This 18X shooter feels nice in the hand, but speeds faster than ISO 400 generate plenty of not-so-nice image noise.
Serving up a hefty helping of stainless steel and Leica glass, the TZ50 seals its ultrazoom dominance with integrated WiFi for straight-to-the-web image transfers (from your nearest T-Mobile hot spot). Panasonic gives aperture- and shutter-priority modes the heave-ho to make room for the company’s Intelligent Auto function. Luddites and camera snobs may whine about the loss of manual controls but can console themselves with the consistently terrific images.
- Camera Resolution: 9.1 megapixels
- Optical Zoom: 10x
- Digital Zoom: 4x