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Panasonic FZ150 vs Panasonic GH3

Portability
67
Imaging
36
Features
57
Overall
44
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3 front
Portability
66
Imaging
52
Features
80
Overall
63

Panasonic FZ150 vs Panasonic GH3 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ150
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8-5.2) lens
  • 528g - 124 x 82 x 92mm
  • Released April 2012
Panasonic GH3
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 200 - 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 550g - 133 x 93 x 82mm
  • Announced September 2012
  • Earlier Model is Panasonic GH2
  • Refreshed by Panasonic GH4
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Panasonic FZ150 vs Panasonic GH3 Overview

Below is a comprehensive overview of the Panasonic FZ150 vs Panasonic GH3, former being a Small Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Advanced Mirrorless and both are offered by Panasonic. There is a sizable difference among the sensor resolutions of the FZ150 (12MP) and GH3 (16MP) and the FZ150 (1/2.3") and GH3 (Four Thirds) provide different sensor sizes.

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The FZ150 was introduced 5 months prior to the GH3 and they are both of a similar age. Both the cameras have different body design with the Panasonic FZ150 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Panasonic GH3 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before going straight to a thorough comparison, here is a quick overview of how the FZ150 scores against the GH3 for portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ150 over the Panasonic GH3

 FZ150 GH3 

Reasons to pick Panasonic GH3 over the Panasonic FZ150

 GH3 FZ150 
Display resolution614k460kClearer display (+154k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Panasonic FZ150 and Panasonic GH3

 FZ150 GH3 
AnnouncedApril 2012September 2012Same age
Focus manually More precise focus
Display typeFully ArticulatedFully ArticulatedFully Articulated display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display dimensions
Selfie screen Both good for selfies

Panasonic FZ150 vs Panasonic GH3 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is aiming to lug around your camera, you should take into account its weight and size. The Panasonic FZ150 enjoys external dimensions of 124mm x 82mm x 92mm (4.9" x 3.2" x 3.6") with a weight of 528 grams (1.16 lbs) whilst the Panasonic GH3 has specifications of 133mm x 93mm x 82mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 3.2") with a weight of 550 grams (1.21 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you are employing at the time. Here is a front view over all size comparison of the FZ150 vs the GH3.

Panasonic FZ150 vs Panasonic GH3 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability rating of the FZ150 and GH3 is 67 and 66 respectively.

Panasonic FZ150 vs Panasonic GH3 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ150 vs Panasonic GH3 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is very difficult to visualize the gap in sensor measurements only by looking through specs. The graphic underneath may offer you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the FZ150 and GH3.

All in all, both of the cameras provide different resolutions and different sensor measurements. The FZ150 having a smaller sensor is going to make shooting shallower DOF tougher and the Panasonic GH3 will result in extra detail using its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also let you crop pics more aggressively.

Panasonic FZ150 vs Panasonic GH3 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ150 vs Panasonic GH3 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ150 vs Panasonic GH3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic FZ150 Portrait photography details
Panasonic GH3 Portrait photography details
41
manual focus
saves RAW formats
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
71
has manual focus
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
comes with face detect autofocus
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ150 Street photography factors
Panasonic GH3 Street photography factors
58
screen articulates fully
image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
heavier than others in class (528g)
65
fully articulated screen
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
has focus by touch
weather sealing
no image stabilization
more heavy than average in class (550g)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FZ150 Sports photography information
Panasonic GH3 Sports photography information
43
amazing zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
great battery (410 CIPA)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
63
max fps high (20.0 fps)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
comes with tracking focus
weather sealing
better than average battery (540 CIPA)
no image stabilization
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic FZ150
Travel photography with Panasonic GH3
56
great battery (410 per charge)
has built in flash
selfie friendly screen
pretty wide (25mm)
great reach (600mm)
lack of Time Lapse mode
heavier than others in class (528 grams)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
71
better than average battery (540 per charge)
weather sealing
has focus by touch
resolution is good (16MP)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
more heavy than average in class (550g)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic FZ150
Landscape photography with Panasonic GH3
48
manual focus
pretty wide (25mm)
nice screen size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW formats
great battery (410 shots)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lack of Time Lapse mode
71
has manual focus
switch lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
good sized screen (3")
resolution is good (16MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
saves RAW formats
weather sealing
better than average battery (540 CIPA)
no image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ150 Vlogging factors
Panasonic GH3 Vlogging factors
62
pretty wide (25mm)
selfie friendly screen
image stabilization (Optical)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
comes with mic jack
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
heavier than others in class (528g)
65
selfie friendly screen
built-in touchscreen
comes with face detect autofocus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
has microphone jack
no image stabilization
more heavy than average in class (550 grams)
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Panasonic FZ150 vs Panasonic GH3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ150 and Panasonic GH3
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3
General Information
Company Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Advanced Mirrorless
Released 2012-04-11 2012-09-17
Body design SLR-like (bridge) SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor - Venus Engine VII FHD
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 6400 12800
Lowest native ISO 100 200
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 23 23
Lens
Lens support fixed lens Micro Four Thirds
Lens zoom range 25-600mm (24.0x) -
Largest aperture f/2.8-5.2 -
Macro focusing range 1cm -
Available lenses - 107
Crop factor 5.8 2.1
Screen
Display type Fully Articulated Fully Articulated
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 460k dot 614k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display tech - OLED Monitor with static touch control
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,744k dot
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.67x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 seconds 60 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 12.0 frames per second 20.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 9.50 m 12.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync - 1/160 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (220 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 24 fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 50, 30, 25fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25fps
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Microphone input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 528 grams (1.16 lbs) 550 grams (1.21 lbs)
Physical dimensions 124 x 82 x 92mm (4.9" x 3.2" x 3.6") 133 x 93 x 82mm (5.2" x 3.7" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 40 71
DXO Color Depth rating 19.4 22.7
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.9 12.4
DXO Low light rating 132 812
Other
Battery life 410 shots 540 shots
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 pictures)) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images))
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage slots Single Single
Cost at launch $499 $799