Should any of these new compacts change my mind on buying ZS3 for general use?

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Marc Trotter
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Should any of these new compacts change my mind on buying ZS3 for general use?
Jan 8, 2010

I've been perusing all the new compact cams the last few days, and wondering if any of them can knock me off the Panny ZS3? Still waiting to see if Panny is going to release a ZS3 successor. I need a versatile camera, and I had determined that the ZS3 was my choice.

So far, the Sony HX5 and Casio EX-FH100 look to be strong competitors. The Sony has 1080i video and gps, but I am more interested in photo quality. The ZS3 still has the advantage of longer zoom range at 12X, while still starting at a wide 25mm. I also don't know if the 14mp of the Sony is an advantage or disadvantage on such a small sensor.

Also, the ZS3 seems to get praise for the relative sharpness of the lens from wide to tele, and minimal barrel distortion and CA. I wonder if the Sony compares well in this regard?

Also,I am looking at over $100 higher price on the Sony, so I don't know if it is worth it. Any thoughts?

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