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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ47 Review Summary

12 Megapixels12 MegapixelsUltra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Ultra-Zoom: At least 10X optical zoom.Electronic View FinderElectronic View FinderStabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Stabilization: Compensates for tiny involuntary movements of the camera.Continuous DriveContinuous DriveFull 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Full 1080p HD Video: 1920 x 1080 resolution or more but less than 4K.Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Manual Controls: Both fully-manual (M) and semi-automatic modes (T and V).Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Custom White-Balance: Specifies exactly what should be white to the camera.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Action Photography: Shutter speeds of 1/1500 or more.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Night Photography: Reaches shutter-speeds longer than 4 seconds.Spot MeteringSpot MeteringAccepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Accepts Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), SDHC and SD memory.Neocamera detailed reviewNeocamera detailed reviewDiscontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.Discontinued: No longer produced by the manufacturer. May still be in stock or found used.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ47 Assessment

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ47 is an ultra-zoom with an impressive ultra-wide angle 24X optical zoom lens, equivalent to 25-600mm. This advanced ultra-zoom has all photographic controls expected from a prosumer model: full-manual controls, spot metering, custom white-balance with dual-axis fine-tuning, manual focus, plus exposure bracketing. It is build around a high-speed CCD sensor which gives it full HD video capabilities and up to 3.7 FPS continuous drive at full-resolution. The FZ47 also has full manual controls for video which is extremely rare among such cameras.

Clearly, this versatile feature set is great to have and the Lumix FZ47 has a reasonable amount of external controls to use these efficiently. The true downside of this digital camera is sub-par image quality which limits the usable ISO range to a maxium of 400. On the other hand, the FZ47 performs well in terms of speed and its autofocus is fast compared to most competitors.

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PROS CONS
Good exposure accuracy Noise reduction softness at all ISO
Above average Automatic WB Almost pointless ISO 800 & 1600
Low optical distortion Poor color accuracy
Generally responsive Poor focus in low-light
Fast autofocus speed Not Exposure-Priority
Quick shutter lag Tiny EVF
Awesome LCD visibility Low battery-life
Quite good usability Play button too flush
AverageAverage Average

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Sister Models
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Panasonic DMC-FZ47 Facts

Large digital camera
12 Megapixels Ultra ZoomISO 100-1600
24X Ultra-Wide Optical ZoomShutter 1/2000-60s
Built-in StabilizationFull manual controls, including Manual Focus
0.20" Built-in EVF 201K PixelsCustom white-balance with 2 axis fine-tuning
3.7 FPS Drive, 7 ImagesSpot-Metering
1920x1080 @ 30 FPS Video RecordingLithium-Ion Battery
3" LCD 460K PixelsSecure Digital Extended Capacity
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