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Panasonic launches FZ47/FZ48 24x superzooms

By dpreview staff on Jul 21, 2011 at 05:00 GMT

Panasonic has updated its FZ series of superzooms with the DMC-FZ47. The FZ47 features a 25-600mm 24x image stabilized zoom lens, featuring Nano Surface Coating to minimize internal reflections. The camera was built around a 12.1 megapixel CCD sensor capable of capturing 1080i60 HD movies (50i on the European variant). It also features the Creative Control picture effects first seen on the DMC-G3, as well as the Photo Style color modes. Unusually for its FZ series, Panasonic has not included Raw capability.

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New Panasonic LUMIX FZ47 Digital Camera Packs a Powerful 24x Optical Zoom in High-Quality Leica Lens and Adds Creative Manual Control Options

SECAUCUS, NJ (July 21, 2011) - Panasonic today introduces the LUMIX DMC-FZ47 digital camera, the newest addition to the company’s super-zoom FZ-Series.  The LUMIX FZ47 packs a powerful 24x optical zoom in a 25mm ultra-wide angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens, full-High Definition 1080i video-recording capabilities and new creative controls while shooting both still and video images. The high-quality Leica lens features Panasonic’s Nano Surface Coating technology to help minimize light reflection that causes ghosting and flare.

“The LUMIX FZ-Series is an extremely popular line for Panasonic and we expect this model to be another winner for users who not only want an impressive 24x optical zoom, but those that seek exceptional image quality, and thanks to the Leica lens and full HD video capabilities – the FZ47 delivers,” said Darin Pepple, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. “New to the FZ-Series are the improved AF speeds, 3D photo shooting and full 1080 HD video capabilities.”

Powered by a 12.1-megapixel Hi-Speed CCD sensor, the LUMIX FZ47 can produce the high-speed, large-capacity signal processing required for 1920 x 1080 full-HD video recording in the AVCHD format, and high-speed continuous shooting. The Venus Engine FHD processor helps create superb image quality in both photo and video recording, while also powering the Intelligent Resolution technology to perform the optimum signal processing.  With Intelligent Resolution, the LUMIX FZ47’s zoom can be extended 1.3x times to a 32x zoom length. The LUMIX FZ47 can take high-resolution consecutive shots at 3.7 fps in 12.1-megapixel full-resolution and maximum 10 fps at 3-megapixel recording. With Panasonic’s Sonic Speed AF (Auto Focus), the LUMIX FZ47 has a quick start-up time, approximately 35% faster than the Panasonic LUMIZ FZ40, and also has an incredibly fast response time, helping to catch any fast-action photo opportunity. Additionally, the LUMIX FZ47 has fast and accurate AF Tracking.

The LUMIX FZ47’s 24x optical zoom optimized for video recording with a mechanism designed to minimize the noise of AF and zooming.  The full-HD video capability is complemented with the high-quality stereo sound of Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator, to offer extremely realistic audio. And with a Wind Cut function, the LUMIX FZ47 reduces noise from background wind automatically.  While shooting video, users can simultaneously take a 3.5-megapixel still photo. 

Differentiating itself from most digital cameras that record video, the LUMIX FZ47 is unique in that it features a Creative Video mode, which lets the user set the shutter speed and aperture manually. Changing the shutter speed brings special effects to videos, which is especially suitable for shooting a fast-moving subject. The ability to control the aperture is convenient when there are several subjects at different distances and it is desired to have each of them stand out.

The creative mode is also available for still photos.  For users seeking more creative freedom, the LUMIX FZ47 adds the new Creative Control and Photo Style that comes with a variety of options for artistic effect modes, including: Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, High Dynamic, Miniature Effect, Film Grain and Pin Hole. Users can also adjust exposure compensation in the Creative Control mode. In addition, Photo Style is newly added to the LUMIX FZ47 to allow finer adjustment of contrast, sharpness, saturation and noise reduction in these settings: Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery and Portrait.

On the other hand, for those users who would prefer not to change any settings, the LUMIX FZ47 also features Panasonic’s iA (Intelligent Auto) mode. When in iA mode, the LUMIX FZ47 automatically chooses the best setting based on the shooting environment and features include: POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), Motion Deblur*, Face Recognition, Face Detection, AF Tracking, Intelligent ISO Control and Intelligent Scene Selector.  Additionally, iA is available during video mode, and the following features engage automatically: POWER O.I.S., Face Detection, Intelligent Scene Selector and Intelligent Exposure.

