Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150

$299
  • 14.6 MP
  • 3.6x f/2.8
  • 1/1.8" CCD
  • 2.7" LCD
Released July, 2008
There's Panasonic's auto-everything mode-Intelligent Auto (iA)-and the requisite Scene mode (with 22 scenes to pick from) handling point-and-shoot duties, while Program AE and Manual Exposure modes offer more control for those looking for it.
Rated 74% by by c|net (Feb, 2009)

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First reviewed December, 2011

Features Key features of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150

Back view of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150
While the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150 doesn't offer much for shooters seeking manual controls, it isn't overly complicated to operate and provides a very satisfying point-and-shoot experience with plenty of features for experimentation.
Rated 74% by by c|net (Feb, 2009)

megapixels

0 MP
24.3 MP

14.6 MP
24.2 MP
30 MP
None of the 14-megapixel cameras we've tested has been a particularly fast performer, and the FX150 falls in the middle of its class.
Lumix DMC-FX150 by c|net (Feb, 2009)
Press it again and it increases the optical zoom power to 7.7x, but drops the resolution to 3 megapixels.
Lumix DMC-FX150 by c|net (Feb, 2009)

sensor size

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150
Nikon D750
Canon EOS 6D
You also get the option to capture JPEG, raw, or raw plus a low-resolution JPEG photos.
Lumix DMC-FX150 by c|net (Feb, 2009)
Global softness kicks in at ISO 200, but detail remains good through ISO 400.
Lumix DMC-FX150 by c|net (Feb, 2009)

wide angle lens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150
Ricoh WG-M1
A single press of the E.Zoom button fully extends the wide-angle 3.6x f2.8-5.6 28-100mm lens.
Lumix DMC-FX150 by c|net (Feb, 2009)
Next, though you can adjust shutter speed in small increments, aperture is limited to two steps: f2.8 and f9.0 in wide and f5.6 and f18 in telephoto.
Lumix DMC-FX150 by c|net (Feb, 2009)

aperture size

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150
Ricoh WG-M1
The quick-zoom aspect of this button is nice, but the "extra optical zoom" is digital trickery.
Lumix DMC-FX150 by c|net (Feb, 2009)
A third press brings the lens all the way back.
Lumix DMC-FX150 by c|net (Feb, 2009)

zoom range

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5.6x

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6x
It doesn't have full manual controls and it's not the speediest, but its mix of shooting options, ease of use, and photo quality makes it worth its high-end price tag.
Lumix DMC-FX150 by c|net (Feb, 2009)
However, its optical zoom is crippled while recording.
Lumix DMC-FX150 by c|net (Feb, 2009)

body size

97 x 54 x 25 mm
140.5 x 113 x 78 mm
145 x 111 x 71 mm
 

Performance Real world tests of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150

max continuous shooting

DxOMark low light performance

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150
Canon EOS 6D
Nikon D5200
Photos are sharp in the center, though on the sides there's the distortion typical of a point-and-shoot lens, which results in softness there as well as a tendency to exhibit purple fringing.
Lumix DMC-FX150 by c|net (Feb, 2009)
Basic settings include being able to tweak contrast, sharpness, saturation, and the amount of noise reduction; shooting in black and white, sepia, or with cool or warm temperatures; and setting the sensitivity up to ISO 1,600 (this can also be locked so it never shoots above a particular ISO).
Lumix DMC-FX150 by c|net (Feb, 2009)
 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • 1280 x 720 @ 24 fps
  • Optical
  • For that film look
  • 25 mm
  • 179 g
  • 97 x 54 x 25 mm

cons

  • 28.0
  • 230 k dots
  • Jul, 2008
  • 2.7"
  • f/2.8
  • 1/1.8"
  • 9.6 ev
  • 1280 x 720 @ 24 fps
  • 18.4 bits
  • 63.62%
  • 6,400 ISO
  • 2 fps
  • 101 ISO
  • Use buttons to access features and menus
  • The screen is fixed in place
  • No automatic HDR
  • No automatic stitching
  • Lacks the ability to create slow motion video
  • 1/2000 s

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 74%
Read the review (Feb, 2009)
Instead of being the camera you take with you while your digital SLR stays home, the 14-megapixel Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150 is the one you go for when you simply want a little more control over exposure than the typical compact offers.

Exposure

Finally, exposure compensation doesn't function in this mode.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150 | Rated 74% by by c|net (Feb, 2009)
If you're considering the FX150 based on the availability of manual controls, be warned that it's a simplified manual system.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150 | Rated 74% by by c|net (Feb, 2009)
But then you get things like normal exposure bracketing as well as color bracketing that will take shots in standard and black and white, standard and sepia, or standard, black and white, and sepia.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150 | Rated 74% by by c|net (Feb, 2009)

Sensor

While I'm still on the fence on the value of a 14-megapixel resolution in a camera this small, the FX150 at least takes decent photos-especially at ISO 100.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150 | Rated 74% by by c|net (Feb, 2009)
At ISO 800 detail and color are degraded because of the amount of noise, but should still be usable at small sizes and onscreen.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150 | Rated 74% by by c|net (Feb, 2009)

Video

As mentioned earlier, the FX150 does have a 720p HD movie capture mode.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150 | Rated 74% by by c|net (Feb, 2009)
The results look really good in comparison with other HD-capable compacts we've tested.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150 | Rated 74% by by c|net (Feb, 2009)

Screen

They display good detail, color, white balance, and exposure.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150 | Rated 74% by by c|net (Feb, 2009)

Photography

However, the inclusion of these limited settings does allow you some creative freedom that lower-end ultracompacts don't.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150 | Rated 74% by by c|net (Feb, 2009)

Competition What else you should consider

Front view of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150

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Editions Editions of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150

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$299
1/1.8" 230 k dots 28 mm 14.6 MP
 
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October 5, 2012
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Does the FX 150 have the capability of using an external microphone? If so, what microphone would be best for interviewing individuals or groups. We are on our way to Africa and will be working...

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