Also new from Panasonic today is the Lumix DMC-FX9, a top-end compact snapper that according to our spies looks really rather cool in the flesh. It is a 6-Megapixel model and includes a 2.5-inch large LCD, has 14scene modes and Panny’s MEGA O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer). It takes VGA moving images at 30 frames per second and apparently has one of the fastest auto-focuses on a compact. It is finished in a rather tasty black (or silver) and will go on sale at the end of August for £349.99. Completing the Panny camera splurge is the LUMIX DMC-FZ30 which has an eight mega pixel CCD, 12x optical zoom and MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer). It will retail for £550 when it goes on sale in September.