"super shooter"on by js43512
Pros lens,improved noise levels,stabilizer
Cons focal length not linked to shutter speed in full auto, gives too slow speeds sometimes
Summary Good clear low noise up to ISO 400, past that it goes downhill.no big deal for me because the stabilizer works so well, lets you get away with much slower shutter speeds than you would think possible. I took a shot of a deer early in the morning in the woods, the light was bad but I thought , give it a try and see what happens. On full auto at 400mm setting it set ISO 400,I found out later the shutter speed was only 1/15th second, no good right? Wrong, a 8x12 shocked me being rather good. Not tack sharp but not blurry either, very good . I'm not making this up! I would not have believed it without seeing it myself. I am looking forward to exploring this wonderfull machine further.
"Excellent camera"on by bear740
Pros Perfect size-balanced
Cons a downgrade to FZ30
Summary I own the FZ30 but I am really tired of Philip Ryan's bias reviews. It is obvious he is not a professional photographer, since he thinks the FZ50 is large. I have yet to see a professional camera that fits in the palm of your hand Mr. Ryan. It is a perfect size and is extremely well balanced. The so called "noise" of Panasonics is simply blown out of proportion, they are no more noiser than any other camera with this size sensor. All I know is that Panasonic's keep winning awards, picture awards beating out Canon's, Nikon's, Olympus and Fuji's. That should tell you something. CNET has absolutely the worse bias reviewers I have seen on any site, they apparently know nothing of photography, or electronics. By Mr. Ryans own words, he is apparently a Point and Shoot photographer and the FZ50 and the FZ30 before it is not a Point and shoot camera. I am a professional photographer, and I a retired Electonics specialists, I can tell you now, that Panasonic has the best electronics of any brand camera, they may not be able to do a lot of high ISO low light above ISO 400 but most people do not shoot at those settings, and what noise you do get, can be corrected easily with Adobe CS2, or Noise ninja, and others, I will take the noise, that I can handle but soft pics like Fuji, or Canon superzoom's which also have purple fringing, those I will not accept. Mr. Ryan need to learn his trade better or quit doing reviews on things he apparently knowns very little about. The FZ50 is the best superzoom on the market today bar none. Buy it!
"My Summary of reviews and results out of this camera - This is the best value for money !!"on by kvskpin
Pros Superb images, Exceptional build Quality, Perfect fit for general public
Cons Shoddy reviews - I got a point here - read my opinion carefully !!
I was extremely impressed with the results, build quality, features on this camera and for a while was taken by shock to see a rating of 7.4 for such a beauty.
Then again, the users rate it at 8.4 !! So, there yo go. On one side, the experts rate it at 7.4 and on the other side, the users rate it at 8.4.
I somehow felt the same desparity among other products from panasonic - check out the difference between the editors rating and user ratings here:
FZ7 - 7.2 versus 8.1
FZ30 - 6.9 versus 8.6
TZ1K - 6.6 versus 8.4
I somehow miss this difference when I look at maybe a canon or a sony. Check the ratings against Canon Rebel XT or anyother for a matter.
So, there we are, while the expert says, this is a 7.4, users feel this is better at 8.4 !!!
I feel it is time to draw a conclusion. Let me consider both the aspects and an average of both the ratings make it a 7.9 or an 8.
Which according to the CNET standards make this camera:
8.0 to 8.9 (Excellent):
A product that receives a rating in this range is superior in so many ways that its relatively few drawbacks are not very important.
7.0 to 7.9 (Very good):
While the strengths of a product scoring in this range certainly outweigh its weaknesses, it has some minor faults that certain users should be aware of.
And that perfectly summarises the camera for me.
I would rate this extremely high on all the features it has and the image quality is very good. (8 - 8.9) range
The only reason why I would put this camera in the (7 - 7.9) range is not the camera itself, but the manufacturer. Panasonic have the most unpleasant customer service and post sales support.
While their products are extremely impressive, but, try comparing Sony and Panasonic - the main difference is the customer service and support. Panasonics are more often better products.
Unfortunately, we don't marry the product alone when we buy it. We marry the organisation - that's a fact we got to realise.
Pros Clear, Crisp, Natural colors.
Cons None so far
Summary I used to own the DMCFZ20, which I loved. I briefly switched to Canon S3 IS. I have to say, I hated that camera. After numerous blurry and useless pictures, I sold it on eBay. I am back to panasonic with DMC FZ50K, and I am loving it. The picturs are always clear, clrisp. the colors are most natural looking. Even the pictures in the dark, with the flash are really great. Lots of options and customizations possible. the construction is solid. Feels like a real camera. the battery life is very well as well.
I will certainly recomend this camera if you are looking for a big zoom. I will also say that STAY AWAY from Canon S3 IS.
Pros Fantastic Optics, Zoom Lens, Fast AF
Cons None of any concern
Summary This is a superb all round Camera and a joy to use!