Other features of the Panasonic LUMIX FZ47 include:

  • 3D Photo Mode: Take 3D still photos** that can be played back on MPO-compatible 3D equipment, such as a Panasonic VIERA 3D HDTV
  • 3.0” Intelligent LCD: Features a 460,000-dot high resolution
  • Social Media Connection: The LUMIX FZ47 makes it extremely easy to share photos via Facebook and videos via YouTube.  As soon as the camera is connected to the computer it will prompt the user with an easy-to-follow menu asking if they want to share the images – no software needed

The Panasonic LUMIX FZ47 will be available in black for a suggested retail price of $399.99, starting in August 2011. For more information on Panasonic LUMIX digital cameras, please visit

*The picture size may be reduced
**The picture size is fixed to 2M (16:9)

Panasonic DMC FZ47/48 specifications

Sensor • 1/2.33" Type CCD
• 12.5 million pixels total
• 12.1 million effective pixels
Image sizes • 4:3 Aspect Ratio:
4000 x 3000
3264 x 2448
2560 x 1920
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
640 x 480
• 3:2 Aspect Ratio:
4000 x 2672
3264 x 2176
2560 x 1712
2048 x 1360
640 x 424
• 16:9 Aspect Ratio:
4000 x 2248
3264 x 1840
2560 x 1440
1920 x 1080
640 x 360
• 1:1 Aspect Ratio:
2992 x 2992
2448 x 2448
1920 x 1920
1536 x 1536
480 x 480
Movie clips (Europe) • AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 pixels, 50i (17Mbps) (Sensor output is 25p)
• AVCHD: 1280 x 720 pixels, 50p (17Mbps) (Sensor output is 25p)
• MP4: 1920 x 1080 pixels, 25p (20Mbps) (Sensor output is 25p)
• MP4: 1280 x 720 pixels, 25p (10Mbps) (Sensor output is 25p)
• MP4: 640 x 480 pixels, 25p (4Mbps / 4:3)
Movie clips (North America) • AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 pixels, 60i (17Mbps) (Sensor output is 30p)
• AVCHD: 1280 x 720 pixels, 60p (17Mbps) (Sensor output is 30p)
• MP4: 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30p (20Mbps) (Sensor output is 30p)
• MP4: 1280 x 720 pixels, 30p (10Mbps) (Sensor output is 30p)
• MP4: 640 x 480 pixels, 30p (4Mbps / 4:3)
File formats • Still Image: JPEG (DCF / Exif2.3)
• 3D Image: MPO
• Motion picture: AVCHD, MP4
Lens • 24x optical zoom
• 25 - 600mm (35mm equiv.)
• f=4.5-108mm
• F2.8 - 5.2
• 14 elements in 10 groups
• 2 Aspherical Lenses /  3 Aspherical Surfaces / 3 ED Lenses / 1 Nano Surface Coating Lens
Extra Optical Zoom mode • 29.4x (4:3 / 8M)
• 37.5x (4:3 / 5M)
• 46.9x (4:3 / under 3M)
Image stabilization Power O.I.S lens-shift stabilization
Digital zoom Yes, up to 32x
Focus • Normal
• Macro
• Quick AF On/Off (On in Intelligent Auto)
• Continuous AF On/Off
• Manual Focus (Jog dial and cursor key button)
• One Shot AF
• AF Area Select
• AF Tracking
AF area modes • Face / AF tracking
• 23-point
• 1-point
• Spot (flexible/ scalable)
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance • Normal: Wide 30cm - infinity, Tele 200 cm - infinity
• Macro / Intelligent AUTO/ Clipboard: Wide 1 cm / Tele 100cm - infinity
Metering • Intelligent Multiple
• Center
• Spot
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• Intelligent ISO
• 100
• 200
• 400
• 800
• 1600
• High Sensitivity Mode : Auto (1600 - 6400)
Exposure compensation ± 3 EV, 1/3EV steps
Exposure bracketing ± 1/3 EV ~ 3EV step, 3 frames
Shutter speed • 60-1/2000 sec
• Starry Sky Mode : 15, 30, 60sec
Aperture • F2.8 - 5.2 (F2.8 - 8(W) / F5.2- 8 (T))
Modes • Intelligent AUTO
• P (Program)
• A (Aperture Priority)
• S (Shutter Priority)
• M (Manual)
• Creative Movie mode
• Creative Control mode
• Portrait mode
• Scenery mode
• Sports mode
• Night Portrait mode
• Close-up mode
• Scene mode
• Custom
Scene modes • Panorama Assist
• Party
• Candle Light
• Baby1
• Baby2
• Pet
• Sunset
• High Sensitivity
• High-Speed Burst
• Flash Burst
• Panning
• Starry Sky
• Fireworks
• Beach
• Snow
• Aerial Photo
• Photo Frame
• 3D photo
Creative Control • Expressive
• Retro
• High Key
• Sepia
• High Dynamic
• Pin Hole
• Film Grain
• Miniature Effect
White balance • Auto
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Shade
• Incandescent
• Flash
• White Set 1,2
• Color Temprature
Self timer 2, 10 sec
Continuous shooting • 3.7 frames/sec for 7 frames
• 7 frames/sec High Speed Burst mode
Flash • Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
• 0.3 - 9.5m (Wide/ISO Auto), 1.0 - 5.1m (Tele/ISO Auto)
Viewfinder 0.20" Color EVF (201,600 Pixels equiv.), Approx 100% Field of View
LCD monitor • 3.0" TFT LCD Display
• 460K dots
• Field of View : approx. 100%
• AUTO Power LCD mode, Power LCD mode
Connectivity • USB2.0 High speed
• AV Output (NTSC/PAL)
• DC Input
Storage • SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
• 70MB internal memory
Power • Li-ion battery
• Charger included
• AC adaptor (optional)
Weight (no batt) 454 g
Weight (with batt) 498 g
Dimensions 120.3 x 79.8 x 91.9 mm
(4.74 x 3.14 x 3.62 inch)
I own it
I want it
I had it
Discuss in the forums


