Its incredible wide-angle to telephoto reach and good image quality makes the 24x Panasonic FZ47 easy to recommend. The addition of Full HD video makes it even easier. Excellent zoom range; Full HD movies; Quick menu for easy adjustments; Excellent controls; Fast shutter lag. Tendency to blow highlights in cloudy conditions; Lacks RAW mode; Lens hood blocks flash; Movie record button awkward. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ47 started shipping in August 2011, priced at around US$400; current prices hover around US$300. Perhaps hedging its bets, Panasonic continues to make a CCD-based megazoom camera alongside its CMOS-bearing flagship. Last year, the company’s FZ100 won praise for being “tremendous fun” but it didn’t make the cut for a Dave’s Pick because its CMOS sensor, which made HD video and faster speed possible, was just too noisy. Their followup FZ150 was noticeably better. The fun is still here with the Panasonic FZ47 (which sports the same 24x zoom starting at a very wide 25mm) and even Full HD video — but the sensor is a high-speed CCD. “Speed” as in 3.7 frames per second for seven full-res shots. That limits Movie mode to 60i...