New Top-of-the-Line Super Zoom: Panasonic Lumix FZ47

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Panasonic has announced its new top-of-the-line superzoom digital camera, the Panasonic Lumix FZ47. One of the bigger draws of the FZ47 has to be its lens, a Leica-designed 24x (25-600mmequivalent) DC Vario-Elmarit zoom lens that features two aspheric elements, three aspheric surfaces, three ED elements, Nano Crystal lens coatings and an aperture range of f/2.8 to f/5.2.

In addition to a 3.0” (460,000-dot)TFT LCD, the Panasonic Lumix FZ47offers the option of a DSLR-like electronic viewfinder (EVF), which like the FZ47’s LCD, displays 100% of the viewing area. Unlike its predecessors, the Lumix FZ47 does not shoot RAW, but it does offer 20 levels of JPEG compression in a choice of four aspect ratios. The Lumix FZ47 can also capture AVCHD 1080i HD video and MPO-format 3D imagery.

The Panasonic Lumix FZ47, which contains approximately 70MB of internal memory and accepts SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards, will be available sometime in August, 2011.