Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50K Digital SLR Camera, 10.4 MP, 12x Optical, 4x Digital Zoom, MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer, Black

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The 10 mp Panasonic DMC-FZ50 is loaded with dozens of features such as a 3D multi-colour display, a free-angle 2.0" LCD with a wider adjustment range. Change the angle of the LCD monitor any way you like. You can get a comfortable look at the 2.0", 207,000-pixel monitor even when shooting over a crowd or taking a low-angle shot of a flower. Panasonic also increased the vertical adjustment range to 180 degrees for easier shooting in portrait orientation.

With AF Distance Metering the auto focus method can be selected according to the shooting situation, 9-Point, 3-Point High Speed, 1-Point High Speed, 1-Point Normal Speed and Spot. In the new 1-Point High-Speed AF, the AF time has been dramatically reduced to 1/4 the level of the previous models by raising the sampling frequency

The FZ50 is equipped with a built-in multifunctional powerfull flash that features Auto, Auto/Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync/Red-Eye Reduction, and Forced On/Off. The flash intensity can be adjusted within a range of ±2 EV. The FZ50 is equipped with a 12x Optical bright f/2.8 LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens that features 14 elements in 10 groups, including 3 aspherical lenses and an ED (extra-low dispersion) lens that helps suppress the color bleeding that can occur in telephoto shots.

This advanced lens also boasts a 12x optical zoom (35mm equivalent: 35 to 420mm) that pulls even distant objects into your range. Add the FZ50's large, 1/1.8" 10.4-megapixel CCD and you have extraordinary expressive power. The FZ50 also features an Extra Optical Zoom, which gives you up to 21x power* by magnifying (with minimal deterioration) the image using the center area of the high-resolution CCD.

Use intuitive control with manual focus and zoom rings. Two rings on the FZ50 lens barrel give you complete manual control of zooming and focusing. You get levels of speed and accuracy simply not possible with button operation. You'll enjoy not only the precise control the rings give you, but also the satisfying feel that only manual operation offers.

Accurate, flexible focusing both auto and manual: Use any of five auto focus modes: 1-point (normal/high-speed), 3-point high-speed, 9-point, and spot. The manual focus ring lets you adjust the focus from about 1 ft (0.3 m) to infinity. The FZ50 also has Manual Focus Assist, which makes it easier to focus by enlarging a part of the image that you see in the viewfinder or LCD monitor. This all adds up to quick, easy, accurate focusing.

The MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) helps keep your shots steady, even if you're not. This system uses built-in gyrosensors to detect even tiny camera movement and then shifts a lens in the opposite direction to compensate. The system is completely optical - it does not affect the CCD or image processing - so you get sharp, clear images without deterioration.

Enjoy dozens more of advanced features with your Panasonic FZ50 Digital SLR.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Simple controls (14) , Great resolution (7) , Nice features and settings (7) , Quiet (7) , Accurate colors (6) , Large clear LCD (6) , Rugged (6) , Strong construction (6) , Short lag time (5)
Best Uses:
Travel (12) , Fun (7) , Art (5) , Sports/action (5) , Weddings (5) , Everyday (4) , Outdoors (4) , Portraits (4) , Documentary (3) , Photojournalism (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (9) , Professional (3) , Casual user (2) , Beginner (1) , Photo enthusiast (1) , Semi-professional (1)

