Panasonic Lumix S3
14.1 megapixels; 4x optical zoom; 28mm wide-angle; Optical (lens-shift) image stabilization; 2.7-inch LCD monitor; 720p HD video; Venus Engine VI; Captures to SD/SDHC media cards; 70mb built-in memory; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
The S3 is one of Panasonic’s lower-end models, but should still be a decent budget option. The 14.1 megapixel sensor, 720p HD video, optical image stabilization, and 28mm wide-angle 4x zoom are run of the mill. However, it uses the same Venus Engine VI processor as the capable shooters in the FH series, so performance could be surprisingly snappy. More info to come.