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Last updated on 03/01/2011

This year, high-definition movie modes are becoming common on digital cameras, and if you're looking for a great, HD-capable digital camera that can slide in your pocket, you may want to consider these appealing models.

The Canon Powershot SD960 IS has all the makings of a great ultracompact camera, following in the tradition of its popular ELPH forebearers. The SD960 is a slim camera with rounded edges, capable of taking 12.1-megapixel still photos through a 4x optical zoom, 28mm wide-angle lens. What sets the SD960 IS apart from its ELPH lineage, however, is the inclusion of a high-definition video mode, which records video in 720p resolution using the H.264 video codec. That means you can hold nearly 45 minutes of best-quality HD video on an 8GB Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) card.
[Read our full Panasonic Lumix ZS3 Review] The Panasonic Lumix ZS3 might be this year's most exciting ultracompact camera. The ZS3 manages to maintain a small figure despite being stuffed full of extraordinary capabilities. To start, it's got a long-range 12x optical zoom and an ultra-wide 25mm lens, giving users total coverage of their scenes. The HD video mode is the icing on the cake. Using a video format called 'AVCHD Lite,' the ZS3 is able to shoot high-quality video in 720p with greater capacity than its peers. An 8GB SDHC card can hold a full hour of HD video shot with the Lumix ZS3.
[Read our full Sony Cybershot W290 Review] The Sony Cybershot W290 is a stylish ultracompact with a 12.1-megapixel sensor and 5x optical zoom, above average for a camera of this size and type. This model is not yet available, but early reports indicate that it records HD videos in 720p resolution, and can take individual clips up to 29 minutes / 2GB in length, which seems to indicate that an 8GB Memory Stick would hold about two hours of video. Digital Camera HQ will be getting a hands-on look at the W290 very soon, so stay tuned for more detailed information about this camera.