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Panasonic® LUMIX Black 30X Travel Zoom 12.1MP Camera
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Panasonic® LUMIX Black 30X Travel Zoom 12.1MP Camera

Model #: DMC-ZS50K
Panasonic Electronics
At a Glance
The new LUMIX ZS50 is the ultimate camera for any destination, with every feature built for the traveler in you. From architectural patterns to subtle color gradations in sunsets, the ZS50 makes it easy to capture every color and detail in any light, anywhere.
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The Quintessential Travel Camera

The new LUMIX ZS50 is the ultimate camera for any destination, with every feature built for the traveler in you. From architectural patterns to subtle color gradations in sunsets, the ZS50 makes it easy to capture every color and detail in any light, anywhere. And its slim, compact size makes it ideal for slipping into your pocket or a bag for quick, easy access.

Get closer with the 30x Zoom LEICA Lens

Bring every subject in closer and more clearly with the Leica 24mm DC Vario-Elmar lens and durable 30x optical zoom.

Stunning in Low Light — High Sensitivity MOS Sensor

Even in low-light environments, you can capture more detail and less image noise with the new, larger pixel-size High Sensitivity MOS sensor and Venus Engine image processor. And enjoy stunning photos and videos.

See Clearer With The Live View Finder

Wherever your travels take you, the precision Live View Finder helps get the shot. Perfect for image framing when light conditions make using the LED screen difficult, the eye sensor automatically detects viewing preference and switches to the LVF. Its high 1.166k-dot resolution, with approximately 100% color reproduction, delivers stable framing and superb visibility, in any light condition.

Be In Control — Control Ring

The lens-mounted Control Ring provides easier manual control for exposure, zoom and focus, leaving you free to concentrate on shutter operation. Intuitive design, precise focusing and smooth, silent operation gives you total control of every photo and video you create.

Experience The Action — High Speed Response

No matter how fast your subject moves, the ZS50 shoots just as fast with Light Speed Auto Focus and 10fps High Speed Burst Shooting for perfectly focused images every time.

Showtime in Full HD

Record Full HD videos in AVCHD or MP4 format. And enjoy smooth, colorful, high- resolution playback on your PC or wide- screen TV. High Speed Video records with 100fps in HD resolution and 200fps in VGA. With high-speed video, you can and record any fast-moving action, and enjoy later in crystal-clear slow motion.

Precision Is Key — Manual Focus Peaking

Compose the perfect shot with precision. The manual control ring enables smooth operation of the Focus Peaking function. And the large LCD displays the area of focus and depth of field to let you concentrate on composition.

RAW Format Recording

Shoot in RAW format to capture greater detail. Your image data retains the original color and light information captured by camera's sensor, with only minimal processing. And you can directly edit high-quality images for amazing results.

Reveal More Details with Macro Shots

Clearly capture even the most intricate details in any subject with up-close 3cm macro shooting.

Keep it Steady with HYBRID O.I.S.

HYBRID O.I.S.+ minimizes blur and ensures level images. The 5-axis Optical Image Stabilizer automatically detects and compensates for blurring, based on the camera’s five types of movement. When shooting, Level Shot senses and corrects the horizontal line of recording, even when the camera is tilted. The result is clear, perfectly leveled photos and video

Time-Lapse Recording

Position the camera to record the natural drama of a rising sun, setting moon or flowers coming into bloom. Simply set the start time, shooting interval and the number of images needed. The camera takes care of the rest automatically, in Full HD quality.

Product Highlights

  • Super-long LEICA lens with 30X zoom [24-720mm] brings the scene in close
  • Enhanced low-light sensitivity for improved sharpness even without a flash
  • Built-in eye viewfinder eliminates outdoor glare on sunny days


Dimensions (W x H x D)110.7 x 64.6 x 34.4 mm
Dimensions (W x H x D)(4.36 x 2.54 x 1.35 inch)
WeightApprox. 217 g without Battery and SD Memory Card (0.478 lb)
WeightApprox. 243 g with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.536 lb)


Camera Effective Pixels12.1 Megapixels


Sensor Size / Total Pixels / Filter1/2.3-inch Large Pixel Sized High Sensitivity MOS Sensor / Total Pixel Number 12.8 Megapixels / Primary Color Filter


