Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 12.1MP Digital Camera, 3.0 inch LCD Display, 24.00x Lens, 25 - 600 mm Focal Length, 2.8 Max Aperture

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About Panasonic DMC-FZ150

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 is the camera in its FZ-series, which consists of super-zoom models offering extreme telephoto reach in a fixed-lens body. The core of the Panasonic FZ150 is a 1/2.3-inch MOS sensor with an effective resolution of 12.1 megapixels, from a total of 12.5 megapixels. MOS sensors are usually faster than their more common CCD brethren and the FZ150's sensor bears this out with a swift full-resolution burst shooting rate of 12 frames per second if autofocus is disabled and a still-commendable 5.5 frames per second with autofocus active.

It also allows for progressive scan Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixel, aka 1,080p) video at a rate of 60 frames per second, saved using the AVCHD Progressive (MPEG-4 / H.264) format. Of course, the processor--a quad-core Venus Engine-branded unit--plays its own part in this speed, as well as in allowing an ISO sensitivity range of 100 to 3,200 equivalents (expandable to ISO 6,400 equivalent in High Sensitivity Auto mode).

The FZ150's sensor sits behind a powerful 24x optical zoom lens with a 35mm-equivalent focal length range from a useful 25mm wide angle to a powerful 600mm telephoto for stills and 28mm to 672mm for videos. Of course, with this much reach, mechanical image stabilization is a must, as you'd otherwise need shutter speeds in the region of 1/600-700th second or faster for blur-free images, which would restrict use to only ideal lighting conditions.

The FZ150 doesn't disappoint, not only including true optical image stabilization, but also providing what Panasonic refers to as an "Active" mode for video shooting, which takes advantage of the lower resolution with respect to still imaging and thereby provides a greater degree of correction. The Panasonic FZ150 relies on contrast detection autofocusing, but this too offers improved speed thanks to the quad-core Venus Engine CPU.

The Panasonic DMC-FZ150 is commonly used for Family photos, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Travel and more.One reason why the Panasonic DMC-FZ150 is popular is because of its Good image quality

Summary of Customer Reviews

(4)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Good image quality (4),Fast / accurate auto-focus (3),Good in low light (3),Image stabilization (3),Large clear LCD (3),Zoom range/performance (3)
Best Uses:
Family photos (4),Landscape/scenery (4),Low light (4),Travel (4),Sports/action (3),Wildlife (3)

Panasonic DMC-FZ150 Specifications

Camera Format
EVF
Tripod Mount
Yes
Image Resolution: I
4000 x 3000 (12.0 MP, 4 3)
3264 x 2448 (8.0 MP, 4 3)
2560 x 1920 (4.9 MP, 4 3)
2048 x 1536 (3.1 MP, 4 3)
1600 x 1200 (1.9 MP, 4 3)
640 x 480 (0.3 MP, 4 3)
4000 x 2672 (10.7 MP, Other)
3264 x 2176 (7.1 MP, 3 2)
2560 x 1712 (4.4 MP, Other)
2048 x 1360 (2.8 MP, 3 2)
Image Resolution: II
640 x 424 (0.3 MP, 3 2)
4000 x 2248 (9.0 MP, 16 9)
3264 x 1840 (6.0 MP, 16 9)
2560 x 1440 (3.7 MP, 16 9)
1920 x 1080 (2.1 MP, 16 9)
640 x 360 (0.2 MP, 16 9)
2992 x 2992 (9.0 MP, 1 1)
2448 x 2448 (6.0 MP, 1 1)
1920 x 1920 (3.7 MP, 1 1)
1536 x 1536 (2.4 MP, 1 1)
480 x 480 (0.2 MP, 1 1)
Continuous-mode frames/second
12
Movie Resolution
1920x1080, 1280x720, 640x480, 320x240
Movie Frame Rate
60p/60i/30p, 60p/30p, 30p, 220p
Movie Audio
Yes
CMOS Sensor (Megapixels)
12.5
CMOS Size (inches)
1/2.3"
Aspect Ratio
16:9, 4:3
Sensor Type
CMOS
Effective Megapixels
12.1
Focal Length (35mm equivalent)
25 - 600 mm
Zoom Ratio
24.00x
Digital Zoom
Yes
Digital Zoom Values
Up to 4x
Auto Focus
Yes
Auto Focus Assist Light
Yes
Manual Focus
Yes
Normal Focus Range
30 cm to Infinity
11.8 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range
1 cm to Infinity
0.4 in to Infinity
Aperture Range
f/2.8 (wide) / f/5.2 (tele) - f/8.0; Multistage Iris Diaphragm
Optical Viewfinder
Yes
LCD Viewfinder
Yes
LCD Size (inches)
3
LCD Resolution (pixels)
460,000
ISO Settings
Auto, iISO, High Sensitivity Auto (1600-6400), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
White Balance Settings
Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, Flash, Incandescent, Color Temperature, White Set 1, White Set 2
Shutter Speed Range
30 - 1/2000
Exp Adj Range (EV)
+/- 3.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes
Intelligent Multiple, Center-Weighted, Spot
Aperture Priority
Yes
Shutter Priority
Yes
Full Manual Exposure
Yes
Self Timer
2, 10, 10 (3 shots) seconds
Internal Flash
Yes
Flash Modes
Auto, Auto/Red- eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red- eye Reduction, Slow Sync./Red- eye Reduction, Forced Off; Flash Synchro; 1st / 2nd
Flash Range
Auto ISO 0.3 - 9.5m (Wide), 1.0 - 5.1m (Tele)
Ext Flash Connection
Hot Shoe
Usable Memory Types
SD / SDHC / SDXC
Memory Included (MB)
70
Uncompressed Format
RAW, RAW+JPEG
CCD Raw Format
Yes
Movie File Format
AVCHD 2.0, MP4, Motion JPEG; stereo sound
Video Out
Yes
Video Mode (NTSC/PAL)
No
External Connections
USB 2.0 High Speed
Other Connection
Mini-HDMI with Viera Link
Included Software
PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.5 HD Edition, SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.1 SE, QuickTime Adobe Reader
Usable Battery Types
7.2V, 895mAh Lithium-ion rechargeable
Batteries Included
1 x Proprietary Lithium-ion rechargeable
CIPA Rating
410
Dimensions
4.9 x 3.2 x 3.7 in. / (124 x 82 x 95 mm)
Weight
18.6 oz (528 g)

