For quite a while now digital point and shoot cameras have had the ability to shoot video of sorts.  All be it in low quality and short bursts.  I remember my first one was a Sony that you put a 1.44Mb floppy disk into and could record 10 – 15 seconds of video with.   I used this quite sucessfully to publish some very low quality/size videos onto one of my first web ventures  Fast forward a decade or so and now the quality is finally there.  I purchased our first ever video camera about 5 years ago now for the pending arrival of our first child (as most parents do).  This was a Canon MVX 200i which recorded in widescreen to mini DV tape.  I thought the widescreen thing was a good idea being that is was all heading that direction.  (Good decision in hindsight)   For the most part the camera served us well… well sort of.   As our digital cameras kept churning over every year or so and kept getting better I found that my wife was recording more and more with the still camera.  Why?  Simply put because she always had it in her bag.  So the not so big, but too big to carry around everyday video camera started to go the way of the dodo.

So the challenge I was faced with was to find a digital camera that records decent video, takes a good still shot and is small enough to carry everywhere.

I have always been a Canon fan and was very close to purchasing a Canon PowerShot SD890IS until I read a review about not being able to zoom while recording video.  What the?  How useless is that.  In the end I ended up going with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3.  I must say it has been one of the best purchases we have made for quite a while.  The WAF (wife acceptance factor) is extremely high which is as you know extremely important when purchasing anything electronic.  See my TiVo post.

So if you are looking for an all in one video and still camera check out the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3