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Panasonic FZ50 Review

Review Date: Oct 30, 2006

Category: Prosumer - Advanced Amateur

Panasonic FZ50
Photoxels Editor's Choice 2006

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 Review is based on a production model. All sample images are unretouched, except where specified.

This review has been submitted to DIWA Awards [Total: 80%].

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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. The 12x optical zoom lens is superb with no lens extension and an effective optical image stabilization. A large 2.0-in. Free-angle LCD flips out and rotates for comfortable above your head and low-angle shooting.

Image quality is very good to excellent at ISO 100, with low noise and images retaining most of the details. At higher ISOs, images suffer from noise and loss of detail.

If you like full manual control, the FZ50 is a delight to use. Manual Focus is also performed using a ring around the lens barrel with the EVF image enlarged for easy focusing. Frequently used settings can be saved. In auto focus mode, Selectable AF Area makes focusing on off-center subjects easy.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 will appeal to advanced amateur photographers desiring a digital camera with superb DSLR-like handling and controls and excellent image quality at ISO 100.

See if you fit the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 User Profile below:

Panasonic FZ50
User Profile
Desire a quality 10.1 MP resolution digital SLR camera (ISO 100).
Want DSLR-like handling and controls: zoom ring, manual focus ring, shutter-speed and aperture command dials.
Want a LCD that flips out and rotates for comfortable high and low-angle shooting.
Want fast response times with no practical shutter lag.
Want fast and precise auto and manual focus.
Want a full-featured digital camera with many pro features.
Want a long 12x optical image stabilized zoom lens.
Want ability to add on optional accessories, including powerful external flash.

 

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