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Panasonic DMC-FZ50S 10.1MP Digital Camera with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Silver) by Review Summary ,  Aug 4, 2015

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Panasonic DMC-FZ50S 10.1MP Digital Camera with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Silver)
Report Date: 09/20/2015
Based on 188 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.6
Returned or considering to return: 2.1%

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Individual Feature Rating
Button5.0   exceptional
Price5.0   above average
Sharp5.0   above average
Size5.0   above average
Stabilization5.0   above average
Battery4.8   exceptional
Menu4.7   above average
Zoom4.7   above average
Control4.6   above average
Range4.6   above average
Manual4.5   above average
Quality4.5   above average
Lens4.4   exceptional
Focus4.3   exceptional
Handle4.2   average
Image4.2   average
Photo4.2   average
SLR4.2   average
Color4.1   below average
Light3.5   below average
Lumix3.5   below average
Speed3.4   above average
Flash3.3   average
Level2.9   below average
Noise2.4   below average


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Battery

Battery:
"One problem I have with it is how fast the battery runs down."
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"It seems to be well made, has good battery life, has a nice heft, and feels good in the hand if you're right handed."
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"I needed a 10 meg sensor, an articulated lens and a good zoom all with decent battery life."
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"The Panasonic DMC-FZ50I have been reading about this camera for months now both pros and consI'll will soon be taking a trip to Cambodia and needed a better Digital camera then what I have now, I have been a Leica owner for years and wanted to by the DMC 1 but too expensive and too much stuff to buy this camera really dose cover a lot of ground like most reviews say Heavy Cumbersomebut takes great pictures is right on the money you would have to investthousands to get the same pictures and most people want pictures and thats it, this camera delivers order the HI Speed card for this one it is worth the extra 30 dollars, I live in Reno and the Distro center sent it to me in one day it was at my door a 10AM I bought the $12 dollar Batteries and they work just as well as the original so save your moneybuy this camera you will be very happy"
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"Right out of the box (minus some battery charging time lol) I was shooting some great photos in my backyard."
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"the batteries have pretty good life, but if you are planning to do a lot of shooting I would recommend a second battery."
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Button

Button:
"Shutter buttons and all the other buttons are easily accessible."
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"The function button (as with the joystick with the smaller FZ models) is a nice feature to have if you want to jump in directly to some features without a longer scroll time on the menu button."
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"The focus and zoom rings still control servos that actuate the lens, but it feels like a manual lens, and it's faster as well as more precise than pushing buttons."
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"Buttons are within easy reach."
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Color

Color:
"The only thing I find negative is the color saturation."
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"The color and noise was terrible."
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"So far I've been able to find very few things I would change about it... one thing is that the warm cool color options on the P SP AP setting aren't great (warm is too orange and sunset-y, cool is a little too blue) and the second thing is that to me, the lens cap sits just a little too close to the lens, which can mean scratches on the lens if the cap is put on too quickly or a little carelessly."
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"The color on the 5 mp shots wasn't as good, but adequate for it's purpose."
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"Your pictures with all of its clarity and richness and detail-perfection will still be crap if you do not adopt the fundamentals of great photographs as it pertains to composition, color (and or contrast), angle, and subject."
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"Colors are accurate, and images are sharp, and performance is pretty fast."
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"I get many compliments for my work, and with 6.0 or CS3, the color is marvelous, only a hair below D-SLR."
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"The FZ50 is a remarkable camera for its price, In order to have a DSLR witht he range and quality of the lecia lens you would be spending around $5,000 on lens alone, There is no other comparision for this camera,It takes excellent Macro, the color range is dynamic, and it has the best EVF I have seen on a camera, The Mega OIS is a better system than Canons Image stabilzationIt came down to the FZ50 and the Canon S5IS, I am so glad I read revviews and picked this CameraFor anyone sitting on the fence about Panasonic Buy this camera now, you will never regret it"
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"The clarity and color that comes out of this camera is just wackily good."
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Control

