We would walk 500 miles for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500, and possibly even walk 500 more. Well, maybe drive that far -- we're not the fittest folk in the world. It's just that the £250 FX500 has 500 effects on us, and in fact they all come down to one thing: we're very excited. We first encountered this 10-megapixel point-and-shoot camera at Easter, and now we've got our hands on it, we see it's as sweet as we'd hoped.
It would probably be quicker to list the things it doesn't do, in compact camera terms, than to list the things it does. But we're going to give you the highlights of this feature-rich little snapper, along with plenty of pictures of the FX500 in action.
The FX500 boasts a 1/2.33-inch CCD sensor. The lens is aligned by Panasonic's proven Mega OIS system to defeat the blurry effects of camera shake. Contrast, sharpness, saturation and noise reduction can all be tweaked. Another feature we enjoyed playing with is the 60 second long shutter option, for interesting low-light shooting. You'll need a tripod for that, mind, even if you do follow the Crave photography masterclass and improvise one out of a wine glass, some gaffer tape and a 1983 Blue Peter annual.
The sharp-eyed among you will notice that we haven't even got to the FX500's two biggest features. Click though the links for more, and photos. -Rich Trenholm
Update: Read our full Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500 review.