Panasonic revealed the Lumix DMC-FZ150 24x superzoom camera. This camera replaces the FZ100 and features 1080p60 video recording, 25-600mm ultra wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT, 12MP MOS sensor and a wide range of useful features. Some of the changes made to the FZ150 aren’t that obvious, like the lowered resolution sensor, from 14.1MP to 12.1MP. Reviewers haven’t been so generous with positive comments towards the FZ100. The high level of noise and relatively high price considering the competition, made this camera get a three stars average rating on many popular camera reviews websites.
The DMC-FZ150 although replacing the FZ100, it’s more an update than an upgrade. It seems that Panasonic wanted to fix some of the issues with the older model, and create an updated model that can fairly compete in the superzoom camera’s market. Of course the good thing about the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100 is its broad focal range and the fact that many of the latest technologies are built right in this camera. The FZ100 had tough competition from cameras like the Fujifilm HS10 and Olympus SP-800UZ
With a large collection of new super-zoom digital cameras merging out to the surface, it doesn’t get any easier to sell cameras like the FZ150. Some of the latest super-zoom cameras include the Sony HX100V, Nikon P500, canon Sx30IS and FujiFilm HS20 EXR (comparison here). Of course I didn’t mention the increased popularity of mirrorless cameras in latest years, which certainly ate some of the superzoom pie.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Key Specs:
- 1/2.3″ MOS 12.1MP (effective) Multi-aspect ratio sensor
- 1080p60 AVCHD / 1080p30 MP4 Full HD movie recording
- 25 – 600 mm (equiv.) f2.8-5.2 Lecia DC Vario Elmarit 24x Optical Zoom lens + O.I.S lens-shift image stabilization
- ISO 100 – 3200 (extendable to ISO 6400)
- Exposure compensation: ± 3 EV, 1/3EV steps
- 12 fps continuous shooting
- EVF: 0.20″ 202K 100% field of view
- 3-inch 460K-dots tilt/swivel LCD
- 410 shots battery life (CIPA Standard)
- Size: 124 x 82 x 95 mm
- Weight: 528 g (w/batteries)
- Availability: late September 2011
- Price: $499.99
Here’s another video taken with the FZ150, demonstrating Highspeed-video functionality.
What do you think about this new release, worth buying considering the current available super-zoom cameras from Olympus, Sony, FujiFilm and Canon?