Panasonic FZ47 overview
Panasonic FZ47 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Superzoom camera originally launched on July of 2011. The camera features a 12MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a maximum resolution of 4000 x 3000. It is also known as "Lumix DMC-FZ48" in other markets.
The FZ47 is scored #145 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras & all-around #696 out of 1422 for cameras in our collection. Remember to try out our Smart camera search to see camera listings based on your custom criteria.
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Panasonic FZ47 family
The Panasonic FZ47 has a history of related cameras. Below, you can identify all previous and more recent models alongside important specifications.
Panasonic FZ47 Gallery
You can check the FZ47 from various angles in the gallery underneath.
Panasonic FZ47 Pros and Cons
Below is a list of pluses and minuses of the Panasonic FZ47 based on factors that are normally viewed as necessary in a camera.
Panasonic FZ47 Sensor info
The Panasonic FZ47 is run by the Venus Engine FHD processor chip. The sensor spec on the Panasonic FZ47 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter might produce cropping.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
The CCD sensor has 12MP and includes a native ISO range of 100 to 1600. This ISO can be extended digitally to a high of 6400. Sadly, RAW files are not supported therefore you have less room to maneuver in post.
The picture below shows the FZ47's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The FZ47 sensor has a crop factor of 5.9 and is shown in green.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
To get an idea of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.
Panasonic FZ47 dimensions
Panasonic FZ47 weighs around 1.10 lb (498 gr / 17.57 oz) & the measurement of the camera is 120mm x 80mm x 92mm (4.7" x 3.1" x 3.6"). The weight of normal Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr and the Panasonic FZ47 is more heavy when compared to its competitors.Control Profoto B10 & B10 Plus with your Android Phone
Below is a visual of the Panasonic FZ47 beside a soft drink to help you to get a feel for its scale.
The top view directly below will highlight the button arrangement on the FZ47.
Panasonic FZ47 Lens info
The FZ47 has got an inbuilt lens featuring a focal range of 25-600mm making it a 24.0 x zoom which is great and is going to make it easier to zoom right in.
At the widest 25mm, it has an aperture of f2.8 making it quite slow and not good for low light conditions and you might struggle to get a shallow depth of field. You will likely also have to up the ISO setting which results in noisy pictures. For the tele end, 600mm is great zoom and comes with f5.2 making it quite sluggish and you would need to choose slow shutter speeds.
Panasonic FZ47 Connectivity
The FZ47 has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Cameras that include NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You are able to copy pictures and at times alter settings with no need to connect straight to the camera.
Several applications even provide a Liveview and click the shutter if you aren't close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI port, it can be connected to an external display. The majority of cameras will allow you to charge the battery with the USB socket.
Panasonic FZ47 Video info
The maximum video quality on the Panasonic FZ47 is 1920 x 1080 and you can shoot in AVCHD format. 1080p quality gives a great balance between quality vs file sizes but FULL HD won't give you any room to crop. The camera doesn't feature a microphone and headphone jack which means that you have got little control over the sound. It is probably a better idea to look at a different camera if you want better sound for your video clips.
Panasonic FZ47 Weather Sealing
There is no weather proofing for the Panasonic FZ47 so you need to be cautious in rainy and dusty conditions.
Panasonic FZ47 Display and Viewfinder
The Panasonic FZ47 features a 3 inch fixed display screen supporting a resolution of 460 thousand dots.
Please be aware that the display has no touch support.Unsplash partners with Institutions to bring historical archive photos
The ViewFinder specifications for Panasonic FZ47 are below:
- ViewFinder Electronic
- Coverage 100%
For bright outdoor conditions which make the camera screens washed out and challenging to see, viewfinders can be rather useful.
Panasonic FZ47 Shutter info
Panasonic FZ47 continuous shooting speed is 4.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000s.
Panasonic FZ47 Flash and Hot shoe info
Panasonic FZ47 has only in-built flash lacking external flash ability. The maximum flash sync speed is 1/2000s.
Panasonic FZ47 Autofocusing info
Panasonic FZ47 has just Contrast Based Autofocus & doesn't have Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more faster & exact when compared to Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera features Face detect which can be handy for taking photos of people.
The AF system features 23 focus points to choose from. It also features Tracking Autofocus for subjects that move. Panasonic FZ47 supports manual focusing if required during low light scenarios or you want to have more exact focusing control.
Panasonic FZ47 Battery life
The battery for the Panasonic FZ47 is fashioned to last for 400 shots according to the CIPA benchmarks making it above average when compared to its category. The general Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR offers the highest possible (600) battery life within this group of cameras.
Below is a listing of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that have the strongest battery life:
Panasonic FZ47 for varying categories of photography
The following diagram shows a overview of the Panasonic FZ47 for varying categories of photography. To learn more, scroll to the specific paragraph below.
Panasonic FZ47 Portrait photography advice
The Panasonic FZ47 gets a points tally of 39 which is really bad, meaning that it is simply not very good for portraits. Shooting portrait photos leans heavily to sensor dimension, RAW support together with the potential to use external lighting.
Panasonic FZ47 Street photography advice
Coming in at a really bad rating of 44, the Panasonic FZ47 is simply not very good to buy for street photography. A very good street photography camera provides a fine balance of picture quality and portability.
Panasonic FZ47 as a Sports photography camera
A really bad sports photography points tally of 43 indicates the Panasonic FZ47 is simply not very good for taking photos of sports. A camera really should have excellent focusing plus continuous shooting for sports photography.
Panasonic FZ47 Travel photography info
Size is extremely crucial in selecting a travel camera. Overall, the Panasonic FZ47 gets a reasonable 52 for a travel camera which makes it relatively suitable to take on your trips.
Panasonic FZ47 Landscape photography information
When you are looking to choose a digital camera for landscape photography, the most significant factor will no doubt be image quality. The Panasonic FZ47 and it's really bad grade of 44 for a landscape camera is simply not very good within the current marketplace.
Panasonic FZ47 Vlogging information
A camera for vlogging preferably should offer a moving display screen, mic input and ideally image stabilization. Considering all things, the Panasonic FZ47 is simply not very good as a vlog camera as it gets a really bad rating of 27.
Panasonic FZ47 Alternatives
If you are interested in replacements to the FZ47, below is a collection of the top rated cameras which fall in to the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The chart here offers you a summary of the FZ47 compared to it's highest ranking rivals shown previously.
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