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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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PANASONIC EXPANDS POPULAR FZ-SERIES SUPER-ZOOM LINE, WITH 24X OPTICAL ZOOM AND FULL HD-CAPABLE MODEL

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 www.panasonic.com/lumix.

*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
• LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT
• 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)
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Comments

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Adriano76
By Adriano76 (Jul 21, 2011)

well... reducing the mpx sensor's resolution from 14 to 12 (back to fz35/38's) is a good thing... but I don't unterstand how it is possibile to have a ccd sensor with fullHD video!...

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cinemascope
By cinemascope (Jul 21, 2011)

The TS3/FT3 was the first Pana to have FullHD video on a CCD sensor...

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bazzap101
By bazzap101 (Jul 21, 2011)

Still no manual zoom, no hot shoe, no RAW

No thanks

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wutsurstyle
By wutsurstyle (Jul 21, 2011)

I totally agree! Fujifilm bridge cameras for the win.

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B1ackhat
By B1ackhat (Jul 21, 2011)

Full HD on a CCD sensor? Suddenly Panasonic has done the impossible?? hmm

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Menneisyys
By Menneisyys (Jul 21, 2011)

It's High-speed CCD, not the traditional one...

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Jul 21, 2011)

Not impossible. The first generation of AVCHD videocams were based on CCD. The SD3 and others shot 1920x1080i.

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Shrapnel
By Shrapnel (Jul 21, 2011)

This with the FZ100's flip-out screen would have been great for me, full HD with no CMOS rolling shutter... but from reviews I've seen, the best one-box stills&video solutions are the Sony HX100V and HX9V with full HD at true 50p, good stereo and great stabilisation - considered the first digicams to be truly camcorder quality (and sharp hi res too) - even the Canon 5D movie crowd seem impressed.

Panny seem to be falling behind.

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steve_hoge
By steve_hoge (Jul 21, 2011)

What the heck have they been doing for this line in the last 2 years?

"3D" but no RAW format?

#FAIL

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jorepuusa
By jorepuusa (Jul 22, 2011)

Most press photographers shoot jpg, why? Cause printed papers have bad physical paper quality and RAW does not add anything. BUT visual quality does add really.
NO ordinary human being tries to see what kind of RAW processing has been used in a picture that is full off drama.
Most of You who are in this thread are not capable of saying which is jpg and which is raw when pictures are shown in web.
There is "homo pixelatus" who cannot take interesting pictures but is interested in photography because of the gear.
The real values in cameras are the ergonomics, and what kind of manual, hardware knobs there are.
Photography is about pictures ofhuman life, not for arguments about raw or jpg.
Those things do not have anything to do with the strong or weak visual matters in photographs.
-
Writer in from Helsinki- Finland and has been 35 years professional photographer and teacher.

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