Reviews and Problems with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150 / DMC-FX180
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Panasonic Lumix FX150 Digital Camera
OverClock Intelligence Agency
11 June 2009
Summary: The Panasonic Lumix FX150 has really impressed me in the few weeks that I have been using it. I wasn't exactly sure what to expect, as it has been a few years since I last owned a point-n-shoot camera and the few that I have used since then haven't impressed me one bit.
Conclusion: High resolution Panasonic Lumix FX150 digital camera Now what is the surplus value of the high resolution on a compact camera such as the Panasonic LUMIX FX150? Not a lot, in fact, even unnecessary for 99% of the pictures that you will make with this type of camera, and the high resolution will...
Conclusion: And the megapixel race continues with Panasonic making an entry into the group of 14.7 megapixel compact cameras with the Lumix FX150. The Lumix FX150 packs a lot of fancy and nifty features into its no-nonsense, compact design.
Pros: Good image quality; the camera even removes color fringing, Stylish design; powerful flash and clear LCD, Best battery life among super high resolution compacts, Impressive performance, Full manual mode, with exposure/color bracketing features and advanced white balance adjustment, RAW image mode...
Cons: Some detail loss at ISO 400 above (use RAW mode or turn NR down), No red-eye removal or image brighten features in playback mode, Lacks a separate control dial of any kind, No aperture/shutter priority modes or manual focus, Can’t operate zoom while recording a movie
Summary: Not only can you capture JPEG images and movies, but the FX150 also records original photos in the RAW file format and comes bundled with the SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0SE software application, enabling the user to freely adjust RAW data settings such as exposure bias and white balance even after...
Summary: We're not that keen on some aspects of the styling, but if that's our only complaint then the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150 is clearly doing something right. A more-than-capable snapper, the FX150 isn't as sexy as some of its stablemates but still wins over most other point-and-shoots
Conclusion: The Lumix FX150 provides a neat balance between point’n’shooter and enthusiast snapper although it sometimes fails to fulfil the latter in some areas. Build is superb and handling is okay despite the blocky design.
Pros: Good low ISO image quality, lens, features, iA (intelligent Auto), HD movies, E-zoom, all-metal build
Cons: High ISO image noise, shutter lag, sluggish focusing
Conclusion: This is a camera for someone who takes photography seriously – a digital SLR user who’s traveling light, perhaps. Build quality is simply superb, from that beautiful Leica lens to the razor sharp 2.7-in LCD display.
Pros: Size still matters and if you’re after the biggest resolutions possible, the FX150 boasts enormous, smooth 14.7MP images shot through a crystal-clear Leica lens. This has a wider (3.6x) range than most compacts, including a super-wide 28mm wideangle setting that’s great for shooting big crowds an...
Cons: The breadth and depth of the FX150 ’s features mark it out as a camera for an enthusiast rather than a point-and-shooter. Mastering the 24 different scene modes alone (which include settings to simulate old negative film and even pin-hole cameras) could take weeks. It’s compact but thicker than o...
Conclusion: This is a good all round camera. Looking at the basic spec you may consider the lens to lack zoom capacity, but even this can be turned around if you shoot at lower resolutions. With 14.7 megapixels available you certainly have plenty of scope to do so.
Pros: Ease of use - high definition movies - design - manual exposure controls - picture quality