ApertureF3.3 - 6.4 / Multistage Iris Diaphragm (F3.3 - 8.0 (W), F6.4 - 8.0 (T))
Optical Zoom30x
Focal Lengthf = 4.3 - 129mm (24 - 720mm in 35mm equiv.)
Focal Length(28 - 840mm in 35mm equiv. in 16:9 video recording / Level Shot function Off)
Focal Length(30 - 900mm in 35mm equiv. in 16:9 video recording / Level Shot function On)
Extra Optical Zoom (EZ)36.7x (4:3 / 8M), 46.9x (4:3 / 5M), 58.6x (4:3 / under 3M)
Intelligent Zoom60x
Lens12 elements in 9 groups
Lens(5 Aspherical Lenses / 10 Aspherical surfaces / 3 ED Lenses)
2- Speed ZoomYes
Optical Image Stabilizer/Five Axis CorrectionHYBRID O.I.S. + (On / Off) / Yes
Digital ZoomMax. 4x (Max. 2x for TZ71)


Focusing AreaNormal: Wide 50cm - infinity / Tele 200cm - infinity
Focusing AreaAF Macro / MF / Intelligent Auto / Motion Picture: Wide 3 cm - infinity / Tele 200 cm - infinity
AF Assist LampYes (On/Off)
FocusNormal / AF Macro / Macro Zoom / MF
FocusQuick AF On / Off (on in Intelligent Auto), Continuous AF (only for motion picture)
FocusAF/AE Lock Button (Set the Fn button in custom menu to AF/AE lock)
FocusFocus Peaking, One Shot AF (Set the Fn button in custom menu to AF-ON), AF Area Select, AF Tracking
AF MeteringFace / AF Tracking / 23-area / 1-area (flexible / scalable)


Shutter SpeedApprox. 4 - 1/2,000 sec
Shutter SpeedStarry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60 sec


Viewfinder0.20" LVF (Live View Finder) (1,166K dots equiv.), Field of View: Approx. 100%, Lens 19.6x
ViewfinderMagnification: Approx. 2.59x / 0.46x (35 mm camera equivalent)


File FormatStill Image: JPEG (DCF/Exif2.3) / RAW, DPOF
File Format3D Image: MPO
File FormatMotion Picture: AVCHD, MP4

Recording Modes

Mode Dial / Mode ButtonIntelligent Auto, P, A, S, M, C1 (Custom), C2 (Custom), Panorama Shot, Scene, Creative Control
Creative Control modeExpressive, Retro, Old Days, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, Dynamic Monochrome, Impressive Art, High Dynamic, Cross Process, Toy Effect, Miniature Effect, Soft Focus, Star Filter, One Point Color (15 filters)
Still Image Scene ModePortrait, Soft Skin, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Handheld Night Shot, Food, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Glass Through, HDR, Starry Sky, High Speed Video, 3D Photo
Continuous Shooting ModeFull-Resolution Image: 10 frames/sec, Max. 6 images
Continuous Shooting Modewith AF Tracking: 6 frames/sec, 3 frames/sec
Continuous Shooting ModeIntelligent Burst Shooting
Continuous Shooting ModeHigh-speed Burst: Approx. 60 frames / sec
Continuous Shooting Mode(recorded in 2.5M / 0.3M for 4:3, 3M / 0.3M for 3:2, 3.5M / 0.2M for 16:9, 2M / 0.2M for 1:1)
Continuous Shooting ModeApprox. 40 frames / sec
Continuous Shooting Mode(recorded in 5M / 3M / 0.3M for 4:3, 4.5M / 2.5M / 0.3M for 3:2, 3.5M / 2M / 0.2M for 16:9, 3.5M / 2.5M / 0.2M for 1:1)
Continuous Shooting ModeFlash Burst Shooting

Motion Picture Recording

HD Video1920 x 1080 pixels, 60p (FHD: 28Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor Output is 60fps)
HD Video1920 x 1080 pixels, 60i (FHD: 17Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor Output is 60fps)
HD Video1280 x 720 pixels, 60p (HD: 17Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor Output is 60fps)
HD Video1920 x 1080 pixels, 30p (FHD: 20Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 30fps)
HD Video1280 x 720 pixels, 30p (HD: 10Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 30fps)
STD Video640 x 480, 30p (VGA: 4Mbps / MP4) (Sensor Output is 30fps)
High Speed Video1280 x 720 pixels, 30p (HD: MP4) (Sensor Output is 120fps)
High Speed Video640 x 480 pixels, 30p (VGA: MP4) (Sensor Output is 240fps)

Continuous Recordable Time (Motion Pictures)

AVCHDApprox. 75 min (FHD/60p), Approx. 80 min (FHD/60i)
MP4Approx. 90 min (FHD)

Actual Recordable Time (Motion Pictures)