Control:
"They said it was too big and hard to control the noise..."
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"Lots of room to grow into this camera, and while it does most of the things I'd like, I couldn't give it 5 stars because it's missing a wireless remote shutter control, it would be nice if the flip-out LCD came out far enough for when composing self-portraits and if was submersible like my wife's pHD camera...it would be perfect."
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"Any one who wants a lot or little manual control but great pictures, this is the camera for you."
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"The FZ-50 has a lot of functions you can control manually, which allow you to take some fantastic crisp pictures and the Mega OIS is a major plus."
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"The controls are friendly, and after a little handling, it becomes very intuitive."
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"I am a amateur photographer that was looking for a good bridge camera, one that had great auto features but could also take my hobby into the future where I feel more comfortable putting it into manual control."
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"The controls are very intuitive and easy to use."
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Flash

Flash:
"An inexpensive (around $20) hot shoe adapter will take care of the flash sync issue but there's no easy work-around for the shutter release limitation so if you're considering this camera for low-light, tricky flash or astronomical photography, you should look elsewhere."
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"(I know I could solve that problem if I bought the dedicated flash and made it sync to my lights.)"
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"So far the only thing i've disliked is the flash."
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"I've already taken this camera on a couple of professional jobs, and it held up pretty good with the Lumix external flash (which is too expensive).Downside: the instructions are difficult to understand."
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"I'm thinking to buy the external flash because the built-in is not very good."
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"The built in flash is weak."
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"The only thing I was able to improve is the picture quality when using the flash."
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"I bought a FL50 flash and it works perfectly with the FZ50 using TTL."
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"- great built in flash and all, but the fact that there's a hot shoe helps quite a bit if you pick up a lighting kit."
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"I've already taken this camera on a couple of professional jobs, and it held up pretty good with the Lumix external flash (which is too expensive).Downside: the instructions are difficult to understand."
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"Flash has a pretty decent range for a built-in."
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Focus

Focus:
"One complaint I had was its ability to autofocus in low-light levels."
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"A few times the auto focus seemed to have some problems focusing on the right thing and it was easy to use manual focus."
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"If your accustomed to split micro-prism style focus screens like me, you may find it a bit of a challenge to get crisp focusing with this camera."
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"Somtimes the camera is out of focus and I can't quite figure out the problem."
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"As I mentioned, the optics are as good as you'll find anywhere and the ability to focus, zoom and and adjust exposure settings with honest-to-god, old-fashioned rings on the lens barrel if you choose are almost worth the price of admission all by themselves."
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"I would recommend to them to use a white light focusing mechanism instead of the red light that comes on in low light, near object situations."
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"All of my shots are crystal clear on what I wanted to focus on."
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"A few times the auto focus seemed to have some problems focusing on the right thing and it was easy to use manual focus."
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Handle

Handle:
"D-SLRs have more options in most cases, but several friends who went D-SLR, thinking they'd get just a fancier 35mm replacement, quickly became unhappy with the complexity, but where they could handle it, the pix were easier to handle in Photoshop 5.0, and a few with CS2."
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"My three grandchildren, all under 13, have been able to handle this camera with absolutely perfect results."
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"The ability to handle SDHC is great considering a lot of the memory cards out there now are high-capacity."
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"D-SLRs have more options in most cases, but several friends who went D-SLR, thinking they'd get just a fancier 35mm replacement, quickly became unhappy with the complexity, but where they could handle it, the pix were easier to handle in Photoshop 5.0, and a few with CS2."
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"It has a decent zoom range (35-420), decent stabilizer to handle movement & shake, decent ISO range, and one nice feature of the lens' moving parts being contained inside itself and allowing for immediate focusing response as you power up the camera."
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Image

