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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Little Camera Ever (Panasonic Lumix), June 2, 2012
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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 have been taking 35mm photos since the early 80's and have two other "fancy" digital SRL cameras (a Nikon and a Canon) that are wonderful for special projects, but too expensive and HEAVY to throw in my bag and risk damaging on our travels documenting our children's busy lives, our vacation memories, and the many concerts we find ourselves enjoying these days. After buying an earlier generation model of this camera (FZ35 with 18xOptical Zoom) for my artistic daughter who hadn't used SRL units before, I fell in love with it. I bought myself a twin of hers, my dad (who, fun fact, introduced me to photography in the 70's) bought one, our school yearbook asked for my recommendation and bought this camera (FZ47 with 24xOptical Zoom for same price we bought earlier model), and I just bought another for my 15 year-old son for Christmas. Now I have friends asking me what camera we use when we share our photos with them.

The default settings and the many pre-programmed modes, the stabilization technology, the quick recovery from a shot, the long-battery charge, its ability to take action shots in florescent lights, and the low price made it an easy choice to recommend to our school yearbook staff who wants professional photography results without having professional photographers. It's difficult to train students and get them up to speed in one year; then they are gone and unfortunately, sometimes, so are the cameras. True, we've "lost" more expensive cameras, so the price was definitely a way to get a camera in their hands again without the administration having to worry as much about the investment.

If you are a professional photographer, you'll notice its manual settings are not as robust or even as easy to find. But when my eighteen year-old son asked me to take his senior pictures one weekend when school was almost over, I found myself picking up this camera instead of my others because the default settings are so quick and effective to get to while we were jumping from site to site looking for iconic backgrounds (both indoor and outdoor). The results were fantastic with people asking which photo studio took his portraits. He has fun saying, "My mom's," but I know I had a lot of help from this little camera.

As an added bonus, I've gotten pretty decent results in various concert venues where I would have never been allowed to take one of my SRL cameras because when security looks at it, it looks like any other point and shoot "since the lens doesn't come off" I was told by one security guard. I also get better results under florescent lights where most of our children's special high school events like homecoming, tournaments, and graduations occur (in the gym) than I ever did with my SRL cameras. I'm sure there are some settings and manual adjustments that would have helped on the SRLs, but as a multi-tasking (non-photography) professional trying to fit in time with our family/friends as well, I enjoy just throwing this camera in my book bag and going.

Highly recommend. I tell people I originally found the Panasonic Lumix FZ35 due to a ridiculously high rating at a professional photographer site where they NEVER liked the point and shoots...until this little gem. For the price, you will not believe the quality of your photos!

[SIDE NOTE: I also recommend using Amazon for technology purchases because of the benefit of hearing real user reviews and FREE SHIPPING! I've only had to return a few items at Amazon due to products not meeting my expectations, and I've never had any difficulty.]
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