The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ50 is basically a TZ5 grafted with a Wi-Fi module that allows wireless Internet access from T-Mobile HotSpot locations in the US. This effectively allows you to take pictures and wirelessly send them via any of the thousands of T-Mobile HotSpot locations (coffee shops, book and music stores, hotels and airports throughout the United States) to your Google's Picasa Web Albums, Google's free online photo-sharing service. Once uploaded to your Picasa Web Album, you can use your TZ50 to view and organize them online.
The TZ50 features 10x wide-angle optical
equiv.) in one of the smallest
body for an ultra zoom. And you do not even need a lens cap: the lens retracts into the stylish body with an integrated lens barrier protecting it. The long zoom reach allows
you to bring distant subjects close while the
wide-angle lens allows you to include all your
friends in the picture or capture an architectural
or expansive landscape in a single shot.
Advanced Intelligent AUTO (iA) mode turns on MEGA O.I.S. (to compensate for blurring caused by camera shake), Intelligent ISO (automatically adjusts ISO and shutter speed to freeze subject motion), Face Detection (optimizes focus and exposure settings to properly expose the subject's face), Intelligent Scene Selector (automatically sets the most appropriate Scene Mode), and Intelligent Exposure (to maintain detail in highlights while brightening shadow areas, including raising ISO sensitivity only in the low-lit areas) for a beginner's point-and-shoot ease of use.
Panasonic has a new two-step noise reduction that separates high-frequency noise from low-frequency noise and applies noise reduction only to low frequency noise. It also has a new process to prevent color bleeding when reducing chromatic noise. Panasonic claims that its new noise reduction technology results in lower noise at high ISOs
DMC-TZ50 has a large 3.0-in. (460K dots) LCD with wide viewing angle. The Intelligent LCD automatically increases the backlight brightness in bright sunlight according to the ambient light intensity and automatically adjusts the frame rate ("gains up") in dimly lit conditions according to the ambient darkness to ensure that you can always see what you are shooting.
The TZ50 can record motion images in high-definition (1,280 x 720 pixels at 30/15 fps), full-size movies in WVGA (848 x 480 pixels at 30/10 fps), and standard motion images in VGA (640 x 480 pixels at 30/10 fps).
The TZ50 is compatible with the optional
marine case DMW-MCTZ5 which is safe to a depth
of 40 meters.
If you like the idea of an image
stablized long zoom with a wide-angle coverage
in a relatively compact body, the Panasonic
Lumix DMC-TZ50 may just be what you need --
now with Wi-Fi connection.
For about $100 less, you can also purchase the DMC-TZ5 which has similar features but lacks the Wi-Fi capability.
Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / White Set
White Balance Adjustment (±10 steps, except for Auto Set)
Rec Mode (Mode Dial)
Intelligent AUTO, Normal Picture, Motion Picture, Clipboard, Scene Mode, Wi-Fi Mode
Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Self-Portrait, Food, Party, Candle Light, Fireworks, Starry Sky, Beach, Aerial Photo, Snow, High Sensitivity, Baby1, Baby2, Sunset, Pet, Hi-speed Burst, Underwater, Multi Aspect
Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
1/3 EV step, -2
- +2 EV
Yes (at Intelligent AUTO Mode)
Auto (AE) Bracketing
±1/3 EV - 1 EV step, 3 frames
8 - 1/2,000 sec
Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60 sec
2 sec / 10 sec
1 sec / 2 sec / zoom / Hold
Black & White, Sepia, Cool, Warm, Natural, Standard, Vivid
Still Image: JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.21 standard), DPOF corresponding
Image with Audio: JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.21 standard) + QuickTime
Motion Images: QuickTime Motion JPEG
Fine / Standard
4:3 Aspect Ratio:
3,456 x 2,592 pixels,
3,072 x 2,304 pixels,
2,560 x 1,920 pixels,
2,048 x 1,536 pixels,
1,600 x 1,200 pixels,
640 x 480 pixels
3:2 Aspect Ratio:
3,552 x 2,368 pixels,
3,072 x 2,048 pixels,
2,560 x 1,712 pixels,
2,048 x 1,360 pixels
16:9 Aspect Ratio:
3,712 x 2,088 pixels,
3,072 x 1,728 pixels,
2,560 x 1,440 pixels
1,920 x 1,080 pixels
(QuickTime Motion JPEG)
4:3 Aspect Ratio: 640 x 480 pixels, 320 x 240 pixels 30 fps, 10 fps
16:9 Aspect Ratio: 848 x 480 pixels 30 fps, 10 fps
HD (16:9 Aspect Ratio):
1,280 x 720 pixels 30 fps, 15 fps.
