There has always been a lot of interest from readers of this site in Panasonic’s super zoom range, from the Lumix DMC-FZ28, to the peerless FZ38 and last year's FZ45. Now Panasonic has announced the latest version, the DMC-FZ48.
The biggest update to the FZ48 is the ability to shoot full HD AVCHD thanks to the inclusion of a hi-speed CCD sensor, although this has also led to a reduction in megapixels from 14.1 to 12.1. Most of the changes to the successful range have been made under the hood, although there are a couple of cosmetic changes, but nothing major. The Leica lens also features Panasonic’s Nano Surface Coating technology to help minimize light reflection that causes ghosting and flare.
The FZ48 has retained the 25-600mm optical zoom lens as well as the 24x optical zoom. The bridge camera also adds 3D to the mix with the newly-added 3D Photo mode promising realistic 3D images from 20 consecutive images shot whilst panning left to right.
With full HD film capture being the stand out feature of this camera, Panasonic has added functions to help those looking to take advantage of it. Creative Video mode give users full control of the feature, letting users set the shutter speed and aperture manually.
While the FZ48 is not a major refresh, Panasonic will say that "if it ain’t broke don’t fix it" - and who are we to argue. The FZ48 (or the FZ47 as it's known in the States) will go on sale in August but Panasonic has yet to announce a UK price, though reports suggest it will cost around $400 in the US.