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Pana­sonic, $299 pana­ ★★★ Pana­sonic’s dig­i­tal video cam­era sits neatly in your hand and is a high­def­i­ni­tion, light­weight cam­corder that would suit point and shoot fans. It has a 31.6mm wide-an­gle lens, so you can take great con­tent in­doors. The 63X op­ti­cal zoom which, with en­hance­ment, acts as a 70X op­ti­cal zoom, gets you in close. While the LCD viewer is not a touch­screen, the menu, en­ter and nav­i­ga­tion buttons are easy to op­er­ate. Apart from face de­tec­tion, op­ti­cal im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion and in­tel­li­gent au­dio, you can up­load and share video to Face­book and Youtube. It has a three-sec­ond buf­fer in pre-record mode and the quick start mode will have you shoot­ing in 0.8 of a sec­ond. Avail­able from April, it is likely to be a hit in its price point. Two draw­backs are the man­ual lens cover and the odd po­si­tion­ing of the record but­ton.

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