|The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 digital Megazoom camera isn't particularly small or compact. However, that certainly isn't a negative point; the camera's design clearly plays an important role, and contributes to the stability with which the camera can be held. This is mainly thanks to the rather bulky lens on the camera's front side, which gives it a sturdy and professional look. When shooting with the supplied lens hood, it even appears as if you are working with a digital SLR camera. The Panasonic FZ-50 proves excellent to hold, as well as perfectly balanced.|
|Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 7.4-88.8 mm lens
On the front side of the Panasonic FZ50, we find an attractive Leica DC Vario-Elmarit f/2.8 - f/3.7 7.4-88.8 mm lens. With a maximum lens opening of f/2.8, it is considerably bright. Ideal if you are keen to experiment with the depth of field, or often capture your photos in low-light conditions. Another feature that comes in handy in such cases is the MEGA O.I.S. The lens is equipped with a genuine zoom and focus ring. Consequently, you can work with it in the same way as you would with a regular DSLR lens; an asset that will likely be appreciated by the photographers. The aperture does have to be set on the housing via a command dial. In addition to this, the front side of the Panasonic Lumix FZ50 features a command dial in the handgrip, and a small lamp for the self-timer and AF assistance illuminator.
Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ50 - Auto focus
When looking at the lens from the front, we see a button to select the auto focus fields on its right. Above it, we find a switch that serves to alternate between the standard auto focus, macro images and manual focussing. Entirely at the top, a button allows you to flip-up the flash. The body itself houses the external connections for the remote control, the USB and video and the external power supply; all of which are hidden from sight behind an attractively designed lid. The opposite side only houses the door to the memory card, whilst the camera's bottom side holds the lid behind which the battery is placed. This small lid features a separate security lock, which prevents it from opening by accident. A metal, universal tripod connection completes the picture.
Panasonic DMC-FZ50 - Flip-out LCD monitor
The back side of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 features an electronic viewfinder with a dioptre-setting, and a flip-out LCD monitor. The 2-inch LCD display hinges to the bottom side of the camera. In most cases, we find the hinge attached to the upper side. This mechanism allows you to position the screen under a wide variety of odd angles, so that you will be able to use unconventional positions when capturing your photos.
|Unfortunately, these rotating screens seem to have lost some of their appeal. A pity really, particularly as they offer the user a great deal of valuable freedom to experiment. On the other hand, it is only fair to say that both the quality and the viewing angle of the monitor have undergone significant improvements, which means it now forms quite a decent replacement for flip-out displays. On the monitor's right side, we find the focus and exposure lock button, as well as a switch to alternate between the electronic viewfinder and the monitor, a button to adjust the screen rendition, the function button, and the indispensable recycle bin; all of which are positioned in a vertical row. Next to these features, we find the speaker positioned right above the cursor buttons, which hold the Menu/Set button in their centre. On the far right upper side, a second mode dial has been placed close to the thumb grip.
Panasonic Lumix FZ50 - Flash & Image stabiliser
When looking at the Panasonic Lumix FZ50 from above, we find a microphone for audio recordings located on the left side. The centre holds the flip-up flash, as well as a hot shoe for an external flash. The Panasonic FZ-50 now enables the use of TTL flash; a significant improvement from the camera's predecessor. On the right we see the dial through which the exposure programmes can be selected. Naturally, the shutter release button is found on top of the hand grip. Below it, we see the button for the image stabilisation, the button for the image speed, a small indication lamp that signals whether the camera is switched on, and lastly the main switch.
Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ50 digital Megazoom camera
Although the Panasonic FZ50 digital Megazoom camera features quite a few buttons indeed, all have been logically arranged. This means there isn't really a need to search for things; in fact, the auto focus button was the only feature I occasionally found myself searching for when I first started working with the camera. Both the general design and the neat finish of the Panasonic Lumix FZ-50 make it more than clear that this truly is a high quality camera.