Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ47 review at Imaging Resource

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ47 review at Imaging Resource

What's so special about this otherwise nondescript compact superzoom? For one, the lens range, starting at an almost superwide 25mm equivalent and reaching all the way to 600mm. And secondly, it is currently the only superzoom that provides for full manual settings in video shooting mode:

"Any megazoom is a lot of fun because it's small enough to bring along and you don't have to run around much to compose the shot. That

long lens does the walking for you whether you're intent on a macro shot or something you can't even see with your naked eye in the distance.

But the Panasonic FZ47 doesn't spoil that fun with a digicam control layout. Whether it's something as small as the forward sloping Shutter button or as significant as the read panel control dial, Panasonic put dSLR-like control of the camera in your hands.

I especially appreciated that with a feature like the camera's aspect ratios. There are quite a few: 4:3, 3:2, 16:9, and 1:1. That's too many for a switch on the lens barrel (which Panasonic has provided in the past) but fine for an easily accessed menu. And Q.Menu provides that easily-accessed menu.

You can see from the Gallery page just how often I switched aspect ratio. A lot.

The one situation in which this wasn't the case was with the Movie button. It seems a Movie button (always marked in red) is a requirement now, but it always seems to be a poor way to start and stop recording."

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