The Panasonic LUMIX line was in need of extra power, didn’t it? Like, even though the G10 is pretty awesome, the LX5 is smaller, and more “pro-ish”. The LX5 has a 10.1 megapixel CCD resulting in better low light performance (something the G10 hasn’t heard of) and HD recording in AVCHD Lite at 720p. The FZ40 and FZ100 super zooms use 24x zoom lenses and 14.1 megapixel sensors, but the latter can record 1080p with high speed burst shooting; while the former is constrained to only 720p.
Meanwhile the, FX700 is 5x zoom point and shoot, 1080p recording and14.1 megapixel stills. Lastly the lowly TS10 is a rugged camera that’s waterproof to 10 feet, shockproof and dust proof, as well as being walletproof with a 14.1 megapixel resolution, 4x zoom and 720p video JPEG recording.
The pricing for the whole bunch isn’t so bad, BTW: the TS10 launches September for $249, while the LX5, FZ40, FZ100, and FX700 will be out in August for $499, $399, $499, and lastly $399, respectively (in perfect order).
Mostly, I’m only interested in the LX5, if that’s your fancy to know what your 13-year-old gadget blogger is thinking.
The LX5’s press release is after the “more” jump!