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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User Review of the camera - Panasonic DMC-FZ47

  • 2014-03-08 08:00
    Pics above ISO 200, Raymond's_musing
    I have had this camera since May of 2012. I bought it for a graduation ceremony, hoping the zoom will capture good photos.
    It did, but boy it was grainy. I thought it was just me and the chosen setting, but as I got to know and use the camera, one characteristic is consistency....as in consistently bad photos.
    Not that they are terrible, its just not up to par with other makes like Olympus (with a good model yields razor sharp photos). Nikon (Sharp and lifelike pics) and Canon (nice and true to life pics). Try taking pictures with this camera above ISO 200 because of limited light, and its grainy as ever. Its close to the quality of a smartphone.
    The videos on the other hand, are very good. I used it for a wedding using full HD and it did a good job.
    Overall, if I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't buy this camera.
  • 2014-02-04 08:00
    Fantastic camera, John D.
    This is our second one of these, the first was stolen. These are the best thing out there if you are taking pictures of your kids in sports. Very quick focus so you don't miss anything. Also works well as a video camera. Very, very pleasesed!!!
  • 2014-01-25 08:00
    I enjoy using this camera, Friendly Traveler
    I have now owned this camera for more than a year and I still enjoy it. I decided that I did not want to make the leap to a DSLR that requires lots of knowledge to use that I just don't have the time to learn at this point in my life. This camera is easy to use with pre-set modes and the photos are great as far as I am concerned - at least as good as this photographer can make them be. Others seem to be surprised when they find out this is my camera. I always carry and extra battery (and SD card) but rarely need it - not for lack of taking that many photos (I take way to many) but because the battery lasts and lasts. I am sold on Lumix and should I drop this one I will buy another to replace it.
  • 2013-12-08 08:00
    Fantastic camera for my (amateur) needs, golfdaddy196
    In November, 2011 , I bought this camera in anticipation of the two-week cruise tour we would take in Alaska in July,2012. Before leaving,I bought an extra battery to ensure I wouldn't miss a single shot, and I didn't. The first week of the trip I averaged 400 shots a day. I got good clear photos of Denali (Mt. McKinley) from 55-60 miles away that rivaled the quality of one fellow-traveler's so-big-he-had-to-wear-a-harness-to-carry-it camera. Let me be clear on this: he was a far more experienced photographer, but I was able to get several shots that he wasn't for to the compact size and ease-of-use of the FZ47K. The 2nd week of the trip, I slowed down to 200-300 photos/day.
    I've missed a few shots, but they were my fault, not the camera's. I would not hesitate to buy another FZ47K.
  • 2013-11-23 08:00
    Great for it's price., avri
    I've recorded my films and web shows as well as taken photography with this camera. It's great to have if you are like-minded and don't have loads of cash. This will at least give you great results and satisfy you for some years until you are ready to get your next big camera!!! Highly recommended!
  • 2013-10-24 07:00
    One tough camera, JoeUtica
    Distracted as I was getting into my car, I set the camera on the roof, then forgot it. I jammed out of the parting lot 200 yards ahead of a semi coming at 50 mph, and was horrified to see my Lumix bouncing on the concrete in my rear view mirror. The big rig slowed to a stop as my son ran back and retrieved the camera, expecting to find it in pieces. That was 16 months and thousands of shots ago, so I can say with certainty that the camera was undamaged! There are better cameras, but maybe not for the money, and I can pretty well guarantee you there aren't any other cameras this hard to kill.
  • 2013-10-02 07:00
    Great Camera, Andrew K.
    We got this camera for a digital photography class I teach. It is a great camera for what we needed. The LCD screen is clear and crisp and the camera does exactly what we needed it to do.
  • 2013-08-10 07:00
    Takes nice pictures, wish it had a paper instruction book., LabradorArt
    I still barely know how to use mine. It takes nice photos on automatic mode and I have played a little with some others, but have not had time to sit on the computer and go through the cd manual. Wish it had a better paper instruction book that I could keep in my camera case for on-the-spot reference like I did with my old one. Otherwise, so far it meets all of my needs, which is mostly taking photos of my art for prints and ads, and fun photos of landscapes, flowers and dogs or reference photos for paintings. I am glad I didn't end up with the slr I thought I wanted before I discovered this. This camera is great with less fiddling and less expense.
  • 2013-06-20 07:00
    Durable, great photos, AppalachianWino
    I've been using this camera for quite a while now and am always pleased with the features, quality of photos, and durability of it. It's a tough machine. Great lens, and the outcome is usually fantastic. Lots of settings to master if you're so inclined, but the auto feature works fairly well on its own.
  • 2013-06-20 07:00
    Durable, great photos, AppalachianWino
    I've been using this camera for quite a while now and am always pleased with the features, quality of photos, and durability of it. It's a tough machine. Great lens, and the outcome is usually fantastic. Lots of settings to master if you're so inclined, but the auto feature works fairly well on its own.
  • 2013-05-21 07:00
    Very good point & shoot with video, Sean R. Mclean
    There are positives and negatives for this camera. I'll start with the positives:
    * It is a good value -- you get a lot of features for the price.
    * The presets are usually pretty good for what you are trying to shoot, even if you are a beginner. For example there is a "fireworks" setting. And it's not bad.
    * the lens is *really good*.
    * the zoom is surprisingly good
    * the manual mode -- let me go on about the manual mode. I can do a lot of creative things with manual mode that aren't possible in automatic.
    * video -- and it's pretty good.
