To say we are spoilt for choice when it comes to compact digital cameras is an understatement. Look at the dozens of competing models and you wouldn’t be wrong to conclude that, in a market where they are all pretty excellent above a certain price level (say £400), a standout feature is still rare.
Like most Panasonic cameras, the DMC-LX100 (one of the year’s most critically acclaimed) is both modest-looking and carries a cracking Leica lens – a bright f1.7 that makes low-light photography and the kind of shots that need a blurry background a cinch. It also has a handy 3.1x optical zoom. But what really sets it apart is its ability to shoot 4K video, from which stills can be pulled. The quality is unbelievable, though you’ll need a steady hand or a tripod to get the most from it – as well as a fast UHS-II-type SD card and something to view your 3840 x 2160 resolution footage (a 4K TV or computer monitor). Hurdles apart, wow! As ever, though, spend a weekend with the manual – it’s complicated.