Panasonic's Spring camcorders: Three chips and long lenses
Panasonic brings us the sublime at one end and the ridiculous at the other.
Before the world went high-def, Panasonic made a point of upgrading many of its camcorders to 3-chip models; now it's happening again, as Panasonic rolls out its 3MOS chipsets in its
For its standard-definition clients, Panasonic now zooms out to 70X. On one hand, these stalker zoom lenses can be quite useful for recording wildlife--and Panasonic even showed footage of the moon for astronomy buffs--but is that really a mass market? And no matter how good its image stabilization is, you're going to have to shoot using a tripod at lengths like that.As expected, the rest of both the HD and standard-def lines are more of the same: more space on , more built-in memory for (and for a couple of models, ), as well as some tweaks to face detection. And in the case of its everything-resistant models, , they just got a little tougher.