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Thursday, July 21, 2011
Panasonic Expands Its FZ-Series Line With 24x Optical Zoom and Full HD-capable Model

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 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 Leica lens features Panasonic's Nano Surface Coating technology to help minimize light reflection that causes ghosting and flare.

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 high image quality in both photo and video recording, while also powering the Intelligent Resolution technology to perform the 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 a 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 stereo sound of Dolby Digital Stereo Creator. 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.

The LUMIX FZ47 also 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.

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 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.

Metrics Dimensions
(W x H x D)
120.3 x 79.8 x 91.9 mm
(4.74 x 3.14 x 3.62 inch)
Weight Approx. 454 g without Battery and SD Memory Card (1.00 lb)
Approx. 498 g with Battery and SD Memory Card (1.10 lb)
Optics Pixels Camera Effective Pixels 12.1 Megapixels
Sensor Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter 1/2.33-inch CCD sensor / 12.5 Total Megapixels / Primary Color Filter
Lens Aperture F2.8 - 5.2 / Multistage Iris Diaphragm
(F2.8 - 8.0 (W) / F5.2 - 8.0 (T))
Optical Zoom 24x
Focal Length f = 4.5 -108 mm (25 - 600 mm in 35 mm equiv.)
(28 - 672 mm in 35 mm equiv. in video recording)
Extra Optical Zoom (EZ) 29.4x (4:3 / 8M), 37.5x (4:3 / 5M), 46.9x (4:3 / under 3M)
Intelligent Zoom 32x
14 elements in 10 groups
(2 Aspherical Lenses / 3 Aspherical Surfaces / 3 ED Lenses / 1 Nano Surface Coating Lens)
2-Speed Zoom Yes
Optical Image Stabilizer Power O.I.S. (On / Off / Active Mode (Only for Motion Picture) )
Digital Zoom 4x
Focus Focusing Area Normal: Wide 30 cm - infinity / Tele 200 cm - infinity
AF Macro / MF / Intelligent AUTO / Motion Picture: Wide 1 cm - infinity / Tele 100 cm - infinity
AF Assist Lamp Yes
Focus Normal / AF Macro / Macro Zoom,
Quick AF On / Off (On in Intelligent Auto),
Manual Focus (jog dial and cursor key button),
One Shot AF, AF Area Select, AF Tracking
AF Metering Face / AF Tracking / 23-area / 1-area (Flexible / Scalable)
Shutter Shutter Speed Still: 60 - 1/2,000 sec
Video Mode: 1/30 - 1/20,000 sec (1/8 - 1/20,000 sec on MF Operation on Creative Video Mode)
Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60 sec
Finder Viewfinder 0.20" Color EVF (201.6 K Pixels equiv.), Field of View: Approx. 100%, Lens 19.6x
Recording File File Format Still Image: JPEG (DCF / Exif 2.3)
3D Image: MPO
Motion Picture: AVCHD, MP4
Recording Modes Mode Dial / Mode Button Intelligent AUTO, P (Program) mode, A (Aperture Priority) mode, S (Shutter Priority) mode, M (Manual) mode, Creative Video mode, Creative Control mode, Portrait mode, Scenery mode, Sports mode, Night Portrait mode, Close- up mode, Scene mode, Custom
Creative Control Mode Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, High Dynamic, Pin Hole, Film Grain, Miniature Effect
Still Image 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
Continuous Shooting Mode Full-resolution Image, 3.7 frames / sec
Max. 7 images (Standard Mode), Max. 7 images (Fine Mode)
High-Speed Burst Mode: Approx. 7 frames / sec (Image priority)
Approx. 10 frames / sec (Speed priority)
(recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9, 2.5M for 1:1)
Motion Picture Recording HD Video
1,920 x 1,080 pixels
[NTSC Model]
AVCHD 60i (FSH: 17Mbps) (Sensor output is 30p)
MP4, 30fps (FHD: 20Mbps) (Sensor output is 30p)
[PAL Model]
AVCHD 50i (FSH: 17Mbps) (Sensor output is 25p)
MP4, 25fps (FHD: 20Mbps) (Sensor output is 25p)

1,280 x 720 pixels
[NTSC Model]
AVCHD 60p (SH: 17Mbps) (Sensor output is 30p)
MP4, 30fps (HD: 10Mbps) (Sensor output is 30p)
[PAL Model]
AVCHD 50p (SH: 17Mbps) (Sensor output is 25p)
MP4, 25fps (HD: 10Mbps) (Sensor output is 25p)

