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Panasonic FZ50 Review

Review Date: Oct 30, 2006

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 with optional DMW-LT55 Tele Conversion Lens
Panasonic FZ50 with optional DMW-LT55 Tele Conversion Lens
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Photoxels Editor's Choice 2006

Category: Serious to Advanced Amateur

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 is targeted to serious amateur photographers with 10.1 megapixels resolution, 12x optical zoom that is image stabilized, a Leica lens with a maximum aperture of F2.8, and macro as close as 5 cm (2 in.).

A new feature is "Intelligent ISO Control" which will adjust the ISO automatically (up to ISO 1600) to allow the camera to use a fast enough shutter speed to freeze action when photographing moving subjects, such as children.

In addition to a manual zoom ring and a manual focus ring, the DMC-FZ50 is also equipped with a shutter speed command dial (back of camera) and aperture command dial (front of camera) for faster manual operation.

It has full flexible exposure control, scene modes, program shift, shutter speed range from 8 sec to 1/2,000 sec. (up to 60 sec. in Manual mode), a large Free-angle 2 in. high resolution LCD monitor that swivels and brightens in low light, and an AF Assist Lamp to aid focusing in low-light situations. You can shoot consecutive shots until the memory card is full.

Other features include selectable AF Area, 2-axis White Balance adjustment to handle scenes using different types of light sources; 2 types of composition guidelines (horizontal-vertical and horizontal-vertical-diagonal); real-time histograms; optional remote shutter.

Panasonic FZ50 Silver with Lens Hood attached

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 comes in two flavours: all black body, or a very attractive silver and black body. To the advanced photographers, it can save images in RAW file format, displays a real-time histogram, and accepts an external flash. A manual focus ring lets you manually adjust the focus from 30cm (0.98 feet) to infinity.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 will appeal to the serious and advanced photographer desiring an ultra-zoom digital camera with full exposure flexibility -- and Panasonic's advanced MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer technology.

