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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 Digital Camera

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12.1MP 30x MOS Feb 2015
Megapixel Count Optical Zoom Image Stabiliser Sensor Type Release Date
- Super-long LEICA lens with 30X zoom [24-720mm] brings the scene in close- Enhanced low-light sensitivity for improved sharpness even without a flash- Built-in eye viewfinder eliminates outdoor... More
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 Camera Review
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 handheld panning stabilization sample video clips

27 Reasons For

Good Expert Reviews

On average, based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and reviewed.com the average expert rating of this compact camera digital camera is 83%. The expert review sites think this camera is one of the very best cameras that came out more than a year ago.

Owner Reviews Are Good

On average, people who bought this camera rated it as 84 out of 100.

Good Brand

We checked 7,428 expert and owner reviews for Panasonic cameras and found that on average Panasonic has good reviews compared to other brands. We also found that Panasonic has good reviews specifically within its compact camera digital cameras range.

Good Size

One Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 reviewer thought the product was compact. Reviewed.com said “More users elect to use their phones as their on-the-go camera, there are fewer times when a dedicated compact camera makes sense” in their Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 review.

Easy to Use

One person considered that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Expert review site Reviewed.com said in their review of this digital camera last year “The controls are balanced enough to be comfortable for new users” and scored it 75 out of 100.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One customer said in their reviews that it had an electronic viewfinder. Expert website Reviewed.com wrote “Add in the improved EVF, apertu” in their review of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50.

Good Video Capture

One person who bought this digital camera considered that it was good for video recording.

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Lumix DMC-ZS50 supports Full HD video. Most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Lumix DMC-ZS50 do not support Full HD video.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 has an image stabiliser. Most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-ZS50 also have an image stabiliser.

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Fairly Big Optical Zoom

The smallest optical zoom of compact camera digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-ZS50 is 2.8x, the biggest is 40x, and the average optical zoom is 15x. At 30 times zoom factor, the Lumix DMC-ZS50 has a quite big optical zoom compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-ZS50.

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SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC memory card, which is the most frequently supported memory card on digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

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Has a Micro HDMI Connector

The number of HDMI connector types found on the Lumix DMC-ZS50 is more than most similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as it. This Panasonic camera has a Micro HDMI connector, which is the most frequently found HDMI connector found on digital cameras of this age and type.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The Lumix DMC-ZS50 has a greater number of supported image formats than most digital cameras that came out more than a year ago. The most commonly supported image format is EXIF, but this image format is not supported by this camera. The image formats JPS and RAW are also supported by this Panasonic camera.

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Electronic Camera Shutter

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter, which is the most commonly found camera shutter on digital cameras of this type and age.

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Quite High JPEG Frame Rate

The lowest JPEG frame rate of digital cameras that were launched more than a year ago is 25fps and the highest is 60fps. At 60 frames per second, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 has a quite high JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other cameras of this spec and age.

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Fairly High Display Resolution

Across all the digital cameras of this type and age the display resolutions range from 230,000 pixels to 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 550,000 pixels. With a display resolution of 1,040,000 pixel, the Lumix DMC-ZS50 has one of the higher display resolutions amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length

With a maximum focal length of 720 millimeters, the Lumix DMC-ZS50 has a fairly long maximum focal length compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Lumix DMC-ZS50. Across all the compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-ZS50 the maximum focal lengths range from 6.2mm to 960mm.

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Has Five White Balance Modes

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 has a greater number of white balance modes than most comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to it. This Panasonic camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most commonly found white balance mode found on cameras of this type and age. The white balance modes "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this camera.

