Panasonic DMC-LX5 Camera
THE SELL:Game-changing point-and-shoot. THE TEST:The ten-megapixel Panasonic LX5 puts more features and power at your disposal than a top-level DSLR did five years ago. You’ve got a 24–90mm zoom lens with a blazing-fast f/2.0–f/3.3 aperture range and 720p video, which is constantly in live-view mode. Both video and photo modes have built-in creative filters for styling your work while it’s still in the camera. Panasonic was also kind enough to add a snap-on viewfinder for people who like to shoot the old-fashioned way. The ISO ranges up to 12,000, which is stunning for a point-and-shoot. Love the artsy photo apps on your iPhone? The Panasonic has 11 built-in filters that allow you to manipulate brightness and saturation. THE VERDICT: Punches above its weight.