Image courtesy: Tanaka.
Unlike Olympus Panasonic has no history of film cameras. Their first cameras were the digital DMC-LC5 and DMC-F7 released in 2001. The LC5 was (or is) a very nice camera with fixed lens while the DMC-F7 were particularly ugly (to see here on that eBay auction). But the real unique features of both cameras were the fact that they used a Leica designed lens. At that time Leica was in huge crisis and maybe Panasonic should have bought Leica
The LC-5 had a 3,8 Million Megapixel CCD sensors, a rangefinder look and a built-in optical viewfinder. The major drawback from the camera was that it could take only 1 image every 6 seconds because of the slow processor. Anyway, what you will notice is that the LC5 has the one elegant style that Panasonic keeps reproducing on modern digital cameras. And it may be that the future GX2 or high end compact cameras will look even more like the LC5.
DMC-LC5 auctions on eBay (Click here).