Pros: Ease of use, true color reproduction, very good 1080 video.
Cons: Too many choices with menu selection can be confusing.
Panasonic's FZ47 is the leader model in their bridge camera line up. I decided to go with this model instead of the feature laden higher end FZ150, for my needs I simply couldn't justify the substantial price differential between the two.
Why a bridge camera?
As the name implies a bridge camera typically offers more features than your standard point and shoot but less capabilities than an SLR. Instead of buying numerous lenses for an SLR you get a zoom lens that enables wide and tele-photo shots that produce very acceptable results for the amateur photographer. The obvious benefit is lower cost and less weight to carry around. Although from a pro stand point you may give up some picture quality and a little less flexibility controlling focus and depth of field.
Leica Lens with 25 mm wide angle
24X Optical Zoom
3.0" LCD 480,000 pixels
EVF Electronic View Finder
Full HD Video 1080
Intelligent Auto mode for blur less photos
Rechargeable long life battery
Using the Camera
Lots to like about this camera including some simple things that just make using it a pleasure. First it's relatively light despite its bulk and feels good in your hand. A rocker switch to turn it on and off, beats just a plain old push button. The EVF comes in handy when bright sun blots out the LCD. A quick menu speeds up adjustments for those items used most often such as flash, burst, meter, white balance etc.
A mode dial is situated on top of the camera that will handle settings automatically for just about any photo session. But you still have the capability of making your own adjustments including manual focus.
As they say "the proof is in the pudding" this camera delivers providing great results with minimal effort, luv that. The colors are very natural and the images are crisp. Start up is quick and the HD video is superb for a camera in this price range.
It's easy to caught up in the complexity of the extended menus, most novices will probably be satisfied just using the Intelligent Auto setting which works very well. However if you want to get creative it offers those possibilities as well. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed in the performance or ease of use with this camera.