Image:
"It is dated however, and the image quality at ISO 400 and above could be better."
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"A professional camera (or any camera) will not give you great professional images any more than being in McDonald's will convert you into a great hamburger."
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"These shots that I'm taking will be infinitely better than the images I missed while switching lens on my superior DSLR."
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"The problem came when I tried to retrieve the images from the card."
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"Anyone who tries to buy that big lens at 400mm f3.5 you will pay an arm and a leg for DSLR use and you will need a pro tripod to hold it sturdy, but not on FZ50 i can shoot it handheld w o any problem due to its OIS optical image stabilizer."
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"(unless you are using flash..(about a second delay)) this is very important to me because I cannot tell you how many great pics I've missed of my dogs or kids because my old camera didnt take the pic until 3 secs after I depressed the button."
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"If you are still set on getting the FZ50 after considering those two options, know that you'll be getting a solid camera with decent image quality and a plethora of features."
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"Contrary to what you may have read from a number of pro-critics' sites, I will report that the images look detailed and beautiful when captured up to ISO 800 and printed at 8x10."
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"Put practically any camera into the hands of a great photographer, and you will get compelling images."
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"The image quality as I have stated is great."
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"These shots that I'm taking will be infinitely better than the images I missed while switching lens on my superior DSLR."
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Lens

Lens:
"Like most people who have commented on these reviews, the FZ has a lens on it that is hard to beat."
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"These shots that I'm taking will be infinitely better than the images I missed while switching lens on my superior DSLR."
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"Various lens extensions I have bought are very ineffective and difficult to mount."
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"The FZ50 does the job of both lenses (except wide angle not as good as the 28mm)."
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"Weight, size and portability: DSLR are generally heavier and bulkier than super-zooms, and the extra lenses and gear renders them a hassle to haul about or travel with."
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"After experiencing this camera I sold my Nikon D80, attachment lens and soft pictures Nikon was giving me is unacceptable, i went thru every menu option including using the much hyped RGB3 which by the way gives cartoon colors has no comparison to the Panasonic."
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"The lens on this camera is magnificent, and I wish it were detachable for use on my other cameras."
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"Also, even though newer versions have greater zoom capabilities, the FZ50 can be adjusted by 2x - 4x the listed lens; and great macro, too."
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"I've mounted an inverted Takumar lens for amazing macro photography that would be insanely difficult to manage without the articulating screen."
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"These shots that I'm taking will be infinitely better than the images I missed while switching lens on my superior DSLR."
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"The picture quality is amazing, and I love not having to deal with lenses like on a DSLR."
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Level

Level:
"One complaint I had was its ability to autofocus in low-light levels."
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"You will see that the Rebel XTi does a much better job in noise-reduction at higher ISO levels than the Lumix FZ50.Now the real problem is not the noise per se, but the noise reduction artefacts produced by the Venus III engine in the camera."
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"A lot of users of this camera have complained about noise, and yes, it does creep in at low light levels, but it's nothing you can't easily remove with either Noise Ninja or Neat Image."
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"The pictures are excellent, BUT, for those of us who shoot in shady areas (BIRDERS), THE CAMERA HAS BIG PROBLEMS WITH LOW LIGHT LEVELS."
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"The SilkyPix noise reduction software (or that available in Adobe RAW Capture) is superior to the Venus III, and will produce final images that equal those produced by the Canon Rebel XTi or the Nikon D80.With the debate over noise levels now moot, I challenge anyone to find a comparable camera with similar features at ANY price that can best the DMC-FZ50."
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"Easy to use at all levels of technical competence."
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"Whether you photograph nature, portraits, everyday life .. you won't be disappointed with this LumixI highly recommend this camera for all levels of photo enthusiasts."
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"The Venus III engine is superb although in my experience, you have to fine tune the NR down to its lowest level (or turned off in some cases) to get an outstanding shot."
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"Yes, the pics are not quite up to the level of some dslr pics I've seen, but they are wonderful nontheless."
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"3200 pictures later and I can honestly tell you this is the best prosumer level camera for under $500 that you can buy today."
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Light