Key Features

  • Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT Lens: 14 Elements in 10 Groups
  • ED Lens (Extra-Low Dispersion) and 3 Aspherical Lenses
  • 12x Optical Zoom with manual zoom ring (35mm equivalent: 35-420mm)
  • 10.1 Megapixels (effective)
  • Free-angle 2.0" LCD (207,000 Pixels)
  • Venus Engine III Processor
  • Intelligent ISO control
  • MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer)
  • High Sensitivity ISO 1600 at full resolution
  • Separate Manual Shutter & Aperture controls (dial operated)
  • Manual Focus Ring
  • Extended Optical Zoom (21x at 3 Megapixel resolution)
  • Hot Shoe (accepts external TTL flash)
  • Motion Image Recording with Audio:
    640 x 480 pixels (VGA) at 30 fps in 4:3 standard mode
    848 x 480 pixels (VGA) at 30 fps in 16:9 widescreen mode
  • Up to 360 shots on a single charge* (with included Lithium Ion Battery)
  • SILKYPIX Developer Studio software package included
  • Standard Features:
  • Built-in Pop-up Flash and AF Assist Lamp
  • ISO Sensitivity Settings (Auto/I.ISO/100/200/400/800/1600)
  • High Sensitivity Mode (ISO 3200*)
  • Real-time Histogram
  • High-speed Auto Focus
  • Continuous Burst Shooting Mode
  • Composition Guidelines
  • Auto Angle Detection
  • White Balance Adjustment (advanced 2-axis white balance adjustment)
  • Scene Mode Help Screen

Technical Specs

Image sensor CCD 1/1.8"
10.4 Total Megapixel CCD
Primary Color Filter
Camera Effective Pixels: 10.1 Megapixels
Lens Leica DC Vario-Elmarit Lens: 14 Elements in 10 Groups
(3 Aspherical Lenses/3 Aspherical Surfaces, 1 ED Lens)
Aperture Range:
Wide: F2.8 - F11 Tele: F3.7 - F11
Focal Length: f=7.4-88.8mm
(35mm equivalent: 35-420mm)
Optical Zoom: 12x
Digital Zoom Digital Zoom: 2x / 4x pre-select
(Max. 48x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom)
(Max. 85.5x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)
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
Optical viewfinder Viewfinder Type; 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: 25 or 9-Thumbnail Display Calendar Display, Zoomed Playback (16x max) Image Rotation Slide Show Favorite Pictures Resizing Trimming, Protection DPOF Print Setting
Focus method AF
AF Macro
MF switchable
Manual Focus (Ring)
Continuous AF On/Off
AF Assist Lamp
AF Metering:
1 point
1 point high speed
3 points high speed
9 points
Focusing range AF: Wide: 30cm / Tele: 200cm - infinity
Macro/ MF: Wide: 5cm / Tele: 200cm - infinity
Shutter speeds 8 - 1/2,000 sec.: Program AE, Aperature Priority, Shutter Priority AE
Manual: 60 - 1/2000 sec.
Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60 sec.
Exposure control method 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
Continuous shooting 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: Yes
Still Image Recording with Audio: 5 seconds
Audio Dubbing: Maximum of 10 Seconds
Real-time Histograms: Yes
Composition Guide Lines: Yes (2 patterns)
Scene Mode Help Screen
Auto Angle Detection
Flip Animation
Travel Date
Self-timer 10 seconds / 2 seconds
Auto Review: 1 sec/3 sec/zoom
Review: 1x/4x/8x
Sensitivity (equivalent film speed) 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)
Built-in flash operating modes Auto
Red-Eye Reduction: Auto, Slow-sync, Forced Off Forced On/Off
Terminals for external flash External Flash Hot Shoe
Storage media Recording Media:
SD Memory Card
SDHC Memory Card
Multimedia Card
Image 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 modes RAW/Fine/Standard
Resloution Modes 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
Movie Recording Motion Images: QuickTime Motion JPEG
Motion Image (4:3 Aspect Ratio) 640 x 480, 320 x 240
Motion Image (16:9 Aspect Ratio) 848 x 480
Audio Microphone: Yes
Speaker: Yes
Interface DC Input, USB
Direct Print: PictBridge
Power Source Lithium-ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 710 mAh)(Included)
AC Adaptor (Input: 110-240V AC)(Optional)
Battery Life: Up to 360 pictures (CIPA Standard)
Video Output A/V Output (NTSC/PAL)
Dimensions HxWxD: 3.37" x 5.54" x 5.59"
Weight 1.47 lbs
Special features Optical Image Stabilizer: MEGA O.I.S. (Mode 1 / Mode 2 )
Picture Adjustment: Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation, Noise Reduction
Color Effect Mode: Cool, Warm, Black & White, Sepia
OSD Language: English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese (Traditional), German, Italian, French
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