Total comments: 98
By Gop4life1 (Mar 28, 2012)

I received a LUMIZ FZ 47 for Christmas. I am trying to buy a remote shutter release for it. So far no luck. please help, anyone. Bob

By Muchachos (Nov 17, 2011)

thak you a lot for this information! I was very glad to find it here!))Im just going to buy Panasonic FZ48!
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By xleyphoto (Sep 2, 2011)

Ive just receieved my Panasonic FZ48 from fotosense, paid £299, absolute steal!
Going to try it out this weekend so wish me luck!

By Kikiss (Aug 21, 2011)

So..., has anyone spotted the difference between an FZ47 and an FZ48 ??? Are they identical ? Why the different model designation if they are the same ?

By creativesarah (Aug 18, 2011)

any idea how much its likely to go for?
I was hoping to buy the fz45 but they went up in price last week so wondered if its worth waiting to see if fz48 is a reasonable price and/or the 45 will go down in price a bit .
I loved my fz28 but I dropped it :-9

By princewolf (Aug 8, 2011)

I'm all too happy with my FZ-50, the zoom and focus rings, beautiful lens(35-420mm-35mm eqv), 1/8'' sensor, not to mention RAW...

By BBsLX5 (Jul 27, 2011)

Isn't Panasonic just admitting that the price spread is just getting smaller and smaller between the small sensor/long zoom "prosumer fixed lens" w/ (now, formerly) RAW capability "bridge cameras, and --> more expensive mostly larger sensor-ed "dumbed-down" for the sake of size and price ILC cameras where the real money for manufacturers is in the lenses and not sensor technology, and the --> again, more expensive, what are now called "entry-level dslr's" solely for considerations of size and (again, sadly) the missing "dumbed-down" features? Really sad to see this groundbreaking at the time line of cameras biting the dust, being replaced by no doubt crappier more expensive interchangeable lenses w/ the accompanying inevitable dust on the sensor problems.

By coastcontact (Jul 30, 2011)

Once upon a time along time ago I bought one of those 35mm SLRs that were so popular in when I was young. It meant lugging around a heavy camera and those irritating lenses all in a large camera bag. So I was overjoyed to find the easy to use digital camera with a super zoom. I fear you may be correct in believing that this category could have a limited life. The DSLRs are obviously the preferred camera for the manufacturers. After all first they sell you the camera and then they earn more selling you the lenses. A repeat of 35mm SLRs.

By jaykumarr (Aug 1, 2011)

your first sentance is too long and has 100 words. like packing 3 lenses, macros, filters, flash in a single bag.

We want good quality camera, which needs no lens cleaning and no labour,no demanding care, no headache. On the other hand, if we must do lens cleaning, lens carrying, we will well do it for Canon, which has unlimited lens options.

I am worried and frustrated by panny. I want to create a campaign asking panny to provide FZ60.

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By grahamdyke (Jul 25, 2011)

No RAW, would you ever have taken, or sent a roll of film to a developer and asked then to only return the prints and throw away the negatives please, cos I'll never ever need them again...

Tiny Sensor = Big Noise, or Slightly Lower Noise With No Detail Whatsoever. It'll be a good old Panasonic Watercolour...

By tojkr (Jul 25, 2011)

why won't those who want real upgrade to FZ50 visit pana website and write "thanks for FZ48 ; we will choose Fuji HS20". Fuji has amazing 10 fps with focus tracking, super fast video 360 fps, full manual control, flip LCD for macro lovers, RAW.

