It's not easy being the new kid on the block, but it helps to have friends who are well known in the neighborhood. Take Panasonic, new to digital SLRs, and veterans Olympus and Leica. With their help, Panasonic hopes its new 7.5MP Lumix DMC-L1 DSLR ($1,900, street, with lens) will stand tall against the big guys.
But does this new camera have what it takes? Now that we've given a production version a complete check-up in the Pop Photo Lab and taken the L1 for a spin in the field, we think it does.