I've just bought a Panasonic Lumix TZ25 to replace my sadly defunct Lumix TZ3. This new camera is excellent, but I'm a bit confused over the video recording formats available. The user manual states:
This unit can record motion pictures in either AVCHD or MP4 formats... AVCHD records high definition quality images suitable for viewing on a large format TV or for saving to disc. MP4 is a simpler format best used when extensive editing is needed.
Is AVCHD superior to MP4? The way Panasonic describes it, that's the impression given. Yet surely MP4 can provide the same high quality?
Can an AVCHD video be shown on an Android tablet? My wife has an Asus Transformer and would is trying to view some holiday recordings on it but so far without any success - we're assuming there's a compatability problem?
Assuming that AVCHD is superior to anything else, is there any software out there which would convert AVCHD to a more widely used format but without discernible loss of image quality?