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Very Big Battery Capacity

The battery capacities of compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-ZS50 range from 680mAh to 1,300mAh, and the average battery capacity is 1,000mAh. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 has one of the biggest battery capacities (1,250 milliampere * hour) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

Across all the compact camera digital cameras that were launched more than a year ago the internal memory range from 8MB to 480MB, and the average internal memory is 67MB. With an internal memory of 86 megabytes, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 has a fairly big internal memory compared to most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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4000 X 3000 Still Image Resolution

The Lumix DMC-ZS50 has a 4000 x 3000 still image resolution which is higher than most digital cameras of this age and type. Most comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution. This digital camera also have still image resolutions of 3264 x 2448, 2560 x 1920, 2048 x 1536, 4000 x 2672, 3264 x 2176, 2560 x 1712, 2048 x 1360, 640 x 424, 4000 x 2248, 2560 x 1440, 1920 x 1080, 640 x 360, 2992 x 2992, 2448 x 2448, 1920 x 1920 and 1536 x 1536 and 480 x 480. Comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as the Lumix DMC-ZS50 still image resolutions range from 640 x 360 (worst) to 5152 x 3864 (best).

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

The highest video resolution of the Lumix DMC-ZS50 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best video resolution amongst all compact camera digital cameras that came out more than a year ago.

The worst video resolution amongst similar types of camera is 1280 x 720 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Lumix DMC-ZS50 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution supported by cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Lumix DMC-ZS50. This camera also support a video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels and 1080 x 720 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution is in fact the best supported video resolution amongst all compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-ZS50.

A 320 x 240 pixels video resolution is the worst supported video resolution amongst comparable types of camera.

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Has Three Light Exposure Modes

The number of light exposure modes found on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 is more than most cameras of this age and spec. The most frequently found light exposure mode is Auto, but this light exposure mode is not found on this digital camera. The light exposure modes Aperture priority AE, Manual and Shutter priority AE are also found on this camera.

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± 2EV (1/3EV Step) Light Exposure Correction

This digital camera has a ± 2EV (1/3EV step) light exposure correction, which is the most commonly found light exposure correction on digital cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus, which is typical of many digital cameras of a similar type and age to it.

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Very Small Minimum ISO Speed

The Lumix DMC-ZS50 has one of the smaller minimum ISO speed (only 80) amongst compact camera digital cameras of this age. The minimum ISO speed of digital cameras of this age and type range from 80 to 130, and the average minimum ISO speed is 93.

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11 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Lumix DMC-ZS50 does not have a built-in flash, although keep in mind that most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-ZS50 also do not have a built-in flash.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other cameras of this type and age, the Lumix DMC-ZS50 does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Does Not Have a GPS

Like most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for more than a year, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 does not have a GPS.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

Like most of the other similar spec cameras that were launched more than a year ago, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 does not support video recording.

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Not 3D Compatible

Most compact camera digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Lumix DMC-ZS50 are not 3D compatible. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D compatible.

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Not Waterproof

The Lumix DMC-ZS50 is not waterproof, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other digital cameras of this age and type are also not waterproof.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

Compact camera digital cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-ZS50 have megapixel counts of between 1.3MP and 21MP. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 has one of the lower megapixel counts (only 12.1 megapixels) amongst digital cameras of this age.

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Only Features Five Flash Modes

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 has a greater number of flash modes than most cameras of this type and age. This Panasonic digital camera features an Auto flash mode, which is the most commonly featured flash mode featured on comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Lumix DMC-ZS50. The flash modes "Forced off", "Forced on", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this digital camera.

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Very Few Total Megapixel Count

Across all the digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Lumix DMC-ZS50 the total megapixel counts range from 12MP to 22MP, and the average total megapixel count is 18MP. With a total megapixel count of only 12.8 megapixels, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 has one of the less total megapixel counts amongst comparable spec cameras of this age.

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Only Electronic Viewfinder

This camera has an Electronic viewfinder, which is the most commonly found viewfinder on cameras of this type and age.

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Very Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

The shortest maximum camera shutter speed of cameras that are a comparable age to the Lumix DMC-ZS50 is 0.12s and the longest is 60s. At only 4 seconds, the Lumix DMC-ZS50 has a quite short maximum camera shutter speed compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-ZS50.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50

Released Over a Year Ago

Panasonic released the Lumix DMC-ZS50 over a year ago.

