Four new compacts have been added to Panasonicu2019s Lumix range, with two replacing the popular LX2 and FZ18 models.

The Raw-enabled LX3 (pictured) continues where its predecessor left off, now incorporating a 24-60mm lens with a maximum aperture of f/2 into its body. At the heart of the camera lies a 10.1MP sensor and the company?s LSI Venus IV processing engine, while the rear?s 3in LCD screen boasts a 460,000 dot resolution, and is said to adjust its brightness according to ambient light levels thanks to its Intelligent LCD function.

The FZ28, meanwhile, replaces the FZ18 launched last year, with a boost in resolution to 10.1MP and a slight change to its 18x optical zoom range, now slightly wider at 27-486mm. Panasonic?s usual combination of lens based image stabilisation, Intelligent Auto functionality and Face Detection feature, while the camera can fire off up to 13 frames a second at a reduced resolution. A new AF Tracking function has also been added, to help keep moving subjects in focus.

Two further models in the FX series complete the announcement. The FX150 offers a class-leading 14.7MP resolution and 28mm wideangle lens, along with both Raw and JPEG recording options and a claimed battery life of 330 shots per charge. Intelligent Auto technologies encompass ISO control and automatic scene selection among other factors, with the Quick AF system focusing once the camera has been pointed at a subject. The FX37, meanwhile, packs in a 5x optical wideangle zoom lens into its 22mm-thick body, also offering a 10.1MP resolution and face detection claimed to detect up to 15 faces.

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