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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon September 10, 2012
The DMC-FZ47 is a really nice camera. I also have a DMC-FZ35 and was looking for a gift for someone. I got the DMC-FZ47 one evening in August 2012 when the price dropped to $199.99 for a few hours. I figured I'd keep the better camera. ;-)

From some testing I can say this:

- Image sensor quality: Winner DMC-FZ47
- Menu system: Winner DMC-FZ47
- Photo features (like miniature mode, etc.) : Winner DMC-FZ47
- Low light handling/image quality : Winner DMC-FZ47

- Color rendition : Winner DMC-FZ35 (better color saturation)
- Optical quality (sharpness) : Winner DMC-FZ35

If Panasonic and other camera makers would give up this really bad idea of a zoom race, and scale things back to 18x, then the DMC-FZ47 would be a stellar camera in every regard. But the lens on this camera, at 24x, is giving just too much lack of clarity. It's like the DMC-FZ47 images are a bit fuzzy optically compared to the DMC-FZ35. But most users will not notice the difference. Either way, they are both great cameras.

And yes, I am keeping the DMC-FZ35.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2012
This is an awsome camera! Its easy to use and you can even customize some of the settings. Great camera for someone who wants more than a point and shoot but isn't ready for, or doesn't want to spend the money on a dslr. This one is perfect for me!
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on June 17, 2014
This little camera can stand up to some pretty big canons and nikons too for that matter! The lens is at a 1.8 which allows for you to get some sharp images. The easy settings let you change your styles and effects like a pro without any of the meter measuring, saving you time when shooting. My bf has a nikon 7100 and my little lumix has delivered even sharper cooler shots than his! Its very light and small which is great for me but also has a great box size that a long time shooter like myself needs in order to feel the camera. The zoom is pretty nice but i wouldnt recommend trying distant landscapes with this as any further zooms lose clarity. This is my favorite everyday carry camera! A great photographer recommended it to me, and i m so happy i got it. P.s. The price on this camera was so cheap i almost feel guilty enough to write a bonus check or something! Ha! No, ill use it to buy another lumix!
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on March 9, 2014
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.
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on February 4, 2014
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!!!
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on January 25, 2014
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.
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on December 8, 2013
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.
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on November 23, 2013
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!
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on October 24, 2013
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.
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on October 2, 2013
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.
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