AVCHDApprox. 30 min (FHD/60p), Approx. 35 min (FHD/60i)
MP4Approx. 40 min (FHD)

Exposure Parameters

ExposureProgram AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
Exposure Compensation1/3 EV step, +/-2 EV
Auto (AE) Bracketing1/3-1EV step, Max. +/-1 EV, 3 frames
Light MeteringIntelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
ISO SensitivityAuto / i.ISO / 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200 / 6400

Picture Quality

Still Picture Recording[4:3] 4000x3000 (12M) / 3264x2448 (8M EZ) / 2560x1920 (5M EZ) / 2048x1536 (3M EZ) / 640x480 (0.3M EZ)
Still Picture Recording[3:2] 4000x2672 pixels (10.5M) / 3264x2176 (7M EZ) / 2560x1712 (4.5M EZ) / 2048x1360 (2.5M EZ) / 640x424 (0.3M EZ)
Still Picture Recording[16:9] 4000x2248 (9M) / 3840 x 2160 (8M EZ) / 2560x1440 (3.5M EZ) / 1920x1080 (2M EZ) / 640x360 (0.2M EZ)
Still Picture Recording[1:1] 2992x2992 (9M) / 2448x2448 (6M EZ) / 1920x1920 (3.5M EZ) / 1536x1536 (2.5M EZ) / 480x480 (0.2M EZ)
Image QualityRAW / RAW+Fine / RAW+Standard / Fine / Standard
Image Quality(3D Mode: MPO+Fine / MPO+Standard)
White BalanceAuto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / White Set
White BalanceWhite Balance Adjustment (Except Auto)


Digital Red Eye Correction (Red-Eye Removal)Yes (On/Off)
Wi-FIIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Wi-FI2412 MHz – 2462 MHz (1-11 ch)
Wi-FIInfrastracture Mode / WPS / Wi-Fi Direct
Wi-FIWi-Fi Button
Zoom in Motion PictureYes
Self Timer2 sec / 10 sec


Playback ModeAll, Slideshow, Filtering Play (Picture Only, Video Only, 3D Play, GPS Area Play, Travel, Category Selection, Select Date, Favorite), Calendar
Playback ModeNot available on products for China.
Thumbnails / Zoomed Playback12,30-thumbnails / Yes
Calendar Display / Dual- Image PlaybackYes (Menu / Zoom Lever) / No
Set Favorites / Rotate ImageYes / No
Show HistogramYes
DPOF Print Setting / Set ProtectionYes / Yes


RetouchAuto Retouch / Creative Retouch
Resize / Cropping / Aspect Conv. / LevelingYes / Yes / No / No
Copy / Title Edit / Text StampYes / Yes / Yes
Cut AnimationYes
Video DivideYes
PictBridge SupportSingle / Multi / All / DPOF / Favorites


OSD languageEnglish, Spanish


LCD Monitor3.0" (7.5cm) TFT Screen LCD Display (1,040K dots), AR Coating
LCD MonitorField of View: Approx. 100%, Wide Viewing-angle
LCD MonitorPower Monitor mode, AUTO Power Monitor mode


Built- in- FlashAuto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Built- in- Flash0.6 - 6.4m (Wide / ISO Auto), 2.0 - 3.3m (Tele / ISO Auto)


Recording MediaBuilt-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Built- in- MemoryApprox. 86MB Approx. 86MB for China


Microphone / SpeakerStereo / Mono


InterfacemicroHDMI, AV Output (NTSC), USB (AV/USB Multi)


PowerLi-ion Battery Pack (3.6V, 1250mAh, 4.5 Wh) (Included)
PowerAC Adaptor (Input: 110 - 240V AC) (Included, connect with USB cable)
Battery life (approx.)300 pictures (CIPA Standard)

Standard Package

Included SoftwarePHOTOfunSTUDIO 9.6PE
Included SoftwareLoiLoScope (trial version)
Included SoftwareAdobe Reader
Included SoftwareThe software to process RAW file on PC is not bundled with DMC-ZS50.
Included SoftwareTo do this, SILKYPIX Developer Studio is available for download at Ichikawa Soft Laboratory's website using PC connected to the Internet.
Standard AccessoriesBattery Pack, AC Adaptor, USB Cable, Hand Strap, CD-ROM

Misc. Specs

Depth (in.)1.35
Width (in.)4.36
Height (in.)2.54
Digital Zoom4
Megapixels (Total)12.1
Color Finish NameBlack
Optical Zoom30
Lens Focal Length24-720mm
Image StabilizationOptical Image Stabilizer
Digital Camera TypeZoom Compact
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