Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
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Value for money 9
Picture quality 9
Panasonic Lumix FZ150 review
What Digital Camera
13 January 2012
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix FZ150 is among the best superzoom cameras available on the market. It may not have the very best picture quality, nor is its 24x optical zoom lens the grandest out there. But what the FZ150 does get right you'll more than know about: the autofocus speed is superb, the burst mode super-fast, Raw shooting is a very big tick in the box and the lens-based Power OIS stabilisation is excellent.
Summary: We pushed the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 superzoom to the limit, and it impressed us every step of the way. An optical viewfinder and better wind-noise suppression would earn it top marks, but it's hard to fault otherwise.
Cons: Wind noise on videos; over-long menus; grainy electronic viewfinder.
Summary: THE FZ150 is a solid and capable superzoom camera that boasts impressive image quality considering it's 24X optical zoom range. Sharpness is high, aberrations are well-controlled, and its capable optical image stabilization system makes working at its extreme effective focal lengths relatively pain-free.
Pros: Really useful 25-600mm (equivalent) lens range, Very good JPEG image quality, with provision for shooting in Raw mode, Lens impressively sharp with generally good sharpness at all focal lengths, Effective image stabilization, Good high ISO capability for its class (and much better than FZ100), Excellent video specification and good, detailed results, Effective built-in mic (although stereo separation could be better) and provision for external mic
Cons: Slight tendency to highlight clipping in some situations, EVF a little 'pokey' and prone to RGB tearing, Noise-reduction takes the edge off fine detail above ISO 400 (but can be tweaked), High-quality video files are massive
Conclusion: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 offers a long 24x zoom range, 1080p video recording, and fast continuous shooting. It's priced a little high when you compare it with competitors, but it's still a very capable camera.
Pros: Long 24x zoom range. Swiveling LCD. Fast continuous shooting. 1080p video capture. Hot shoe.
Cons: Pricey. Bulky. Images could be sharper. So-so low-light performance.
Excerpt: Having extensively used 10x and 35x compact digizoom cameras over the last year or so, I would say the former is a little short … and the latter a little too long for comfortable and successful leisure shooting. So this model – the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 – with a 24x zoom comes in, as with Goldilock and her three bears’ beds, to be just right! Added to this is the factor of the wide end equating to 25mm in SDLR-speak. Usefully wide!
Conclusion: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 digital camera with a RRP of $799 is a worthwhile investment for those looking to upgrade their quality compact camera but are not quite ready for the jump to a full on DSLR camera. With virtually nothing to whinge about other than the video record button not sticking out enough, this camera comes loaded with features on both the physical and in-camera software side.
Excerpt: The Lumix DMC-FZ150 ($499) is Panasonic's flagship super zoom digital camera. It's the replacement to the FZ100, and the big brother to the DMC-FZ47 that I reviewed last month. Features include a 12.1 Megapixel Live MOS sensor, 24X optical zoom lens, 3-inch rotating LCD display, fast continuous shooting mode, plenty of manual controls, and Full HD 1080/60p video recording. Sounds good to me!
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix FZ-150 is priced at Rs.24,990. It competes with the likes of the Nikon Coolpix P500 , which is a superzoom at a similar price as well and both these cameras are pretty good in their own regard. Though a little expensive, it’s a solid performer. If you’re looking for a camera with a superior and stable zoom, this one quite fits the bill and is a worthy buy.
Summary: That's the single paragraph report, so let's now go into more detail. The Lumix FZ150 shares a great deal with its predecessor: the all-important 24x zoom lens is unchanged and the body is essentially the same apart from a new zoom lever on the side of the lens barrel. You're also still getting a 3in articulated screen, flash hotshoe and 2.5mm microphone / remote control input, along with the choice of full manual control or one of the best automatic modes on the market.
Pros: Great quality 24x lens. Can zoom while filming., Good quality images and RAW capabilities., 1080/50p/60p video with PASM and mic input., Fully articulated screen and flash hotshoe., Fast continuous shooting options and snappy AF., Mic input doubles as remote / intervalometer socket.
Cons: Buffer at 12fps only lasts for one second of action., Lens range actually the shortest of peer group., No built-in GPS and can't assemble its own panoramas., Mic input is 2.5mm so requires adapter for third party mics.