See the Panasonic Lumix LX5 video sample in HD

So you're not getting full 1080p video here but even so, 720p performance is pretty good, with good auto focus and reliable movement tracking.

It's certainly better than the frankly embarrassing VGA offerings of the Canon G11. The dedicated button on top makes movie mode a cinch to activate, though playback on the rear LCD takes a bit longer to figure out.

There's a choice of Program AE mode, Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed and Manual, so there are plenty of options for creative control, and that fast, bright lens really helps.

The wind-cut function has been overhauled too; while wind noise is very audible on our test video, to be fair to Panasonic, the clip was taken on top of the windiest places in South West England.

'Intelligent Auto' mode is available when shooting movies too, and as with stills, this delivers consistent results.