Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48/FZ47

Last Updated (15 November’12):
– Review & Sample Photos @ Photographyblog

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 is a new Super Zoom Digital Camera that has 12 megapixel CCD image sensor with 24x Optical Zoom Lens From 25mm Wide-angle and 32x Intelligent Zoom. It features a F2.8 LEICA DC Lens with Nano Surface Coating Technology and Hi-speed CCD to support Full HD Video recording with Higher Transfer Processing Speed CCD including POWER O.I.S. Active Mode Supressing Hand-shake Blur in Video Recording.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

The camera also offers a Creative Video Mode, Creative Control and Photo Style lets you make creative images. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 equipped with a 3-inch LCD screen which has high resolution of 460K-pixel. The camera measures (W x H x D) 120.3 x 79.8 x 91.9 mm / (4.74 x 3.14 x 3.62 inch) with weight Approx. 498 g with Battery and SD Memory Card (1.10 lb).

Expert Reviews

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48/FZ47 Reviews

Photographyblog reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48/FZ47 and writes;
“… the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 remains an appealing super-zoom that has the speed, ease-of-use and image quality to more than satisfy anyone looking for an all-in-one, do-it-all camera.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Cameralabs reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48/FZ47 and writes;
“Of these, the more detailed screen, higher resolution video and special effects are the highlights. The 460k screen allowed me to more easily frame precision compositions than its predecessor, the video genuinely captured greater detail, and the live effects were great fun, especially the Miniature mode when applied to video.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Ephotozine reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48/FZ47 and writes;
“the FZ48 gives better image quality than it’s predecessor the FZ45 and it also improves video recording by giving Full HD quality. The camera is priced competitively and it would make an excellent choice for beginners and advanced photographers. Battery life is good and the camera responds quickly with snappy focusing and shutter response.”
Rating: ★★★★½

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User Opinions

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48/FZ47 User Reviews

Excellent Camera
“Video quality is very good, performs good in low light. In essence, I am very much impressed with this camera, upgrading from a Point and shoot!.” – By C. Palanisamy
Rating: ★★★★★

Wonderful upgrade from my dead point-n-shoot
“The key is to learn how to distinguish between interior/exterior options, and how to use flash in conjunction with most of the mode options to get better low-light photos. The color rendering and video quality impress me every time.” – By KSed
Rating: ★★★★★

Great for the money
“The flash is fairly powerful. The resolution is not bad.. If you don’t mind a camera too big for your pants pocket that takes decent to very good shots in a wide variety of settings, you might consider this one. ” – By R. Fieser
Rating: ★★★★☆

Will never go back to a point and shoot
“The FZ 47’s pictures are sharp and clear, and the quality of shots taken under low light conditions is excellent.. the camera focuses quickly, and pictures of my kids moving/running/jumping are not blurry. The image stabilizer is excellent.” – By AmazonReader
Rating: ★★★★★

Fast and responsive, very good photo quality
“Picture quality: From the photos I’ve taken so far, color is very good and seems to be accurate. With very few exceptions, what I saw
was what the picture looked like. This lens has very good
professional reviews with respect to barrel distortion and
vignetting.” – By HardcoreGamer
Rating: ★★★★★

A mix of improvements and steps backward from the previous generation
“The picture quality remains superb, but as competing compact cameras upgrade to CMOS technology for improved low light shooting and burst modes, the advantages of a large lens and flash in a CCD-based bridge camera are diminished in many situations. ” – By Terry R. Umbenhaur
Rating: ★★★★☆

Great Camera
“Just do an internet search and you will find 6 reputable labs that have done in depth reviews on most of the current superzoom cameras with comparisons, gathering all sorts of comparison data such as color rendition, sharpness, sensitivity, noise, as well as how efficiently the camera operates, among other attributes. AS for my purchase, I believe I bought the best camera in its class for the money.” – By jpm
Rating: ★★★★★

Excellent bridge camera
“The Good: Very nice lens that will really get out there, very low distortion even on maximum zoom. It’s fast for a bridge camera, as fast as some DSLR cameras. It has a full manual mode and it’s intuitive,.. Quality on photos and video is very good.” – By James T. Peeples
Rating: ★★★★★

Initial Review & Updates: I’m still in love with the FZ47
“Overall, I’m still extremely pleased with the FZ47. FreeHDConverter and Pinnacle’s Studio 15 Ultimate are wonderful companions, at least for those whose older PC’s can’t keep up with the highest resolution videos produced by the FZ47.” – By Stan
Rating: ★★★★★

Best in its price range
“As long as you set the ISO to not shoot above 200 for shots that you want the lowest noise, it is excellent. If you are into night shots or action shots where you might need blowups for cropping it isn’t a problem, even at ISO 400 for prints up to B 13×19 it looks incredible.” – By R. D. Hoag
Rating: ★★★★★

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 Features

Lens Performance

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 offers a 24x optical zoom lens with F2.8-5.2 LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens (35mm camera equivalent: 25-600mm) which can be used both in photo and video recording to produce exceptional images. The lens ensures clear and sharp focusing of your subject, even in telephoto shots. It also provides superb resolution and contrast in low light shooting. The lens construction consists of 14 elements in 10 groups, including 3 ED lenses and 2 aspherical lenses with 3 aspherical surfaces that effectively reduce the distortion at the wide-end and color bleeding at the tele-end.


Additionally, the camera also comes with a POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) to reduce the camera shake, so your will get bright photos without blurring even from handheld shooting at slow shutter speeds.

Images quality

With a 12.1-megapixel Hi-Speed CCD images sensor, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 offers high performance and speed such as 1,920 x 1,080 full HD video recording and high speed continuous shooting includes improve the images quality. In addition, the camera also has Venus Engine to increase signal processing capabilities with reducing chromatic noise from luminance noise and applying the optimal noise reduction to each. So you can get clear and beautiful images even when shooting at high ISO sensitivity levels.


Full HD Video Recording

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 allows you to record full HD 1,920 x 1,080 videos in AVCHD (MPEG-4 / H.264) format file. The videos recording is supported by Hi-speed CCD processor to provide higher transfer processing speed and an high quality sound of Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator and a dedicated video button that lets you instantly start recording videos. The camera also lets you record full HD video in MP4 format for easy viewing or editing on a computer. There are Creative Video Mode that allows you to adjust the shutter speed and aperture of video recording.


Another features such as Creative Control lets you adds art effect to your images and a Miniature Effect Mode to look images like a miniature. Equipped with a Photo Style lets you control in contrast, sharpness, saturation and noise reduction. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 is equipped with a 3.0-inch LCD Screen that has high resolution of 460,000-dots a 100% field of view lets you easy share and display your images and videos to your family and friends.

Additional Features

+ Intelligent D-range Control
+ Intelligent Resolution Technology
+ EVF (Electronic Viewfinder)
+ Built-in Flash
+ Intuitive Manual Control
+ Finely Detailed White Balance Setting
+ iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode
+ LUMIX Image Uploader
+ 3D Photo Mode
+ 3D Image Viewer / VIERA Link
+ Sonic Speed AF
+ AF Tracking

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