France. After we tested it, it came out on top of our last numeric camera test, devoted to ultra-compacts
. This was in large part thanks to its optic stabilizing device. Well the winner shouldn’t get too comfortable as Panasonic has just announced its new product, the FX9. The biggest change is that the sensor goes from 5 to 6 megapixels. The rest pretty much stays the same; 3 body colors available (black, red, silver), an optic stabilizing device, the LCD screen viewfinder stays at 6.4 cm diagonally but gains in precision (207 000 pixels instead of 114 000), and finally the rapid shoot mode is slightly improved.DMC-LX1
Does the FX9 amaze you? This is nothing compared to the LX1, which is equipped with the first 8 megapixel captor in 16/9 (1/6,5") format, an optic stabilizing device and a Leica wide angle : 28-112 mm, F 2.8 - F 8.0 lens! This new format results in 3840 x 2160 pixel photos. You still have the option of choosing two other formats: 3:2 (3248 x 2160 pixels = 7 MP) and 4:3 (2880 x 2160 pixels = 6 MP). Video stays more or less in VGA mode (640 x 480), 30 fps. Contrary to the FX9, this camera gives you the traditional M, S, A and P modes to manually adjust all the standard parameters (speed, aperture, etc.).DMC-FZ30
With 8 megapixels and a 12X stabilised zoom (35 - 420 mm, F2.8 - F11) the FZ30 is higher end version of the very popular FZ20. Besides the change in sensor there is an improvement that we find considerable and long awaited for this type of camera. There is now an adjustment ring around the objective, instead of the electronic button, which was long and imprecise. Halleluia! And if this wasn’t enough, the fixed LCD screen is now on an articated arm like on many Canon products (A95, S2-IS...).