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PANASONIC LUMIX ZS50 Camera, 30X LEICA DC Vario-ELMAR Lens, 12.1 Megapixels, High Sensitivity Sensor, Eye Viewfinder, DMC-ZS50S (USA SILVER)
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- LUMIX 30X Travel Zoom Camera with Eye Viewfinder
- Enhanced low-light sensitivity for improved sharpness even without a flash
- Built-in eye viewfinder eliminates outdoor glare on sunny days
- Focal Length (28 - 840mm in 35mm equiv. in 16:9 video recording / Level Shot function Off)
- Focal Length (30 - 900mm in 35mm equiv. in 16:9 video recording / Level Shot function On)
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Get closer with the 30x Zoom LEICA Lens
Bring every subject in closer and more clearly with the Leica 24mm DC Vario-Elmar lens and durable 30x optical zoom.
Stunning in Low Light—High Sensitivity MOS Sensor
Even in low-light environments, you can capture more detail and less image noise with the new, larger pixel-size High Sensitivity MOS sensor and Venus Engine image processor. And enjoy stunning photos and videos.
See Clearer With The Live View Finder
Wherever your travels take you, the precision Live View Finder helps get the shot. Perfect for image framing when light conditions make using the LED screen difficult, the eye sensor automatically detects viewing preference and switches to the LVF. Its high 1.166k-dot resolution, with approximately 100% color reproduction, delivers stable framing and superb visibility, in any light condition.
Be In Control — Control Ring
The lens-mounted Control Ring provides easier manual control for exposure, zoom and focus, leaving you free to concentrate on shutter operation. Intuitive design, precise focusing and smooth, silent operation gives you total control of every photo and video you create.
Experience The Action — High Speed Response
No matter how fast your subject moves, the ZS50 shoots just as fast with Light Speed Auto Focus and 10fps High Speed Burst Shooting for perfectly focused images every time.
High Speed Video
Record with 100fps in HD resolution and 200fps in VGA. With high-speed video you can and record any fast-moving action, and enjoy later in crystal-clear slow motion.
Precision Is Key—Manual Focus Peaking
Compose the perfect shot with precision. The manual control ring enables smooth operation of the Focus Peaking function. And the large LCD displays the area of focus and depth of field to let you concentrate on composition.
RAW Format Recording
Shoot in RAW format to capture greater detail. Your image data retains the original color and light information captured by camera''s sensor, with only minimal processing. And you can directly edit high-quality images for amazing results.
Reveal More Details with Macro Shots
Clearly capture even the most intricate details in any subject with up-close 3cm macro shooting.
Showtime in Full HD
Record Full HD videos in AVCHD or MP4 format. And enjoy smooth, colorful, high- resolution playback on your PC or wide- screen TV.
Keep it Steady with HYBRID O.I.S.
HYBRID O.I.S.+ minimizes blur and ensures level images. The 5-axis Optical Image Stabilizer automatically detects and compensates for blurring, based on the camera’s five types of movement. When shooting, Level Shot senses and corrects the horizontal line of recording, even when the camera is tilted. The result is clear, perfectly leveled photos and video.
Position the camera to record the natural drama of a rising sun, setting moon or flowers coming into bloom. Simply set the start time, shooting interval and the number of images needed. The camera takes care of the rest automatically, in Full HD quality.
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Besides the very manageable size, my favorite part of the camera is the zoom--on safari in Africa, I was able to clearly capture animals that those with much more bulky and expensive cameras were not able to capture so well. My one gripe, and I was expecting this with a small-lensed camera, is that it struggles in night-time conditions, although it did well at dusk and dawn.
Please see my photos for examples of what this camera can do.
ORIGINAL REVIEW: This being my 3rd Panasonic Lumix camera, I was expecting few (if any) surprises -- and for the most part was right. This is A Good Thing.
The ZS50 replaces a ZS40 that went to the beach with me one time too many (sand gets in very bad places with all those moving parts on the lens). It feels a bit heftier than the 40 but all the controls are exactly where I'd come to expect them and the general physical handling of the two cameras is nearly identical. The one caveat is that the viewfinder will automatically turn on -- thus turning off the main screen on back -- any time a finger, loose shirt collar, etc. gets too close to the sensor, so I've had to pay more attention to exactly how I'm holding the camera to avoid those, "omigosh, it just stopped worki- oh, no, it's just the viewfinder" moments. (I expect this to become automatic as I use the camera more over time.)
