Panasonic DMC-FZ47 12.1 Megapixel Extended Zoom Reviews Roundup

On July 21 2011, Panasonic announced the LUMIX DMC-FZ47 (aka DMC-FZ48) digital camera, the newest addition to the company's super-zoom FZ-Series. The FZ47 features a 24x optical zoom in a 25mm ultra-wide angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens, a 12.1 Megapixels Hi-Speed CCD sensor, Sonic Speed AF, full HD 1080i 1920 x 1080 video recording, 3D Photo mode and new Creative Controls with Miniature Effect mode while shooting both still and video. Differentiating itself from most digital cameras that record video, the FZ47 features a Creative Video mode, which lets the user set the shutter speed and aperture manually. Changing the shutter speed brings special effects to videos, which is especially suitable for shooting a fast-moving subject.

The high-quality Leica lens features Panasonic's Nano Surface Coating technology to help minimize light reflection that causes ghosting and flare. It can take high-resolution consecutive shots at 3.7 fps in full-resolution and maximum 10 fps at reduced resolution at 3 Megapixel. The Panasonic LUMIX FZ47 is available in black for a suggested retail price of $399.99.

Panasonic DMC-FZ47 Camera Reviews Roundup


Imaging Resource - Mar 23 2012
"Image quality in our lab shots was impressive. There was little distortion or chromatic aberration (likely corrected in the image processor) and high resolution for a 12 megapixel sensor. The Resolution Target shows low chromatic aberration in the corners while resolving a full 1,700 lines of resolution. I suspect some software correction of the chromatic a..." More »
Not Rated
Pocket-lint - Dec 21 2011
"What may come as a surprise are the final results at full resolution - we were expecting big improvements but the results aren't too different from the previous FZ45 model. Look for the finer details and the amount of processing causes edge distortion and a dwindling of detail. Softness increases as the ISO setting goes up, but from ISO 400 and above t..." More »
80out of 100
CNET US - Dec 20 2011
"Photo quality has improved from this camera's predecessor, the FZ40. If you're a pixel peeper you probably won't be thrilled with the noise and artifacts you can see when photos are viewed onscreen at 100 percent. But unless you're planning to do a lot of enlarging and cropping and regularly make prints above 8x10, you'll likely be very happy with the resul..." More »
70out of 100
CNET AU - Dec 13 2011
"Unlike the FZ150, the FZ47 cannot shoot in RAW. It's JPEG only, but most of the other picture settings remain intact. Naturally, with such a wide lens, there are distortions, but these can be corrected in post-processing, and for most users it won't present too much of an issue. Colours from the FZ47 are good, though not as punchy and well rendered as those..." More »
Not Rated
NeoCamera - Nov 29 2011
"To pack a whopping 24X optical zoom lens in a camera this size, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ47 uses a tiny sensor so that its 4.5-108mm lens equates to 25-600mm in 35mm terms. This is the case for all current ultra-zooms and perfectly represents the compromise offered by this type of camera. This huge zoom range means flexibility while the small sensor sets e..." More »
50out of 100
ePhotoZine - Oct 29 2011
"Lens test images show good detail at both wide angle and when using full optical zoom. Macro performance is excellent allowing you to focus on subjects right in front of the lens. Purple fringing is low considering the amount of zoom on offer, but can be noticed in areas of extreme contrast. ISO test images show some noise at ISO100, this increases at ISO20..." More »
90out of 100
CNET UK - Oct 28 2011
"We tested it by shooting various flora, including a teasel and rose hips, and in each case we were bowled over by the results. The macro performance of the FZ48 was exemplary, with a short, sharp sweet spot where the focus was perfectly fixed, and a rapid fall off to the front and rear. We can put this down to the FZ48's maximum aperture of f/2.8 at wide an..." More »
90out of 100
Trusted Reviews - Sep 27 2011
"We found overall image quality to be good but not outstanding, and while the 24x optical zoom is certainly useful there is a price to pay for this flexibility in terms of sharpness of images. The FZ48 produces its best results in bright but evenly lit conditions. Its dynamic range is rather limited though, and this leads to exactly the same kind of met..." More »
70out of 100
Camera Labs - Sep 19 2011
"Panasonic's Lumix FZ47 / FZ48 represents a small upgrade over its predecessor: the all-important lens range remains the same, as does the body, so the only major changes are a higher resolution screen, a boost in video resolution from 720p to 1080i, support for 3D image capture, a selection of special effects filters, an increase in continuous shooting spee..." More »
84out of 100
Digital Camera Resource Page - Sep 05 2011
"The FZ47 is so loaded with features that they ran out of room on the mode dial. Beginners will find plenty to like, including an Intelligent Auto mode that literally does everything for you (scene selection, face detection, shadow brightness, sharpening, and more), tons of scene modes, fun Creative Controls (read: Art Filters), and easy movie recording cour..." More »
Not Rated
TechRadar - Aug 23 2011
"The FZ48 isn't one of the best performers with noise levels at high sensitivities. Even at low sensitivities, images seem to contain artefacts and smudging around fine details, which is a little disappointing - but it is a bridge camera not an SLR. These artefacts are only visible on very close inspection, and images at taken at sensitivities up to ISO..." More »
60out of 100
Digital Camera Info - Aug 11 2011
"The FZ47's color accuracy is straight up amazing. We ran the test three times to be sure. In that test, where lower scores are better, the FZ47 produced a color error average of only 1.96. This is the best score of any fixed lens camera since as far back as any of us can remember. Looking over the raw data, we find the camera's weaknesses, small as the..." More »
Not Rated
Photography BLOG - Aug 04 2011
"At first glance the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 looks like a carbon copy of last year's FZ45 model, but underneath the hood there are some significant changes, most notably full 1080p movies, much faster burst shooting, higher-resolution screen and even snappier auto-focusing. The even more expensive FZ100 model still looks the better option, with its 11fps bu..." More »
80out of 100

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    This is a great digital camera for the money, Marlee Rubenstein
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    This is a great digital camera for the money. Many many options and settings that allow you to take the pictures you've always wanted to take.
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