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Posted by newsbot on July 24th 2009

You've read our squawks about the endlesssearch for the perfect two-in-one imagingdevice (good pictures and videos in a singlepackage). For the most part we'veconcentrated on camcorders since they startout with fine video. Unfortunately other thana few Canons we've been generallydisappointed with these supposed hybridssince they really can't grab quality stillimages. Panasonic is flipping this formula onits head, starting off with a solid cameraand adding high-quality movies to the mix. Inthis instance, the Lumix DMC-ZS3 is the firstdigicam with AVCHD Lite, a lesser qualitycodec compared to the AVCHD used in mosthigh-def camcorders. Rather than 1080I, Literecords 720P at 60 frames per second, whichin theory should be far better than 1280 x720 30 fps clips taken by many 2009 cameras.In fact we just reviewed the Canon PowerShotSD970 IS with this feature and weren't toothrilled with the video results. Now willAVCHD Lite be a heavyweight or a bust? Timeto check it out.

View article at reviews.digitaltrends.com

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