Yet another camera from those busy people at Panasonic – this time it’s the 10.1 megapixel Lumix DMC-FZ50, the successor to the successful DMC-FZ30.
The DMC-FZ50 inherits the basic specifications from its predecessor, such as the manual focus ring and manual zoom ring, but enhances the image sensor up to 10.1 megapixel. The FZ50 also features a f/2.8 Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens with 12x optical zoom, along with Mega O.I.S. to compensate for handshake and Intelligent ISO Control (I.I.C.) within the image processing LSI Venus Engine III. When set to the I.I.C, the Venus Engine III detects the subject’s movement and adjusts the ISO setting and shutter speed to best suit the subject movement and the light condition automatically, which means clearer pictures in poor conditions, all taken care of without your intervention.
Other features include a Function Button which serves as a shortcut to quickly set frequently-used settings such as recording image size, light metering, AF area, white balance, and ISO sensitivity, while the 2-inch LCD flips out to 180 degrees, making it easier to view even when shooting from high or low angles. Movies can be shot with standard VGA (640×480) at 30fps or as full-size movies in wide-aspect VGA (848×480) at 30fps.
We haven’t got a price for this as yet, but Panasonic says it will be in the stores around September.