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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 Digital Camera

12.1MP 30x MOS Feb 2015
Megapixel Optical Zoom Image Stabilizer 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
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Expert Reviews Are Good

The average expert rating of this camera is 83% based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and reviewed.com. This puts this digital camera in the top 15% of all the compact cameras that were launched more than a year ago when ranked by average expert review score.

Owner Reviews Are Good

Based on 58 owner reviews this camera has an average owner rating of 84 out of 100.

Panasonic Cameras Have Good Reviews

We checked 4,743 owner and expert reviews for Panasonic digital cameras and found that on average Panasonic has good ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Panasonic has good ratings specifically for its compact cameras.

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 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 supports Full HD video. Most of the other compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the Lumix DMC-ZS50 do not support Full HD video.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other compact cameras that were launched around the same time as the Lumix DMC-ZS50, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 has an image stabilizer.

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Quite Big Optical Zoom

The average optical zoom of cameras of this type and age is 15x, and the optical zooms range from 3x to 40x. At 30 times zoom factor, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 has a fairly big optical zoom compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-ZS50.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

This camera supports an SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is the most frequently supported compatible memory cards on digital cameras that have been available for a similar time 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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Supports Two Image Formats Supporteds

The Lumix DMC-ZS50 has a greater number of supported image formats than most similar spec digital cameras that were released more than a year ago. The most commonly supported image formats supported is JPG, but this image formats supported is not supported by this Panasonic camera. The image formats supporteds JPS and RAW are also supported by this camera.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is typical of many digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Fairly High Motion JPEG Frame Rate

At 60 frames per second, the Lumix DMC-ZS50 has a very high motion JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-ZS50. The average motion JPEG frame rate of cameras of this type and age is 38fps, and the motion JPEG frame rates range from 25fps to 240fps.

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Very High Display Resolution (numeric)

The display resolution (numeric) of the Lumix DMC-ZS50 of 1,040,000 pixel is one of the highest amongst digital cameras of this age and spec. The average display resolution (numeric) of compact cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-ZS50 is 540,000 pixels, and the display resolution (numeric)s range from 1 pixels to 1,100,000 pixels.

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Quite Long Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The maximum focal length (35mm film equiv)s of comparable spec cameras that are a similar age to the Lumix DMC-ZS50 range from 6.2mm to 960mm, and the average maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 360mm. At 720 millimeters, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 has a fairly long maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that were released around the same time as the Lumix DMC-ZS50.

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Has Five White Balances

The Lumix DMC-ZS50 has a greater number of white balance modes than most similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as it. This camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on cameras of a similar spec and age to the Lumix DMC-ZS50. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this Panasonic camera.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

Digital cameras of this spec and age have internal memorys of between 8MB and 480MB, and the average internal memory is 65MB. At 86 megabytes, the Lumix DMC-ZS50 has a fairly big internal memory compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-ZS50.

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Very Big Battery Capacity

When compared to other cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Lumix DMC-ZS50, the battery capacity of the Lumix DMC-ZS50 of 1,250 milliampere * hour is one of the biggest. Across all the compact cameras that were released one year ago the battery capacitys range from 680mAh to 1,300mAh, and the average battery capacity is 1,000mAh.

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4000 X 3000 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Lumix DMC-ZS50 has a 4000 x 3000 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most comparable spec cameras that came out more than a year ago. In addition, this Panasonic digital camera have still image resolution(s)s 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. The still image resolution of all cameras that came out more than a year ago ranges from 640 x 360 to 5152 x 3864.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

The highest video resolution supported by the Lumix DMC-ZS50 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this camera). This Panasonic camera also supports a video resolutions of 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.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the Lumix DMC-ZS50.

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

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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 common maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best video resolution across all cameras of a similar spec and age to the Lumix DMC-ZS50.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst video resolution amongst similar types of camera.

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Has Three Light Exposure Modess

The number of light exposure modes found on the Lumix DMC-ZS50 is more than most similar spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. The most frequently found light exposure modes is Auto, but this light exposure modes is not found on this digital camera. The light exposure modess Aperture priority AE, Manual and Shutter priority AE are also found on this camera.

