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3.0 out of 5 stars New model adds little, 8 Oct 2012
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This review is from: Panasonic Lumix FZ62 Bridge Camera - Black (16.1MP, 24x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD (Electronics)
This is a good bridge camera which replaces the FZ48 but note that HD video recording is still 1080i/720p not the full 1080p/50fps you get on the FZ150 and FZ200 and there is no option to connect an external microphone for much improved sound recording. It is cheaper and more compact than an equivalent DSLR but note that the sensor is smaller.

There is very little change in the specifications compared with the older and cheaper FZ48 model other than the higher pixel count but note that pixel count alone is no guarantee of higher quality. Compare the specs side by side at Panasonic's panasonic.net website (click on Select and Compare).

The FZ48 is here: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48EB-K Hybrid Super Zoom Digital Camera (12.1MP, 24x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD

Personally I wouldn't buy the 62 over the 48 without seeing reviews indicating a significant improvement in image quality although the price gap has now reduced significantly.

Top Tip: pop up the flash in video mode to reduce camera noise from zoom or buttons; this also helps to reduce wind noise in light breezes. In windier conditions you will find sticking a Windcutter (small fluffy square) over the mics helps greatly - see comment 11 on p2 for details.

A note on video formats: MP4 is recommended for use on a PC but looks flickery on TV. AVCHD/50p on more expensive models looks best on TV but you need a powerful PC just to play it on a PC never mind edit it. My average laptop will play AVCHD/50i but there is a slight reduction in quality compared with 50p so experiment with the different formats to see what works best for you. Look on a well known auction site where you can pick up a mini-hdmi to hdmi cable (not supplied) for a couple of pounds to connect to your HD TV.
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Initial post: 13 Oct 2012 20:16:54 BDT
AEH says:
The major difference in the sensor is that it is now CMOS. The FZ48 is a CCD. It does make a difference.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Nov 2012 04:51:12 GMT
depends on the Quality off the CMOS (1) and (2) It also depends on the Quality of The CCD.

"CMOS Techology made in DSLR's tend to be much bigger sensors which is Needed", (and I would only BUY a DSLR Camera with CMOS Sensor Technology, inside.

However you can get away with still a "very high quality CCD Sensor" in a Bridge camera, or Point and shoot, because it doesn't need as much room.

Like because they have now, only now, begun to make better quality CMOS Sensors, much smaller recently, so small that they can fit into point and shooters.. we still see no difference in picture quality, compared with very high quality CCD Sensors @ the minute.

Why? when CMOS is better in low light, and a faster shooter. well don't forget the CCD LEFT out off the DSLR, No research and development. to large CCD Sensors, as they happen to be more expensive and less efficient in their bigger form, because they were never made better, or made to be a big sensor.... all the research and development, is going into CMOS.

However for a number of years the "much smaller CCD" kept getting ''better and better'' in the point and shoot, and bridge cameras, due to small CCD research and development.

NOW for the 1st time research and development, is going into BOTH - MUCH SMALLER (CMOS) SENSORS & off course LARGER (CMOS) SENSORS. so 2-3 years down the road we will all be using (CMOS), which means a better deal for everyone.

This will be known as the 3rd or 4th generation (CMOS) sensor, as at the start the CMOS was not as good as the CCD, until "Then Canon and Nikon" both used the 2nd GEN CMOS in their DSLR Cameras. its all down to quality these days, Brand name's, with people sharing ideas in the field of research for much better Technology, in the very latest (CMOS) sensors.

So, please, if you see a bargain camera and its a point and shoot, or bridge camera, do NOT let the FACT it has a CCD sensor inside put you off, NOPE. Modern (CCD) Technology is still Very good, while Smaller sensor (CMOS) is a bout neck and neck, but will get better, and when it does, everyone will use it..

Now I think my rant is over.. Thanks for reading.!! I'm just a GEEK.. forgive me.!

Posted on 21 Nov 2012 09:43:49 GMT
"Woof" says:
I think you will find it does record video at 1080p. I think maybe you should refer to the user manual and learn how to use this camera correctly before writing reviews.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Nov 2012 15:33:12 GMT
DaveT says:
The facts stated in my review are correct re video definition according to Panasonic's website. I think maybe you should check your facts before making critical posts...

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Nov 2012 18:55:27 GMT
"Woof" says:
My Facts are correct I have also checked, maybe you should make sure you are looking at the correct camera.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Nov 2012 14:33:19 GMT
DaveT says:
Maybe you should check the website yourself. Perhaps you are confusing 1080i with 1080p or 25fps with 50fps. The more expensive FZ150 and 200 can record AVCHD at 28mbps compared with 17 for this camera. If there is a discrepancy between your manual and the official website you should seek clarification from Panasonic.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Nov 2012 21:28:52 GMT
"Woof" says:
My manual clearly states 1080p fullHD on the specifications page, "Which" also gives the same speck as well as the Panasonic spec I had read before I bought the camera.. ??? oh well lets agree to disagree.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Nov 2012 14:37:33 GMT
DaveT says:
Unfortunately a number of manufactuers are less than clear about what they mean by Full HD and some include 1080i which is roughly half the resolution of 1080p. As there is a conflict between your manual and what is stated on Panasonic's website and also here on Amazon I think you should contact Panasonic and ask for an explanation as to which is correct. At least the price is now closer to the old model.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Dec 2012 09:55:03 GMT
Last edited by the author on 14 Dec 2012 10:00:39 GMT
You can read the Wikipedia article for 1080 - it is 1080, not 720 lines, just they are preprocessed for TV broadcasting at 50Hz interlaced (540 lines) but shooted at 25Hz (1080 lines). So it is a real 1080p/25 shown as 1080i/50 (really 1080i/25 in TV-notation).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1080i

I think the CMOS sensor captures 25Hz 1080p but it is converted to 1080i movie to reduce the bandwith and to be compatible with TV sets. I noticed that my DVB-Cable operator delivers all HD channels at 1080i/25, not 1080p - but the powerfull deinterlacer/frame_rate_converter in the TV makes it to look as 1080p/100. My TV is the old Loewe Xelos A37HD+/DR+ model (even HTDV ready 1366x768, not FullHD).

BTW, FZ62 is very interesting model and I am looking about a purchase ASAP.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Dec 2012 18:18:38 GMT
DaveT says:
Interesting points but I would either save 50 and go for the 48 or save up 50 and go for the FZ150 which is now down to 300 and has quite a lot of extra features.
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