Light:
"The FZ would have done a horrible job at these low light conditions."
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"The only drawback I have encountered is when I use a pc sync to my studio lights the camera defaults to F 4.0 which is not enough depth of field focus for me when I am shooting a group photo."
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"Then I tried to photograph a Taekwondo tournament, indoor under low light... the noise and blurry was ridiculous."
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"This camera went dead on me less than two monts light use."
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"A lot of users of this camera have complained about noise, and yes, it does creep in at low light levels, but it's nothing you can't easily remove with either Noise Ninja or Neat Image."
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"As I said before, however, LOW LIGHT IS NOT GREAT."
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"I would recommend to them to use a white light focusing mechanism instead of the red light that comes on in low light, near object situations."
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"The camera worked for me in a superior manner regardles of siruations and light conditions."
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"PROS:- Professional, heavy build quality and feel- Exceptional Leica lens- Manual focus and zoom rings let you overide Auto- sharp auto focus, even at low light- accurate vibrant colors- image stabilizer- program shift (partial manual mode)- spot metering- 12x optical (10.1 MP)- 21x optical (3 MP)- Decent video output- Supports 2GB SD cards- Support 4GB SD HC cards!"
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"A good full size, light weight, quality tripod is my most used acessory."
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"My camera has to be digital, fast, light, versitile, rugged, and EASY."
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Lumix

Lumix:
"It will be very hard to now tell the difference between picture quality of the Lumix FZ50 and a DSLR like the Canon Rebel XTi when you shoot in RAW and process with SilkyPix and NeatImage."
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"You will see that the Rebel XTi does a much better job in noise-reduction at higher ISO levels than the Lumix FZ50.Now the real problem is not the noise per se, but the noise reduction artefacts produced by the Venus III engine in the camera."
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"I've already taken this camera on a couple of professional jobs, and it held up pretty good with the Lumix external flash (which is too expensive).Downside: the instructions are difficult to understand."
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"The Lumix is not as good as my Cannon Elan at capturing moving subjects -- even if they're not moving very fast."
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"I hope Lumix continues putting out such great and quality features for a substantially lower price than a D-SLR, I'll keep upgrading."
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"Lumix has an excellent ability to read in the auto scene modes."
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"In addition to its classic design, the Lumix FZ50 is an outstanding camera in most respects, from the really exceptional Leica lens, to the solid, professional build quality, the well laid out controls, and the ergonomic user interface."
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"Then run NeatImage on the file developed from SilkyPix, using the appropriate noise profile file for the Lumix FZ50.Do this and you will see outstanding pictures."
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"After shooting with a Lumix TZ1, I knew that the Leica approved lens would be great."
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Manual

Manual:
"I particularly like; The zoom is manual so it is quiet, has less moving parts to fail, uses less power, and is fast."
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"I don't know what I am doing wrong and have read the manual backwards and forwards a half a dozen times."
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"My complaints so far are relatively minor:(1) The zoom is manual, a dial on the lens, rather than the motorized type you are probably used to."
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"I had hoped that because this fell in the moderate price range and it had manual operation it would be a good tool to teach myself more advanced shooting before I spent the big bucks on a DSLR."
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"I got use to the manual zoom pretty fast."
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"Besides, It allows you to be creative and to take decisions about your picture (Manual exposure)."
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"Any one who wants a lot or little manual control but great pictures, this is the camera for you."
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"I am a amateur photographer that was looking for a good bridge camera, one that had great auto features but could also take my hobby into the future where I feel more comfortable putting it into manual control."
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Menu

Menu:
"After experiencing this camera I sold my Nikon D80, attachment lens and soft pictures Nikon was giving me is unacceptable, i went thru every menu option including using the much hyped RGB3 which by the way gives cartoon colors has no comparison to the Panasonic."
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"Relatively simple menu makes it easier and quicker for those of us who aren't high techies or quite as fast as we used to be."
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"It's just that good, so well engineered, ergonomic, great menu system, many accessories available."
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"- the menus and settings are super easy if you use the manual."
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"i tried it out with some night shots and within literally 5 minutes i was able to change settings and navigate menus without even looking at the controls."
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"It fits nicely in my hands with the controls & menus easily accessed."
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Noise

