Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ50 Review

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-tz50



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Panasonic Lumix DMC-tz50

For beginners or anyone that just wants to "point-n-shoot" there's the IA (Intelligent Auto) exposure mode. The camera sets almost everything for you.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-tz50

IA Quick Menu options:

    O.I.S. - Mode 1, Mode 2
    Burst Shooting - Off, On, Unlimited
    Aspect Ratio - 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
    Image Size - 9M, 5M, 3M, 0.3M
    LCD - Off, Auto Power LCD, Power LCD, High Angle


Panasonic Lumix DMC-tz50

Normal mode (the red camera icon on the mode dial) is also an automatic exposure mode, but the user has a wide array of menu settings available (see below.) The screen here shows the flash is set to Auto, image size is 9M, image quality is Fine, the battery level is 2/3 full, ISO is at 100, Auto LCD mode, there's room on the SD card for another 820 shots and the image stabilizer is set to Mode 1 (shaking hand icon).



Panasonic Lumix DMC-tz50

When the shutter is half-pressed and the auto focus is achieved, the AF target brackets in the center turn green (red if AF fails) and a focus confirmation "green dot" is displayed. The shutter speed and aperture will also be displayed.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-tz50

Program Quick Menu options:

    Stabilizer - Off, Mode 1, Mode 2
    Burst - Off, Burst, Unlimited
    AF Mode - Face Detection, 9-Area, 3-Area High Speed, 1-Area High Speed, 1 Area,
      Spot
    White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Halogen, White Set
    ISO - Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
    Intelligent Exposure - On or Off
    Aspect Ratio - 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
    Image Size - 9M, 7M, 5M, 3M, 2M
    LCD - Off, Auto Power LCD, Power LCD, High Angle




Panasonic Lumix DMC-tz50

Normal Menu options:

    Picture Size - 9M, 7M, 5M, 3M, 2M, 0.3M
    Quality - JPEG Fine or Standard
    Aspect Ratio - 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
    Intelligent ISO - Off, Max 400, Max 800, Max 1600
    ISO - Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600
    White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Halogen, White Set
    Metering Mode - Evaluative, Center, Spot
    AF Mode - Face Detection, 9-Area, 3-Area High Speed, 1-Area High Speed, 1 Area,
      Spot
    Continuous AF - On or Off
    Burst - Off, Burst, Unlimited
    Intelligent Exposure - On or Off
    Digital Zoom - On or Off
    Color Mode - Standard, Natural, Vivid, B/W, Sepia, Cool, Warm
    Stabilizer - Off, Mode 1, Mode 2
    Min. Shtr Speed - 1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/125, 1/200
    Audio Red. - On or Off
    AF Assist Lamp - On or Off
    Clock Set - Set the time and Date




Panasonic Lumix DMC-tz50

Moving the Mode Dial to the SCN position gives access to 23 scene specific modes that are optimized for a variety of shooting environments. You can choose from Portrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Self-Portrait, Food, Party, Candle Light, Fireworks, Starry Sky, Beach, Aerial Photo, Snow, High Sensitivity, Baby1&2, Underwater, Sunset, Pet, Hi-Speed Burst, Multi Aspect.




Panasonic Lumix DMC-tz50

Pressing the 4-way controller "Up" gives you access to to the exposure menu. Pressing it again takes you to the Auto Bracket menu.

Pressing it "Right" brings up your flash options.

Pressing it "Down" enables macro mode. In macro mode the camera will focus as close as 5cm.

Pressing it "Left" will give you the self timer options.



Panasonic Lumix DMC-tz50

Movie mode captures QuickTime video at either 4:3 (640x480 / 320 x 240) or 16:9 (848x480) aspects with audio (the built-in microphone and speaker is located on the top on the camera.) You can also choose a frame rate of 30 or 10 frames per second. The TZ50 also includes an HD 1280x720 (720p) video mode with a selectable frame rate of 30 or 15fps. The length of capture is limited only by the amount of available memory, with a maximum clip size of 2GB. Note: you can only record the HD or 16:9 aspect movies when using a memory card.


Panasonic Lumix DMC-tz50

Movie mode Quick menu options:

    Stabilizer - Off, Mode 1
    AF Mode - 9-Area, 3-Area High, 1-Area High, 1-Area, Spot
    White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Halogen, White Set
    Aspect Ratio - 4:3 or 16:9
    Picture Mode - 4:3 (VGA 30fps, VGA 10fps, QVGA 30fps, QVGA 10fps); 16:9 (16:9H 30fps, 16:9H 15fps, 16:9L 30fps, 16:9L 10fps)
    LCD Mode - Off, Auto Power LCD, Power LCD, High Angle




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