Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ47 / DMC-FZ48
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ47
28 November 2011
Summary: 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...
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 Exposure-Priority, 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.
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.
Summary: The first FZ48 shipment is retailing for around £320 in a number of online stores, positioning the model at a similar or more affordable level to much of the competition. The Nikon P500 and Fuji HS20 are both available for a similar sum, while the Canon SX30 IS and Sony HX100V are available...
Pros: Fast autofocus, good quality LCD, decent movie mode
Summary: • Digital Zoom of 4x • Focal Length of f= 4.5 – 108 mm (25 – 600 mm in 35 mm equiv.) • Optical Zoom of 24x • Storage Media of Built-in Memory, SD/ SDHC/ SDXC Memory Card • 3.0″ TFT Screen LCD Display • Resolution range of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels • Effective Pixels of 12.5 • CCD Image Sensor • Image...
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.
Panasonic’s super-zoom bridge camera is big, but versatile
Good Gear Guide.au
16 February 2012
Conclusion: The Panasonic LUMIX FZ47 is the little brother of the top-of-the-line FZ150, and it sacrifices a range of features like the FZ150’s Live MOS sensor and accessory hot-shoe to cut the price slightly.
Pros: Comfortable and easy to use, Good lens range and quality, Good video quality
Cons: Small viewfinder and low-resolution LCD, High recommended retail price, No RAW image capture
Conclusion: The FZ48 has its positives: we’re fond of the fast autofocus system that, at the wide-angle settings at least, will see off much of the competition. But it’s not all rosy: the 24x optical zoom, while more than sufficient for most users, doesn’t have the sort of reach that the Fuji HS20 or Canon SX30...
Pros: Fast autofocus, improved LCD screen, close-up macro
Cons: No Raw, 24x zoom isn’t as big as much of the competition, images lack quality detail