By keysmith (Jul 24, 2011)

so the turn back on 12.1 ccd.. Sounds reasonable after the disaster of the 14.1 mos and 16.1 ccd sensors. FZ100 was an emparrasment for panasonic. I hope the new ccd will capture good pictures.
On the other hand i wonder why buy a SLR-like superzoom when now we have the compact superzooms (Sx230, tz20 etc) with same sensors and image quality. They have a little less tele (but still enough) and a little darker lens (f2.8 vs f3.5) but they are compacts.. This SLR-like bulky superzoom category of compacts will eventually disappear.

As for the (lack of) RAW i will agree that they don''t include it not to reveal how bad the pictures are before internal processing. lol

By coastcontact (Jul 24, 2011)

The primary competitor for the FZ series is Canon PowerShot SX series. Their current version is the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS. That camera also does not have the Uncompressed RAW format. Reviewers give that camera high ratings. I cannot imagine Panasonic not continuing to offer the FZ series.

By keysmith (Jul 24, 2011)

they will continue the FZ series of course. I am just saying it will sell less and less pieces. Nowadays COMPACT superzoom (tzXX, Sx) offer same quality as LARGE superzoom. What is the benefit of having large SLR-like bodies for same quality as small (also superzoom) compacts.

By coastcontact (Jul 24, 2011)

Yes, keysmith, you have made an excellent point

By Midwest (Jul 25, 2011)

Viewfinder. Viewfinder. Viewfinder. You don't have one on a compact like a TZ.

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By Realll (Jul 25, 2011)

I own FZ38 AND Canon sx220sh - they are incomparable! Tke IQ of FZ38 is MUCH MUCH BETTER! Two different worlds! I've already returned SX220 because of it's unreliable performance. In too many situations pcitures are out of focus and in dim light it is very slow and inacurate. You always have to change settings and cannot rely on auto mods. Some times pictures are good but in many situations -blured and not sharp. SX220/230 has general trend to use high ISO settings! Even in day light it frequently uses ISO 300-400 and hihger! Canon has to improve performance of this very promising camera.

By Realll (Jul 25, 2011)

I own FZ38 AND Canon sx220sh - they are incomparable! Tke IQ of FZ38 is MUCH MUCH BETTER! Two different worlds! I've already returned SX220 because of it's unreliable performance. In too many situations pcitures are out of focus and in dim light it is very slow and inacurate. You always have to change settings and cannot rely on auto mods. Some times pictures are good but in many situations -blured and not sharp. SX220/230 has general trend to use high ISO settings! Even in day light it frequently uses ISO 300-400 and hihger! Canon has to improve performance of this very promising camera.

By eddie_cam (Jul 23, 2011)

@coastcontact: Why are you spamming the comments section?

By coastcontact (Jul 24, 2011)

No, I am not spamming. I posted my comment once but it was entered multiple times.

By coastcontact (Jul 23, 2011)

The Canon PowerShot SX30 IS is Panasonic’s primary competitor in the SLR-like category. That camera does not offer RAW uncompressed format but many people believe that is the leading camera of the group. My guess is that Panasonic dropped the RAW to upgrade the processor while keeping the final sales price unchanged. If Pana obtains higher quality images their decision will be applauded.

By Harveydad (Jul 22, 2011)

I disagree, respectfully of course, with all those who say, or recommend, a micro four thirds camera, or ANY DSLR, as a replacement for the Panasonic FZ50. They are two different creatures, and one is not capable of replacing the other. I long for, as many, many others do, a replacemt/upgrade for the beloved FZ50. But an interchangeable lens camera is not the answer, although very capable. Wishing may make it so.......

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digby dart
By digby dart (Jul 22, 2011)

After looking at the spec and sample images on the Lumix site, this Fz48 looks likely to be by far the best Fz yet in terms of image quality. The skin tones, admittedly helped by studio type lighting, are truly excellent even when viewed 1:1.

The proof will be when users start posting images; my guess is that this fz48 will realize stunning results. As for the lens, from experience I can easily say, the Leica 25-600mm lens is beautiful. :D

By JosephScha (Jul 22, 2011)

Used to have a 6MP FZ7. I thought it was the best photographic tool I'd owned. 12MP on a 1/2.33" sensor ... well, it lets them do noise reduction better, I guess.

But there are cameras that is just very slightly heavier and probably no larger, and have a much larger sensor, latest is the Panasonic G3. I have the DMC-G10 now. Yes I like shooting RAW and I wouldn't go back. But I wouldn't go back to a 1/2.33" sensor that has visible noise at ISO 200 either.

By kpadude (Jul 22, 2011)

Hey ) 100% agree.

Used FZ-7 for 3 years and now its still alive) Great camera!

Now I'm using G2, the only upgrade I see is GH-2, but too exp for now (

Panasonic should consider to release micro 4/3 camera with no interchangable szoom lens, like 25-600.

