Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
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Summary: My Panasonic Lumix FZ150 review shows that this is an extremely impressive ultra-zoom camera, offering a 24X optical zoom lens. Its image quality is outstanding, and the FZ150's is sharp and accurate. The FZ150 works well for either beginner or intermediate photographers. The biggest drawback to the FZ150 is its almost $500 price tag.
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
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.
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 is Panasonic’s premier ultrazoom, an enhanced version of the very capable DMC-FZ47. The principle difference between the two cameras is that the FZ150 uses a 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor, while the FZ47 uses a 12.1 megapixel version of the more commonly-used CCD sensor. The CMOS sensor is designed to provide increased speed of operation and better low light ability.
Pros: Good image quality, Fast continuous shooting, Nice low light performance
Cons: Expensive for an ultrazoom, "Only" 24x zoom, Some ergonomic quirks
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.
Summary: The recommended retail price of £449 makes the Lumix FZ150 an expensive purchase, but there are pre-orders on a number of online stores for as low as £369. If the latter price tag holds then, considering its impending October launch date making it the most up to date superzoom on the market, the FZ150 is competitively priced when considering the likes of the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS (£350) and Sony Cyber-shot HX100V (£385).
Pros: Fast autofocus, Raw shooting, decent movie mode, Power OIS stabilisation, 12fps burst mode
Cons: Image quality above ISO 800, no auto detection to activate EVF, still only 24x zoom