Panasonic Lumix DMC ZS50 Compact Digital Camera

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30x Travel Zoom Camera with Eye Viewfinder

Panasonic Lumix DMC-zs50 The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 Digital Camera available in black or silver is a compact point-and-shoot digital camera offering a Venis Engine image processor and a 12.1MP High Sensitivity MOS sensor to deliver high-resolution still photography and full 1080p HD video recording with appreciable poor-light quality and sensitivity up to an expandable ISO 6400. Fast operation is also afforded all through the entire camera system, including the capability to record full-resolution images at up to 10 frames per second or 6 frames per second with continuous autofocus.

The built-in Leica optical DC Vario-Elmar 30x zoom lens, complements the performance and delivers a focal length equal to a 35mm range of 24-720mm to handle working in a wide array of situations. Extra-low and Aspherical dispersion elements help producing crisp, high contrast pictures and also work hand in hand to diminish distortion and aberrations all through the entire zoom range. Taking advantage of the generous zooming abilities of this zoom lens is HYBRID O.I.S.+ image stabilization, which diminishes the spectacle of camera shake to better handle working with increased longer shutter speeds or zoom magnifications.

For monitoring both live view and image review, both a 0.2" 1,166k dot electric viewfinder and a a large 3.0" 1,040k-dot LCD screen are available. The screen also affords an intuitive navigation menu for applying a whole host of camera settings, including Creative Panorama and Creative Control modes as well as accessing the on-board Wi-Fi function. This connectivity offers instant transferring of pictures or movies to connected mobile devices, plus remote photographing and viewing. Rounding out the variable camera design is a Control Ring, surrounding the lens which makes available efficient and intuitive access and fine-tuning to some of the most often-used camera settings and features. Reviewed March 4, 2016

Body type Compact  
Max resolution 4000 x 3000  
Other resolutions 4:3 (3264 x 2448, 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 640 x 480), 3:2 (4000 x 2672, 3264 x 2176, 2560 x 1712, 2048 x 1360, 640 x 424), 16:9 (4000 x 2248, 3840 x 2160, 2560 x 1440, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 360), 1:1 (2992 x 2992, 2448 x 2448, 1920 x 1920, 1536 x 1536, 480 x 480)  
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9  
Effective pixels 12 megapixels  
Sensor photo detectors 13 megapixels  
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)  
Sensor type CMOS  
ISO Auto, 80-6400  
White balance presets 4  
Custom white balance Yes  
Image stabilization Optical  
Image stabilization notes 5-axis hybrid OIS  
Uncompressed format RAW  
JPEG quality levels Fine, standard  
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 24720 mm  
Optical zoom 30  
Maximum aperture F3.3 - F6.4  
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (2X-4X)  
Manual focus Yes  
Normal focus range 50 cm (19.69)  
Macro focus range 3 cm (1.18)  
Number of focus points 23  
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed  
Screen size 3  
Screen dots 1,040,000  
Touch screen No  
Screen type TFT LCD with AR coating  
Live view Yes  
Viewfinder type Electronic  
Viewfinder coverage 100%  
Viewfinder magnification 0.46  
Viewfinder resolution 1,166,000  
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 4 sec  
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 sec  
Aperture priority Yes  
Shutter priority Yes  
Manual exposure mode Yes  
Subject / scene modes Yes  
Built-in flash Yes  
Flash range 6.40 m  
External flash No  
Flash modes Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off  
Continuous drive 10.0 fps  
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)  
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation 2 (at 1/3 EV steps)  
AE Bracketing 1 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)  
WB Bracketing No  
Videography features
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60p/60i/30p), 1280 x 720 (60p/30p), 640 x 480 (30p)  
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD  
Microphone Stereo  
Speaker Mono  
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal  
Storage included 86MB  
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)  
HDMI Yes (micro-HDMI)  
Microphone port No  
Headphone port No  
Wireless Built-In  
Wireless notes 802.11 b/g/n with NFC  
Remote control Yes (via smartphone)  
Environmentally sealed No  
Battery Battery Pack  
Battery description Lithium-ion battery and charger  
Battery Life (CIPA) 300  
Weight (inc. batteries) 243 g (0.54 lb / 8.57 oz)  
Dimensions 111 x 65 x 34 mm (4.37 x 2.56 x 1.34)  
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes  
GPS None


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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS 50 Compact Digital Camera Reviewed by Gene Wright on . Rating: 5