Some people like the versatility and challenge of a high quality DSLR and its interchangeable lenses. But for others, a high quality and versatile point and shoot digital camera allows them to travel lighter within a much lower budget while still getting a lot of value and versatility. Such is the case of the Panasonic Lumix ZS50, for those in this latter group.
At around $300 online, this camera rocks with a 12.1MP High Sensitivity MOS sensor and Venus Engine image processor, to enable high-resolution still imaging and full HD 1080p video recording with exceptional low-light quality and sensitivity to an expandable ISO 6400. Fast performance is also afforded throughout the camera system, including the ability to record full-resolution imagery at up to 10 fps or 6 fps using continuous AF.
Also supported is Full HD 1080p video recording in multiple frame rates up to 60 fps in the high-quality AVCHD Progressive format or 30 fps in the Internet-friendly MP4 format. An onboard stereo microphone is incorporated into the camera’s design to render clear-sounding audio with suppressed mechanical noise and, with the inclusion of an Auto Wind Cut function, lessened background noise.
And the full 30x range of the optical zoom lens can be used during movie recording, which benefits from the HYBRID O.I.S.+ system to render smooth, shake-free videos. High-speed HD 720p movie recording is also afforded with a sensor output frame rate of 120 fps. This is a full featured point and shoot at an affordable price.
Until next time, Happy Shuttering!