Panasonic has just announced the new addition to their lineup of superzoom compacts, the FZ47 (to be known in Europe as FZ48). Carrying a 1/2.33″ 12.1 megapixel sensor the new camera has a 24x zoom range covering the 25 – 600mm range (in 35mm equivalent).
The stabilized lens is pretty bright on the wide side opening the aperture all the way to F/2.8, but at the long end you only get F/5.2 as a maximum aperture. Video recording up to 1080p resolution is a go in both MP4 and AVCHD formats and on the back you are getting a 3″ LCD of 460K dots.
The other interesting bit about the Panasonic FZ47 is its 3D photo capturing capabilities. Of course, with a single lens you will probably have to follow the software instructions and capture two shots that a separated by a set distance for each 3D image, so if stereoscopic photography is your thing this won’t be the best option for you.
The Panasonic FZ47 will be available in black for a suggested retail price of $400, starting in August 2011.