STD Video
640 x 480 pixels (VGA)
[NTSC Model]
MP4, 30fps (4Mbps)
[PAL Model]
MP4, 25fps (4Mbps)
Continuous Recordable Time (Motion Pictures) AVCHD Approx. 140 min (FSH), 160 min (SH)
MP4 Approx. 140 min (FHD)
Actual Recordable Time (Motion Pictures) AVCHD Approx. 80 min (FSH), 90 min (SH)
MP4 Approx. 80 min (FHD)
Exposure Parameters Exposure Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual, Program Shift (Program AE mode)
Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV step, +/- 3 EV
Auto (AE) Bracketing +/- 1/3 EV - 1 EV step, 3 frames
Light Metering Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
ISO Sensitivity Auto / i.ISO / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600
High Sensitivity mode (ISO 1600 - 6400)
Image Parameters Still Picture Recording [1:1] 2,992 x 2,992 (9M) / 2,448 x 2,448 (6M EZ) / 1,920 x 1,920 (3.5M EZ) / 1,536 x 1,536 (2.5M EZ) / 480 x 480 (0.2M EZ)
[4:3] 4,000 x 3,000 (12M) / 3,264 x 2,448 (8M EZ) / 2,560 x 1,920 (5M EZ) / 2,048 x 1,536 (3M EZ) / 1,600 x 1,200 (2M EZ) / 640 x 480 (0.3M EZ)
[3:2] 4,000 x 2,672 (10.5M) / 3,264 x 2,176 (7M EZ) / 2,560 x 1,712 (4.5M EZ) / 2,048 x 1,360 (2.5M EZ) / 640 x 424 (0.3M EZ)
[16:9] 4,000 x 2,248 (9M) / 3,264 x 1,840 (6M EZ) / 2,560 x 1,440 (3.5M EZ) / 1,920 x 1,080 (2M EZ) / 640 x 360 (0.2M)
Image Quality Fine / Standard
White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / White Set 1 / White Set 2 / Color Temperature
White Balance Adjustment (2-axis adjustable, +/-9 steps each, Blue / Amber and Magenta / Green bias)
Photo Style Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait, Custom
* Color Effect (only in iA Mode): Standard, Black & White, Sepia, Happy
Picture Adjustment Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation, Noise Reduction
Others Optical Zoom in Motion Picture Yes
Digital Red-Eye Correction (Red-Eye Removal) Yes
Self Timer 2 sec / 10 sec / 10 sec (3 images)
Playback Display Playback Mode Normal Playback, Slideshow, Category Playback, Mode Playback, Favorites Playback, 2D / 3D Settings
Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback 12,30 - thumbnails / Yes
Calendar Display Yes
Set Favorites Yes
Show Histogram Yes
Show Highlights Yes
Delete DPOF Print Setting / Set Protection Yes / Yes
Edit Resize / Cropping / Leveling Yes / Yes / Yes
Copy / Title Edit / Text Stamp Yes / Yes / Yes
Cut Animation Yes
Video Divide Yes
PictBridge Support Single / Multi / All / Favorites / DPOF
Setup OSD Language English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Netherlandic, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Greek
Others Monitor LCD Monitor 3.0" (7.5cm) TFT Screen LCD Display (460 K dots)
Field of View: Approx. 100%
AUTO Power LCD Mode, Power LCD Mode
Flash Built-in Flash Auto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On / Red-eye Reduction,
Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Flash Synchro; 1st / 2nd
0.3 - 9.5m (Wide / ISO Auto), 1.0 - 5.1m (Tele / ISO Auto)
Media Recording Media Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Built-in Memory Approx. 70 MB
Audio Microphone / Speaker Stereo / Yes
Interface Interface mini HDMI, AV Output, USB2.0 High Speed
Power Power Li-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, Minimum: 895 mAh) (Included)
Battery Life (Approx.) 400 pictures (CIPA Standard)*1
Standard Package Included Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.3 HD Lite Edition
Adobe Reader
Standard Accessories Battery Charger, Battery Pack, USB Connection Cable, Shoulder Strap, CD-ROM, Lens Hood, Lens Cap, Lens Cap String

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