Panasonic's Hot Summer Models

Lumix DMC-FZ50

Lumix DMC-FZ50

The Lumix FZ50 is the new 'super zoom' model that is the successor to the highly capable FZ30, and replaces the latter as Panasonic's flagship fixed lens camera model. It retains the older FZ30's rough body shape, size and manual zoom ring control. On top of an increased imaging resolution to 10.1MP, the FZ50 debuts with the new Intelligent ISO control technology and with its new Venus Engine III processor, it promises to produce far less image noise than the FZ30, which was criticized for generating excessive amounts of it.

The new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50.

Camera's top view.

The rear view.

It also comes in a silver shade.

The FZ50 is also now able to record widescreen VGA (WVGA) 848 x 480 movies, has a flash system that is TTL compatible, and has an improved 360-shot battery life.

Tech Specs of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Sensor 1/1.8-inch type, 10.1 Megapixels
Lens 12x optical zoom (35-420mm, 35mm eq.) Leica DC Vario-Elmarit; F2.8-F3.7
TTL compatible
Focus distance AF: Wide 30cm/ Tele 200cm - infinity,
Macro/ MF: Wide 5cm/Tele 200cm - infinity
Shutter Speed Auto : 1/4 - 1/2000sec, Program AE : 1 - 1/2000sec, Aperture Priority AE / Shutter Priority AE : 8 - 1/2000sec, Manual : 60 - 1/2000sec
ISO Sensitivity Auto / I.ISO / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 (High Sensitivity Mode: 3200)
LCD Monitor Free-angle 2.0" Polycrystalline TFT LCD Display (207K Pixels)
Motion Picture 16:9 Aspect Ratio: 848 x 480 pixels, 30 fps / 10 fps,
4:3 Aspect Ratio: 640 x 480 pixels, 30 fps / 10 fps, 320 x 240 pixels, 30 fps / 10 fps


Sample Shots

Notes: 1x optical zoom (35mm) shot on Auto mode. Amazing sharpness and detail. Slight overexposure noted as the camera tries to resolve detail in dark areas like under the pagoda's roof. However, noise is much better controlled than its predecessor, the FZ30.

Shot from the same position as the picture above on full 12x optical zoom (420mm) on Auto mode. Again, slight overexposure observed, but zoom capability is excellent.

Shot on portrait mode at about 400mm zoom. F2.8, 1/320 sec, ISO 100 Thanks to its long zoom and bright F2.8 aperture that both help to increase depth of field, the FZ50 is one of the best fixed lens camera models for portrait shooting.

Another portrait - shot on manual mode this time. F3.7, 1/40 sec, ISO 100.