Summary: When my nice little Sony was stolen a friend lent me her camera. It was the DMC-FZ50. While a little heavy and of less convenient size than the Sony, it has greater flexibility and the pictures are far superior. At the price, it is affordable.
Summary: I have had my FZ50 for about 6 months now and I really like the camera, but I feel they could do more. I've taken the camera on two trips to Africa and a few other trips and have gotten some good shots.
Summary: This was my first point and shoot camera. Oh man! the images are stunning. I have been using it for a year and have tried a dozen of point and shoot cameras. This is the best among them. It is very easy to use in auto mode. Great that it has rings for zoom and focus.
Summary: Update 3 after two years of ownership 12/2009 : I have now learned how to use the camera manually. The pictures are superior. Many of my pictures people say are worth being in a magazine. As I said before, however, LOW LIGHT IS NOT GREAT. The sensor is just not good enough.
Summary: This is my first Panasonic camera so I am coming to this completely objectively. People seem to be divided into two groups regarding the FZ50 (and by extension, most of Panasonic's recent digicams) - those who find it's image quality impressive despite it's limitations and enjoy it's superiority in...
ALMOST everything they say is true! ALMOST Perfect!
11 March 2007
Summary: I won't repeat the many pros and few cons that others list; I mostly agree with what they have already said. BUT... before I bought this camera, I downloaded the Operating Instructions book and read it to make sure the camera has the features I am looking for, namely a nice tight, movable Spot AF...
Summary: Spent over six months researching digital cameras before making this purchase. Since I will be using on an African safari, the camera had to be capable of handling photos from extreme close-ups to long distances very quickly and with little effort.