The 16.1-million pixel Lumix DMC-LZ30 sports a 35x optical zoom – 25mm focal length at the wide end – and an Extra Optical Zoom function designed to extend zoom power to 78.8x at 3MP resolution (using the centre area of the CCD sensor).

Armoury includes a top ISO of 6400, using the High Sensitivity Mode, Intelligent Exposure and Intelligent Scene Selector.

Sporting a 3in, 460,000-dot resolution, LCD the LZ30 also boasts High Dynamic Range and Panorama shot options.

On-board filter effects include Expressive, Retro, Dynamic Monochrome and One Point Colour.

The LZ30, which will come bundled with PHOTOfunStudio Lite Edition software, is due for UK release in April, at a price yet to be announced.