Panasonic ZS50 Test Shots 2015 — photo 1 of 30: (Settings: 1/320 sec. at f/6.4, ISO 80, 720mm equivalent.) A glowing neighborhood daffodil (a type of narcissus) , March 2015. Camera used: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50.
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On July 11, 2016, Fred Oswald wrote:
Nice articles. I plan to buy a ZS50 based on what you show to replace an Olympus XZ2. One concern: does the camera accept filters (such as a polarizer)? If not, what do you think of the Photography & Cinema PNC Magfilter Threaded Adapter Ring? (Price is a bit high at $40.) On the Olympus, I have an adapter cylinder that allows use of 52 mm filters but it is awkward to install & remove and makes the camera much bigger if I leave it on.
On July 12, 2016, Brian wrote:
In response to Fred’s comments:

I can’t imagine using filters on a pocket camera. If I really wanted to use filters, to me it makes more sense to get an interchangeable-lens camera (ILC). I don't know that there are any pocket cameras that accept filters.

And even though I do have such an ILC camera — a Micro Four Thirds Olympus OM-D E-M5 — I still almost never use filters. Maybe I’m just too lazy, or too out of touch of the benefits of filters, but I find that I can generally achieve my photographic goals without filters by shooting RAW images and processing them in Adobe Lightroom, using software filters after taking the picture.

But if your goal is to achieve everything in camera without any software processing, then I can see how being able to use filters would be important. In that case, like I said already, I think an interchangeable-lens camera with lenses that accept filters would be the way to go.
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