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Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FZ47 digital camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. Panasonic FZ47: CCD-based long-zoom offers 1080i video
(Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 01:01 EDT)

Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. has today announced its new Panasonic FZ47 digital camera, which we believe will also be known as the FZ48 in some markets.

The Panasonic Lumix FZ47 is interesting in particular for the fact that it offers 60 interlaced fields-per-second video at Full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,080 pixels, aka 1,080i) from a CCD image sensor, rather than the more typical CMOS chips that tend to be used in cameras providing Full HD video. The DMC-FZ47 also offers 720p video with 60 progressive-scan frames per second, with both modes using AVCHD compression. Alternatively, video can be stored with MP4 compression at a rate of 30 frames per second, matching the sensor's refresh rate.

Compared to the earlier FZ40 model which it closely resembles, the Panasonic FZ47 has ever so slightly lower sensor resolution at 12.1 megapixels, but increases the available internal memory noticeably to 70MB. Battery life plungs by almost a third to 400 shots, compared to the earlier camera's 580 shots, however.

Pricing for the Panasonic FZ47 is set at around US$400, with availability from August 2011. More details on this long-zoom model can be found in our Panasonic FZ47 preview.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ47
Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FZ47 digital camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. Click for a bigger picture!
Camera TypeEVF
Model NumberNorth America: DMC-FZ47
Europe: DMC-FZ48
Dimensions4.7 x 3.1 x 3.6 in.
(120 x 80 x 92 mm)
Weight17.6 oz (498 g)
Planned Price$400
Planned AvailabilityAugust 2011
Image Capture
Sensor TypeCCD
1/2.33" (approx. 0.43 in. diagonal)
12.50 megapixels (total)
12.10 megapixels (effective)
Filter TypeRGBG
Aspect Ratio16:9, 4:3
Image Dimensions4000 x 3000 (12.0 megapixels)
3264 x 2448 (8.0 megapixels)
2560 x 1920 (4.9 megapixels)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 megapixels)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 megapixels)
640 x 480 (0.3 megapixels)
4000 x 2672 (10.7 megapixels)
3264 x 2176 (7.1 megapixels)
2560 x 1712 (4.4 megapixels)
2048 x 1360 (2.8 megapixels)
640 x 424 (0.3 megapixels)
4000 x 2248 (9.0 megapixels)
3264 x 1840 (6.0 megapixels)
2560 x 1440 (3.7 megapixels)
1920 x 1080 (2.1 megapixels)
640 x 360 (0.2 megapixels)
Capture SpeedContinuous: 3.7 frames per second for 7 frames
Image Quality2 levels
Image Preview / Review
ViewfinderYes, EVF type; 0.20" Color LCD (201.6K Pixels equiv.), Field of View : approx. 100%, Lens 19.6x
LCD3.0 in. diagonal
460,000 dots (approx. 153,000 pixels)
Lens TypeLEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT; 14 elements in 10 groups, 2 Aspherical Lenses, 3 ED lenses, 1 Nano Surface Coat Lens
24x optical zoom
Image StabilizationYes
Focal Length4.5 - 108.0mm (actual)
25 - 600mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Rangef/2.8 (wide) / f/5.2 (tele) - f/8.0; Multistage Iris Diaphragm
Focusing SystemContrast Detect: Face / AF Tracking / 23 pt / 1 pt (Flexible / Scalable)
Has AF assist lamp
Manual focus possible
Focusing RangeNormal: 12" - infinity (30 cm - infinity)
Macro: 0.4" - 4,082" (1 cm - 10,000 cm)
ISO SensitivityAuto, iISO, High Sensitivity Auto (1600-6400), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
Shutter Speed60 - 1/2000 second
Exposure ModesAperture, Shutter, Manual
Metering ModesIntelligent Multiple, Center-Weighted, Spot
Exposure Compensation+/- 3.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White BalanceImage Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Flash, Incandescent, Color Temperature, White Set 1, White Set 2
Internal FlashModes: Auto, Auto/Red- eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red- eye Reduction, Slow Sync./Red- eye Reduction, Forced Off; Flash Synchro; 1st / 2nd
Range: Auto ISO: 0.3 - 9.5m (Wide), 1.0 - 5.1m (Tele)
Scene ModesCreative Control mode, Portrait mode, Scenery mode, Sports mode, Night Portrait mode, Close- up mode, Scene mode (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), Custom, Creative Video mode
Digital ZoomUp to 4x
Self TimerYes, 2, 10, 10 (3 shots) seconds
Movie FormatAVCHD or MP4 with audio
Max. clip length: 8,400 seconds ()
Recording MediumSD/MMC including SDHC, SDXC, Built-in
File SystemFAT16, FAT32, complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File FormatJPEG (EXIF 2.3), MPO (3D)
VideoHigh definition: Yes (HDMI)
Standard definition: Yes
ComputerUSB 2.0 High Speed
OtherMini-HDMI with Viera Link
Battery Type7.2V, 895mAh Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Form FactorProprietary
Product Bundle
SoftwarePHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.3HD Lite Edition, QuickTime, Adobe Reader
Battery / Charger1 x Proprietary Lithium-ion rechargeable battery and charger
Flash Memory70.0MB built-in memory
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliantYes
PictBridge CompliantYes
Internal MicrophoneYes
Internal SpeakerYes
Tripod MountYes
Notes24x wide-angle zoom with Power OIS optical image stabilization, Full HD 1080i movies, Creative Video mode, Creative Control mode, Photo Style mode, 3D Photo mode, Intelligent ISO Control, Intelligent Scene Selection, Intelligent D-Range Control.
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Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FZ47 digital camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. Click for a bigger picture!
Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FZ47 digital camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. Click for a bigger picture!
Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FZ47 digital camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. Click for a bigger picture!
Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FZ47 digital camera. Photo provided by Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co. Click for a bigger picture!

Original Source Press Release:

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 D-Range Control.

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)

Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
*Leica is a registered trademark of Leica Microsystems IR GmbH.
*The LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lenses are manufactured using measurement instruments and quality assurance systems that have been certified by Leica Camera AG based on the company's quality standards.
*The "AVCHD" is a high definition (HD) digital video recording / playback format jointly established by Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation.
Dolby and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
*Facebook and the Facebook logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Facebook, Inc.
*YouTube is a trademark of Google Inc.
*All other company and product names are trademarks of their respective corporations.
*This unit is compatible with both SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Cards. You can only use SDHC Memory Cards on devices that are compatible with them. You cannot use SDHC Memory Cards on devices that are only compatible with SD Memory Cards. (When using an SDHC Memory Card on another device, be sure to read the operating instructions for that device.)

About Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company
Based in Secaucus, N.J., Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company, is a Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC) and the hub of Panasonic's U.S. marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Panasonic is pledged to practice prudent, sustainable use of the earth's natural resources and protect our environment through the company’s Eco Ideas programs.

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