Shoot Like a Pro: Cameras - Panasonic DMC LX3K

This point-and-shoot works great in low light and has manual controls.

With a Leitz f/2.0 lens that creates very sharp lines, saturated colors, and quick autofocusing, this 10.1MP model performed the best out of the four point-and-shoots we tested.

The lower pixel count reduces interference, which cuts digital noise in low light. Testers also praised its manual controls (rare in a compact) and excellent black-and-white reproduction, and it shoots in RAW.

Bummer: No long telephoto capability (the lens stops at 80mm). $500; 8 oz.; panasonic.com