Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

Last update: Review & Sample Photos @ Steve’sDigicams (07 November’07)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 is a SLR-Like digital camera (released on 19.07.06), featuring a 10.1-megapixel high resolution CCD, a huge 12x Optical Zoom lens (35-420mm equivalent) with MEGA O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer) system, and a 2.0-inch flip-out 207k high resolution LCD Screen. measuring approx. 141 x 86 x 142 mm (5.5 x 3.4 x 5.6 in), weighing 734 g (1.6 lb) with batteries, and it’s running on 710 mAh, 7.2V Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 will be available in stores from September 2006 for around US$580

Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 Reviews

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 and writes;
“image quality was very good using the 10-megapixel, Fine mode, with the ISO set to 100. You can also choose to shoot in uncompressed RAW format. .. From the powerful Leica zoom lens to the angle-free LCD, the FZ50 is an awesome value packed with some advanced features usually found only on expensive dSLRs. And you’ll never have to change a lens.”
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ImagingResource reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 and writes;
“In addition to its great lens and optical image stabilizer, the camera offers an impressive 10 megapixels, solid sharpness, bright, punchy, colorful images, and a range of helpful top-flight features. Best of all, this camera is fun to use and makes taking sharp, zoomed-in images a snap for photographers of most skill levels….all the recent “chunky” all-in-one ultrazoom cameras I’ve tried lately — and there are many out there — the Panasonic Lumix FZ50 is among my favorites. It’s an easy Dave’s Pick.”
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PCMag reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 and writes;
“In my still-life test shots, I observed very little noise. Overall the color was very good, although there was a slight reddish cast. Still, the colors were strong and vibrant. There was very little fringing in the image. In the daylight shot, the image was underexposed by about one f-stop, yet there was a lot of detail and strong contrast. My flash test shot contained very good illumination without blowing out any highlights. But it’s good to know that you can regulate the flash exposure by changing the flash output..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DPInterface reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 and writes;
“Performance was very good (though not as fast as real digital SLRs) with the camera able to handle and process those large 10 megapixel RAW and JPEG files quickly, an unlimited continuous shooting mode and above average movie shooting….”

Megapixel reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 and writes;
“It seems the DMC-FZ50, although slightly more prone to noise than its 8-megapixel predecessor, should offer as good an image quality as the FZ30 had. Yet, when set to capture JPEG images, artefacts are visible, and the results are disappointing. In our opinion this is due to the in-camera image processing, as when 100 ISO images are captured in RAW format and processed using Silkypix, the results are very good.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

DCRP reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 and writes;
“Do I like the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50? Yes, quite a lot. Am I disappointed that Panasonic stuffed a tiny 10 Megapixel sensor into it and then turned the noise reduction to eleven? Very much so. The FZ50 is definitely the best designed ultra zoom out there, and it’s a real pleasure to use. It’s also the largest and most expensive of the bunch — in fact, it’s even bigger and more expensive than some digital SLRs! If you’re a person who doesn’t plan on taking a lot of high ISO shots then I can certainly recommend this camera. If you want to shoot at higher sensitivities, be prepared to spend time in Photoshop to get the best results, or perhaps consider a digital SLR (though you’ll never get a lens like this on one of those). ”
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LetsGoDigital reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 and writes;
“All in all, we can only conclude that the FZ50 is a very mature and complete digital camera, as well as the ideal substitute for a DSLR camera. Although there certainly is room for improvement, especially where the high ISO settings are concerned, we can look back on a successful concept. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 is an advanced digital Megazoom camera that will undoubtedly appeal to the creative photographer. A shining star! ”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photoxels reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 and writes;
“We find the overall image quality of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 at ISO 100 to be excellent with good details in the shadows and highlights. ISO 200 is usable. Noise is objectionable at higher ISOs…There’s not much to fault in how the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 handles and feels. It has fast operations, a well-designed menu, excellent handling and the SLR-like controls make the camera intuitive to use. It is a well-crafted digital camera and enjoyable to use.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CNET reviews the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 and writes;
“Overall, images from the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 were impressive, especially for a Panasonic, whose cameras tend to be noisier than this one. We still saw some noise, even at its lowest ISO, but some of this may have been worsened by compression artifacts, which showed up to turn some diagonal and curved lines jaggy. Exposures were generally accurate, and colors were well saturated. Also, we saw very little distortion from the lens at its midpoint and also at its furthest telephoto settings.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

PhotographyBlog reviewed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 and wrote;
” If you’re really interested in the massive focal range on offer and you don’t want a “proper” DSLR, then the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 should still find a place on your shopping list, despite that persistent issue of noise.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 Samples

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 Sample Photos posted @ Steves’Digicams
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 Sample Photos posted @ ImagingResource
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 Sample Photos posted @ DPInterface
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 Sample Photos posted @ Megapixel
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 Sample Photos posted @ DCRP
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 Sample Photos posted @ Photoxels
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 Sample Photos posted @ PhotographyBlog

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 User Manual (PDF)

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 Press Release

SECAUCUS, NJ (July 19, 2006) – Panasonic today introduced the LUMIX DMC-FZ50, the successor to the critically acclaimed DMC-FZ30, featuring 10.1 megapixels and Panasonic’s revolutionary Intelligent ISO Control technology which compensates for subject movement to decrease image blurriness – an industry first. The DMC-FZ50 will have an MSRP of $649.95.

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One Response to “Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50”

  1. Roy Lister says:

    Here is copy of email I just sent to Panasonic which sums up my thoughts on the fz50:

    Hi, I purchased the fz50 still camera thinking that it would live up to the advertising claims, only to find out that advertising still work cause people still think yogurt tastes good. I went on a shoot in Sydney at a BMX Comp and to 790 photo’s, some bad but most ruined due to noise. I also do not understand why when I shoot in RAW format only that I must tolerate having a jpeg file created as well as the .raw. AND SINCE WHEN HAS PREPROCESSING EVER BEEN DONE IN RAW, raw means just that UNTOUCHED.

    Can you please do what your customers want and add provision to disable noise reduction as it creates more noise than it removes. Most photographers are able to remove noise with filters in post processing, and I doubt that an ordinary person is going to spend 8-900 dollars on a point and shoot camera so I would suggest that it is photographers that by this kind of equipment.

    I am just about to spend a very large amount of money on photography and video equipment and from what I have read on the internet recently, and from my current experiences I doubt that I can consider panasonic as my prefered supplier.

    Please refer to URL

    If panasonic does not intend rectifying the problems with fz50 then can you please arrange for the return of my camera to Radio Rentals so that I can purchase some reliable equipment. Please note that I purchased the fz50 in preference to Olympic e-400 which I am now regretting doing.

    Thank you, Roy Lister

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