Noise:
"They said it was too big and hard to control the noise..."
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"I was hesitating to purchase the FZ50 because of some evaluations regarding noise and white problems."
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"You will see that the Rebel XTi does a much better job in noise-reduction at higher ISO levels than the Lumix FZ50.Now the real problem is not the noise per se, but the noise reduction artefacts produced by the Venus III engine in the camera."
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"Too bad noise, even in bright daylight at ASA100 is excessive."
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"Then I tried to photograph a Taekwondo tournament, indoor under low light... the noise and blurry was ridiculous."
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"I love the size, it's exactly what I was going for and the noise reduction isn't a problem either.."
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"I have put it thru the iso tests, i shot at all iso setting from 100-1600, the results were very pleased, from iso 800 i can see noise creeping in, then comes iso 1600 it shows even more, but both can be a quick fix to me..both were usable images."
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"No surprise to me, this FZ50 IS out do the rest of its family, by far as image quality, FZ50 gives almost perfect pictures, the sharpness from its Leica lens is amazingly sharp, full of details contrast, full of depth of field, im very pleased with it..I must say its got some noise from iso 100 to 800, but i know it before hand, so now i use noise reduction software to remove it afterward easily..i think most all point and shoot cameras do have noise issue, so this is no exception."
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Photo

Photo:
"The photos are not perfectly clear."
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"They are good but not perfect as the photos I took with my Fugifilm FinePix S7000."
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"So far, I have not been able to produce any excellent bird photos that I would say are magazine quality."
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"My only complaint is photo's load slowly to my computer compared to other cameras."
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"The controls, buttons, everything seems well thought out and uncluttered, unlike the Canon where I was continually pushing something by mistake that was continually messing up my photos."
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"The depth & clarity of the photos are unbelievable... last but not least the limited silver edition FZ50S is a beauty!"
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"Landscape photos with this camera are fantastic and garner (unearned) praise."
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"Has all the right functions and take super fantastic photos."
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"The A510 gives me really nice 8x10s prints and excels at product photos for websites."
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"It's withstood the beating of being used in a corrosive environment without any problems and continues to turn out quality photos."
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Price

Price:
"Excellent good price"
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"I had hoped that because this fell in the moderate price range and it had manual operation it would be a good tool to teach myself more advanced shooting before I spent the big bucks on a DSLR."
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"Four stars, good camera, shop for a good price."
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"A zoom range of 35-420mm (equivalent)tack sharp optics, hot shoe for external flash,rotateable electronic view finder,sturdy construction, and more features than most of us will ever use, this camera is a good value for the money."
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"Great cuality price ratio, just everything that you could expect from a compact."
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Quality

Quality:
"It is dated however, and the image quality at ISO 400 and above could be better."
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"HOW TO GET BEST QUALITY RESULTS:Now that we've seen the problem, the solution is rather trivial."
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"It will be very hard to now tell the difference between picture quality of the Lumix FZ50 and a DSLR like the Canon Rebel XTi when you shoot in RAW and process with SilkyPix and NeatImage."
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"I can't say enough aout all the qualities I love in this camera (most are covered in many, many other reviews) so I'll concentrate on the most prevalent complaint about this camera - image quality."
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"I believe I purchased mine in 2007 and I've never had a problem with it, so if build quality and dependability is a major factor for you, then rest assured that the DMC-FZ50 delivers.~ Kort"
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"If you are still set on getting the FZ50 after considering those two options, know that you'll be getting a solid camera with decent image quality and a plethora of features."
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"The image quality as I have stated is great."
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"The picture quality is amazing, and I love not having to deal with lenses like on a DSLR."
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".I bought this camera almost exactly two years ago and was very pleased with the quality of the pictures and the ease of use."
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Range

