Panasonic has unwrapped two new Lumix digital compacts both of which are claimed to be the smallest cameras in their class.

The six-million-pixel Lumix DMC-FX01 (due out in March) and 5MP DMC-TZ1 (available in April) will both cost around £300.

Out in black or silver both sport a Leica DC Vario-Elmarit zoom lens.

The DMC-TZ1 is trumpeted as the world?s smallest digital still camera to feature a 10x optical zoom. Touted as a ?traveller?s treasure? it measures 112×58.1×40.2mm and weighs around 234g (without Li-ion battery and SD memory card).

Meanwhile, Panasonic claims that the 6MP DMC-FX01 (pictured) is the smallest camera to include a lens with a 35mm viewing angle of 28mm.

The newcomers sport a ?high-angle? 2.5in LCD screen designed to make it easier to view the monitor when holding the camera up high to ?take pictures over a crowd?, for example.

This model weighs 132g and measures 94.1×51.1×24.2mm.

For full details of these cameras see next week?s AP, in shops on Tuesday 21 February.