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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

 

We've been talking about this one for a while now. Rated as Tech 2's best superzoom of 2006, the FZ50 makes it to our labs for review purposes. It may be close to a year old, but it's still a strong contender in the superzoom category, and now at a...

Since the camera is not exactly new in the market, its street price has dropped down close to Rs. 20,000, which is an absolutely brilliant deal. With the amount of features and options, the FZ50 is an excellent enthusiast-level camera — perfect for...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

 

The DMC-FZ50 is the 10.1-megapixel model in Panasonic's popular Lumix line. It features a 12x LEICA optical zoom lens, the Venus III imaging engine, the MEGA O.I.S (Optical Image Stabilizer) and a 2" color LCD

The Panasonic DMC-FZ50 features the Venus III imaging engine to allow high sensitivity shooting at ISOs up to 1600. This noise reduction system has been improved to reduce noise in several processing stages. First, chromatic noise and the luminance...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

 

Panasonic's new Lumix DMC FZ50, which replaces the FZ30, is an excellent superzoom camera that carries a host of improvements. First of all, it's now got 10 megapixels. Second, it can shoot at a greater range of ISO ratingsup to 1,600!although my test...

Excellent feature set. Zoom and focus ring. Includes a hot shoe. Has optical image stabilization. Supports RAW format.

Big. Pricey. Smallish LCD. Needs better burst mode. No TIFF format support.

An excellent camera for those who want D-SLR-like quality and performance. It can also shoot video in both standard and 16:9 format at 30 fps.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50K (black)

 

Its electronic viewfinder (EVF), like most EVFs, is bit coarse to look at, but again, is roughly equivalent with its competitors'. In continuous shooting mode, it doesn't go blank as some EVFs do between shots. Instead, it shows you the last image...

Fast, 12X optical, image-stabilized zoom lens; raw capture; sensitivity to as high as ISO 1,600.

Big camera body; auto white balance is bad with tungsten lighting; relatively expensive.

If you can get past its large size, Panasonic's DMC-FZ50 is a decent choice for a superzoom.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

 

Where the FZ30 was a major upgrade of the FZ20 both internally and externally, the FZ50 is more evolutionary than revolutionary, and aside from the new sensor the changes are - for the most part - minor.

Excellent resolution and corner-to-corner detail at lower ISO settings ; Vivid but realistic color ; Superb 12x optical zoom ; Effective image stabilization ; Excellent handling and SLR-like control ; Comprehensive range of controls and features ; New...

Extra 2 million pixels offer little visible advantage ; Noise reduction produces visible artefacts and loss of low contrast detail even at low ISO (and noise if you don't use NR) if viewed at 100% (actual pixels) ; ISO 400 and above very soft and...

The FZ50 answers several of the minor quibbles we had with the FZ30 (better access to ISO and WB, proper raw conversion software in the box, more flexible screen positioning) and adds some useful new features (TTL hot shoe, custom modes, function...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 Review

 

The new Panasonic DMC-FZ50 is a compact digital camera that offers many of the benefits of a true DSLR. There's a 12x ultra-zoom lens, equivalent to a focal length of 35-420mm, housed in a...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 Digital Camera - Full Review

 

Panasonic's Lumix FZ50 takes the company into new territory in terms of resolution, matching the resolution of many popular SLRs, and exceeding their zoom abilities with one very long 12x, 35-420mm Leica zoom. Though the Panasonic FZ50 is as big as an...

Generous, 12x optical zoom lens, Very quiet, easy-to-adjust manual zoom ring, Effective fly-by-wire manual focus ring, Excellent MEGA O.I.S. feature steadies long-range and low-light shots, Serious, hefty design suggests professional digital SLR,...

Heavy chroma noise when shooting above ISO 400, Shots at ISO 400 look okay, but distinctly soft printed at 8x10 ; shots at ISO 800 are only good for 4x6 prints at best, Early shutter penalty jams up camera if you snap pictures too quickly, Shot-to-shot...

Panasonic's all-in-one superzoom cameras have garnered very positive reviews from critics and consumers alike over the years, and with good reason. The winning combination of the Lumix line's Leica-branded optical zoom lenses of up to 12x, and...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

 

There are a few other minor changes that I'll cover in the review. So what hasn't changed since the FZ30? You still get the same 12X optical zoom lens, optical image stabilization, full manual controls, zoom and focus rings around the lens, a rotating...

