To measure and compare the Panasonic Lumix FZ50's corner sharpness we photographed the Enhanced Digital Camera
Resolution Chart with it and a number of rival models, each using their
best quality JPEG and default image tone and sharpening settings.
We used the built-in lenses at their widest and longest focal lengths and
with various apertures.
The crops are taken from
the extreme lower left corner of the chart and presented here at 100%.
As with its predecessor, the FZ50 has a great quality lens. It's particularly impressive in the corners, even with the aperture wide open. Here it comfortably beats the kit lens of the Canon 400D / XTi along with its closest super-zoom rival, the Fujifilm S9500 / S9000. It's a very impressive result for the FZ50 (and of course the FZ30 before it).
Note: crop details which appear smaller here are
due to them being captured with lower resolution cameras and / or a lens
which couldn't focus as close to the chart. In each case though, the crop
still represents the extreme left corner of each camera's frame. The Canon 400D / XTi shows a different part of the chart because it takes wider 3:2 aspect images, but these still represent the extreme left corner. The Fujifilm S9500 / S9000 crops were taken from our older ISO chart, but again still represent the extreme corner.