Range:
"Its range can leave you somewhat dissatisfied when you drop it and pick up another camera."
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"I had hoped that because this fell in the moderate price range and it had manual operation it would be a good tool to teach myself more advanced shooting before I spent the big bucks on a DSLR."
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"The FZ50 is a remarkable camera for its price, In order to have a DSLR witht he range and quality of the lecia lens you would be spending around $5,000 on lens alone, There is no other comparision for this camera,It takes excellent Macro, the color range is dynamic, and it has the best EVF I have seen on a camera, The Mega OIS is a better system than Canons Image stabilzationIt came down to the FZ50 and the Canon S5IS, I am so glad I read revviews and picked this CameraFor anyone sitting on the fence about Panasonic Buy this camera now, you will never regret it"
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"It has a decent zoom range (35-420), decent stabilizer to handle movement & shake, decent ISO range, and one nice feature of the lens' moving parts being contained inside itself and allowing for immediate focusing response as you power up the camera."
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"Its light retention through the full range is outstanding, and the inclusion of image stabilization makes it possible to really use the far end of the zoom."
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Screen

Screen:
"If your accustomed to split micro-prism style focus screens like me, you may find it a bit of a challenge to get crisp focusing with this camera."
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"The only problem that i see , its that the LCD screen dont have a good resolution when using the Zoom, but is Good."
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"LCD screen flips down (nice feature) and swivels to point out (useful for self-portraits), but for some reason the image doesn't invert itself (or I just haven't figured out how to make it invert yet) so you see an upside down image."
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"It comes with a USB to RCA cable so you can instantly plug it into any TV and show everybody your fabulous images, or you can flip open the little screen and show them on that."
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"(3) When you take a picture, it doesn't stay on the LCD screen long enough to get a good look at it."
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"(4) The swivel rotatable screen works nicely, but is a bit small."
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"It feels like a film SLR, and the size is perfect for smaller hands (my boyfriend finds the buttons and controls a bit too cramped).Image quality is great, though I've not used it in a wide variety of settings (yet).Another feature which I LOVE about this camera is the flip screen."
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Sharp

Sharp:
"I love the features and it takes nice sharp pictures."
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"Colors are accurate, and images are sharp, and performance is pretty fast."
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"The Leica Lens is just superb, sharp and outstanding."
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"But the body is not the story, it only means a rank amateur can take sharp, beautiful pictures with this camera instead of spending hours studying a 200-page manual on focusing and metering."
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"No surprise to me, this FZ50 IS out do the rest of its family, by far as image quality, FZ50 gives almost perfect pictures, the sharpness from its Leica lens is amazingly sharp, full of details contrast, full of depth of field, im very pleased with it..I must say its got some noise from iso 100 to 800, but i know it before hand, so now i use noise reduction software to remove it afterward easily..i think most all point and shoot cameras do have noise issue, so this is no exception."
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Shutter

Shutter:
"An inexpensive (around $20) hot shoe adapter will take care of the flash sync issue but there's no easy work-around for the shutter release limitation so if you're considering this camera for low-light, tricky flash or astronomical photography, you should look elsewhere."
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"Lots of room to grow into this camera, and while it does most of the things I'd like, I couldn't give it 5 stars because it's missing a wireless remote shutter control, it would be nice if the flip-out LCD came out far enough for when composing self-portraits and if was submersible like my wife's pHD camera...it would be perfect."
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"This is such a strong zoom that a tripod and remote shutter are pretty much necessities -- even with and-shake reduction."
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"Shutter buttons and all the other buttons are easily accessible."
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"Lots of room to grow into this camera, and while it does most of the things I'd like, I couldn't give it 5 stars because it's missing a wireless remote shutter control, it would be nice if the flip-out LCD came out far enough for when composing self-portraits and if was submersible like my wife's pHD camera...it would be perfect."
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"Changing things like ISO, image resolution, shutter and aperature are relatively easy."
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"If you use a tripod in low light and a low ISO combined with a slow shutter speed, you'll really have no problems, as with any pro camera."
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Size

