Originally Posted by mugan23
looks like you slowed the shutter way down. that camera actually shines if you know what ur doing with it, I say this because i was looking to upgrade to a fz50 and the reviews were not favoring it but this is some very good quality work from a non slr, as for me its easier to be creative because my camera is not much bigger than my fist so its light and i can stick it in odd angles easier and in small spaces and all that. worst thing is that i can't shoot raw.
I looked into getting a camera for quite a while before I purchased. The other contender for my money was the Fujifilm FinePix S9600.
The S9600 can be had cheaper than the FZ50 and I have now come to believe that it is probably the better all-rounder, in that it is cheaper, it's only about 1 mega-pixel less, as far as I can tell it has a superior CCD, it's zoom range is only 1.3x less than the FZ50, all in all, it seems to take much crisper, less noisy pictures, right out of the camera, with little to no post production required.
The S9600 shoots in RAW as well as JPEG and if I had my chance again, I'd probably opt for it instead of the FZ50. The FZ50's glass is great, probably better than the than the S9600, but the sensor is far less noisy on the S9600 and it helps a lot.
When I got the FZ50 I bought it based on the specification. At the time of purchase, it had the best spec available for a non-slr, in terms of quality of lens, mega-pixel count, zoom and functionality. It allows you full manual, or full auto modes and pretty much any combination of the both you like. Without going into too much detail, it's a pretty well spec'ed piece of non-slr kit. I was seduced by this and paid little attention to those who claimed it's sensor was too noisy, or too small for the 10.1 mega-pixel job.
It's true, that when you get to know the FZ50 well enough (I'm still not quite there
as you can see) you can compensate for it's one real shortcoming (noise) and, with the right software and plenty of patience and some hard work, produce images that are of a pretty high standard for non-slr. But to be fair, I'd rather be out in the field, taking pictures, than stuck in front of a PC editing them.
If I were you, I'd seriously consider the Fujifilm-FinePix-S9600 as an upgrade, over the FZ50. It's cheaper than the FZ50 and a heck of a lot cheaper than DSLR, but it's a great all rounder, that produces crisp, clear photos. Just check out this review
for it. It's really a great little camera.