Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
7 November 2007
Excerpt: Physical Views The Panasonic FZ50 compared in size to a standard CD disc. Continue to Features & Controls Lumix DMC-FZ50 Specifications Lens LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT 14 elements in 10 groups (3 Aspherical lenses / 3 Aspherical surfaces, 1 ED Lens) Optical Image Stabilizer MEGA O.I.S. (Mode1 / Mode2) Zoom Optical: 12x Extra Optical: 4:3 Aspect: 13.4x for 8.0 Mega, 17.1x for 5.0 Mega, 21.4x for 3.0 / 2.0 Mega 3:2 Aspect: 13.4x for 7.0 Mega, 17.1x for 4.5 Mega, 21.4x for 2.5...
Excerpt: 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 Noise Reduction . Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 comes in two flavours: all black body, or a very attractive silver and black body.
Excerpt: 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 whole new discounted price it makes a very attractive package. So here it is, by high user demand, our complete review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50.
Conclusion: 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 menu). It also retains all that put the FZ30 head and shoulders above the rest of the super zoom pack and made it the nearest thing you could get to a DSLR without actually using one.
Pros: 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 Function menu for direct access to white balance and ISO, Very fast operation, Well designed menu system, Easy to use, well built, Good screen (though slightly lower resolution) - wider range of tilting available, Very usable ...
Cons: 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 smeary due to excessive NR, Bleeding of colors (particularly reds) at high ISOs (excessive chroma sub sampling), Occasional exposure problems, Max aperture at long end of zoom only F3.7, Reduced burst mode performance, Limited ...
Conclusion: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 Megazoom camera The Panasonic Lumix FZ50 camera is already Panasonic's fourth FZ10-series Megazoom camera, the FZ40 never existed. It has to be said the step from FZ20 to the FZ30 was quite a leap indeed. The step to the Lumix FZ50 isn't quite as large, yet every bit as remarkable. This isn't just related to the higher resolution of 10 Megapixels.
Excerpt: More megapixels and yet dramatically lower noise for the Lumix DMC-FZ50 say Panasonic. So how did these claims bear out? for the European press, so below is a smaller than ideal gallery of original JPEG images I took using the camera. However, I was able to make some quick comparisons with last year's DMC-LX1 to get an idea if Panasonic's claims that the latest Venus Engine III in the FZ50 dramatically lowers noise.
Excerpt: Now that some digital SLRs offer live LCD framing, and given that some compact cameras can capture 10Mp RAW files, the gap between 'serious' SLRs and 'simple' compact cameras has started to narrow. Now Panasonic has muddied the waters with a sophisticated bridge camera that boasts a spec that is higher than some budget SLRs - and at a consumer-friendly price to boot.
Conclusion: 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 battery life and RAW mode. Performance was very good (though not as fast as real digital SLRs) with the camera able to handle and process those large 10 megapixel RAW and JPEG files quickly, an unlimited continuous shooting mode...
Pros: 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 accessories and scene modes, Unlimited continuous shooting, Fast performance, Great movie mode with zoom and focus, Useable image quality (using RAW, see below as well)
Cons: 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, Noise reduction makes "watercolor paintings"; RAW post-processing needed