Panasonic FZ47 vs Panasonic TS2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ47 front
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 front

Panasonic FZ47 vs Panasonic TS2 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ47
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Bump to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8-5.2) lens
  • 498g - 120 x 80 x 92mm
  • Announced July 2011
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-FZ48
Panasonic TS2
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-128mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 188g - 99 x 63 x 24mm
  • Released January 2010
  • Additionally referred to as Lumix DMC-FT2
  • Previous Model is Panasonic TS1
  • New Model is Panasonic TS3
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Panasonic FZ47 vs Panasonic TS2 Overview

The following is a in depth overview of the Panasonic FZ47 versus Panasonic TS2, one is a Small Sensor Superzoom and the latter is a Waterproof and they are both sold by Panasonic. The resolution of the FZ47 (12MP) and the TS2 (14MP) is pretty close and they use the same exact sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The FZ47 was manufactured 19 months after the TS2 which makes the cameras a generation away from one another. Both of these cameras offer different body type with the Panasonic FZ47 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Panasonic TS2 being a Compact camera.

Before delving straight into a more detailed comparison, below is a concise introduction of how the FZ47 matches up against the TS2 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ47 over the Panasonic TS2

 FZ47 TS2 
ReleasedJuly 2011January 2010Newer by 19 months
Manual focus Dial precise focusing
Screen sizing3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kCrisper screen (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic TS2 over the Panasonic FZ47

 TS2 FZ47 

Common features in the Panasonic FZ47 and Panasonic TS2

 FZ47 TS2 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch friendly screen No Touch friendly screen

Panasonic FZ47 vs Panasonic TS2 Physical Comparison

In case you're going to travel with your camera, you will have to think about its weight and volume. The Panasonic FZ47 enjoys 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) whilst the Panasonic TS2 has sizing of 99mm x 63mm x 24mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 0.9") with a weight of 188 grams (0.41 lbs).

Contrast the Panasonic FZ47 versus Panasonic TS2 in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you use during that time. Here is the front view dimensions comparison of the FZ47 versus the TS2.

Panasonic FZ47 vs Panasonic TS2 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the FZ47 and TS2 is 68 and 93 respectively.

Panasonic FZ47 vs Panasonic TS2 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ47 vs Panasonic TS2 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it's hard to see the gap in sensor dimensions only by viewing a spec sheet. The image here will help offer you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the FZ47 and TS2.

As you can see, the two cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing albeit not the same MP. You should expect the Panasonic TS2 to result in extra detail due to its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will also make it easier to crop pictures a little more aggressively. The younger FZ47 will have a benefit when it comes to sensor technology.

Panasonic FZ47 vs Panasonic TS2 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ47 vs Panasonic TS2 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ47 vs Panasonic TS2 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FZ47 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic TS2 as a Portrait photography camera
manual focus
high flash sync (1/2,000s)
provides face detect focusing
no external flash support
megapixel count low (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
good resolution (14MP)
no manual focus
manual exposure not possible
can't use external flash
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ47 Street photography highlights
Panasonic TS2 Street photography highlights
image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
more heavy than competition (498 grams)
image stabilization (Optical)
environment proofing
screen is fixed
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic FZ47
Sports photography with Panasonic TS2
great zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
provides tracking focus
great battery power (400 shots)
continuous shooting slow (4.0 frames per second)
megapixel count low (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect AF
image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (14 megapixels)
provides tracking focus
environment proofing
low max shutter speed (1/1,300 seconds)
continuous shooting slow (2.0 fps)
no shutter priority
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FZ47 Travel photography info
Panasonic TS2 Travel photography info
great battery power (400 CIPA)
flash built-in
rather wide (25mm)
great reach (600mm)
missing Timelapse function
more heavy than competition (498 grams)
megapixel count low (12MP)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
environment proofing
good resolution (14MP)
has built in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
no Timelapse function
display isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic FZ47
Landscape photography with Panasonic TS2
manual focus
rather wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
great battery power (400 CIPA)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files
missing Timelapse function
relatively wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (14MP)
environment proofing
no manual focus
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen is somewhat small (2.7 inches)
manual exposure not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
no Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ47 Vlogging advice
Panasonic TS2 Vlogging advice
rather wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
missing microphone support
more heavy than competition (498g)
relatively wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
display isn't selfie friendly
low res video (1280 x 720 pixels)
no microphone socket
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Panasonic FZ47 vs Panasonic TS2 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ47 and Panasonic TS2
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ47Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2
General Information
Company Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ47 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2
Otherwise known as Lumix DMC-FZ48 Lumix DMC-FT2
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Waterproof
Announced 2011-07-21 2010-01-26
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Venus Engine FHD Venus Engine HD II
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4000 x 3000 4320 x 3240
Maximum native ISO 1600 6400
Maximum enhanced ISO 6400 -
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW images
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 23 11
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-600mm (24.0x) 28-128mm (4.6x)
Highest aperture f/2.8-5.2 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus distance 1cm 5cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.9
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inch 2.7 inch
Display resolution 460 thousand dots 230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Min shutter speed 60s 60s
Max shutter speed 1/2000s 1/1300s
Continuous shutter rate 4.0 frames/s 2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 9.50 m 5.10 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/2000s -
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video data format AVCHD AVCHD Lite
Microphone port
Headphone port
Wireless None None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 498g (1.10 lbs) 188g (0.41 lbs)
Dimensions 120 x 80 x 92mm (4.7" x 3.1" x 3.6") 99 x 63 x 24mm (3.9" x 2.5" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Battery life 400 photographs -
Battery type Battery Pack -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 pictures)) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots One One
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