Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
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KENTGA, DP Review
2 June 2013
Excerpt: A friend got this camera for Christmas a couple of years ago and asked me to show her how to use it. I tried it for a couple of days and was amazed at the quality of the photos. You can shoot RAW and the 35mm equiv zoom range is 26 to 600mm. It's great for going on long hikes or if you just don't want to lug around heavy gear. It has been upgraded to an FZ200 and I think the main difference is the 200 is f 2.8 throughout the zoom range.
Very good camera for the money. Your last and best stop before a DSLR.
8 December 2012
Summary: Bought product because old Olympus ultra zoom had significant shutter lag and missed too many good pics. This camera has better zoom and almost no shutter lag. Very good low light performance without flash. Flash tends to wash out shots. Controls are logical. Menus easy to access. Pivot and tilt LCD screen very good and convenient.
Summary: You will not have the advantage of using semi-pro or pro glass with this camera. But for grab and run shots it is a very capable camera for most everyday shots, exceeding the usefulness and capability of most point and shoots.
Pros: Fast power up and response in most all modes., Video for it's class slightly exceeds it's single shot performance., Color and sharpness will be above average for most users under most conditions.
Cons: Flash performance is just 'ok'. External flash would help., Some washout of highlights., Audio tinny through the speaker but that's really a nitpick., Undecided about build quality, feels a little cheap in some aspects time will tell over the long haul.
Summary: I'll get the "cons" out of the way first. My initial impression upon opening the package was that the camera had a rather plastic and cheap feel to it compared to the Canon SX40. However, after using it now for a number of weeks, it feels great in my hands and any question of build quality is forgotten - this is a fine camera. Physically, it is easy to hold. The right hand grip is nice and deep to really let you get your fingers around it, even with my large hands.
Good all-in-one camera, Bad pictures on high ISO or maximum zoom.
22 June 2012
Summary: Before buying this camera I had read a lot of reviews with different minds about it. Some people says it has good zoom and high quality video, some says it's very noisy. So i was ready for most disadvantages of this camera. I would like to collect all pros and cons i've noticed so far.
Summary: I wanted a travel camera with a long zoom so trying to decide between FZ150 and Nikon P510. After trying the Nikon at a store and reading many reviews on both, I decided on the Panasonic even though the Nikon had a much longer zoom. The Nikon would severely lose focus when zooming in video mode and would not re-focus without zooming back out again which turned out to be a deal breaker for me.
Great multipurpose point & shoot superzoom camera.
4 June 2012
Summary: I did a couple of weeks research before taking the plung with this camera, and I am not in any way disappointed with my decision. Over the past 30 years, I've used the very top Nikon SLRs (film types), and for work, I've always gone with Olympus, most recently using the excellent Olympus C-5060 compact. I wanted greater zoom range and higher quality video than the C-5060 could offer, both for my consulting work and for home/recreational/travel use.
Pros: Zoom range and maximum zoom image quality are superb., Full manual over-ride, and lots of user-adjustable programs make this appeal to experienced photographers, while the results from fully automatic settings are high quality. Great quality movies!
Cons: Macro is good but not stunning - but macro lenses can be added if that's your thing, using the 52mm screw mount.
Summary: This review will be short. There are a couple of well-written long reviews that cover many technical details that I will not try to repeat. I am a long-time amateur photographer who has used and owns many SLR models as well as DSLRs and mirrorless compacts. Although I get may compliments on my photos, I really don't make any prints larger than 8x10, don't do anything commercial and my principal objective with my photos is to have memories of trips, friends and family.
Excerpt: I am not a pro shooter, but I consider myself to possess some skill with a camera. The FZ150 is an upgrade from my Cybershot DSC-S85 and Nikon FM 35mm with a 50mm f1.8 prime lens, which are 10 ad 30 years old. I can turn out good shots from both considering their age, but film is getting expensive and the Cybershot is old, slow and doesn't shoot video (it does, but for 10 sec. at its highest quality).