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.
Summary: Like: Clear, stable images, manual zoom during video, not too much low-light noise (squigglies), sensor colors fit with other Panasonics on shoots, adjustable color balance for mixed lighting situations, high capacity SD cards > 2Gig, unlike FZ30!!, doesn't get hot like DSLRs, can change cards while on tripod, No like: must restart video every 24minutes due FAT32 limitation, no external mic mono input, cannot zoom playback stills to check focus, limited remote abilty.
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: This is a very nice camera. I've owned the fZ7, fz8, fz30, and now the fz50 and I'm not disappointed. I would have given it five stars but for the fact I haven't been able to get macro photographs with it like I could with the other models mentioned. I suppose with such a big lens you're better off using it for things far away anyhow. I was also unable to take a picture of a house from across the street. I couldn't get the whole house in the frame.
Summary: I purchased an FZ-50 several years ago and have used the heck out of it ever since. It's withstood the beating of being used in a corrosive environment without any problems and continues to turn out quality photos. With it's top-notch Leica optics, it's undoubtedly a better camera than I am a photographer.
Summary: I was used with the FZ30, gave it to my daughter and bought a FZ18, the FZ18 was small but lacking the manual zoom and focus and also the tilting screen. So I gave the FZ18 to my niece and got the FZ50... Will they ever replace it with a FZ70 ??? Bigger screen, faster response time...