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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 Gordon Laing, October 2006

Outdoor
/ Resolution / Noise / Noise 2 / Corner sharpness / Fringe & macro / Geometry / Vignetting

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Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ50 purple fringing comparison

  To measure and compare the Panasonic Lumix FZ50's purple fringing caused by lens chromatic aberrations and sensor blooming, we photographed a test chart with areas of very high contrast using it and a number of rival models.

We used the built-in lenses at their widest and longest focal lengths with the apertures wide open. The crops are taken from the upper left corner of the chart and presented here at 100%.

The FZ50's lens exhibits a little coloured fringing, but noticeably less at wide angle than the Canon 400D / XTi's kit lens, or the Fujifilm S9500 / S9000 superzoom.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Canon 400D / XTi with EF-S 18-55mm
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 / S9000 Zoom
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1
Panasonic FZ50 at 7.4mm f2.8
Canon 400D with 18-55mm at 18mm f3.5
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom at 6.2mm f2.8
Panasonic Lumix TZ1 at 5mm f2.8
7.4-88.8mm at 7.4mm f2.8
18-55mm EF-S at 18mm f3.5
6.2-66.7mm at 6.2mm f2.8
5-52mm at 5mm f2.8
Panasonic FZ50 at 88.8mm f3.7
Canon 400D with 18-55mm at 55mm f5.6
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom at 66.7mm f4.9
Panasonic Lumix TZ1 at 52mm f4.2
7.4-88.8mm at 88.8mm f3.7
18-55mm EF-S at 55mm f5-6
6.2-66.7mm at 66.7mm f4.9
5-52mm at 52mm f4.2


Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ50 macro comparison

Panasonic FZ50 macro test  

To measure and compare the Panasonic Lumix FZ50's macro performance we photographed a custom chart using it and a number of rival models with their bundled lenses.

Each camera was positioned at a distance and set to a focal length which delivered the maximum possible reproduction.

The dark lines are 10mm apart and the result is not cropped. Smaller areas are preferred in this test. The image left was taken with the Panasonic Lumix FZ50 in its Macro mode.

7.4-88.8mm at 7.4mm f8
Max area of 60x42mm
 

At its closest focusing distance, the FZ50 captured an area measuring 60x42mm, although to achieve this it was extremely close to the subject and casting a slight shadow as seen above.

This is roughly equivalent to the macro result from Canon 400D / XTi's kit lens, although since the latter was taken from a longer distance when zoomed-in, it's almost free of distortion. And despite persuading our FZ50 to focus slightly closer than our FZ30, its big rival the Fujifilm S9500 / S9000 still beats it - although again at the cost of considerable geometric distortion.


Canon 400D / XTi 18-55mm
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 / S9000 Zoom
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1
Canon 400D with 18-55mm macro test
Fujfifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom macro test
Panasonic TZ1 macro test
18-55mm EF-S at 55mm f8
Max area of 66x44mm
  6.2-66.7mm at 6.2mm f8
Max area of 50x38mm
  5.2-52mm at 10mm
Max area of 40x30mm

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50 results continued...

Outdoor / Resolution / Noise / Noise 2 / Corner sharpness / Fringe & macro / Geometry / Vignetting
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