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211 of 215 people found the following review helpful
Best in its price range
on October 21, 2011
I've looked at and read reviews of comparable fixed zoom cameras from Olympus, Cannon, Nikon, Fuji, Sony, etc. and this Panasonic has all of them beat. Now that I have actually bought the camera and had a chance to test it out myself I am extremely satisfied with it. Comparing it against a much more expensive digital slr is sort of silly in my opinion, you can also argue for benefits of having a more compact/lighter camera with one lens that goes from wide angle to super zoom and quickly and the high quality HD video is a huge bonus. The only gripe I have is with noise at higher ISO speeds, but this is about average for cameras in this class and is better then most of the others and the lens has good f stop opening for its long range. As long as you set the ISO to not shoot above 200 for shots that you want the lowest noise, it is excellent. If you are into night shots or action shots where you might need blowups for cropping it isn't a problem, even at ISO 400 for prints up to B 13x19 it looks incredible. They did remove RAW with this model, but I don't miss it much as the camera has excellent output. Would highly recommend this compact full featured camera over any of the others that have "star name status" (Olympus, Nikon, Cannon) in this price feature group.
As an example DigitalCameraInfo.com said this about the FZ-47 color accuracy measurements: "No competitive model comes close to the dead-on accuracy of the FZ47. For that matter, the FZ47 is more accurate than the Nikon D7000, more accurate than the new Nikon D5100, and even more accurate than the Canon EOS 60D, our top rated DSLR!" They also said that the noise levels are a huge improvement over the earlier FZ-35 and much better then either the Canon Powershot SX30 or the Fuji HS10