The relatively new camera from Panasonic “Available March 31st” hides a hi speed mode on the cheap with relatively good specs for such a small camera.
- 30x Optical zoom at f3.3 wide – f6.4 Tele
- US Model Hi Speed: 120p 1280*720 plays back 30p, 240p 640*480 vga.
- EU model Hi Speed: 100p 1280*720 plays back 25p, 200p 640*480 vga.
- HYBRID O.I.S.
- 1/2.3-inch High Sensitivity MOS Sensor / Total Pixel Number 18.9 Megapixels
- ISO 100 – 6400
Video quality wise it seems better than some recent low cost hi speed efforts but not comparable higher end Panasonics. It suffers from aliasing in the video samples at hi speed. Regular 50p and 60p seem on par with very little scaling artifacts. Bitrates are quite low however
At a MSRP of $449 in the US it is a very low cost option if you need 120p 720 video on the go. However don’t expect pro image quality for video or stills on this small sensor compact.
Sample 1 Vimeo 100p 1280*720 conformed to 25p PAL
Sample 2 Vimeo 100p 1280*720 conformed to 25p PAL