Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 Review
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Playback Modes & Screens
Rotating the Mode dial to Playback (a VCR play icon) displays the last image captured.
Pressing the Display button while in Playback mode will display the exposure information overlay and includes the image size (10-megapixels), Fine quality, the battery is 1/3 discharged, folder name (100-0022), image number (9) /number of images recorded (15) and the time and date the image was captured.
The second time you press the Display button the following info is added to the overlay: a histogram, the exposure mode, aperture,
shutter speed, ISO speed and flash mode.
In Playback mode the Aperture Command dial (on the camera's front, below the shutter release) is used to navigate through your images.
Turning it to the left shifts from single playback to a 9 thumbnail index mode. Rotate the dial again and you bring up 25 images per page
and a final turn displays a Calendar view that sorts images by the date they were shot.
Rotating the Aperture Command dial to the right allows you to enlarge the current image up to 16X
in 2x steps. At any point you can use the 4-way selector to scroll around inside of the enlarged
Playback Menu options:
FAVORITE - Add an image to favorite list
ROTATE DISP. - Automatically rotate vertical images
ROTATE - Manually rotates images
DPOF PRINT - Select one or all images for later printing
PROTECT - Protect/Unprotect one or all images
AUDIO DUB. - Add up to a 10-second audio note to a still image
RESIZE - Make a smaller image
TRIMMING - Create a new smaller image from a zoom-cropped larger image.
ASPECT CONV. - convert image to different aspect ratio
FORMAT - Format the memory card
Movies are played back full screen on the LCD, viewfinder or a TV using the supplied audio/video
cable. If played back in-camera, the audio portion of a clip is heard on the built-in speaker. The FZ50 has a new HD Photo
mode that captures images in 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution with a wide 16:9 aspect ratio. Using the optional Panasonic HDTV
Photo Player DMW-SDP1, you can view HD photos on your HDTV. We did not test this feature, but it is intriguing.
While a movie is playing back you'll see the time in seconds displayed in the lower right of the screen and a small movie controller
in the lower left.
The Setup Menu has one screen (same menu is available in Record or Playback mode):
WORLD TIME - Auto review after capture (off, 1s, 3s, Zoom)
CUST. SET MEM. - Show playback images on EVF or LCD
MONITOR - Auto power off delay, 2m, 5m, 10m, Off
GUIDE LINE - Enlarge center of screen during manual focus
Bundled Software and PC Compatibility
Panasonic includes a Lumix software disc with the FZ50. We did not review the software but the disc contains the Lumix Simple Viewer ver. 1.1,
PHOTOfunSTUDIO viewer ver. 1.1, the USB Driver ver. 1 for Windows, ArcSoft Software Suite and the Silkypix Developer Studio ver. 2.0 SE.
Of course, you may not require any additional software to view images on your computer. I connected the camera using the provided
USB cable to a Windows Vista PC
and the expected Autoplay window opened asking if I wished to import, view or copy the images with the PC. I could then use Windows
Photo Gallery to view and edit my photos. I also removed the memory card and inserted it into a card reader and had similar results.
Likewise, I tested the FZ50 with a Macintosh running OSX Leopard. I connected the camera using the USB cable and iPhoto opened up so that I could copy the files to the Macintosh.
One thing to remember: If you want to read RAW images created with the FZ50 you may need to install Panasonic's software to read them. But check your favorite image editor first, it may import RAW files or an update might be available from the manufacturer.You can view more information on the SILKYPIX Developer Studio SE at Panasonic's web site.
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