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 3 inches, the Lumix DMC-ZS50 has a fairly average screen size compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Lumix DMC-ZS50.

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Average Digital Zoom

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 has a pretty standard digital zoom (4 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other cameras of a comparable age and type to the Lumix DMC-ZS50.

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Average Weight

The Lumix DMC-ZS50 has a pretty typical weight (217 grams) compared to most of the other compact camera digital cameras that have been available for more than a year.

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MOS Sensor Type

The Lumix DMC-ZS50 has a better sensor type than most similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. This digital camera has a MOS sensor type, whereas most compact camera digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to it have a CCD sensor type.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution
Image Format
Total Megapixel Count
Image Stabilizer
Aspect Ratio
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Focal Length
Minimum Focal Length
Focal Length Range
Lens Structure
Focusing
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range
Focus
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Light Metering Mode
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter
Flash
Flash Mode
Tele Flash Range
Flash Range
Video
Maximum Video Resolution
JPEG Frame Rate
Video Format
Video Resolution
HD Type
Audio
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Display
Screen Size
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Lens Magnification Ratio
Viewfinder
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI Connector
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Photo Effect
Self-Timer
Scene Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Battery Capacity
Shot Per Battery Charge
Battery Voltage
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
Included Cable

Expert Reviews

(4)
11 March 2015

Have zoom, will travel All in all, the ZS50 is a fun alternative to using your phone. It's portable, packs a whopping 30x zoom, and the controls are balanced enough to be comfortable for new...

10 March 2015

In a year when 20-megapixel compacts are becoming the norm, Panasonic made a bold decision to reduce the sensor resolution of its latest pocket superzoom, the Lumix DMC-ZS50...

5 January 2015

The ZS50 is capable of recording Full 1080p HD video at an ultra-smooth 60p (60 progressive frames-per-second) that takes full advantage of the camera's advanced HYBRID O.I.S.+ (Hybrid Optical... Read more…

5 January 2015

The sensor sits behind the same far-reaching LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR 30x optical zoom lens as in the ZS40. Hence, the Panasonic ZS50 sports the same 24mm-equivalent wide-angle, 720mm-equivalent... Read more…

User Reviews

(56)
Reviewed 22 September 2015 by Bob
Bob would recommend the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50

Here are reactions to the new ZS50:Image Quality (IQ) You have to take into account that IQ varies with (1) lighting conditions, (2) the amount of zoom, (3) the size of the aperture, and (4) the... Read more…

Reviewed 1 July 2015 by Jimitoucan
Jimitoucan would recommend the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Verified Purchase)

I bought this camera because I was tired of carrying around my dSLR just in case a photo op presented itself. Naturally the image quality isn't up to professional standards but good enough for... Read more…

Reviewed 12 April 2015 by Waxart
Waxart would recommend the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Verified Purchase)

I ordered the ZS50 as a pocket camera I could put in my fanny pack any time I am out and about. I own several Panasonic mirrorless cameras, but often I'll have on a short lens or a long lens,... Read more…

Reviewed 10 April 2015 by Captain Craig
Captain Craig would recommend the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50

I bought this camera about 10 days ago. I consider myself an amateur photographer with much better than average experience and skill. I did a lot of research. I ordered it on-line from B&H. It was... Read more…

Reviewed 12 April 2015 by Freddy
Freddy would recommend the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 (Verified Purchase)

I am a very casual user of cameras. My last one was a Panasonic Lumix DMC ZS-7 and because I have been pleased with it, after looking at several other brands, I came back to Panasonic. The... Read more…

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Manufacturer Part Numbers DMCZS50K, 152478-18, 151968-22, DMC-ZS50S, 151968-18, 152478-22, panasonic dmczs50, panasonic 15247822, panasonic dmczs50s, panasonic dmczs50k, panasonic 15247818, panasonic dmczs50sr, panasonic padmczs50, panasonic pandmczs50, panasonic padmczs50s, panasonic pandmczs50k, panasonic padmczs50sc, panasonic pandmczs50s, panasonic padmczs50scp
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