Lumix Zs50 Camera

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  1. Facecard

    Facecard New Member

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    I am looking at the Panasonic Lumix Zs50 camera. I would consider myself a beginner and I am only taking pictures of nature, family vacation, kids playing sports, etc... I have a few goals in mind with this camera.

    1. Compact- I am looking at this camera because it is small and compact. I can use it as a "travel camera" to take on vacations or sporting events.

    2. Zoom- I am looking at this camera because it has a 30x zoom. I wanted a camera that I could capture clear crisp photos from a distance.

    3. SD Card- I would be using an SD card to store the pictures and videos. Obviously, I would use 64gb or higher to make sure I have plenty of space.

    4. Inside/Outside- I want to use this camera to take pictures outside in bright and cloudy days. Also, I want to take pictures inside where the lighting is low or poor and I have to use the flash. I am not sure how well this camera would perform in an Auditorium setting where I want to use this camera to take pictures of people on stage.

    5. Battery- I want good battery life and carry an extra battery for those "just in case" moments.

    In conclusion, I want to see if this camera will best suit my needs for what I am looking to use it for and achieve my goals.

    Any suggestions are helpful.
     
  2. John Ratsey

    John Ratsey Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    I haven't had one of these long zoom travel cameras for several years because they tended to suck dust into the lens system. Perhaps this problem has been addressed by improved design but it's something to be aware of. Another drawback of these cameras is that, when at long zoom, the light reaching the sensor is reduced and the ISO rating and/or exposure time has to be increased and both these may reduce the image quality unless a tripod is used.

    Instead, I have been using a Panasonic Lumix LF1 with only a 7x zoom lens (F2.0-5.9) and it has a larger sensor with a relatively low (12MP) nominal resolution giving excellent low light performance. My side-by-side comparison of the image quality at full zoom between the LF1 and a TZ30 (20x zoom) showed that the LF1 was, is anything, fractionally better at capturing detail. However, the LF1 is no longer in production and no direct successor has appeared (so I bought a second LF1 to have as a spare!).

    John
     
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    Thanks for the response. You would not recommend Zs50 based on design flaw where it sucks dust into the lens and light sensor issue? Do you recommend either the LF1 or TZ30 camera?

    Again, please keep in mind, I am a beginner and I will be taking pictures occasionally when there is a family event, my kids playing sports, my kids on stage in an Auditorium or on vacation. I don't plan on using the camera to take professional pictures. Obviously, I want the pictures to be crisp and clear either short or long distance.
     
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    Pardon my lack of knowledge, isn't 30x zoom better than 7x zoom for taking pictures long distance? Unless the 7x zoom has something to compensate it. How does TZ30 and Zs50 compare to each other? I know there will be subtle differences.
     
  5. John Ratsey

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    The TZ30 is the same as the ZS20 (ie 20x zoom). For some reason (perhaps to reduce grey imports) Panasonic have used different model numbers for the same camera depending on where sold so my comments based on that camera might not be relevant. I see that one strength of the ZS50 is that Panasonic have used a 12MP sensor although its low-light performance won't match the LF1 with its size bigger sensor combined with a wider aperture lens to let the light in.

    Perhaps my underlying message is that there's more to zoomed image quality than the zoom range. The sensor (pixel size), amount of light reaching the sensor and the optical quality of the lens are all factors. That's not to say that the ZS50 isn't a good choice but there is a bit of marketing competion in this sector where zoom range helps to shift the stock. Manufacturers also had a race with pixel count but many customers realised that about 12MP is plenty and, for a given sensor size, above that quantity comes with reducing quality. The ZS50 is now good value as it is 2 years old and has slid down the price ladder as newer models with a few more bells and whistles have appeared.

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