It is impossible to say what problems you are having without seeing full resolution samples of your images with the EXIF data attached. It could be the camera, but it could be the settings you are using as well. For example, if you are using the smallest aperture, that could be a problem. For one thing, using the smallest aperture means you are using a slower shutter speed, and the image stabilization cannot always guarantee a sharp image if the shutter speed it too slow. Or you could be using a higher ISO, which has more noise. Also, camera lenses are generally at their sharpest at a medium aperture; the smallest aperture has diffraction distortion...less sharpness.
As far as movies quality is concerned, the FZ47 *is* a point and shoot camera, in the respect that it uses the same small sized sensor as a P&S. The *only* real difference between the two is the focal range of the lens.
Hello, sorry in advance if I posted this thread in the wrong section I'm new to this site. Anyways I have a panasonic lumix dmc-fz47. I got it in early fall 2012. When I first got the camera it took great photos, all in auto. The exposures were fine and the images were quite sharp and crisp. I wanted to get a little more control over the camera so I started learning the different settings of my camera. As I started learning about how to set my exposure triangle, my images started losing their sharpness, especially if I am not shooting in a setup area. (Setting up lamps and backgrounds, almost like a homemade studio.). The real problem is when I start taking pictures on the go in places where there are no studio like conditions. I have to use ridiculous setting combinations to get a half decent exposure. The images are not completely out of focus but small details are not sharp even when I shoot in the highest number aperture, to ensure everything is in focus. Many of the images even on a bright winter day are comparable to my phone's camera. Could it be the camera? It does not seem to make any sense that as I progress as a photographer my camera gets worse. It also has trouble focusing when zooming in on a subject making the 24 zoom capabilities almost useless. Maybe I am just expecting too much out of this cheap camera. Also the video quality is horrible. It is advertised as 1080p/30 frames per second but once the .mp4 files are transferred to my mac the quality is comparable to that of a small point and shoot. Any suggestions on what I should do?