(Max. recording time depends on Memory Card Capacity, Max. 2 GB for a motion picture)
Creating still pictures from a motion picture
Full-Resolution Image, 2.5 frames/sec
Max. 5 images (Standard Mode) / Max. 3 images (Fine Mode)
Hi-speed Burst Mode: approx. 6 frames/sec (recorded in 2 M for 4:3, 2.5 M for 3:2, 2 M for 16:9)
Approx. 20 shots when using the built-in memory.
Approx. 20-100 shots when using an SD/SDHC Memory Card.
* Maximum is 100 shots.
・The recording resolution is selected from 2 megapixels (4:3), 2.5 megapixels (3:2), or 2 megapixels (16:9).
・The number of consecutive shots is limited by the shooting conditions,
card type, and card condition.
・The number of consecutive shots may increase immediately after the card is formatted.
Digital Red Eye Correction
Easy Zoom /
Zoom Resume / Zoom in Motion Picture
Yes / Yes / Yes
Still Image Rec. with Audio
Max. 10 sec
approx. 50 MB
Mode Help Screen
Date / World Time
Yes / Yes
Auto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
0.6 - 5.3 m (Wide / ISO Auto), 1.0 - 3.6 m (Tele / ISO Auto)
3.0" Polycrystalline TFT LCD (460,000 dots)
Field of View : approx. 100%
AUTO Power LCD Mode, Power LCD Mode, High Angle Mode
[REC] / [Play] Selector switch
30 - thumbnail display, 12 - thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (16x Max.), Playback of favorite pictures, Image rotation, Resizing (selectable number of pixels), Trimming, Protection, Aspect conversion, DPOF print setting, Creating still pictures from a motion picture, Dual image playback
Yes (duration & effect with music adjustable)
Yes (in Slideshow Mode and normal playback)
Japanese, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
*Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the OSD languages on the products that are available in your market.
DC Input, AV Output (NTSC / PAL), HD AV Output (Component), USB2.0 High speed
Startup Time (Approx.)
Release Time Lag (Approx.)
Shutter Interval (Approx.)
0.9 sec (minimum) *Not including the time for AF.
Li-ion Battery Pack (3.7 V, 1,000 mAh) (Included)
AC Adaptor (Input: 110 - 240 V AC) (Optional)
Battery Life (Approx.)
PHOTOfunSTUDIO -viewer-, ArcSoft (MediaImpression / PanoramaMaker), USB Driver
Battery Charger, Battery Pack, Battery Carrying Case, AV Cable, USB Connection Cable, Strap, CD-ROM
*Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the standard accessories on the products that are available in your market.
(W x H x D)
103.3 x 59.3 x 36.5 mm /
4.07 x 2.33 x 1.44 in.
214 g (0.47 lb)
240 g with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.53 lb)
$449.95 (Available in US and Japan only)
* In Motion Picture Mode, when you set the picture quality to [30 fps VGA], we recommend using a high speed SD Memory Card with "10 MB/s" or greater displayed on the package.
** Shooting conditions: 23 °C (73.4°F) with 50% humidity; LCD on***; using Panasonic SD/SDHC 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; and temporarily turning the power off after each 10 shots (long enough to lower the battery temperature).
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