Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
16 June 2012
Summary: It also gets higher ratings for image quality, especially at ISO 800 and below. The bottom line Despite its generous feature set and relatively high price, the Panasonic FZ150 falls short compared to less expensive ultra-zooms. The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS (*Est. $350) is a better bet.
Pros: 24x zoom lens, Supports RAW format, Hot shoe for accessory flash, Excellent video quality
Cons: More expensive than cameras with better features, So-so image quality
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.
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
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.
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 â€¦ 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!
Excerpt: Panasonic released a wide variety of digital cameras from point and shoot to digital cameras, under the Lumix branding, in the past. Fitted with their German designed Leica lens, the Lumix series have been fairly popular among amateurs and professionals photographers, alike. Panasonic have recently launched the Lumix DMC-FZ150, a super zoom camera with a capability of shooting at 24x.
The Panasonic FZ150 is among the best we've seen in its class, with strong performance results and great handling.
6 October 2011
Conclusion: Panasonic hit the nail on the head with the FZ150. Its predecessor was a well designed, high-performance hobbyist camera, that, unfortunately, took grainy pictures. All they had to do was toss in a better sensor and, boom, they've built the best fixed-lens camera that's ever passed through our labs. It's tough to find much fault with this camera.
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.