G Davidson
By G Davidson (Jul 21, 2011)

I really for the life of me can't see why they left out RAW. Perhaps they have a higher specced version coming out alongside this and they want to upsell the prosumers to it? As for people who don't want RAW, aperture priority mode, manual focus or really any other feature, just turn it off! The fact is, it is a great help in avoiding noise reduction and with fixing white balance non-destructively.

By cgarrard (Jul 21, 2011)

Oh, so why did Pana include it in so many models before it?

Why suddenly remove it?

Honestly, including raw was one one of the more attractive features of that camera besides the lens/price/etc. I've always held FZ series cameras as the leader of the superzooms because of this fact. Now, they are just like all the rest.

Gotta question the decision making. Having raw never hurt users who didnt use it, but it hurts those those that do.

What if the FZ series suddenly removed Jpegs and only included Raw?

It's exactly the same when you get used to using a file format.

Nobody is going to talk their way out of this one.

Fact is, Panasonic blew it, and they will find out the hard way.

FZ35 was the last really good FZ series camera. They blew it in the IQ on the last models, and now they are blowing it with the lack of raw on this one.


By dkadc (Jul 21, 2011)

RAW gives you the freedom to repair sins of hyperactive noise reduction and image compression.

The fact is ALL P&S cameras start off with a RAW image and then crunch it into a jpg, so allowing people to save the RAW cuts a lot of steps off the process of saving a photograph.

I figure any company that won't ALLOW you to save the RAW image obviously doesn't want you to see how bad it looks before they massage the noise out of the bits with their jpg engine.

By coastcontact (Jul 21, 2011)

The FZ series are just point and shoot cameras with the added benefit of the super zoom. If you want significantly more you will have to buy a DSLR. I upgraded from a Canon PowerShot A70 to an FZ28. That camera has aperture and shutter priority options. So I am happy with the upgrade. There does not appear to be major upgrades in the FZ47 unless you are shooting video. I have not read a reason to upgrade now. Perhaps DP Review will provide a reason after they have completed their review.

By cgarrard (Jul 21, 2011)

I just love the resistance the raw comments are getting here, the personal insults against those who use it etc. Raw is freedom, Jpegs are law.

It's that simple. No need to try and hide panasonic's error of not including it. It's a habit that Panasonic brilliantly (till now) did not have. I have passed up many a very decent camera because they did not include raw.

I choose processing my way because I am a photographer who doesn't like the constraints of my photographs (my hard work) coming out as a manufacturer would like my hard work to come out. Period


NO, Purchase.


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By ellumination (Jul 21, 2011)

Too many pixelpushers here who mistaken hours of RAW adjustments with making good pictures.

This camera is aimed at the P&S consumer market who want good enough IQ and a lot of zoom packed in a not too big package for alround use, and for that market and 10x15 prints, all these camera's will sufice.

Not everyone want to change lenses and a good photographer can take excellent pictures with even a humble P&S...

By Realll (Jul 21, 2011)

Come on...It sounds like FZ35 upgraded with 1080p and creative options! No RAW? Big deal... I own FZ35 and never shoot RAWs. Why do post process if the JPEGs are good? :)

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By sergueis (Jul 21, 2011)

The water is good, I'm fine! - kept telling itself chicken when it was put in boiling water for broth. ;)

By Realll (Jul 22, 2011)

And when did the chicken tell this? Carrying big bag full of Lenses? ;)

By nekrosoft13 (Jul 21, 2011)

Never again will i buy a camera with no RAW support. Bad Panasonic.

By astigmate (Jul 21, 2011)

I still wonder why do people buy such cameras... iso 100 look like cr@p, like all other compact theses days. Go get an entry level DSLR or mirrorless 4/3 / aps-c

Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Jul 21, 2011)

Easy to answer: for $450 or less, you get the wide and zoom options that would cost 5X as much, and entail much more size and weight, with a DSLR. Meanwhile, you can spend a fortune on gear and still shoot pictures that many lay viewers consider cr@p, no matter how a peeper might rhapsodize over a RAW microcrop.

By Nerdlinger (Jul 21, 2011)

Cy...comparable cameras in DSLR's are not 5x as expensive. You can buy a k-r with the kit and 55-300mm zoom for $850. Superzooms have their market, and it is not for the DSLR crowd. It's for the P+S'ers. If you don't want to monkey with settings and auto everything this probably isn't a bad camera.

I agree with astigmate though...iso levels are probable crapola, you really can't top an aps-c with a p+s. The lack of RAW isn't a deal breaker imo. I have the ability to shoot RAW and almost never do. Is it nice to have the choice? Sure. Honestly though it's not like this is a junk camera, probably takes good photos.

The best saying I've ever heard to the question "what is the best camera?" is "the one you have with you". Seems like a pretty good superzoom. I started my hobby with an old Kodak superzoom and it took some pretty good photos. Of course after a couple years I moved up to a Pentax. But to each there own.

