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Panasonic FZ47 vs Panasonic G5

Portability
68
Imaging
36
Features
45
Overall
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ47 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 front
Portability
74
Imaging
52
Features
66
Overall
57

Panasonic FZ47 vs Panasonic G5 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ47
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Raise to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8-5.2) lens
  • 498g - 120 x 80 x 92mm
  • Released July 2011
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-FZ48
Panasonic G5
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 160 - 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 396g - 120 x 83 x 71mm
  • Launched July 2012
  • Old Model is Panasonic G3
  • Later Model is Panasonic G6
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Panasonic FZ47 vs Panasonic G5 Overview

Following is a in-depth comparison of the Panasonic FZ47 versus Panasonic G5, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and both of them are manufactured by Panasonic. There exists a sizeable gap between the image resolutions of the FZ47 (12MP) and G5 (16MP) and the FZ47 (1/2.3") and G5 (Four Thirds) posses totally different sensor sizes.

Photography Glossary

The FZ47 was unveiled 12 months before the G5 and they are of a similar generation. Both cameras feature different body design with the Panasonic FZ47 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Panasonic G5 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before we go right into a detailed comparison, here is a concise introduction of how the FZ47 matches up versus the G5 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ47 over the Panasonic G5

 FZ47 G5 

Reasons to pick Panasonic G5 over the Panasonic FZ47

 G5 FZ47 
LaunchedJuly 2012July 2011More modern by 12 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display resolution920k460kClearer display (+460k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Panasonic FZ47 and Panasonic G5

 FZ47 G5 
Focus manually More precise focus
Display size3"3"Same display dimensions

Panasonic FZ47 vs Panasonic G5 Physical Comparison

When you are looking to carry around your camera frequently, you will have to factor its weight and proportions. The Panasonic FZ47 has outer dimensions of 120mm x 80mm x 92mm (4.7" x 3.1" x 3.6") accompanied by a weight of 498 grams (1.10 lbs) while the Panasonic G5 has measurements of 120mm x 83mm x 71mm (4.7" x 3.3" x 2.8") along with a weight of 396 grams (0.87 lbs).

Compare the Panasonic FZ47 versus Panasonic G5 in the all new Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change based on the lens you have during that time. Following is a front view overall size comparison of the FZ47 versus the G5.

Panasonic FZ47 vs Panasonic G5 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability score of the FZ47 and G5 is 68 and 74 respectively.

Panasonic FZ47 vs Panasonic G5 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ47 vs Panasonic G5 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it's hard to see the gap between sensor sizes simply by checking technical specs. The pic below may offer you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the FZ47 and G5.

As you have seen, each of these cameras feature different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The FZ47 using its tinier sensor will make achieving shallower depth of field tougher and the Panasonic G5 will give greater detail having an extra 4MP. Greater resolution can also help you crop pics way more aggressively. The more aged FZ47 is going to be behind with regard to sensor innovation.

Panasonic FZ47 vs Panasonic G5 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ47 vs Panasonic G5 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ47 vs Panasonic G5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FZ47 Portrait photography information
Panasonic G5 Portrait photography information
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manual focus
high flash sync speed (1/2,000 seconds)
comes with face detection autofocus
can't use external flash
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
71
has manual focus
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
provides face detect focusing
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ47 Street photography advice
Panasonic G5 Street photography advice
43
image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
heavier than competitors in class (498g)
66
screen articulates fully
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
includes touch to focus
does not have image stabilization
more heavy than others in class (396g)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FZ47 Sports photography features
Panasonic G5 Sports photography features
43
excellent zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with tracking autofocus
great battery (400 per charge)
very slow continuous shooting (4.0 fps)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
51
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
provides tracking focus
very slow continuous shooting (6.0 frames/s)
does not have image stabilization
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic FZ47
Travel photography with Panasonic G5
52
great battery (400 shots)
flash built-in
relatively wide (25mm)
very long reach (600mm)
missing Time Lapse mode
heavier than competitors in class (498 grams)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
66
includes touch to focus
resolution is good (16MP)
has built in flash
selfie friendly display
doesn't have Timelapse recording
more heavy than others in class (396 grams)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic FZ47
Landscape photography with Panasonic G5
43
manual focus
relatively wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
great battery (400 CIPA)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format
missing Time Lapse mode
65
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen is a good size (3")
resolution is good (16MP)
sensor size is good (Four Thirds)
supports RAW files
does not have image stabilization
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic FZ47
Vlogging with Panasonic G5
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relatively wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with face detection autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
display is not selfie friendly
missing external mic support
heavier than competitors in class (498g)
62
selfie friendly display
touchscreen enabled
provides face detect focusing
great video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does not have image stabilization
doesn't have microphone port
more heavy than others in class (396 grams)
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Panasonic FZ47 vs Panasonic G5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ47 and Panasonic G5
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ47Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ47 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5
Also called as Lumix DMC-FZ48 -
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Entry-Level Mirrorless
Released 2011-07-21 2012-07-17
Body design SLR-like (bridge) SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Venus Engine FHD Venus Engine VII FHD
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 1600 12800
Maximum enhanced ISO 6400 -
Min native ISO 100 160
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 23 23
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens Micro Four Thirds
Lens focal range 25-600mm (24.0x) -
Maximal aperture f/2.8-5.2 -
Macro focus range 1cm -
Available lenses - 107
Focal length multiplier 5.9 2.1
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 460 thousand dot 920 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display tech - TFT Color LCD with wide-viewing angle
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,440 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification - 0.7x
Features
Min shutter speed 60s 60s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter speed 4.0fps 6.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 9.50 m 10.50 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Max flash sync 1/2000s 1/160s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25fps
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 498g (1.10 lbs) 396g (0.87 lbs)
Physical dimensions 120 x 80 x 92mm (4.7" x 3.1" x 3.6") 120 x 83 x 71mm (4.7" x 3.3" x 2.8")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 61
DXO Color Depth score not tested 21.4
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 11.6
DXO Low light score not tested 618
Other
Battery life 400 shots 320 shots
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 pictures)) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots One One
Retail cost $379 $699