Excerpt: This camera was bought for me as a present. I wanted to dSLR , however it wasn't with in our budget range. I recieved this last christmas and have loved it ever since. There are so many great features in this camera. I love all the different modes that is has. I use Auto a lot when i don't have time to play with the manual mode. It love how it has auto focus or manual focus. I love that i can use either the view finder or the flip out lcd screen.
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 am best described as a "gifted amateur with a good eye." I've had photos published in national publications and I am the official photographer for a national beauty pageant, and bought this camera in late October just before our national event. This is my 3rd digital camera. But in the past I have used analog to photograph the pageant (Cannon Elan 7). I chose Lumix FZ 50 mainly because of the 12X Optical Zoom, the number of pixels were also very important to me.
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 most other areas and those who feel the FZ50 should have been a lot more than it is, lacking the output to back up it's DSLR stylings and not being a revolutionary upgrade...