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By sergueis (Jul 21, 2011)

For me it's not the price, it's weight and size which is the main factor.

By steve_hoge (Jul 22, 2011)

Definitely agree - I'd pay 4x the price of the FZ if there was a SINGLE lens in a micro 4/3 mount that covered even a 12-150 zoom range without significant size/weight bump over the FZ. But I think that's pushing the laws of physics too far.

By justmeMN (Jul 21, 2011)

RAW is for geeks. (grin) Anyway, superzooms are designed for the P&S crowd, who don't care about RAW.

By steve_hoge (Jul 22, 2011)

Well, I'd like not to think I'm a member of the P&S crowd (or is that POS crowd?) but I think superzooms are for those of us who must travel light and don't have room for a whole bag of lenses - or don't have the time to swap them.

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L Bradford
By L Bradford (Jul 21, 2011)

Underwhelming. I will keep the FZ 35. Judging the current marketing strategy of Panny, the 35 will likely be my last Panny. These people are out to lunch anymore..

IMO, as soon as they got into the interchangeable lens business, that was it for the bridge cams. A once great, innovative company gone south with marketing.

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By jeffVader (Jul 21, 2011)

You are correct sir!

By steve_hoge (Jul 22, 2011)

1++ Succinctly summarizes the situation.

By Lofi (Jul 21, 2011)

why is 1920 x 1080 pixels INTERLACED considered full hd? i never got it, still don't get it. that's just marketing lies.

Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Jul 21, 2011)

1920x1080 60i is full HD and looks no different on your HDTV than 30p. The only difference is 30x1080 lines of resolution per second, versus 60x540(alternating) lines per second. Most videocams shoot 60i video. The motion looks smooth. Under ideal condtions, 60p looks better, but there still aren't on-the-shelf means to share 1080 60p video, other than using the camera itself or by viewing raw clips on a PC.

PC Wheeler
By PC Wheeler (Jul 21, 2011)

I don't see anything here that would make it more interesting than my FZ40 (which I really like for it's great 25-600 mm range).

It will be interesting to see if the FZ100 with CMOS sensor gets an update; I didn't like the FZ100 and replaced it with the FZ40.


By straylightrun (Jul 21, 2011)



By dmanthree (Jul 21, 2011)

Who needs RAW? While the JPG files are very good, you can still produce much better results shooting RAW. So if you want the best the camera can provide, you shoot RAW. With no such option in the new models, there's no way I'd buy one.

By eddie_cam (Jul 21, 2011)

You can find sample pictures by Panasonic here:

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By MGJA (Jul 22, 2011)

Thanks for the link.

The samples are... less than stellar. Did Panny check out the ice cream in the second shot (blown). Check out the noise in the eye in the same shot... also, did Panny manage to drop the orientation sensor along with their RAW mode?

By wutsurstyle (Jul 21, 2011)

It would be so much better with a manual zoom...making it cheaper, lighter, and quieter for videos. No RAW and hotshoe makes this an oversized compact camera.

By drpankajshukla (Jul 21, 2011)

The panasonic FZ47/48 is probably a direct competition for the Sony DSC-HXV100 and an alternative for those who would otherwise b attracted to the HXV100!

The moving image mode, the pixel count ,the optical zoom ,the price tag ,.. all suggest the slot !however a flexible LCD is certainly DESIRABLE!

The absence of RAW out put may not be such a deterrent since the in cam Jpeg processing is generally optimum and it takes a LOT of time and effort to better it by shooting and processing RAW![However RAW option is certainly DESIRABLE]

The I.Q of the sony HXV100 at 100 % viewing is watercolor painting effect to say the least and people are still purchasing it and r happy with it [at small sized images ] If I.Q is at least as good as the FZ35 [ it is likely to better actually ] it is a winner !

Even though the HS20 [fuji ] allows for RAW recording --In reality all users of the HS20 generating images of average /above average quality are using the BINNED JPEG [medium size ] P mode !

John McCormack
By John McCormack (Jul 21, 2011)

Who needs RAW? RAW snobs I guess. If you get it right in the camera, the JPG's that the FZ35 produces are very good. I've owned all the FZ from 18-35. Hardly ever use RAW. This is a good upgrade from the FZ35 if the image quality is equal to the FZ35's.

By cgarrard (Jul 21, 2011)




Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Jul 21, 2011)

Be honest. A 1/2.3" sensor super zoom with RAW would probably not interest a pixel peeper anyway. Anyone who has the time or need to noodle about with hundreds or thousands RAW files taken on a trip should probably have a full frame or medium format camera.

Honestly, the bigger issues with any super-zoom are whether the long zoom avoids excess fringe distortions, or whether the stabilizer is adequate to restrain video shake or photo blur. A blurry, pincushion shot in RAW would not be any better.

