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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 Review

Review Summary
Reader Score: 8.53 (out of 10)
Review: "...the FZ50 is the new flagship in Panasonic's big-zoom Lumix range, upping the image size to a class-leading 10.2 megapixels and adding a couple of welcome new features. Unlike the FZ30, which represented a leap forward in design and features over the FZ20 (and closed the gap between fixed lens and SLR cameras further than ever before), the new camera is a fairly minor upgrade. Then again, the FZ30 was hardly crying out for a massive overhaul; despite a wealth of 'super zoom' competitors it really does sit in a class of its own, offering true SLR-like handling and operation and an amazingly versatile 35-420mm equivalent 12x optical zoom (with fluid-damped mechanical zoom mechanism).

And so, to sum up; for the serious user the FZ50 is without doubt the best equipped, best specified and best handling 'bridge camera' on the market today, and under the right conditions it produces superb output. It is a rewarding and enjoyable photographic tool that - once you've learned its quirks - offers a compact 'all-in-one' solution to anyone wanting a huge zoom range without all that lens changing and all that bulk."

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CNET Reviews 9.00  10-23-06 Read Full Review
Review: "Panasonic's DMC-FZ50 is one large camera, but if you can get past that, you can enjoy some of its nicer features. For example, it includes a rotating, flip-out LCD screen to make extreme high- and low-angle shooting easier, as well as a hotshoe so you can use Panasonic's DMW-FL28 accessory flash should the camera's built-in, pop-up flash not be powerful or versatile enough for you.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 performed well in our tests, especially for a 10.1-megapixel superzoom. It took 1.1 second from start-up to capturing its first image, and thereafter took 1.2 seconds between shots without flash and 1.3 seconds with the flash turned on. Raw shooting slowed the shot-to-shot time to 4.5 seconds. Though it doesn't seem so, that's really impressive for a non-SLR digicam...."

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Megapixel 9.00  11-21-06 Read Full Review
Review: "Panasonic has introduced the newest addition to the FZ bridge camera series that features a long zoom and stabilization: the DMC-FZ50, which is clearly based on the FZ30 but offers a 10.1-megapixel resolution, a 2 megapixel increase over its predecessor.

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, artifacts 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."

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PC Magazine 8.80  01-06-07 Read Full Review
Review: "Panasonic's new Lumix DMC FZ50, which replaces the FZ30, is an excellent superzoom camera that carries a host of improvements. First of all, it's now got 10 megapixels. Second, it can shoot at a greater range of ISO ratings - up to 1,600! - although my test shots did show noise creeping in at around 800 ISO. In addition, the camera can shoot video in a novel 16:9 movie format, which offers 848-by-480 resolution and is slightly larger than VGA.

Compared with other higher-end superzooms, the Lumix DMC-FZ50 is the camera to beat. If the price tag is too steep, I'd suggest another Panasonic: the Lumix DMC-FZ7, which sells for about $400 and has good image quality and 12X optical zoom. "

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Imaging-Resource 8.14  01-24-07 Read Full Review
Review: "Panasonic's all-in-one superzoom cameras have garnered very positive reviews from critics and consumers alike over the years, and with good reason. The winning combination of the Lumix line's Leica-branded optical zoom lenses of up to 12x, and Panasonic's rock-steady MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), have produced cameras that can get incredibly close to the subject while maintaining solid sharpness. Panasonic's latest ultrazoomer, the 10.1 megapixel, 12x optical, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 replaces the popular FZ30; and in that regard, it has some big shoes to fill.

ny camera that pairs a high quality Leica-branded 12x optical zoom lens with Panasonic's excellent MEGA O.I.S. is a great value and offers a myriad of uses. But with digital SLRs sinking so dramatically in price, is there still a viable argument for buying an all-in-one ultrazoom camera? With the Lumix FZ50, I would argue "yes." 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...."

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LetsGoDigital 7.40  11-09-06 Read Full Review
Review: "The Panasonic FZ50 is a Megazoom camera in its truest form. The 12x optical zoom provides a range of 35 up to 420mm, when compared to a 35mm camera. All in all, a considerable range. A pity, however, that we do not find a little more wide-angle, especially now that Panasonic are strongly asserting themselves with the 28mm campaign.

In practice, the Panasonic Lumix FZ50 left an excellent impression. It truly is a pleasant camera to work with; comfortable in your hand and solid to the touch. In fact, it feels just as if you were working with a digital SLR camera. ..."

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Photography Blog 7.00  09-20-06 Read Full Review
Review: "The new Panasonic DMC-FZ50 is a compact digital camera that offers many of the benefits of a true DSLR. There's a 12x ultra-zoom lens, equivalent to a focal length of 35-420mm, housed in a stylish and well-made body. The DMC-FZ50's Leica-branded lens doesn't just offer a massive focal range - it's also fast too, with a maximum aperture of 2.8 at wide-angle and 3.7 at full telephoto.

As Panasonic have attempted to keep up with their competitors by increasing the megapixel count, they have also had to try and hide the increased noise levels. The slowest ISO speed of 100 on the DMC-FZ50 is perfectly fine, but ISO 200, which isn't exactly a fast speed, displays some noise, with ISO 400 being both noisy and blurred as the camera attempts to mask the noise."

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The Age 7.00  10-28-06 Read Full Review
Review: "This 10-megapixel super-zoom camera comes with a 35-420mm (film equivalent) Leica lens. The camera looks best in its black finish. Construction quality is good and controls are intuitive. The camera is bulkier than the Canon S3IS and the Sony H2/5. The extra body volume is the price paid for the Leica zoom. The lens is outstanding, not just for its optical qualities but also for its mechanics....

....For a tourist, this could be the ideal camera. But for taking pictures of moving subjects, it is simply too slow in its responses. You are almost always a beat behind the action. This model is perfect for a trip to Venice but will be a letdown at the school sports day."

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DCResource 4.67  11-15-06 Read Full Review
Review: "The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 ($650) is the upgrade to their popular FZ30 ultra zoom camera. I was a fan of the FZ30, but was disappointed with its high noise levels. That was a shame, since the camera did almost everything else right.

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 is a full-featured ultra zoom camera that does almost everything right. The thing it does wrong, unfortunately, relates to photo quality. While the FZ30 had trouble with noise at high ISOs, the FZ50 has trouble with noise reduction, or rather the effects of it. That's too bad, because it's a very well designed camera with a great lens, optical image stabilization, rotating LCD, full manual controls, a hot shoe, and much more. Despite its image quality annoyances, the FZ50 is still a solid (but expensive) camera that is a good choice for those who won't be shooting at high ISOs or making large prints...."

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