- 12x optical zoom, even in video mode
- Great HD video options
- Mode dial is finicky
- Lack of manual settings
At A Glance
The ZS3Sâs powerful zoom and features are great for casual shooters, but there's a disappointing lack of manual settings.
The ZS3 records HD motion images at a smooth 60 frames per second with 1280 x 720 resolution. It uses the AVCHD (MPEG-4/H.264) format,via AVCHD Lite, which stores less data than other formats and thus lets you shoot more minutes of HD motion images before running out of memory.