Panasonic DMC-ZS50K LUMIX 30X Travel Zoom Camera with Eye Viewfinder
The Panasonic DMC-ZS50 offers a long zoom lens and excellent performance in low light conditions. This camera has been designed specifically to be a travel zoom camera, for those who want the compact size of a point-and-shoot but with more performance than the typical point-and-shoot camera can offer. HD video is very good, as are image quality results in general.
In what seems to have been a trend signaling the end of the megapixel wars, Panasonic has dropped the resolution from 18 to 12 megapixels, which allows each larger pixel to receive more light; this results in better low-light performance results. A 30x zoom lens is impressive given the compact size of the camera, and performance is fast overall.
The DMC-ZS50 offers 10 fps burst shooting, as well as a new time-lapse mode and one-touch geotagging when using NFC (in-camera GPS is not included). A proximity sensor next to the EVF (electronic viewfinder) has also been added, which allows the camera to switch automatically from the LCD when you bring it up to your eye. Otherwise, most of the rest of the camera is very similar to its predecessor the ZS40, including raw capture capabilities and much of the layout of the controls. The Panasonic DMC-ZS50 might seem somewhat pricey at first glance, but an examination of everything it offers reveals a camera that is well worth the money.