Fire salamander
Salamantra Salamantra. This kind of Salamander can be found in the Central Europe.

High definition video in digital still cameras

Recently there has been released few digital still cameras which are capable of taking high definition video.

Such cameras usually offer the resolution of 1280x720 at 30 pixels per second. Traditional digital video cameras had usually 720x576 (PAL) resolution. These new features may result in a new revolution in the quality of the video spread in the web as most of the footage on the popular video sharing sites such as Youtube or Lulopare made with tiny cameras.

I am mainly looking at two specific cameras, Panasonic Lumix FX35 ( 303€) and Samsung NV24HD ( 324€). Both are in the category of 10 Megapixel still images. The latter offers better compression of the video by using H264 video codec, but lacks slightly in the still image side in comparison to Lumix. Both of them are capable of using SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) memory cards as the media storage.

Most probably I will end up bying the Panasonic, firstly because it is cheaper, and secondly because my previous camera was also Lumix.