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Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ50 | Digital Camera Review | Storage and Energy
Prospective users of a Panasonic Lumix FZ50 will likely be keen on taking as many photos as possible. It truly is a camera that invites you to capture everything around you. However, the effective resolution of 10 Megapixels does translate to an increased file size. Fortunately, the Panasonic FZ50 also supports memory cards with a higher storage capacity. The SDHC memory cards, for instance, already allow you to store 4GB on a card, and expectations are that higher storage capacities will soon be introduced. Theoretically, SDHC will be able to grow to an astounding 32GB! We would recommend considering the purchase of an extra memory card to go with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50. The camera is standard delivered with a 32MB card; which fits approximately 6 images in the highest JPEG quality.
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1GB SanDisk Extreme III memory card
Considering the high resolution of the Panasonic Lumix FZ50, it would be wise not to economize on the size of the memory card. Especially when photographing in RAW; as this means you will automatically be presented with a memory-gobbling JPEG file. Fast cards, such as the SanDisk Extreme III, are without question preferable; especially as a slower card will often require you to wait until the buffer has been emptied. Therefore, the Lumix FZ50 is ideally equipped with a fast 1 or 2GB memory card. The following table shows the amount of images that fits onto a 1GB card.

Considering 1GB of storage capacity:
RAW - 4:3 - 3648 x 2736 pixels - 42 images
JPEG - 4:3 - 3648 x 2736 pixels - 10 Megapixels - Fine - 195 images
JPEG - 4:3 - 3648 x 2736 pixels - 10 Megapixels - Standard - 380 images
JPEG - 4:3 - 3264 x 2448 pixels - 8 Megapixels - Fine - 240 images
JPEG - 4:3 - 3264 x 2448 pixels - 8 Megapixels - Standard - 480 images
JPEG - 4:3 - 2560 x 1920 pixels - 5 Megapixels - Fine - 390 images
JPEG - 4:3 - 2560 x 1920 pixels - 5 Megapixels - Standard - 770 images
JPEG - 4:3 - 2048 x 1536 pixels - 3 Megapixels - Fine - 600 images
JPEG - 4:3 - 2048 x 1536 pixels - 3 Megapixels - Standard - 1180 images
JPEG - 4:3 - 1600 x 1200 pixels - 2 Megapixels - Fine - 970 images
JPEG - 4:3 - 1600 x 1200 pixels - 2 Megapixels - Standard - 1880 images

RAW - 3:2 - 3600 x 2400 pixels - 48 images
JPEG - 3:2 - 8.5 Megapixels - 3600 x 2400 pixels - Fine - 220 images
JPEG - 3:2 - 8.5 Megapixels - 3600 x 2400 pixels - Standard - 440 images
JPEG - 3:2 - 7 Megapixels - 3248 x 2160 pixels - Fine - 270 images
JPEG - 3:2 - 7 Megapixels - 3248 x 2160 pixels - Standard - 540 images
JPEG - 3:2 - 4.5 Megapixels - 2560 x 1712 pixels - Fine - 440 images
JPEG - 3:2 - 4.5 Megapixels - 2560 x 1712 pixels - Standard - 860 images
JPEG - 3:2 - 2.5 Megapixels - 2048 x 1360 pixels - Fine - 680 images
JPEG - 3:2 - 2.5 Megapixels - 2048 x 1360 - Standard - 1310 images

RAW - 16:9 - 3584 x 2016 pixels - 56 images
JPEG - 16:9 - 7 Megapixels - 3584 x 2016 pixels - Fine - 260 images
JPEG - 16:9 - 7 Megapixels - 3584 x 2016 pixels - Standard - 530 images
JPEG - 16:9 - 5.5 Megapixels - 3072 x 1728 pixels - Fine - 360 images
JPEG - 16:9 - 5.5 Megapixels - 3072 x 1728 - Standard - 710 images
JPEG - 16:9 - 2 Megapixels - 1920 x 1080 pixels - Fine - 910 images
JPEG - 16:9 - 2 Megapixels - 1920 x 1080 - Standard - 1720 images

Video resolution - 848 x 480 pixels 16:9 - 30fps - 9 min 20 sec
Video resolution - 848 x 480 pixels - 16:9 - 10fps - 28 min 10 sec
Video resolution - 640 x 480 pixels - 4:3 - 30fps - 11 min
Video resolution - 640 x 480 pixels - 4:3 - 10fps - 32 min 50 sec
Video resolution - 320 x 240 pixels - 4:3 - 30fps - 32 min 50 sec
Video resolution - 320 x 240 pixels - 4:3 - 10fps - 1 h 35 min 50 sec
Panasonic Lumix FZ50 - SDHC memory card
The Panasonic FZ50 is one of the first digital cameras on the market that supports the SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) format. SDHC is a new standard, based on the regular SD memory cards. The standard Secure Digital memory card is gradually beginning to run into its limits. And we all know how quick these things can go; it has -after all- only been a few years since 2GB seemed a grand and imposing capacity. Considering the current digital cameras, such as the Panasonic Lumix FZ50 with its 10 Megapixels, it is clear as daylight that 2GB has almost become a bare necessity. Owners of a standard SD format card will be able to keep using it. If you opt to invest in SDHC, you will have to check whether or not other devices you may use in addition to the Panasonic FZ50 already support this new standard.

Panasonic DMC-FZ50 - Image speed & Buffer
The Panasonic Lumix FZ50 naturally also features the option to capture a series of images. The image speed is approximately 2 frames per second, which isn't all that much. In fact, it might even prove insufficient for real action photography. It has to be said that the buffer isn't all that large either; in the Standard mode, it will fit 5 JPEG images and 3 RAW or Fine JPEG images. A USB 2.0 Full speed connection allows you to transfer the photos to the computer. Although the image speed isn't all that impressive when shooting continuously, the writing speed of a RAW format image proves remarkable fast. This certainly is one of the cameras most enjoyable assets, which ensures working in RAW -and thus also working with a higher quality- becomes a truly pleasant experience.

Panasonic Lumix FZ50 - 710mAh Lithium Ion battery
The Panasonic FZ50 comes with a CGR-S006A 7.2 volt 710mAh Lithium Ion. The capacity of a fully charged battery easily allows you to capture several hundreds of images, a fact that will without question be welcomed by those who intend to take the camera to the inlands or plan a climb to the top of the mountain. It is during a short break or a holiday in particular that you generally aren't always able to re-charge a battery, and in these situations a battery with a large capacity and a power-economical camera form a most convenient combination. Despite the integration of an optical image stabilizer, the Panasonic FZ50 proves surprisingly economical with its power. As a result, there is no need whatsoever to switch off the image stabilization.
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