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Lumix DMC-TZ5; DMC-FX500; or Samsung NV24 HD

Started May 4, 2008 | Discussions thread
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Lumix DMC-TZ5; DMC-FX500; or Samsung NV24 HD
May 4, 2008

I am looking for a pocket camera, which will do great for photos, but can also replace my camcorder in most situations (it must do at least 720p.) It will be used primarily for traveling photos and videos.

The TZ5 has the advantage of a 10x optical zoom But it seems kind of too balky to carry in a pocket, and the lens is not as wide as the others two. Can you use the Opical Stabilization in Video mode?

The FX500 is smaller, but but of course at the expense of a shorter zoom. But I am not sure how it does on video, as it seems to have only one metering choice available in video mode (does it hunt?)

The NV24HD uses H.264 for video and it's pretty small. But the zoom is under 4x. It also appears that the Optical Stabilization is not usable when shooting video (noisy.)

Any thoughts? Has anyone tried these three? Any others I should consider?

(Also, how does IQ compare? I keep reading about the weird processing artifacts (noise,) introduced by the Panasonic engine.)

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