Summary: I have been using point and shoot cameras since my Nikon film camera became obsolete about 10 years ago. I have been considering the purchase of a digital SLR ever since. A friend recommended the Panasonic DMC line of cameras. I have been using this DMC FZ-47 for about a month. I have been very pleased with the clarity of the photos and the abundance of features.
Summary: I had purchased this camera last year but it was stolen. I tried another style but was not as pleased as I am with this one. Glad to get it back. I like the ease of use and quality of pictures for someone not very experienced as I.
Summary: I left on a trip shortly after purchasing this camera, and didn't have time to actually learn how to use it properly. So I left it on automatic most of the time, and the "intelligent auto" did the work for me. I am very happy with the photos and the camera.
Excerpt: Build quality. 9/10 Ease of use. 10/10 Image quality. 9.5/10 Camera snob appeal. 0/10 Just look at real peoples reviews on Amazon. Really a very, very good piece of electronic equipment. I really like this camera.
Summary: I've owned this camera for a little over a month now, and I am very pleased with this product. Overall, the pictures are crisp, sharp, and color true to nature with the amazing Leica lens. This camera has a lot of options that allows it to be a simple point and shoot under IA control, but also allows some room for creativity for the beginner hobbyist with its manual options. The long zoom range provides a lot of flexibility and is great if you plan to use it on travel.
Summary: Purchased for my teenage daughter. This is the model before the FZ60 came out which added HDR, CMOS sensor, faster continuous shooting, other s/w features. Decided to get this one when the price went down. We where looking for a super-zoom camera that was lightweight and takes great pictures. This camera fit the bill. This camera (and the FZ60) in my opinion is a great alternative to the Canon and Nikon super-zoom/bridge cameras.
Summary: I got it used but its condition was really like new when I received it from Amazon, which exceeded my expectation! Overall I like this camera very much. High-speed sports and outdoor low-light photos can be a challenge. I am still playing to try different configurations to get high-speed and outdoor low-light photos right but so far 70% of these shots were useless. My wife tried it too and she gave up after a while. Battery life is good, pretty much as rated.
Summary: For anyone who wants a light compact camera, this would be excellent, I don't know much about zoom lenses, so I was disappointed when I realized that the zoom wasn't good enough for an upcoming European trip. The kit price is phenominal for such a camera. I love the myriad Panasonic products I've purchased in the past. They seem to last forever. I found the bad reviwes about Adorama quite unfounded. I was easily able to return the item via free shipping.
Summary: Just finished about 1 hour & 20minutes of videoing of the son playing football at a high school Friday night game. The zoom ability and results when played back tonight on the computer were great and quick to download the approximate 8gb of data from the sd card vs. the older 8mm conversion slow process. The panasonic avhc etc.