Panasonic DMC-FZ150 Reviews

Reviewed by 4 customers

 
5.0

best camera I own..I have several slrs

By

from California  -  Semi-pro Photographer

used it at a convention in low lite (no flash)in outdoor sightseeing..set it at 800 ASA and had perfect shots..very happy with the camera...

 
4.0

Great camera. Good quality for the mone

By

from Ontario, Canada  -  Casual Photographer

I will now be able to capture quality pictures on vacation and on day to day use.

 
5.0

Super camera

By

from Cruso, NC  -  Casual Photographer

I bought this camera for my dad and just got to use it myself. It is a nice size, light weight and easy to hold. The controls are not intuitive so it takes some reading and getting used to how to operate it. Someone asked the question about how it performs in low light inside. Pop reports it performs extremely well in low light situations. I am impressed overall. It's a quality camera.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Camera

By

from Palm Springs  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Everything needed comes in the box, lens hood, lens cap, cables, charger, etc. Camera is lightweight, fast, easy to use, not much noise even at high ISO's, I love it!

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Kurt B  does it come with a cable to connect the camera to the computer..and can I use it with other Panasonic cameras like FZ28 also?
DAVID K  Kurt, My FZ150 did not come with any type of cable. While I don't know what you needs are, in transferring images, I always remove my SD card and insert it into the computer. So, for that purpose a cable simply is not necessary. You should be aware that there are three plugs outlets for cables in the FZ150: I use one for a remote shutter release. The second is the standard small AV out plug. And the third is an HDMI plug for use while reviewing photos/videos on a TV. These can be served with standard cables which can easily be purchased locally or by Internet. Although I also have the Lumix FZ28, I'm not certain that I understand your question. Since there is no cable that shipped with my FZ150, the query seems to answer itself. But I presume that any cable used by one camera could be employed by the other. Hope this helps.. If not, fire back!
Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
E. BLAKE P  I had an FZ100 and for fun looked at a review on line. The reviewer said that Panasonic improved image quality and low-light performance by reducing the pixel count to 12 mega and other steps in the FZ150 vs the FZ100. Since I want a good non-SLR travel camera - I don't want the baggage of multiple lenses - and I was happy with the FZ100 in good light, I decided to buy the FZ150.
Shopper  I live in Canada, will the guarantee apply as I do not live in USA?
MAUREEN K  I think you will have to get in touch with Panasonic. I can't make that call if they will guarantee anything. I'm thinking yes, but you need to call them first.
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