Canon 5D MIV vs Panasonic FZ47

Portability
55
Imaging
79
Features
85
Overall
81
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ47 front
Portability
68
Imaging
37
Features
45
Overall
40
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Canon 5D MIV vs Panasonic FZ47 Overview

Below is a in depth overview of the Canon 5D MIV and Panasonic FZ47, former being a Advanced DSLR while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom by brands Canon and Panasonic. There exists a considerable gap among the image resolutions of the 5D MIV (30MP) and FZ47 (12MP) and the 5D MIV (Full frame) and FZ47 (1/2.3") have totally different sensor size.

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The 5D MIV was introduced 5 years later than the FZ47 and that is a fairly large difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of the cameras have different body design with the Canon 5D MIV being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Panasonic FZ47 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before getting straight to a more detailed comparison, here is a simple synopsis of how the 5D MIV matches up vs the FZ47 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Canon 5D MIV vs Panasonic FZ47 Key Specs

Canon 5D MIV
(Full Review)
  • 30MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Boost to 102400)
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Canon EF Mount
  • 890g - 151 x 116 x 76mm
  • Released August 2016
  • Earlier Model is Canon 5D MIII
Panasonic FZ47
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Increase to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8-5.2) lens
  • 498g - 120 x 80 x 92mm
  • Revealed July 2011
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-FZ48
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Canon 5D MIV vs Panasonic FZ47 Physical Comparison

If you're planning to lug around your camera regularly, you should factor in its weight and measurements. The Canon 5D MIV provides outer dimensions of 151mm x 116mm x 76mm (5.9" x 4.6" x 3.0") and a weight of 890 grams (1.96 lbs) and the Panasonic FZ47 has proportions of 120mm x 80mm x 92mm (4.7" x 3.1" x 3.6") along with a weight of 498 grams (1.10 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you are working with at that moment. Here is a front view over all size comparison of the 5D MIV and the FZ47.

Canon 5D MIV vs Panasonic FZ47 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability rating of the 5D MIV and FZ47 is 55 and 68 respectively.

Canon 5D MIV vs Panasonic FZ47 top view buttons comparison

Canon 5D MIV vs Panasonic FZ47 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it's tough to visualise the gap in sensor measurements purely by going through technical specs. The visual below may offer you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the 5D MIV and FZ47.

As you can tell, each of these cameras provide different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The 5D MIV due to its larger sensor will make getting shallower DOF less difficult and the Canon 5D MIV will show extra detail as a result of its extra 18 Megapixels. Greater resolution will make it easier to crop pics more aggressively. The fresher 5D MIV is going to have an advantage in sensor tech.

Canon 5D MIV vs Panasonic FZ47 sensor size comparison

Canon 5D MIV vs Panasonic FZ47 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon 5D MIV vs Panasonic FZ47 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon 5D MIV Portrait photography info
Panasonic FZ47 Portrait photography info
87
focusing manually
megapixel count amazing (30 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
features face detect autofocus
saves RAW files
39
focusing manually
great flash sync speed (1/2,000s)
features face detection autofocus
cannot use external flash
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Canon 5D MIV Street photography factors
Panasonic FZ47 Street photography factors
65
big sensor size (Full frame)
saves RAW files
comes with focus by touch
weather proofing
above average ISO range (25,600)
fixed screen
lack of image stabilization
44
image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
heavier than others in class (498g)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon 5D MIV
Sports photography with Panasonic FZ47
82
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000s)
megapixel count amazing (30 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
features tracking focus
weather proofing
comes with phase detect autofocus
lack of image stabilization
43
excellent zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
features tracking autofocus
great battery (400 shots)
very slow continuous shooting (4.0 fps)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon 5D MIV
Travel photography with Panasonic FZ47
67
weather proofing
comes with focus by touch
megapixel count amazing (30MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
52
great battery (400 per charge)
built-in flash
decently wide (25mm)
very long reach (600mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
heavier than others in class (498g)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon 5D MIV Landscape photography factors
Panasonic FZ47 Landscape photography factors
82
focusing manually
switch lenses (Canon EF mount)
nice screen size (3.2 inch)
megapixel count amazing (30 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
above average ISO range (25,600)
saves RAW files
weather proofing
two card slots
lack of image stabilization
44
focusing manually
decently wide (25mm)
good sized screen (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
great battery (400 CIPA)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
does not have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon 5D MIV as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic FZ47 as a Vlogging camera
32
has touchscreen
features face detect autofocus
high quality video (4096 x 2160 pixels)
does have mic socket
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
27
decently wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection autofocus
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have external mic port
heavier than others in class (498g)
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Canon 5D MIV vs Panasonic FZ47 Specifications

General Information
Brand
Canon
Panasonic
Model type
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ47
Also called
-
Lumix DMC-FZ48
Type
Advanced DSLR
Small Sensor Superzoom
Released
2016-08-25
2011-07-21
Body design
Mid-size SLR
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Chip
Digic 6+
Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type
CMOS
CCD
Sensor size
Full frame
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
36 x 24mm
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area
864.0mm²
27.7mm²
Sensor resolution
30 megapixel
12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
6720 x 4480
4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO
25600
1600
Maximum boosted ISO
102400
6400
Lowest native ISO
100
100
RAW photos
Lowest boosted ISO
50
-
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points
61
23
Cross type focus points
41
-
Lens
Lens mount type
Canon EF
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
-
25-600mm (24.0x)
Largest aperture
-
f/2.8-5.2
Macro focusing range
-
1cm
Amount of lenses
250
-
Focal length multiplier
1
5.9
Screen
Range of display
Fixed Type
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
3.2"
3"
Display resolution
1,620 thousand dot
460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Optical (pentaprism)
Electronic
Viewfinder coverage
100%
100%
Viewfinder magnification
0.71x
-
Features
Slowest shutter speed
30s
60s
Maximum shutter speed
1/8000s
1/2000s
Continuous shooting speed
7.0fps
4.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance
no built-in flash
9.50 m
Flash modes
no built-in flash
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync
1/200s
1/2000s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
4096 x 2160 (29.97p, 24p, 23.98p), 1920 x 1080 (59.94p, 29.97p, 24p, 23.98p), 1280 x 720 (119.9p)
1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
4096x2160
1920x1080
Video file format
MPEG-4, Motion JPEG
AVCHD
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless
Built-In
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
Built-in
None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight
890g (1.96 lbs)
498g (1.10 lbs)
Physical dimensions
151 x 116 x 76mm (5.9" x 4.6" x 3.0")
120 x 80 x 92mm (4.7" x 3.1" x 3.6")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating
91
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
24.8
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
13.6
not tested
DXO Low light rating
2995
not tested
Other
Battery life
900 photographs
400 photographs
Battery form
Battery Pack
Battery Pack
Battery ID
LP-E6
-
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs, custom)
Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 pictures))
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
CompactFlash + SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I enabled)
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots
Dual
Single
Retail price
$3,299
$379