LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT Lens
This advanced lens system consists of one ED (extra-low dispersion) lens and fourteen lens elements in ten groups, including three aspherical lenses. The ED lens employs a special optical glass to compensate for chromatic aberration. It suppresses the color bleeding and reduced sharpness that tend to occur in telephoto shots, to produce crisper, clearer images. Backed by superb Leica optical quality, this lens system renders breathtakingly beautiful images that are bright and have minimal distortion. The aspherical lenses extend this extraordinary performance all the way to the edges of the image, and help to make the lens more compact.
Extended Optical Zoom - Up to 21.4x (3-Megapixel) / 17.1x (5-Megapixel) / 13.4x (8-Megapixel)
The Extended Optical Zoom, made possible by using the center part of the 10.1-megapixel high resolution CCD, further extends the powerful 12x optical zoom to up to 21.4x for 3-megapixel image recording (or 17.1x for 5-megapixel and 13.4x for 8-megapixel recording). High-resolution images with a wide dynamic range for richer gradation are always assured with these LEICA DC 12x optical zoom lens and the 10.1-Megapixel CCD. You can also use the 4x digital zoom together with Extra Optical Zoom for ultra-powerful zooming.
MEGA O.I.S. - The New Standard in Digital Camera Performance
Taking advantage of its outstanding lens technology, Panasonic invented the MEGA O.I.S.(Optical Image Stabilizer) system to fight against the major cause of blurred images. It compensates for the blurring caused by hand-shake. It is now featured on the entire LUMIX range, and is highly popular with users around the world. Even slight hand-shake movement is accurately detected by a sampling frequency of 4,000 times per second, and compensated to produce sharp, clear images.
Intelligent ISO Control for Preventing Blurry Shots Caused by Subject Movements New Feature!
The movement of the subject, the other major cause of blurred images, is suppressed by the advanced image processing LSI Venus Engine III with the Intelligent ISO Control (I.I.C.). The world's first incorporation of this I.I.C. allows the automatic adjustment of the suitable ISO setting and shutter speed that best suits the situation by analyzing the speed of subject movement. If the subject is moving, the ISO setting would automatically rise to allow high shutter speed. On the other hand, if the subject is still and no movement is detected, you can take beautiful natural images with a low ISO setting.
High Image Quality - Recording up to ISO 1600 in Full Resolution New Feature!
The DMC-FZ50 adopts the Venus Engine III to realize high sensitivity recording at max. ISO 1600 at full resolution. The noise reduction system is greatly improved by removing noise at the processing stages in series. First, critical noise is roughly undraped and the chromatic noise and the luminance noise are separated to respectively go through the supplemental noise reduction process so that the remaining noise is appropriately minimized. In addition, chromatic aberration is also reduced so beautiful images are assured even in telephoto shooting.
Super-Fast Shutter Response and Startup Time
With its multi-task image processing capability, the Venus Engine III also boasts outstanding response time with an industry-leading level of shutter release time lag of as short as 0.009 sec. minimum and the shutter interval of 0.8 sec. Together with the fast startup time of approx.0.7 sec., the quick response of DMC-FZ50 enables easy capture of those spur-of-the-moment shots
Free-angle LCD and high resolution EVF to extend shooting potential New Feature!
The 2.0-inch flip-out 207k high resolution LCD is adjustabl