AVCHD High-def Video Sample From Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 Camera

Panasonic claims that the Lumix DMC-ZS3 digital camera was (back in January 2009) the first digital camera to record video in AVCHD (Advanced Video Codec High Definition) Lite video format. The “Lite” format means that the video quality is limited to 720p at 30 frames per second. The full AVCHD definition allows recording at 1080i or 1080p at 60 frames per second.

The resulting “MTS” video file type is directly viewable in Windows 7 which can import and play this file type natively. Mac OS X’s Preview does not appear to support this file type. However, iMovie 09 can import and edit it.

I uploaded a short (13 second long) test video recording in AVCHD format directly to YouTube. You can see the result in the embedded video above. However, I suggest you go to YouTube and view it in 720p format (vs. 480p above) to be able to better examine the video. I’m very impressed by the video quality. I was surprised that YouTube was able to directly import and work with the MTS file type. I’m very impressed by the quality of their transcoded (to Flash) video.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3 press release