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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ47K 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 24xOptical Zoom - Black (OLD MODEL)

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  • 3D Still Image Capture
  • iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode Makes Every Photo Blur-less
  • Full HD Video Recording - AVCHD (MPEG-4/H.264) Format
  • LEICA 24X High Quality Power O.I.S. Optics (25-600mm)
  • 12.1 Megapixel Hi-Speed CCD
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Color Black Black Black Black
Optical Zoom 24 x 24 x 16 x 29 x
Viewfinder LCD LCD LCD None
Optical Sensor Resolution 12.1 MP 12.1 MP 21.1 MP 16.1 MP
Display Size 3 inches 3 inches 3 inches 3 inches
Image Stabilization Y Y Y Y
Includes External Memory Y Y N N
Dimensions 3.15 inches x 4.72 inches x 3.62 inches 3.43 inches x 4.92 inches x 4.33 inches 3.9 inches x 5.39 inches x 5.16 inches 5 inches x 12 inches x 13 inches
Item Weight 1.1 pounds 1.3 pounds 1.83 pounds 0.93 pounds
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Product Description

The Lumix DMC-FZ47 packs a powerful optical zoom and attractive options including manual operation, adding full-HD video recording capability and the new Creative Control with Miniature Effect mode. The high quality lens unit of 25mm ultra wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens with powerful 24x Optical Zoom newly features Panasonic’s Nano Surface Coating technology to minimize light reflection that causes ghost and flare. The powerful 24x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent:25-600mm) can be increased its power to 32x equivalent with the Intelligent Zoom function taking advantage of the Intelligent Resolution technology maintaining the picture quality even using digital zoom. Empowered by a new 12.1-megapixel Hi-Speed CCD sensor, the DMC-FZ47 is compatible with high-speed, large-capacity signal processing required for 1920 x 1080 full-HD video recording in AVCHD and high speed continuous shooting. For more artistic freedom, manual control is available with DMC-FZ47. User can enjoy image shooting expressing their intention not only in photo but also in video, utilizing a host of options including the new Creative Control or Photo Style with a wide variety of preset options. In addition, the realistic, less-distorted 3D image produced by DMC-FZ47 with the 3D Photo mode can also be enjoyed on a VIERA 3D HDTV or other MPO-compatible 3D equipment. The DMC-FZ47 features a high-quality LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT 25mm ultra wide-angle lens with a 24x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent:25-600mm). With the newly applied Nano Surface Coating technology, light reflection is dramatically minimized at entire visual light range (380nm-780nm) by applying the extra-low refractive index coating with nano-sized structure on the surface of the lens. It comes with the camera, a battery, the charger, the manual, the disc for the computer use and a wrist cord.

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Product Dimensions 4.7 x 3.6 x 3.1 inches
Item Weight 1.1 pounds
Shipping Weight 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Item model number DMC-FZ47K
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
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4.5 out of 5 stars 120 customer reviews

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Best Sellers Rank #12,306 in Camera & Photo
#1,264 in Camera & Photo > Point & Shoot Digital Cameras
Date first available at Amazon.com July 29, 2011

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By R. D. Hoag on October 20, 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
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I've had the FZ47 for about a month and a half, and, so far, I am very satisfied with it. Here are my initial impressions:


24x zoom range -- going down to a 35mm - equivalent of 25mm wide angle! Lots of times I've been in a situation where I can't back up far enough to capture the entire scene -- the 25mm wide angle position will really help in such situations.

Resolution and the image stabilizer

The electronic viewfinder (EVF): I wear bifocals, so in addition to LCD's sometimes being hard to see outdoors, I always have to crane my neck to have the LCD in focus -- the EVF eliminates that problem.

The AVC FSH movie resolution & the "zoom" mikes.

The "intelligent" dynamics option -- I have a shot I've tried to take with my 2 previous digital cameras (Nikon Coolpix 2500 & Canon A710is) -- because one side of the scene is brightly lit and the rest is in deep shadow. In the old days in a darkroom I would have dodged & burned, but I haven't found a photo editing tool that can do that. The FZ47, however, with "intelligent" dynamics set to high, handled the scene very well.

The ISO limit set -- it works very well with photos -- you can set the ASA to "auto", but the camera limits itself to ASA values at or below the ISO limit.

The flash range.

The macro function.

The options for manual focus, f stop, & shutter speed, along with the rear dial to adjust these. Together the options work really well. Also, the Focus button really helps when using manual focus.

The AF / AE lock.

The quick menu (though I wish it was user configurable!)

The one user-assigned button.

The separate ISO button.
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Now that I've had this camera for a couple of weeks, here are my thoughts.

The Good: Very nice lens that will really get out there, very low distortion even on maximum zoom. It's fast for a bridge camera, as fast as some DSLR cameras. It has a full manual mode and it's intuitive, so if you already know how to use a manual camera, it'll only take a few minutes to come up to speed; it also has full manual focus, a welcome addition. Takes HD video. Quality on photos and video is very good. This camera does better than some other bridge cameras at higher ISO settings, although its small sensor still can't compare with a DSLR or EVIL camera. Comes with lens hood, battery pack, charger, neck strap, and lens cap and strap. Accessories including filters, a lens protector, and an additional zoom lens (!) are available for purchase if you need them.

The Bad: not much to report here. The initial setup instructions are omitted from the printed manual, only available with the full manual included on CD. I prefer a camera that takes regular batteries instead of a battery pack, but as the recharge on this is fast -- about two and a half hours -- that's pretty minor. If you are getting one of these cameras for serious use, get a spare battery pack at the same time and you're gold.

The Ugly: really nothing, with the lack of a RAW mode being the only serious complaint, and one that won't be a deal-breaker for most folks buying a bridge camera. Very nice camera with a full set of features. It's physically large--this isn't a pocket camera by any means, and you'll likely want some sort of carrying case for it. If you are brand new to digital cameras, expect some learning curve. If brand new to digital cameras AND wanting to use the manual mode, expect to have to spend some time to get there. However, if you are already familiar with digital cameras, you can be up and going with this one fairly quickly.
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