Compared to... Fujifilm FinePix S9500 (S9000)

In reality the FZ50 doesn't have much in the way of direct competition, but the Fujifilm FinePix S9500 (aka S9000) comes close, offering a similar feature set and 9MP output - though without the benefit of image stabilization (Fuji's claim being that high ISO performance precludes the need for IS). We have included samples for the lowest ISO settings for each camera, and for ISO 400 and ISO 1600.

Studio scene comparison (FZ50 @ ISO 100, S9500 @ ISO 80)

  • Panasonic DMC-FZ50: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 100, Default Image Parameters,
    Manual white balance, +0.66 EV
  • Fujifilm FinePix S9500 Zoom: Aperture Priority mode, ISO 80, Default Image Parameters, Manual white balance, +0.7 EV compensation
  • Lighting: Daylight simulation, >98% CRI
Panasonic DMC-FZ50
Fujifilm FinePix S9500
ISO 100, 1/80 sec, F5.0
ISO 80, 1/40 sec, F5.6
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4,344 KB JPEG

Although both cameras are producing sharp, detailed and vivid results that will produce fantastic prints, if you look very, very closely you can see some minor differences; the FZ50 image does lose a little bit of the very finest detail and texture (something related, we would guess, to noise reduction), but overall I personally think it's a more attractive image (and there seems no doubt it's a better lens). The FZ50' color is certainly more appealing.