Scorching compact with 24mm equiv. wide angle, takes near-DSLR quality photos - I did a lot of research and this is the camera for me. This is proper UK stock and the shop does free next day delivery.
Was originally £449, now very difficult to get for less than £300 (not including the Hong Kong 'grey' imports that are all over flea-bay and google shopping which take 10+ days to deliver and potentially a problem to return if there is a problem). At under £250 this one is a steal - I just ordered one.
Here's the usual product info:
Capturing Creativity with the New Panasonic DMC-LX5 Compact Digital Camera - With New High Sensitivity CCD and F2.0 LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON LENS
Panasonic is pleased to announce the long-awaited DMC-LX5 - a successor to the DMC-LX3, acclaimed worldwide by photography enthusiasts. The premium compact camera is fully re-designed in the lens from its predecessor with changes in the CCD and the image processing engine, and with further improvements and upgrades to the camera, ensuring the new LX5 produces high picture quality and creative images.
Creative ‘Wide Angle’ Shots
The newly developed, super bright, F2.0 ultra wide angle 24mm LEICA DC VARIO-SUMMICRON lens minimises distortion for stunning, true-to-life images with outstanding resolution and detail. With the extra advantage of a 24mm wide angle, rare on a compact camera, the LX5 offers an extraordinarily large viewing space and with thanks to an extended optical zoom from 2.5x(60mm) to 3.8x(90mm) even more versatility and opportunity to capture the perfect shot. This advanced lens also makes it easy to produce beautiful photos with pleasing soft-focused background thanks to the shallow depth of field provided by the extra light.