Once upon a time Panasonic was among the champs when it came to "step-up cameras" -- the high-quality point and shoots that bridged the gap between $250 cameras and $1300 DSLRs. Yet over the last few years, Sony's RX100 series cameras have taken the crown thanks to a tiny camera body, excellent image quality and fancy features like a high-speed lens and the ability to shoot high-quality video. The new Lumix LX10 looks like a welcome return to form for Panasonic -- aping the RX100's best features and knocking $US300 ($398) off the price.