Some things I've come to especially like:
- The "shoot through glass" option in the Scenes menu (I don't remember having this on the ZS40)
- MUCH much higher resolution image in the viewfinder, good enough to use it 100% of the time if I want.
- The camera's reaction time seems faster; even using the "Intelligent Auto" setting (see note below) there's less wait between pressing the button and actually taking a picture. The old ZS40 was fast enough most of the time, but this new ZS50 is fast enough nearly ALL the time. I can't tell you if this is real or just my perception... but in any case I'm happier with this perception.
- There's been a definite improvement in the quality of low-light images.
- Just as with my older ZS40 and TZ5, the ZS50's zoom capability is amazing (especially in a camera this small).
- The ZS50 uses the exact same batteries as its older sibling, saving me a bunch of money (and now I have *three* extra batteries, which is great for travel and events where I'm keeping the camera turned on for long periods of time).
- The ZS50 comes with an actual battery charger as well as a USB cable, a real improvement over the USB-only charging feature of the ZS40. (I was able to buy a 3rd party charger with 2 extra batteries, so it was more of an annoyance than a problem; it's nice to know I now have a spare charger along with the spare batteries.)
Some differences that don't really matter:
- The ZS50 actually has a lower megapixel count than the older ZS40 (I think it's 12.1 vs 18) but I've not been able to see any difference in image quality until I start enlarging images beyond 8x10.
- I had the all-black version of the ZS40 so the finish of the ZS50 looks flashier, but this isn't an issue aside from the two looking different. The all-black coating was supposed to have some anti-slip properties but I've had zero problems hanging onto the ZS50 even with damp hands while moving fast.
- The "Intelligent Auto" setting on the ZS50 has the same annoying habits of the older version, especially its propensity to decide many photos are either backlit or a hand-held night shot even when not. I've learned that the Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority modes are my friends.
- That auto-on feature for the viewfinder can go from "wow, cool" to PITA in no time flat; I'm still having to pay attention to exactly how I'm holding the camera and/or what's near it when I'd rather pay attention to my subjects. (Hopefully this will be a case of familiarity breeding adjustment.)
- The flash is located perfectly to be blocked or shaded by my hand; I'm also having to learn how to hold it properly when using the flash.
- Problems shared with the older ZS40 are the lack of hot shoe or microphone jack, but the flash is relatively powerful (especially when your fingers aren't blocking it) and the sound from the two tiny microphones on the top of the camera is surprisingly good.
- Also similar to the ZS40 (but slightly improved) is the amount of image pixelation at higher zoom levels, even when using only optical zoom.
- The GPS feature built into the older ZS40 is gone; I never used it (the feature eats batteries) but for some users this could be an issue.
All in all, this is an excellent camera that blurs the line between high-end point & shoot versus low-end DSLR. Battery life is good; color balance is good under a wide range of lighting; the full-range zoom is droolworthy; shutter delay is nearly nonexistent; it's small enough to (carefully) fit in a pocket or into a cheap case hanging from one's belt; and it's compact enough to be great for travel. Treated with proper respect (and based on the older TZ5 and ZS40 I abused), I expect the ZS50 to last me at least 3-5 years and probably become a hand-me-down in the family.
Some reviews said the lettering on the selection dial wore off, so I applied clear nail polish to the dial before using and will reapply periodically. Image quality is equal to my much larger and more expensive zoom camera, Canon SX50.
Camera preference is subjective, but one magazine rated it the #1 pick even against more expensive cameras I'd been considering, including more expensive Lumix models. So glad I bought this.
Panasonic response: "10-25 unit powers on- spot on pics- lens has excessive dust- set as abused- uploaded pic to SB- unable to completely clean dust off- needs lens unit- email sent out—vs"
They had never sent me an email. Total estimate of repair $225.01. Of course I did not abuse the camera. I own two Canon PowerShot cameras and a Panasonic Lumix TZ3 and they are all over 7 years old and none of them have dust in the lenses. I am really disappointed in Panasonic. I was hoping they would stand behind their products. They are shipping out products that are defective and allow excessive dust to get into the lens, yet they refuse to acknowledge and fix the problem.