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Panasonic FZ50
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50Homepage
Lumix Site
  Camera Effective Pixels 10.1 Megapixels  
  CCD (Image Sensor) 1/1.8"
10.4 Total Megapixel CCD
Primary Color Filter
  Optical Zoom 12x  
  Extra Optical Zoom 4:3 Aspect Ratio:
13.4x for 8 Mega, 17.1x for 5 Mega, 21.4x for 3 Mega, 2Mega
3:2 Aspect Ratio:
13.4x for 7 Mega, 17.1x for 4.5 Mega, 21.4x for 2.5 Mega
16:9 Aspect Ratio:
13.4x for 5.5 Mega, 21.4x for 2 Mega
  Digital Zoom (*1) 2x / 4x pre-select
(Max. 48x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom)
(Max. 85.5x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)
  Focal Length f=7.4-88.8mm (35mm equivalent: 35-420mm)  
  Leica DC Vario-Elmarit Lens 14 Elements in 10 Groups
(3 Aspherical Lenses/3 Aspherical Surfaces, 1 ED Lens)
  Aperture Wide: F2.8 - F11
Tele: F3.7 - F11
  Optical Image Stabilizer MEGA O.I.S. (Mode 1 / Mode 2 )  
  Conversion Lens Compatibility Yes  
  Focusing Area AF: Wide: 30cm / Tele: 200cm - infinity
Macro/ MF: Wide: 5cm / Tele: 200cm - infinity
  AF Metering 1 point
1 point high speed
3 points high speed
9 points
  Focus AF
AF Macro
MF switchable
Manual Focus (Ring)
Continuous AF On/Off
  AF Assist Lamp Yes  
  ISO Sensitivity Auto / I.ISO / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 /1600 (High Sensitivity Mode: 3200)  
  White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade /
Halogen / Flash / White Set 1,2 /
White Balance Adjustment (150K step, -1500 +1500K) (except for auto WB)
  Exposure Auto
Program AE
Aperture Priority AE
Shutter Priority AE
  Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV Step, ± 2 EV  
  Backlight Compensation Yes (at auto mode)  
  Auto Bracketing (AE) +1/3EV-1EV Step, 3 Frames  
  Light Metering Intelligent Multiple / Center-weighted / Spot  
  Shutter Speed 8 - 1/2,000 sec.: Program AE, Aperature Priority, Shutter Priority AE
Manual: 60 - 1/2000 sec.
  Self Timer 10 seconds / 2 seconds  
  Auto Review 1 sec/3 sec/zoom  
  Review 1x/4x/8x  
  Picture Adjustment Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation, Noise Reduction  
  Color Effect Mode Cool, Warm, Black & White, Sepia  
  Recording Format Still Image: JPEG (design rule for camera file system), DPOF corresponding
Still Image with Audio: JPEG (design rule for camera file system) + QuickTime
Motion Images: QuickTime Motion JPEG
  Image Quality RAW/Fine/Standard  
  Recording Image Size (Pixels)    
  4:3 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) 3648 x 2736
3264 x 2448
2560 x 1920
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
  3:2 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) 3600 x 2400
3248 x 2160
2560 x 1712
2048 x 1360
  16:9 Aspect Ratio (Still Image) 3584 x 2016
3072 x 1728
1920 x 1080
  Motion Image (4:3 Aspect Ratio) 640 x 480, 320 x 240  
  Motion Image (16:9 Aspect Ratio) 848 x 480  
  Mega Burst Shooting Mode Full-resolution image:
Standard Mode: Up to 5 images at 2 or 1 frames/sec.
Fine Mode: Up to 3 images
  Unlimited Consecutive Shooting (*2) Yes  
  Still Image Recording with Audio 5 seconds  
  Audio Dubbing Maximum of 10 Seconds  
  Real-time Histograms Yes  
  Composition Guide Lines Yes (2 patterns)  
  Built-in Memory No  
  Scene Mode Help Screen Yes  
  Auto Angle Detection Yes  
  Flip Animation Yes  
  Travel Date Yes  
  Built-in Flash Mode Auto
Red-Eye Reduction: Auto, Slow-sync, Forced Off
Forced On/Off
  External Flash Hot Shoe  
  Viewfinder 0.44" diagonal Color EVF (235k pixels)
Field of view: approx. 100%
  LCD Monitor Free-angle 2.0" Diagonal Polycrystalline TFT LCD Display (207k pixels)
Field of view: approx. 100%
Power LCD Mode
  Playback Mode Single / 9, 25-thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (16x max), image rotation (except for Raw), Slide Show, Favorite Pictures, Resizing, Trimming, Protection, Aspect Conversion, DPOF Print Setting  
  OSD Language English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese (Traditional), German, Italian, French  
  Recording Media SD Memory Card
SDHC Memory Card
Multimedia Card
  Microphone Yes  
  Speaker Yes  
  Interface DC Input, A/V Output (NTSC/PAL), USB  
  Direct Print PictBridge  
  Color Black  
  Power Supply

Included: Lithium-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 710 mAh)

Optional: AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC)

  Battery Life (*3) Up to 360 pictures (CIPA Standard)  
  ArcSoft® PhotoImpression™ Yes  
  ArcSoft® Panorama Maker™ Yes  
  USB Driver Yes  
  Lumix® Simple Viewer Yes  
  Photo Fun Studio Yes  
  SILKYPIX® Developer Studio Yes (Ver. 2.0 SE)  
  Battery Charger Yes  
  Battery Pack Yes  
  SD Memory Card 32MB(*4)  
  Lens Cap Yes  
  Lens Hood & Adaptor Yes  
  Cables AV & USB  
  Strap Yes  
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 140.75 x 85.5 x 142 mm
(5.54 x 3.37 x 5.59 in)
(Not including protruding parts)
  Weight 668 g. (1.47 lb) (Body),
734 g (1.62 lb) (with Battery and SD Memory Card)
  MSRP US $649.95 / CDN $ 799.99  

1- As digital magnification increases, resolution significantly decreases.
2- Number of shots may vary depending on memory card size, battery power, picture size, and compression. The consecutive shooting speed varies depending on the memory card or the built-in memory.
3- Shooting conditions: 73.4°F with 50% humidity;LCD On; Using an SD Memory Card; Starting to shoot 30 seconds after turning on the power; Shooting once every 30 seconds with the flash in full operation for every other shot; Changing the zoom setting from telephoto to wide, or wide to telephoto, for each shot; Temporarily turning the power off after each 10 shots (long enough to lower the battery temperature. For DMC-LC1: Shooting once every 30 seconds, flash in operation for every shot, 77°F(25°C) ambient temperature.
4- MB means one million bytes. Usable capacity will be less.

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