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Quite High ISO Sensitivity (max)

The Lumix DMC-ZS50 has a quite high ISO sensitivity (max) (6,400) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that are a comparable age to the Lumix DMC-ZS50. Across all the similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Lumix DMC-ZS50 the ISO sensitivity (max)s range from 800 to 13,000.

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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 frequently found light exposure correction on compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Auto Focus Adjustment

This camera has an Auto/Manual focus adjustment, which is typical of many compact cameras that came out around the same time as it.

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Quite Short Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

Across all the similar spec cameras that came out around the same time as the Lumix DMC-ZS50 the minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 3.1mm to 38mm, and the average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) is 25mm. With a minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of only 24 millimeters, the Lumix DMC-ZS50 has a fairly short minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) compared to most of the other compact cameras that were released one year ago.

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10 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Lumix DMC-ZS50, the Lumix DMC-ZS50 does not support wi-Fi.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 does not have a built-in flash. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Lumix DMC-ZS50 also do not have a built-in flash.

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Not 3D

Most digital cameras of this type and age are not 3D. The Lumix DMC-ZS50 is no exception to this as it too is not 3D.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

The Lumix DMC-ZS50 does not have a GPS (satellite), although keep in mind that most of the other cameras that were launched more than a year ago also do not have a GPS (satellite).

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Does Not Support Video Capability

Most cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Lumix DMC-ZS50 do not support video capability. The Lumix DMC-ZS50 is no exception to this as it too does not support video capability.

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Not Waterproof

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 is not waterproof, although this is within the context that most of the other cameras of this age and type are also not waterproof.

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Quite Low Megapixel

The average megapixel of comparable spec digital cameras that have been around for more than a year is 16MP. With a megapixel of only 12.1 megapixels, the Lumix DMC-ZS50 has one of the lower megapixels amongst compact cameras of this age.

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Heavy

The lightest digital camera that was launched around the same time as the Lumix DMC-ZS50 is 98g and the heaviest is 460g. With a weight of 217 grams, the Lumix DMC-ZS50 is quite heavy compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and type to the Lumix DMC-ZS50.

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Only Features Five Flash Modess

The number of flash modes featured on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 is more than most compact cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most frequently featured flash modes featured on digital cameras of a similar type and age to the Lumix DMC-ZS50. The flash modess "Forced off", "Forced on", "Red-eye reduction" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Panasonic camera.

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Very Few Total Megapixels

The least total megapixels of comparable spec digital cameras that came out more than a year ago is 12MP and the most is 22MP. With a total megapixels of only 12.8 megapixels, the Lumix DMC-ZS50 has one of the less total megapixelss amongst digital cameras of this age.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50

Released Over Two Years Ago

Panasonic released the Lumix DMC-ZS50 over two years ago.

Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 has a fairly typical display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the Lumix DMC-ZS50.

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Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Lumix DMC-ZS50 has a relatively typical digital zoom compared to most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and type to the Lumix DMC-ZS50.

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MOS Sensor Type

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 has a MOS sensor type which is better than most compact cameras that are a similar age to it. Most compact cameras that were launched around the same time as it have a CCD sensor type.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Image Formats Supported
Total Megapixels
Image Stabilizer Location
Supported Aspect Ratios
Image Sensor Size
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Lens Structure (elements/groups)
Focusing
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Auto Focus (AF) Assist Beam
Normal Focusing Range
Macro Focusing Range (wide)
Focus Adjustment
Macro Focusing Range (tele)
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Light Exposure Correction
Light Exposure Control
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Range (tele)
Flash Range (wide)
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Internal Memory
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Field of View
Display Resolution (numeric)
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Magnification
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
HDMI
HDMI Connector Type
USB Version
Camera
White Balance
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight (including Battery)
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Technology
Battery Capacity
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Voltage
Packaging Content
Bundled Software
AC Adapter Included
Cables Included
Batteries Included
Hand Strap

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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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers DMCZS50K, 151968-22, DMC-ZS50S, 151968-18, panasonic dmczs50, panasonic dmczs50s, panasonic dmczs50k, panasonic dmczs50w, panasonic dmczs50sr, panasonic padmczs50, panasonic padmczs50s, panasonic padmczs50sc, panasonic padmczs50scp
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