Superzoom bridge cameras which allow a user to excercise full manual control over their photo-taking are being squeezed out on both ends of the digital camera market by cheap entry-level DSLRs, high-end compact cameras and and new breed of mirrorless cameras which boast interchangeable lenses, right? Well, not if Panasonic has got anything to say about it; apparently, the market for such superzoom bridge cameras is still good enough for the Japanese electronics company to justify releasing a new model for this particular segment, and it comes in the form of its new LUMIX FZ47.
Superzoom bridge cameras. Who needs them, when you got entry-level DSLRs that are capable of capturing still images at significantly better image quality, or even the new breed of mirrorless cameras which sport interchangeable lenses and still feature the same large image sensor that one would typically find in a DSLR? Well, it seems that there is still sufficient demand left in the market for such devices for Panasonic to justify the releasing of yet another camera for this particular segment, and it comes in the form of the new LUMIX FZ47.
According to the official press release that was issued yesterday, the new LUMIX FZ47 superzoom bridge camera will sport a LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens that is reportedly capable of achieving an optical zoom range of 24x that reaches from 25mm to 600mm in 35mm-equivalent terms. Panasonic has also confirmed that the lens has been treated with its proprietary "Nano Surface Coating technology to help minimize light reflection that causes ghosting and flare".
In addition to its decent zoom range, the FZ47 will also boast support for 1080i video recording in the AVCHD format, with Panasonic claiming that the camera's optical zoom mechanism has been specially optimized for use in shooting videos, as it now features technology which allows for low-noise autofocus and zooming while capturing movies. And if that was not enough, the FZ47 also boasts the ability to allow users to capture still images at a resolution of 3.5 megapixels in the midst of filiming a video, as well as the addition of a new Creative Video mode, which allows users to manually set the shutter speed and aperture when recorming videos, a feature which is not present on most digital cameras on the market today.
Last but defintiely not least, Panasonic has confirmed that the new LUMIX FZ47 will be powered by both a 1/2.33" "Hi-Speed CCD sensor" that is capable of capturing still images at resolutions of up to 12.1-megapixel, and the Venus Engine FHD processor, which is reportedly capable of delivering superb image quality in both photo and video recording, while also powering the Intelligent Resolution technology to perform the optimum signal processing. In addition, the processor is also capable of allowing the camera to take "high-resolution consecutive shots at 3.7 fps in 12.1-megapixel full-resolution and maximum 10 fps at 3-megapixel recording".
No news of the FZ47's global availability has been announced by Panasonic yet, but the company claims that the camera should be available for sale in the U.S come August this year at the price of US$399.99.
Source: Digital Photography Review