Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

  • 12 MP
  • 24x f/2.8
  • 1/2.5" CMOS
  • 3" LCD
Released August, 2011
[HD Video] 1920 x 1080 pixels, 50p (PSH: 28Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor output is 50p) / 1920 x 1080 pixels, 50i (FSH: 17Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor output is 50p) / 1280 x 720 pixels, 50p (SH: 13Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor output is 50p) / 1920 x 1080 pixels, 25 fps (FHD: 20Mbps / MP4) (Sensor output is 25p) / 1280 x 720 pixels, 25 fps (HD: 10Mbps / MP4) (Sensor output is 25p) / [STD Video] VGA: 640 x 480 pixels, 25 fps (4Mbps / MP4) / [High Speed Video] QVGA: 320 x 240 pixels, 220 fps (Motion JPEG).
Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Sep, 2011)

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First reviewed December, 2011

Features Key features of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Back view of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
If you're looking for a compact camera for both photos and videos, this is a good choice.
Rated 80% by by c|net (Oct, 2011)

megapixels

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18 MP

12 MP
24.2 MP
30 MP
Key highlights of the FZ150 include a 24x zoom lens, full 1080p HD movies, high-resolution 3 inch LCD, faster auto-focusing and burst shooting, and a sensible 12 megapixel MOS image sensor.
Lumix DMC-FZ150 by Photography Blog (Sep, 2011)
The camera can also speed along at 40fps and 60fps if you can live with the lower resolution (5 megapixels and 2.5 megapixels, respectively).
Lumix DMC-FZ150 by DPReview (Apr, 2012)

sensor size

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
Nikon D3200
Canon Rebel T3i
The FZ150 also offers Power O.I.S anti-shake system, iA (intelligent auto) mode, manual shooting modes, 3D still images, RAW format support and an ISO range of 100-3200.
Lumix DMC-FZ150 by Photography Blog (Sep, 2011)
You can also choose to shoot in raw or raw plus JPEG, giving you the ability to process images yourself.
Lumix DMC-FZ150 by c|net (Oct, 2011)

wide angle lens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
Canon PowerShot G12
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V
A wide angle, image-stabilized 24x (25-600mm) zoom, raw mode, full manual and automatic controls, an articulated LCD, full HD video and 3D capture are only some of this highly capable camera's feature highlights but look away from the impressive spec sheet and you'll find that image quality is very good too, across the span of the camera's 24x optical zoom lens.
Lumix DMC-FZ150 by DPReview (Apr, 2012)
Read our in-depth Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 review to find out if it can challenge the other super zoom contenders... The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 is a new super-zoom camera featuring a wide-angle 24x zoom lens, 12.1 megapixel high-speed MOS image sensor, and 12fps continuous shooting without autofocus and 5.5fps with autofocus.
Lumix DMC-FZ150 by Photography Blog (Sep, 2011)

aperture size

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Nikon Coolpix P510
Panasonic controls the barrel distortion fairly well from the 25mm-equivalent ultrawide-angle lens.
Lumix DMC-FZ150 by c|net (Oct, 2011)
The FZ150 may not have the most megapixels or the longest lens amongst its peers, but it's still one of our favourite super-zoom cameras.
Lumix DMC-FZ150 by Photography Blog (Sep, 2011)

zoom range

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With a quieter background, the sound in this clip is more focussed, and in this video you can also see the abilities of the FZ150's zoom lens, which can still be operated during movie recording.
Lumix DMC-FZ150 by DPReview (Apr, 2012)
Like all superzooms, the FZ150 is equipped with an LCD and EVF (electronic viewfinder).
Lumix DMC-FZ150 by DPReview (Apr, 2012)

body size

124 x 82 x 92 mm
112 x 76 x 48 mm
125 x 87 x 110 mm
The Panasonic FZ150 is undoubtedly expensive for what is essentially a seriously beefed-up compact camera, but with its stand-out new sensor it could well be the only still and video camera that most people actually require.
Lumix DMC-FZ150 by Photography Blog (Sep, 2011)
 

Performance Real world tests of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

battery life

410 photos
200 photos
540 photos
The grip houses a memory card and a large rechargeable battery that's CIPA-rated for up to 410 shots.
Lumix DMC-FZ150 by c|net (Oct, 2011)

max continuous shooting

On top along with the shutter release/zoom lever, power switch, and Mode dial are a one-touch record button for movies and one for quickly setting a burst mode.
Lumix DMC-FZ150 by c|net (Oct, 2011)
Continuous shooting speeds abound, so you're more likely to catch action shots with the FZ150 than with many other cameras.
Lumix DMC-FZ150 by DPReview (Apr, 2012)