Wonderfully designed, SLR-style body ; 12X zoom Leica lens ; Optical image stabilization ; Robust performance in most areas ; Flip-down, rotating 2-inch LCD display; screen is visible in both dim and bright light (same with the EVF) ; Full manual...

Mushy details at ISO 200 above due to over-zealous noise reduction system ; Expensive ; Some redeye ; Focus distance not shown on LCD/EVF in manual focus mode ; Borderline useless high sensitivity mode ; No USB 2.0 High Speed support ; Tiny memory card...

Do I like the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50? Yes, quite a lot. Am I disappointed that Panasonic stuffed a tiny 10 Megapixel sensor into it and then turned the noise reduction to eleven? Very much so. The FZ50 is definitely the best designed ultra zoom out...

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 Digital Camera Review

 

The FZ50 Panasonic is versatile, easy to use, and produces incredibly sharp photographs but is built like a tank and picking up and aiming with it is a lot like looking down the barrel of a gun. It is powered with Mega Optical Image stabilizer and...

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Panasonic Lumix FZ50

 

The Lumix FZ50 is Panasonic's latest top-of-the-line fixed lens camera. It still has the 12X stabilized lens from the FZ30 but now it adds 10 megapixels of resolution and all these:

SLR-like feel with optimal amount of external controls ; Nice 12x zoom lens with optical image stabilization ; Good battery life ; Rotating LCD with good visibility ; Powerful flash; there's a hotshoe too ; Full manual controls with an array of...

Expensive (versus entry-level digital SLRs) ; Faster shutter speeds available only at smaller apertures ; Performance reduced thanks to higher resolution; no improvements using lower settings ; Smeary details at ISO 400 and above; ISO 3200 unusable ;...

The Panasonic FZ50 is a high-end camera with a large stabilized zoom lens. It handles and feels like a digital SLR. To complement that experience, there's a powerful flash with a hotshoe, full manual controls and shooting modes, accessories, good...

Product Specifications

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ50 is a 10.1-megapixel camera with MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) and powerful 12x optical zoom f/2.8 LEICA DC lens. The DMC-FZ50 boasts a 10.1-megapixel high resolution CCD for its image sensor and Venus Engine III for the image processing LSI, making it possible to record an image at max. ISO 1600 high sensitivity setting at full resolution. Furthermore, by dramatically reducing the noise levels, the DMC-FZ50 is able to capture 10.1-megapixel full resolution images even in high sensitivity recording. To fight against the major cause of blurred images, Panasonic invented the MEGA O.I.S. system taking advantage of its superior lens technology to compensate for handshake - a feature, which has long been incorporated into the LUMIX range of cameras. In addition, to also compensate for the other major cause of blurred images - movement of the subject - the FZ50 is also equipped with the Intelligent ISO Control (hereafter I.I.C.) and max. ISO 1600 high sensitivity recording capabilities within the advanced image processing LSI Venus Engine III. When set to the I.I.C., the Venus Engine III detects the subject's movement and adjusts the ISO setting and shutter speed to best suit the subject movement and the light condition automatically. Panasonic's excellent image stabilizing system allows users to take clear, crisp images in any situation automatically, leaving everything to the camera. From a point of view of usability the DMC-FZ50 is equipped with a new Function Button which serves as a shortcut to quickly set frequently-used settings such as recording image size, light metering, AF area, white balance, and ISO sensitivity. Also, thanks to the newly incorporated custom setting function, your frequent setting patterns can be memorized and it can be instantly applied by simply selecting this function with the mode dial. The 2-inch LCD flips out to 180 degrees, making it easier to view even when shooting from high or low angles. The DMC-FZ50 is bound to spark the imagination of high-end users and join the Panasonic LUMIX high-end model lineup.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Digital Camera Type:Prosumer
Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.6in
Height:3.4in
Weight:1.5lbs
Width:5.6in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Baby1 / Baby2 / Candle / Fireworks / Food / High sensitivity / Night portrait / Night scene / Panning / Party/indoor / Portrait mode / Scenery / Snow / Soft skin / Sports mode / Starry sky

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:32MB/4GB

Header

Manufacturer:Panasonic
Model:DMC-FZ50/DMC-FZ50-K/DMC-FZ50S
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Lumix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-3.7
Max Focal Length:88.8mm
Min Focal Length:7.4mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Black/Silver

Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.1 mm ( 1/1.8 ) / 14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:10.1Megapixel/10Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):3200
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 1600 / ISO 200 / ISO 3200 / ISO 400 / ISO 800 / ISO auto
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Cool / Sepia / Warm
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW
Type:Digital camera

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic
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