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Old Sep 17, 2010, 8:41 PM   #1
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Earlier this year I bought a Lumix DMC-ZS3. I bought it because it had a big view screen, and It was reported to be a good camera. I now don't like the fact that it does not have a viewfinder, it slipped by the radar at the time of purchase.

Iv'e recorded a few videos and they are jerky. I tried to be smooth, but I have to hold the camera at middle arms length to see the screen. The video on/off button, and the zoom function are not next door to each other.

I'm thinking of a monopod. With the Panasonic it would not need to hold up a thing.

Any suggestions? I think a ball or angle head would be a given. But I would really like to have your collective wisdom to help me down the right path.

Size and weight, does play a part.

I did do a search, nothing came up.

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Old Sep 18, 2010, 3:44 AM   #2
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Although a monopod will help a bit with video, you will still get unwanted movevent, a tripod with fluid head will make a huge difference, even a cheap one should be ok with the 0 weight.
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So long as you're not pointing up or down (to any great extent) you can do without the head, and just mount the camera directly to the monopod. You just rotate the monopod as you need to pan, and if you need to look up or down, you just lean the monopod a little.

Go to a store with your camera and try one out.
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The Lumix DMC-ZS3 has optical image stabilization. Have you explored the options for that?
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Thanks for the thoughts. The next time I'm in town I'll tryout some monopods and tripods.
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