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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX50
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX50

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX50

We've given the FX50 a grade of C.

Editor's Review

The Panasonic DMC-FX50, and its twin, the DMC-FX07, have a lot in common. It would seem that the major difference between the two cameras is the LCD screen, which is 3.0 inches on this model, and 2.5 inches on the FX07. If that's worth an extra $50 or so, then this is the camera for you. The FX50 is still a very affordable ultracompact with a huge 7.2 megapixel sensor and 3.6x digital zoom. Such specs would have been unthinkable at this price just a year ago. The FX50 comes in four colors: red, silver, black, and blue, adding a sense of style and personality to an already appealing camera.


  • 7.2 megapixels
  • 3.6x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom
  • autofocus, auto and manual exposure
  • ISO 100-3200
  • JPEG file format
  • Mega O.I.S. image stabilization
  • movie mode with sound
  • Secure Digital storage (16MB included)
  • 3.0-inch LCD
  • lithium-ion battery
  • Part Number: DMCFX50K
  • UPC: 037988985906
  • Release Date: Aug 04, 2006

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX50 Reviews

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX50 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
Huge LED screen, easy to understand commands and modes, and allover great (Jim — 02/24/2007)

I am now on my 3rd digital camera. I had an early Nikon Coolpix that took forever to startup and focus, and delivered just ok shots. Then a had a Canon SD400 that was just ok. Never did understand the camera modes..and it took just ok pictures.

Out of the box this was pretty easy to use. Once I read through the manual ( something you need to do for cameras these days), it became very clear that I mwould love this camera. The modes are in SIMPLE English....although the Manual could use some translation. The day, night, outdoor and indoor pictures I took the first two weeks were great. The huge LED screen replaces a viewfinder which is ok with me. I recommend heartily.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Normal mode is over exposing (Pat O'Daniels — 02/22/2007)

I really enjoy my Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 for it's optical stabilizer. I can hand hold the camera and copy pages from historic newspapers, even getting down to close-ups using the macro mode.

But just two weeks ago the normal mode started over-exposing all images, whether indoors (shooting my keyboard) or outdoors at a golf tournament at Pebble Beach.

Luckily, I was able to switch to Simple mode and capture those images. As with most simple digital cameras, there is a slight delay when shooting sports. When I give my camera to someone else, they hold down the shutter too long and get two images. I guess that's good for sports photography, as you can always go back and erase the image you don't want to keep.

I don't plan to go back to a Single Lens Reflex camera, as this Lumix with a 10X optical zoom does a good job of capturing what golf shots I need. Besides, I can carry it around in my pants pocket.

I do recommend buying an additional battery, which I keep in the portable battery charger. No cord needed, the plug collapses and folds into the back of the small charger. That way you'll never be without a full battery.

If anyone knows what caused my normal mode to over-expose, please let this site know.

  • 2.0 out of 5
Quite dissapointing (Michael Wilson — 01/24/2007)

The Panasonic Lumix DMC FX50 is the latest upgrade to the quite successful FX07, with the addition of a big, beautiful 3 inch screen. The menu functions are well laid out and easy to use, and the camera feels comfortable to hold and fits easily in the pocket. The Image Stabilisation (OIS) works very well even at long focal lengths, and is great for quick "one handed" snaps when on the move.

Recording video works quite well, however zooming is NOT available as mentioned previously and sound quality is quite poor, to the point of being unable to pick up audible conversation from anyone but yourself. And now..on the subject of poor.

Where this camera fails miserably is picture quality. Panasonic I believe have made a big mistake with this lens, as at its widest angle (and default start-up focal length), barrel distortion is quite noticeable with horrible blurring at the edges. This is most disappointing, considering it is quite sharp towards the centre of the image.

Initially I thought I'd been sold a lemon, but after browsing hundreds of photos from other FX50 owners on Flickr I, it is just as noticeable, especially when the images are viewed at larger size. Indoor photography is equally horrible as the FX50 struggles to auto-focus in even the most gracious indoor lighting conditions. Flash performance is not too bad considering the small size of the flash window, but flash-less photography using high ISO is also very poor, even when using a tripod.

In summary, I am very disappointed with this camera and would not recommend it to anyone wishing to take good quality pictures at sizes larger than 1024 X 765, and especially significant indoor shots. Such a pity though, that big beautiful bright screen is a wonder to look at!!

  • 4.0 out of 5
Mighty competitior to Canon IXUS 850 (Lalit Chawathe — 12/14/2006)

I bought this Lumi recently after a lot of reviews and comparison. Firstly it is good value to money (Canon IXUS 850 is expensive and provides less accessories).
The OIS works like a magic. I don't hesitate to Lumi it to any person, even after knowing that the person might shake the hand during the photo! OIS works even the hand movement itself is very big.
The quality of shots is quite acceptable. Thought I got most of pics during daytime, few of pics taken in night are also good.
Most of features which Canon explicitly advertises (like grid mode in LCD) have been silently included by Panasonic! Oh yes...3" LCD is just awesome and I didn't have any display problem even on sunny days.
Also one thing that I noticed is the pictures are being taken very quickly. I didn't notice much of shutter-lag.
Few more advantages:
The live-histogram feature helps in adjusting the picture perspective.
The current zoom has been shown on LCD so can adjust the span.
I could shoot a movie with Zooming. And the movie was quite fluent.

Overall skipping Canon's face-detection technologys, then I think LUMIX DMC FX50 is simply unbeatable!