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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast and responsive, very good photo quality., December 18, 2011
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This review is from: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ47K 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 24xOptical Zoom - Black (OLD MODEL) (Camera)
I upgraded to this camera from a Canon Powershot S3IS. I've printed and seen enough digital media that I'm not a believer in the megapixel myth. My S3 yields beautiful 8 X 10 prints at 6 megapixels. I've printed a lot of photos with it. I originally purchased a Canon SX120IS as an upgrade to the S3, but I wasn't pleased with that camera at all. I used it for two months and sold it. The feel, response, and photo quality just weren't there.
The DMC-FZ47K is my new regular, and the S3 my standby now. This camera is a nice piece of equipment. For my review, rather than list "good" and "bad", I'll instead say what I like and what I think could be improved.

What I like:

Construction: The camera feels well-made and tight.

Size/weight: Comparable to most super-zooms I've used. Not heavy, but comfy.
The grip is good and balance is good. The neckstrap is comfortable as well.

Startup: Very fast. Ready to shoot almost instantly.

Zoom: Fantastic! Smooth and quiet, and control feels good.

Focus: Focuses very fast in general, even in fairly low light.

Controls: Fairly well laid out. The buttons have a good feel, not too hard to
push.

Battery life: The included battery lasted for over 100 shots without showing
any measured usage in the battery life bar.

LCD: Nice and large. No problems here.

EVF: I like using a viewfinder as opposed to the LCD. From the photos I've
taken with this camera, pretty much what you see in the viewfinder is what you'll get in the photo. Maybe not 100%, but very close.

Optical Image Stabilization: My S3 has it as well, but this camera definitely
improves on it. This is especially nice for photos with that long
zoom.

Picture quality: From the photos I've taken so far, color is very good and
seems to be accurate. With very few exceptions, what I saw
was what the picture looked like. This lens has very good
professional reviews with respect to barrel distortion and
vignetting. In addition, the pictures I took facing the sun
did not show signs of lens flare, possibly because of the
special coating on the lens.

Menu layout: It didn't take long to learn to navigate the camera's menus. If
you're familiar with digital cameras in general, some playing
around in the menus will have you familiarized in no time.

What I think could be better:

Diopter adjuster: The plastic wheel feels stiff and imprecise, even cheesy.

Adjustment thumbwheel: This little wheel is on the upper right corner of the
back of the camera. It's used to make adjustments in
manual focus, shutter speed, and aperture in the
respective modes, and well as being connected to other
menu items. Like the diopter adjuster, it feels stiff
and "clicky".

No flash output adjustment: I love this about my Canons. Being able to adjust
the amount of flash output makes better flash pics,
helping to eliminate that "deer in the headlights"
look.

No burst-mode button: My S3 has a button on the top near the shutter button
that puts it in burst mode. This is handy for shooting
fast-moving subjects (I like to photograph airplanes).
Burst mode is buried in the menus.There is a function
button that can be programmed, but not for burst.

No flash control button: Like burst mode, flash control is buried in the
menus. I set it to always flash, and then just raise
the flash if I want it.

Proprietary battery: The camera uses a proprietary Li-Ion battery. I always
likes being able to use NiMh batteries in my canons. I
could use the same batteries for all cameras. They don't
run the camera as long, but you can buy some disposables
in a pinch. Extra Li-Ion batteries are expensive.

Proprietary data cable: Why doesn't everyone use a mini-USB? I hate having a
different cable for every device. There's nothing
wrong with it, it's just a PITA.

Lens cap: The provided lens cap fits OK, but I don't like the pinch buttons
on it. I feel like I'm going to bang it into the lens some day.

Overall, I'm very pleased with this camera and it's photographs. It focuses fast and allows me to capture moving subjects in daylight with a good chance of getting that perfect shot. I like to go to airshows, and fast-moving jets are not very forgiving of things like shutter lag and slow autofocus. For the price, it's got a lot going for it, despite some minor annoyances. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this camera to anyone.
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Initial post: Apr 12, 2012 5:22:51 AM PDT
Gary Sawicke says:
I do believe the flash output is adjustable. You may need to go into one of the creative/adjustment modes such as "P".
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