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By dmanthree (Jul 21, 2011)

I own an FZ35, and use RAW capability frequently. For me it's very simple: no RAW no way. What a stupid move by Panasonic! Canon made this mistake with the G7 and added it back in the G9. I'm betting Panny either adds it to this model or to a future model. Very bad move, Panasonic.

By tojkr (Jul 22, 2011)

i have never done anything with raw. In what way it is advantageous? will it improve every shot? or those taken in difficult lights? why do we need RAW in consumer camera ? ( i agree FZ48 should be more than consumer..infact 'pure consumers' will by sony/canon/nikon as they don't know Lumix)

Juraj Lacko
By Juraj Lacko (Jul 21, 2011)

Even it looks all nice on paper but i wouldn't buy small sensor camera ever again.

By MarcMedios (Jul 21, 2011)

I own an FZ35 and it is fairly good, but not outstanding. Noise at night is bothersome (especially 800 ISO and over) and the shutter lag can be problematic. I wish Panasonic would publish the shutter lag specs (so one could compare); improve the noise at high ISO's and perhaps offer a non-video camera (I never take video) at a lower price

By chalky46 (Jul 21, 2011)

how much? and where from?

By Realll (Jul 21, 2011)

This camera will have every thing that ever want in digital camera&
1. Traditional excellent IQ of Panasonic
2. 12 MP confirm that Panasonic emphasize on quality!
3. Creative modes
4. 1080i video!!!! It is a shame that in Europe video wil be 1920 x 1080 pixels, 50i insted of America's 1920 x 1080 pixels, 60i. I don't know what is this nonsense for...
I own FZ 38 and I find it's an excellent camera! I prefer JPEG-s than post process RAW-s. In fact I have read some reviews which state that JPEG-s on Pana have almost same details and quality as RAW-s. Screen is not issue for me. Hot shoe ? Come on, isn't 10 m. quite enough? The most importsnt things for me are: IQ, good movie mode, manual and creative modes for more fun and good battery life. Other things I could live with, but no compromises with image and movie quality!
I'm looking forward to buy this new Panasonic camera ASAP! I just can't wait! :)

By Sordid (Jul 21, 2011)

"In fact I have read some reviews which state that JPEG-s on Pana have almost same details and quality as RAW-s."

That might be the case when you shoot in full natural sunlight but once you seriously have to adjust the color temperature, everything but RAW is a nightmare.

Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Jul 21, 2011)

Most PAL video in Europe is 50i or 25p. Some places (Brazil) use PAL/B, which will accept NTSC 60i or other video, but not all. Presumably, PCs can be customized to any standard, but the defaults conform to the local video custom.

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By vegwolff (Jul 21, 2011)

On all my digi cameras, including dslr, I've never used the RAW setting. This camera is, I imagine, more for the tourist trade and anyone just wanting a camera at the ready. People who don't want to be weighed down by lots of technical options that they'd probably never use, let alone understand. I've got an FZ30 (with external flash) sitting in it's bag gathering dust because I use a TZ7 (for everday,) FT3 (for work) and an E410 with lens' and external flash units.

By aleware (Jul 21, 2011)

Reducing the mpx sensor's resolution from 14 to 12 . Is very god
No raw, no articulated screen, no hot shoe. No tanks

FZ60 please!

By Marty4650 (Jul 21, 2011)

The FZ50 successor is finally here, and it's not this camera. It's the Panasonic G3 with a two lens kit. This will provide a 28-400mm zoom range, DSLR quality results, full SLR features and controls.... with only one lens change.

That one lens change is a very small price to pay for much better image quality, much better video, raw capture, full manual controls, tilt and swivel LCD, etc.

The bridge camera's time came and went. The only people who will find these new bridge cameras appealing are those who are happy with mediocre image quality.

Aleo is right. This camera is designed for people who don't know what raw is. And fortunately for Panasonic, there are still plenty of those people around.

Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Jul 21, 2011)

There are people who know what RAW is, but have no need for the larger files that they'd seldom retouch or edit anyway. The modest differences relative to JPG are of conceern, of course, for large prints or pixel-peepers, but don't merit a sneeze or a hoot in most instances.

The G3, with the requisite set of lenses to match what a single ultra-zoom camera provides, would cost around $2k, perhaps 5x the price of a super-zoom, and still not be as all-in-one flexible. The G3's CMOS sensor also has bad rolling shutter, whereas a CCD should not.

By mattmtl (Jul 21, 2011)

The "requisite set of lenses" is the standard kit lens plus the 45-200. Total price for body and both lenses: $975. (Without shopping around very hard.) More expensive yes, but if you're a stills shooter the quality gap is hugely in favour of the G3. Don't know about video, you might have a point there.