Size:
"I love the size, it's exactly what I was going for and the noise reduction isn't a problem either.."
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"You can also decrease your resolution size and effectively increase your zoom to get really close without resorting to digital zoom."
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"I guess the bit larger size is just one advantage for speedy and easy handling."
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"A good full size, light weight, quality tripod is my most used acessory."
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"The pictures are sharp, the camera feels great in the hand, full manual controls are wonderful and it packs more in a small package than you can likely get anywhere else."
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Speed

Speed:
"I particularly like; The zoom is manual so it is quiet, has less moving parts to fail, uses less power, and is fast."
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"The biggest feature I missed from the Minolta was the progressive and high speed capture modes which were really useful trying to take wildlife or action shots."
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"High speed USB is my only complaint for data transfers, Noise reduction for higher ISO noise is a bit over powering but acceptable but controllable at your liking, a 3 ,screen would be nice but maybe on the next model."
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"One problem I have with it is how fast the battery runs down."
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"One negative: while there is a burst mode, it's rather slow."
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"Colors are accurate, and images are sharp, and performance is pretty fast."
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"I got use to the manual zoom pretty fast."
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"My camera has to be digital, fast, light, versitile, rugged, and EASY."
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"High-resolution widescreen-format video is on par with low-end digital video cameras, although you must have a very fast high-capacity SD card to take advantage of this mode."
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"If you use a tripod in low light and a low ISO combined with a slow shutter speed, you'll really have no problems, as with any pro camera."
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Stabilization

Stabilization:
"The optical stabilization (OS) system is very effective."
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"While the stabilization is fantastic and does away with some of the aforementioned props, when doing an extreme zoom or very low level lighting I still use a tripod."
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"And there's image stabilization so you can take advantage of its 420 (digital equivalent) millimeters so that speck on the horizon can become your subject."
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"The image stabilization is great but I think I still need a tripod (my hands are a bit too shaky fer perfect every time photos lol)."
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"I was also considering the Fuji s9100 but having blurred many a shot (I know-tripod)with the s5100 due to hand shake at lower speeds I decided to try the FZ50 because of the optical image stabilization (OIS) and I have seen a great reduction in blurred results."
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Video

Video:
"PROS:- Professional, heavy build quality and feel- Exceptional Leica lens- Manual focus and zoom rings let you overide Auto- sharp auto focus, even at low light- accurate vibrant colors- image stabilizer- program shift (partial manual mode)- spot metering- 12x optical (10.1 MP)- 21x optical (3 MP)- Decent video output- Supports 2GB SD cards- Support 4GB SD HC cards!"
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"The camera as is, is more than adequate for all my still video needs."
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"The battery lasts a decent amount of time & it takes great videos."
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"We also needed a camera that could shoot decent video."
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"Battery life is pretty good, even when doing video."
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Zoom:
"I decided to keep with the big zoom all in one camera because of the problem of dust that I used to have with my old SLR film cameras, and that I'd read about with Digital SLR's also."
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"My complaints so far are relatively minor:(1) The zoom is manual, a dial on the lens, rather than the motorized type you are probably used to."
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"It is very hard to find anything above 8MP with a long zoom."
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"The only problem that i see , its that the LCD screen dont have a good resolution when using the Zoom, but is Good."
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"Also, even though newer versions have greater zoom capabilities, the FZ50 can be adjusted by 2x - 4x the listed lens; and great macro, too."
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"This is such a strong zoom that a tripod and remote shutter are pretty much necessities -- even with and-shake reduction."
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"As I mentioned, the optics are as good as you'll find anywhere and the ability to focus, zoom and and adjust exposure settings with honest-to-god, old-fashioned rings on the lens barrel if you choose are almost worth the price of admission all by themselves."
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"I needed a 10 meg sensor, an articulated lens and a good zoom all with decent battery life."
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"I never use digital zoom, so a good optical was important, and the FZ 50's is great."
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