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Here's the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX2, a 10.2-megapixel digital camera that not only has a wide 16x9 format, it has a wide-angle 28-112mm Leica lens as well, giving you 4x of optical zoom goodness. Going along with that wide CCD, Panasonic gives you a triple play of wideness with a 2.8-inch 16x9 LCD viewscreen.

Nothing new but still welcome is Panasonic's Mega O.I.S. (optical image stabilization), and full manual controllability with a unique joystick user interface. If you don't like fiddling with all those manual controls, Panasonic also includes what it calls "the world's first intelligent ISO control," able to detect subject movement in the frame and adjust the ISO setting and shutter speed accordingly.


While Panasonic was endowing this LX2 with 16x9 righteousness, it decided to also include the ability to record 720p (1280x720) HDTV, albeit only at 15fps. No question about it, this is a feature-packed digital camera, to be available in September for $499.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX-2 [Digital Camera Review]