Full Review posted for Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50|
Dan Havlik, The Imaging Resource
(Wednesday, January 24, 2007 - 14:30 EST)
Panasonic's Lumix FZ50 takes the company into new territory in terms of resolution, matching the resolution of many popular SLRs, and exceeding their zoom abilities with one very long 12x, 35-420mm Leica zoom.
Though the Panasonic FZ50 is as big as an SLR, there are a few tradeoffs in terms of image quality. The sensor's smaller size means that the noise suppression systems have to work harder to erase the considerable noise that occurs even at the Lumix FZ50's lowest ISO setting. That's the story for all 10-megapixel sensors in digicams, though.
The good news is that the Panasonic FZ50's print performance is quite good, producing nice 13x19 inch prints. Our favorite feature is the FZ50's mechanical zoom mechanism, which does more to equal the framing control offered by an SLR. It also allows quiet zooming while capturing video, a little-noted problem for most long zoom digicams. It's all wrapped up with a refined Panasonic menu system with enough automatic and manual exposure modes to please all types of shooters.
For those looking for a great all-purpose digicam and don't mind the extra heft and size, the Panasonic FZ50 is a great choice, and a sure Dave's Pick.