The G2 is also a possibility and currently around $750-800 with the same two lenses.

By Marty4650 (Jul 21, 2011)

The G2 (body only) is currently bargain priced at $296 from Amazon, with free shipping.

Add in both lenses for another $400 (or less) and you are under $700.

And it's true that this will cost a lot more than buying a bridge camera, but go back to the camera comparison and compare image quality between the G2 and ANY small sensored bridge camera. Its like night and day!

Aleo Veuliah
By Aleo Veuliah (Jul 22, 2011)

Yes, no doubt about it, it is fine choice

By steve_hoge (Jul 22, 2011)

Fine choice, yes - but I have strict size/weight limitations and the bag of lenses I'd need for the G2 blows my compact setup.

By KARX (Jul 21, 2011)

FujiFilm FinePix HS20 EXR (FinePix HS22 EXR) continues to maintain its leadership position on the market as the best SLR-like (bridge) superzoom camera. Do you want RAW, articulated screen, hot shoe, manual zoom, front thread to attach filters ( macro/tele coverters..) and many more? The choice is so obvious.

By tojkr (Jul 21, 2011)

all right.. RAW?? fuji's raw is not great.. hot shoe, manual zoom, thread,articulated screen? yes.. they are valuables and help a lot for specific situations..

But what about IQ? AF speed? I think Fuji should do these. They are not bad, but should be better.

By KARX (Jul 21, 2011)

IQ in comparison to what? I like Image Quality of HS20EXR. AF is very fast with FinePix HS20EXR Ver1.03 (tested). IQ and AF are not bad, not perfect, but very good for bridge camera for its price. And of course every product should be better, and even more better every time new product hits the market. Every product has its own - and +. HS20EXR is the best value for money because of its functionality, creative freedom, and of course, IQ. By the way I'm not shooting in .raw, because the camera shoots perfectly in .jpg, so I don't need routine PP work. I like an old school shooting, like in the time when there were no digital cameras. I'm still waiting for DPReview group test of bridge cameras....

By tojkr (Jul 22, 2011)

I think panny has better color and less artifacts. Fuji colors are superb in velvia/chrome, but normal panny colors are more accurate. Panny has less CA.

hence i think overall panasonic has better IQ.

If you say HS20EXR is so good, probably i will compare and buy it. I do lot of macros, and friends love my macro shots. I think articulated screen, ring focus are very handy for both.

By steve_hoge (Jul 22, 2011)

FYI: FZ series have 46mm threaded lens barrel and can retract with an attached filter (though some may filters may protrude - easy to mod a lens cap in that case.)

Aleo Veuliah
By Aleo Veuliah (Jul 21, 2011)

This is still a good camera, if you want raw buy an slr or micro 4/3 cameras

If you want articulated LCD buy the FZ-100

Panasonic knows that the majority that buy a camera like this don't even know what is raw, or will not use it

You people are exaggerating here with no reason, look at the good things the camera have

By steve_hoge (Jul 22, 2011)

I had the FZ18, I've got the FZ35 and I'm waiting for a significant upgrade that addresses its shortcomings (picture quality, slow operation, poor viewfinder, focus hunting.) This isn't it. PQ on the FZ35 is good in ideal shooting situations but when the scene gets darker or highly contrasty I really need RAW files to recover the dynamic range and shadows without the pixel-schmearing of the FZ35's JPEG conversion.

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By cits (Jun 5, 2012)

FZ150 looks like a good upgrade. Have the FZ18, some images are great others too much noise. Shoot pretty much only at ISO 100. Zooming in on birds often are so unusable and AF not always accurate shooting them in trees. The manual focus lever not good for fine focusing. Was thinking of getting the micro 4.3 G3 but the 150 just might be a decent upgrade, at least it has a hot shoe and images less noisy than the 18

By Iso1975 (Jul 21, 2011)

No raw, no articulated screen, no hot shoe? No thanks!

G Davidson
By G Davidson (Jul 21, 2011)

Why no raw?I don't always want my imaged precooked!

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By eddie_cam (Jul 21, 2011)

No raw and no NR setting. Thx for nothing, Panasonic!

By DidierDCH (Jul 22, 2011)

NR can be adjusted according to the specs on the Pana site: => "Picture Adjustment"

Small Smile
By Small Smile (Jul 21, 2011)

Is'nt for me: thanks, Mr. Penny!
I will wait patiently for the new version of the lovable FZ50... ;

By jim (Jul 26, 2011)

I agree with you about the FZ50, but I fear you will wait forever for a new version. Sadly, they must not have sold. They are after all, in an odd market location. Most people who are willing to carry a camera that large choose DSLRs, the others want super compact cameras and don't understand the value of lens barrel zoom and focus.

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