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Old May 12, 2010, 7:55 PM   #51
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the ZS5 gives you the bigger screen and manual controls. However, the image quality is not better than the ZS3, increasing megapixels does not equate to better photos because of the smallish nature of the sensors.

So really it comes down to which is more important, manual controls (ZS5) versus better video compression (ZS3). image quality should not be a deciding factor.
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Old May 12, 2010, 7:57 PM   #52
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This is soo confusing. Just as I was going to share the following info I found on another forum, I just seen your post leaning toward ZS5.

So here is the info I found. Please feel free (all) to comment :

"The ZS3 has these main advantages over the ZS5:
  • much better display, larger in size and double the resolution (460.000 dots). Since these cameras do not have any kind of viewfinder and thus the LCD display is the ONLY way to compose and review your shots its quality is of paramount importance and will affect all your photography with the camera so the larger size and higher resolution the better. Much better.
  • AVCHD HD video, which will give you double the recording time per card (2 h 15 min on a 16 Gb card, versus 1 h in the ZS5) plus unlimited file size and recording time, up to the card size in the ZS3 versus 8 min 24 sec per clip maximum in the ZS5.
  • much better image quality at all ISO settings and most specially at ISO 400 and beyond, which seems to be really abysmal in the new range of cameras which produce images full of colour blotching at those ISO and dreadful smearing and lack of detail at all ISO, even at ISO 80, most specially in low light (dull days, etc). "
Well I have officially cheated at work today and instead of doing things I should be doing (shame on me!), I have been totally occupied with my camera hunt. Bad, bad, bad... I have to leave in few minutes, but I will check back at home to see the new posts here. So please feel free to share your thoughts. I will catch up later.

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Old May 12, 2010, 8:00 PM   #53
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Hard80, I am not knowledgable enough to really use all the manual settings of ZS5 (although I wish I had someone to teach me, but between my full time job and having twin toddlers, I just don't have time to take a class).

I have been using my current digital camera both for stills but also for short videos. We actually do have a HD camcorder but its of course much bulkier than the Digital camera so I don't use that camcorder as much as I could. So video features are important to me.
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Old May 12, 2010, 8:01 PM   #55
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So, I guess I should go with ZS3 then...
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Old May 12, 2010, 8:03 PM   #56
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shoturtle, thanks for making me feel better...
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Old May 12, 2010, 8:03 PM   #57
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OK. I really got to go now (can't be late to pick up kids at daycare) but I will check back later tonight.
Thanks again to ALL for all the information and your time. You guys are awesome!!
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OK, many thanks to Dustin/Hards-

Dustin, I think and believe you have hit on the lynch pin issue. And Blessed, if you wont use the manual settings anyway, save the $$ and go for the ZS3.

I just checked and Amazon has it at $304.63 in black.

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OK, many thanks to Dustin/Hards-

Dustin, I think and believe you have hit on the lynch pin issue. And Blessed, if you wont use the manual settings anyway, save the $$ and go for the ZS3.

I just checked and Amazon has it at $304.63 in black.

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Many thanks, Gary!

That is great news and B&H are excellent to deal with!

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