Pick a dozen megapixels

You can shoot at ISO 3200 at full resolution, and, with a bump down in resolution to 2.5MP, to ISO 6400. (We expect noisy images at those settings.) And yes, it has wide screen (16:9 format) capture, for both video and stills. No price announced as of yet. Look for the camera in July.—Dan Richards

Have you noticed that 12 megapixels is the new 10 megapixels? The latest digital compact to reach this new magic number, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX100, is also the first 12MP compact with a zoom that goes as wide as 28mm equivalent—which, to the wide-angle shooters at Pop, is a more significant number than sheer megapixel mass.

The Leica DC 28–100mm equivalent f/2.8–5.6 has Panasonic’s Mega Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), which we’ve found in our tests to be very effective at reducing shaky blur. The FX100 bears a strong resemblance to the current 7.2MP FX50 (a camera we like a lot) and in fact uses the same lens, although the LCD on the new camera goes down a notch to 2.5-inch, rather that the 3-incher of the FX50.

You can shoot at ISO 3200 at full resolution, and, with a bump down in resolution to 2.5MP, to ISO 6400. (We expect noisy images at those settings.) And yes, it has wide screen (16:9 format) capture, for both video and stills. No price announced as of yet. Look for the camera in July.
Dan Richards