Nikon D5000

The Nikon D5000 & the Panasonic FZ50

Written by Digicamhelp Editor

A brief comparison of the Nikon D5000 digital single lens reflex camera and the Panasonic FZ50 superzoom.


As mentioned in another article at Digicamhelp, photo enthusiast Rick Ellinger uses the Panasonic FZ50 superzoom for a lot of his photography.

Rick notes that “the purchase of the D5000 hinged mainly upon the features of the two other digital cameras that I needed and was accustomed to. It was awesome how the D5000 satisfied the features of both of those cameras, and brought both worlds together for me.”

Here are his comparisons.

Features of the FZ50 which the D5000 more than satisfied:

  • swiveling LCD screen with Live View
  • over 10 megapixels (the FZ50 has 10.1, the D5000 has 12.3)
  • the 400mm zoom capability (I added a Tamron 70-300mm lens – the D5000’s 1.5 multiplier takes that to 450mm)
  • RAW capability
  • Movie mode

Features of the Nikon D5000 which are better than the FZ50:

  • less noise at higher ISO values than the FZ50
  • faster shutter speeds and quicker shutter response than the FZ50
  • mirror viewfinder, rather than electronic viewfinder on FZ50
  • higher ISO capability than the FZ50
  • larger body than FZ50
  • High Definition video capability

Rick points out that some of the best images are going to be with a DSLR. But the FZ50 offers near DSLR features and benefits, and high quality photos.