I bought myself a Panasonic DMC-LX3K (amazon link) digital camera recently (because I didn’t seem to want to pack up my Lumix G1 or my Nikon D60 for trips, and I wanted something better than a lightweight shooter. Here’s a quick video review of the product:
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I really love it so far. I’ve used it mostly in the simpler modes, and also used it to shoot this vacaction video, which was really easy to do, and came out as MOV files for really easy editing. (Lazy folks can just port these straight to YouTube or whatever your viewing platform of choice is, by the way).
Basically, I got the camera for my own needs (something smaller than my SLRs but smarter than my point and shoots), but then justified it by shooting a family video. I love the camera. If you’re in the market, it’s a tough call, though. The camera costs just as much as a starter dSLR like the Nikon or Canon rigs, and every bit as much as the Sony Alpha (Sony Electronics USA is a client). So, it’s a really specific use that I purchased it to fill.
If you’re interested in more, here’s a link: Panasonic DMC-LX3K 10.1MP Digital Camera with 2.5x Wide Angle MEGA Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Black)