DxOMark low light performance

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
Nikon D3200
Canon Rebel T3i
The white-balance presets are OK for the most part; however, the auto white balance is not good except under natural light.
Lumix DMC-FZ150 by c|net (Oct, 2011)
The FZ150 gets a new 12-megapixel MOS sensor (dropping from 14 megapixels), which Panasonic claims improves its signal-to-noise ratio, and new noise reduction more evenly suppresses noise in dark and light areas of photos as well.
Lumix DMC-FZ150 by c|net (Oct, 2011)
 

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

pros

  • Contrast detection focusing system
  • f/2.8
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
  • Generic
  • Yes
  • Adjust white balance and exposure more easily in post production
  • Great for recording movies
  • 12 fps
  • Create 3D photos to view on a 3D TV
  • 3.5mm
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
  • 10 mm
  • Create slow motion video
  • 410
  • 30 s

cons

  • 40.0
  • 132 ISO
  • 24x
  • 25 mm
  • 12 MP
  • Aug, 2011
  • 19.4 bits
  • No automatic HDR
  • 10.9 ev

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 76%
Read the review (Apr, 2012)
Default JPEG image quality at full resolution is very good and, if you don't like what you see, there's plenty of scope for adjustment with color, contrast, saturation, sharpness and noise-reduction sliders all available.
Rated 90%
Read the review (Sep, 2011)
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Rated 80%
Read the review (Oct, 2011)
On the other hand, if you don't regularly enlarge or crop photos for large prints, the photos straight from the camera might be perfectly fine.

Video

Locked on a tripod, this shot shows just how detailed the FZ150's video footage is at its highest quality setting.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 | Rated 76% by by DPReview (Apr, 2012)
They've directly addressed one of our main criticisms of its predecessor, noisy images at high ISO speeds, by sensibly dropping the megapixel count to 12 from 14, and they've also significantly improved the video quality to a class-leading full 1080p.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Sep, 2011)
With AVCHD, you can record in full HD (1920 x 1080, including one option in AVCHD progressive) at 60fps, as well as AVCHD Lite at 1280 x 720 at 30fps.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 | Rated 76% by by DPReview (Apr, 2012)

Image quality

The good thing is that in several modes you can adjust color saturation, just not in the fully automatic ones.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 | Rated 80% by by c|net (Oct, 2011)
The FZ150's default JPEG image quality is perfectly good, but, you can draw a lot more detail out of its raw files if you're prepared to put a little time into post-capture adjustment.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 | Rated 76% by by DPReview (Apr, 2012)
Fringing is under control for the most part, too, but I did see some in very high-contrast areas of photos, such as around tree leaves against a white sky.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 | Rated 80% by by c|net (Oct, 2011)

Sensor

Contrast, sharpness, saturation and noise reduction adjustments, raw, face recognition, and the ability to tag and upload images to Facebook and YouTube by simply connecting the camera to the computer are only a few other FZ150 highlights.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 | Rated 76% by by DPReview (Apr, 2012)
From shot to shot without the flash you're waiting only 1 second (1.3 seconds if you're shooting in raw); adding the flash extends that time to 3 seconds.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 | Rated 80% by by c|net (Oct, 2011)
Exposures can be a bit tricky, though - the FZ150 has a tendency to blow out highlights but exposure compensation is on hand if you want to dial things back a little (you can also get better highlight dynamic range in raw mode).
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 | Rated 76% by by DPReview (Apr, 2012)

Photography

At a street price of around $450 the FZ150 isn't exactly cheap, but compares well with competitors like Sony's new CyberShot HX200V and Nikon's Coolpix P510 (both of which we're hoping to put through their paces soon).
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 | Rated 76% by by DPReview (Apr, 2012)
If you shoot a lot of moving subjects, namely children, pets, and sports, the FZ150's multiple burst shooting options give you a lot of flexibility and a fighting chance of getting a good photo.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 | Rated 80% by by c|net (Oct, 2011)
However, this vast feature set also makes the FZ150 a good choice as a family camera, as some people sharing it might want more control and others might simply want to point and shoot without worrying too much about settings.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 | Rated 80% by by c|net (Oct, 2011)

Lens

And Panasonic has done a good job with its latest long zoom, the 12 megapixel FZ150.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 | Rated 76% by by DPReview (Apr, 2012)
In being dominated by that big lens, the front of the FZ150 is very sparse looking, save for a lamp for the AF assist light/self timer to the left of the lens (if viewed head on).
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Sep, 2011)

Editions Editions of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

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Canon Powershot SX40
  • 12 MP
  • 35x f/2.7
  • 1/2.5" CMOS
  • 2.7" LCD
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The Canon SX40 is nearly $100 cheaper, and has a greater zoom, it is great bang for your buck. But the Panasonic FZ150 has lots of cool features, so if you are willing to spend the extra money...

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I believe P510 has the best focus, but I still recommend the FZ150. It has the best image quality of these three (also in low light) and is the most consistent performer in all relevant fields....

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Hi Ric, I think both these cameras would do a good job. The Canon's extra zoom might come in handy for shots of the moon though! You could also consider Fuji's superzoom lineup, either the HS20 I...