Panasonic has introduced its new slim, fully-featured digital camera with AVCHD Lite High Defintion video recording capabilities, named as Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZR3, which seems perfect for recording those spur-of-the-moment video in high-quality, featuring high-speed start-up of just 1.1 second.

Key features of Panasonic LUMIX ZR3:

  • High-resolution 14.1 megapixel image sensor
  • 25mm ultra-wide-angle Leica lens with powerful 8x optical zoom (increased to 10x thanks to Panasonic’s new Intelligent Zoom function)
  • Large 2.7-inch Intelligent LCD screen with auto brightness adjustment offering a dynamic and clear view
  • Video Divide function allows users to cut their video into 2 sections on the spot
  • Panasonic trademark iA mode includes Face Recognition, Intelligent Resolution and new Happy Mode that optimizes color, saturation and brightness
  • AVCHD Lite HD video recording capability, plus Dolby Digital Stereo Creator for recording high-quality sound
  • Super-fast AF (Auto Focus) speed of 0.26 second (wide-end) or 0.31 second (tele-end)

“The 2010 Panasonic LUMIX lineup of digital cameras pack advanced functions into smaller, more compact bodies without compromising the ability to take high quality photos and video,” said David Briganti, Senior Product Manager for Imaging at Panasonic Consumer Electronic Company. “With a remarkable 8x optical zoom power, sleek design, HD video capabilities, the LUMIX ZR3 is a compact and versatile camera that is also extremely easy and intuitive to use.”

The new sleek, slim Panasonic LUMIX ZR3 digital camera is scheduled to be available in silver, black, red and blue colours, but the price and availability have yet to known.

UPDATE: Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZR3 will be available in mid-March 2010 for about $300.