Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
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7 November 2007
Summary: 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.
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).
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 an...
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 (part...
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 .
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.
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.
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 shootin...
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 ...
Excerpt: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 ($650) is the upgrade to their popular FZ30 ultra zoom camera. I was a fan of the FZ30, but was disappointed with its high noise levels. That was a shame, since the camera did almost everything else right.
Pros: 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 controls, plus plenty of scene modes, AF-assist lamp; g...
Cons: 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 included
Summary: Despite negative comparisons to a digital SLR, the FZ50 still manages to offer high-value advantages over rival models, chiefly in its high resolution, image-stabilisation system and lens quality. Panasonic has a history of producing fine superzooms, and the FZ50 continues this tradition.
Pros: Good standard of image, High-quality lens, Manual functionality, Speed and responsiveness
Cons: Electronic viewfinder lag, Low burst frame rate, Large body size, Noise at higher ISO
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 comes the
closest to a DSLR-like experience with its excellent
handling, smooth manual zoom ring, well-implemented
Front and Rear Dials, and its many customization
features. It has fast performance with 2 sec. startup and
no practical shutter lag.
Summary: At Cameralabs we were very fond of the earlier Panasonic Lumix FZ30. Sporting a great quality 12x optical zoom lens with effective stabilisation along with SLR-styling and a decent level of manual control, there really wasn’t much to complain about.
Pros: Great quality lens with massive 12x range, Optical Image Stabilisation, Flip-out and twistable screen, Great build quality and manual control
Cons: Noise levels high even at low sensitivities, Smearing from noise reduction, 35mm equiv not as wide as Fujifilm's 28mm
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.