Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Brief Review


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  • 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor
  • 24x optical zoom with 25mm wide-angle
  • 1080p HD video recording with stereo sound
  • 3-inch articulated LCD screen
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Manual modes
  • RAW capture
  • Shoot 3D images
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2011-08-26
  • Final Grade: 90 4.5 Star Rating: Recommended

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor; 24x optical zoom with 25mm wide-angle; 1080p HD video recording with stereo sound; 3-inch articulated LCD screen; Optical image stabilization; Manual modes; RAW capture; Shoot 3D images; Lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 9/29/2014

The FZ-150 may not have the enormous zoom range of some of its competitors(and how often do you really need 1000mm, Nikon?), but it makes up for that shortcoming with its truly impressive image quality. The FZ-series has always been at the top of the extended zoom game, and this model further solidifies its rightful spot among the best. While the zoom range is the same as the cheaper FZ47, the FZ-150 has a much better CMOS sensor that makes it the clear winner in low light and a swivel 3-inch LCD. Other features include 1080p HD video, stereo sound recording, a bright f2.8 25mm wide-angle, and an electronic viewfinder. It's definitely an expensive camera, however, and the lack of a GPS is surprising.

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Panasonic cameras are perfect for consumers that prefer to use automatic modes. Almost all Panasonic cameras currently produced come with a feature called iAuto, which will automatically select the best scene mode for any subject. This feature, in combination with image stabilization will make it very easy for someone just starting out to take excellent photos.

Panasonic cameras are designed to be easy to figure out, giving the user easy access to settings, and users that have reviewed Panasonic digital cameras are quick to confirm this fact. When you opt for a Panasonic camera, you'll discover that it comes with an LCD screen, an optical zoom lens which is very versatile, and is both lightweight and fairly compact.

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