    * nice aperture possibilities.
    * built in flash works pretty well + red-eye reduction. Not bad at all.
    * very good battery life
    * hummingbird light
    The downsides:
    * jpeg only. Sorry, no RAW here. But for most people that's perfect, so is it a negative? For me yes. For just about everybody else, not even a little.
    * images suffer at ISO greater than say 400. Things get noisy fast with obvious JPEG artifacts. Best quality is going to be between 100 & 200 ISO.
    * the automatic settings have a lot of problems for me
    ** images have a weird ratio
    ** typically over exposes -- and with JPEG that's a bad, bad thing.
    Don't go thinking it's a pro-quality camera, it's not. But for taking good pictures of the family on your next vacation or outing -- yeah it's pretty darned good.
  • 2013-05-21 07:00
    Very good point & shoot with video, Sean R. Mclean
    There are positives and negatives for this camera. I'll start with the positives:
    * It is a good value -- you get a lot of features for the price.
    * The presets are usually pretty good for what you are trying to shoot, even if you are a beginner. For example there is a "fireworks" setting. And it's not bad.
    * the lens is *really good*.
    * the zoom is surprisingly good
    * the manual mode -- let me go on about the manual mode. I can do a lot of creative things with manual mode that aren't possible in automatic.
    * video -- and it's pretty good.
    * nice aperture possibilities.
    * built in flash works pretty well + red-eye reduction. Not bad at all.
    * very good battery life
    * hummingbird light
    The downsides:
    * jpeg only. Sorry, no RAW here. But for most people that's perfect, so is it a negative? For me yes. For just about everybody else, not even a little.
    * images suffer at ISO greater than say 400. Things get noisy fast with obvious JPEG artifacts. Best quality is going to be between 100 & 200 ISO.
    * the automatic settings have a lot of problems for me
    ** images have a weird ratio
    ** typically over exposes -- and with JPEG that's a bad, bad thing.
    Don't go thinking it's a pro-quality camera, it's not. But for taking good pictures of the family on your next vacation or outing -- yeah it's pretty darned good.
  • 2013-04-30 07:00
    Panasonic FZ47, Henry T. Williams
    I tried a couple of smaller cameras and they fail to compare to the Panasonic FZ47. The zoom, size, speed and picture quality are terrific. There are alot of features and settings that I haven't tried yet but so far I'm very happy. I got a great deal thru Amazon from a company in Nevada, was sent PDQ and in excellent shape. WHAT EVER YOU DO, DON'T BUY FROM AJRICHIES, THEY WILL FIND SOME WAY TO ROB YOU ! Even if there's a price difference, doing business with Amazon is so reassuring, from sales, service, and a customer support that wants to take care of you. I'll be back when I move up to a larger camera and for anything else that I need, Take care.
  • 2013-04-04 07:00
    Bought this camera AGAIN, Trek Alpha
    This is the second camera we have purchased. Simply put, it has GREAT ZOOM for the price and you dont have to swap out lenses. We took this with us to Scotland, and it was compact enough, but could take EXCELLENT picutures.
    Bought the same camera for a family member and we hope it will outlast (as it should) all the $100 cameras she has purchased in the past. For those of you that think its expensive - you put your money towards something that is reliable and little more, but it should last you many more years. Also, this has been rated in Consumer Reports to have outstanding battery life. Another big thorn in the side on all the cheap cameras....why do you think they are so cheap. Again, buy something ONCE, put a little more money towards it, and you won't regret it. It will take SD cards, so you have unlimited space as long as you bring along a few SD cards. We were able to recharge the batteries and keep shooting - but that was after a full day of taking pictures. Great camera!
  • 2013-04-02 07:00
    Great Camera for the price, Scott Copeland
    This camera is easy to use right out of the box. I took this up to some remote parts of British Columbia and took a variety of close up to far away magnified pictures and they all came out beautifully.
  • 2013-04-01 07:00
    Easy to use, great photos, Steph in Texas
    I like the size of this camera because it's much easier for me to hold steady than smaller ones. It has lots of features and it's easy to upload photos to my computer.
  • 2013-04-01 07:00
    Easy to use, great photos, Steph in California
    I like the size of this camera because it's much easier for me to hold steady than smaller ones. It has lots of features and it's easy to upload photos to my computer.
  • 2013-03-08 08:00
    Good camera, Albs
    We are so glad we bought this camera. I didn't want to have to sit down and read a long manual to figure out a nice camera, and this has been fairly intuitive. It is great to have an option for video. I wanted a camera that was fast and could capture active kids, and this fits the bill. I have been amazed to see the difference in picture quality when compared to our old camera.
  • 2013-02-27 08:00
    Should strap comes with it, Customer
    On the reviews I didn't see anywhere that stated the features such as a shoulder strap. This was a gift for my daughter so I wanted it to be just right. I searched amazon and bought a nice strap. The camera arrived and there was a very nice strap inside. Great, not wanting to pay shipping to return it as it was more than the item we kept it. AMAZON you could have saved us the purchase by writing a proper review of the item...disappointed, but it's the first time with you all. Bought a Sumac Life case, look at the measurements first before ordering to make sure it will fit. I guess now I'll double check amazon's information.
  • 2013-02-15 08:00
    Nice camera, FLYERS FAN
    I bought this camera for my son as a gift. He loved it and its so easy to operate and takes fabulous pictures. Wish I would have waited and bought this for myself. Would definitely recommend this camera. Now my son researched this camera and told me what to buy, but he was happy with the results.