Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ47 / DMC-FZ48
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48
5 December 2011
Summary: With a lens of which most dSLR users could only dream, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 is one of the most versatile and powerful cameras you could hope to pick up for less than £300. A sterling performer throughout our tests, its output more than lives up to the promise of its specs.
Summary: 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.
Pros: Good exposure accuracy, Above average Automatic WB, Low optical distortion, Generally responsive, Fast autofocus speed, Quick shutter lag, Awesome LCD visibility, Quite good usability
Cons: Noise reduction softness at all ISO, Almost pointless ISO 800 & 1600, Poor color accuracy, Poor focus in low-light, Not, Tiny EVF, Low battery-life, Play button too flush
Excerpt: The Lumix DMC-FZ47 ($399) is Panasonic's "standard" super zoom camera, sitting just below the newly introduced FZ150. This camera, the replacement of the DMC-FZ40, features a 24X optical zoom lens (equivalent to 25 - 600 mm), manual and automatic controls, Full HD video recording, and much more.
Summary: Panasonic explains the drop in resolution is in order to support 1080i video and quicker continuous shooting, but it also allows the camera to enjoy slightly lower noise levels at higher sensitivities. Don't get too excited: it's not a dramatic improvement by any means, but as you'll see in my FZ47 / FZ48 noise results page, there are visible improvements over its predecessor if you look closely.
Pros: Great quality 25-600mm 24x zoom., 1080i movies with zooming and effects., Detailed 3in 460k screen., Foolproof Intelligent Auto mode.
Cons: No RAW mode. Only now on FZ150., Continuous shooting below spec., No hotshoe for external flash., Shortest lens range of peer-group.
Conclusion: For a camera with a long telephoto zoom such as this, performance at high ISO sensitivities is important, as a lens with an angle of view still requires higher shutter speeds to achieve sharp images - even with image stabilisation.
Summary: The Lumix FZ48's fast autofocus is its premier feature, capable of attaining focus in little time. Other features are equally impressive - the LCD screen looks great in playback and has a wide angle of view, plus the movie mode allows for a good level of recording control.
Conclusion: The Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ48 is very hard to beat. It is up against some stiff competition, but the combination of features, image quality and pricing makes it the outstanding model in its category. When it comes to picture quality it has few weaknesses and its length of lens means it can cope with more or less any photo opportunity.