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Panasonic FZ150 vs Panasonic LX5

Portability
67
Imaging
36
Features
57
Overall
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 front
Portability
88
Imaging
35
Features
44
Overall
38

Panasonic FZ150 vs Panasonic LX5 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
  • Announced April 2012
Panasonic LX5
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/1.63" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-90mm (F2.0-3.3) lens
  • 271g - 110 x 65 x 43mm
  • Announced December 2011
  • Older Model is Panasonic LX3
  • Successor is Panasonic LX7
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Panasonic FZ150 vs Panasonic LX5 Overview

Its time to look much closer at the Panasonic FZ150 vs Panasonic LX5, one being a Small Sensor Superzoom and the other is a Small Sensor Compact and both of them are built by Panasonic. The image resolution of the FZ150 (12MP) and the LX5 (10MP) is fairly similar but the FZ150 (1/2.3") and LX5 (1/1.63") feature different sensor sizes.

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The FZ150 was launched 4 months later than the LX5 which means that they are both of a similar generation. Each of the cameras come with different body type with the Panasonic FZ150 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Panasonic LX5 being a Compact camera.

Before diving in to a detailed comparison, below is a simple summary of how the FZ150 grades vs the LX5 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ150 over the Panasonic LX5

 FZ150 LX5 
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Panasonic LX5 over the Panasonic FZ150

 LX5 FZ150 

Common features in the Panasonic FZ150 and Panasonic LX5

 FZ150 LX5 
AnnouncedApril 2012December 2011Similar generation
Focus manually Dial exact focusing
Display dimension3"3"Identical display dimensions
Display resolution460k460kExact same display resolution
Touch display Neither includes Touch display

Panasonic FZ150 vs Panasonic LX5 Physical Comparison

For anybody who is looking to carry your camera regularly, you'll need to factor its weight and proportions. The Panasonic FZ150 features external measurements of 124mm x 82mm x 92mm (4.9" x 3.2" x 3.6") and a weight of 528 grams (1.16 lbs) and the Panasonic LX5 has measurements of 110mm x 65mm x 43mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.7") with a weight of 271 grams (0.60 lbs).

Compare the Panasonic FZ150 vs Panasonic LX5 in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you are utilizing during that time. The following is the front view dimension comparison of the FZ150 compared to the LX5.

Panasonic FZ150 vs Panasonic LX5 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability score of the FZ150 and LX5 is 67 and 88 respectively.

Panasonic FZ150 vs Panasonic LX5 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ150 vs Panasonic LX5 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it's hard to imagine the gap between sensor sizing just by going over specifications. The visual here should give you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the FZ150 and LX5.

To sum up, each of these cameras have got different megapixels and different sensor sizing. The FZ150 due to its tinier sensor is going to make shooting shallow DOF more challenging and the Panasonic FZ150 will offer extra detail utilizing its extra 2MP. Greater resolution will allow you to crop photos much more aggressively.

Panasonic FZ150 vs Panasonic LX5 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ150 vs Panasonic LX5 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ150 vs Panasonic LX5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic FZ150
Portrait photography with Panasonic LX5
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manual focus
supports RAW files
MP count low (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
41
manual focus
exports RAW files
megapixel count low (10MP)
sensor is very small (1/1.63")
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ150 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic LX5 as a Street photography camera
58
screen articulates
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
very small sensor (1/2.3")
heavier than competitors (528 grams)
59
has image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
no moving screen
sensor is very small (1/1.63")
heavier than others (271 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FZ150 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic LX5 as a Sports photography camera
43
amazing zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
good battery pack (410 CIPA)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect AF
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has image stabilization (Optical)
max fps low (3.0 frames per second)
megapixel count low (10MP)
sensor is very small (1/1.63")
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FZ150 Travel photography factors
Panasonic LX5 Travel photography factors
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good battery pack (410 per charge)
has built in flash
display is selfie friendly
rather wide (25mm)
very long zoom (600mm)
no Time Lapse mode
heavier than competitors (528g)
MP count low (12MP)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
59
flash built-in
fairly wide (24mm)
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
no Time Lapse function
heavier than others (271g)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FZ150 Landscape photography advice
Panasonic LX5 Landscape photography advice
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manual focus
rather wide (25mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
good battery pack (410 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
no Time Lapse mode
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manual focus
fairly wide (24mm)
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/1.63")
no Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ150 Vlogging info
Panasonic LX5 Vlogging info
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rather wide (25mm)
display is selfie friendly
built in image stabilization (Optical)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
has mic support
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
heavier than competitors (528g)
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fairly wide (24mm)
fast maximum aperture (f2.0)
has image stabilization (Optical)
doesn't offer selfie friendly display
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
no mic socket
heavier than others (271 grams)
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Panasonic FZ150 vs Panasonic LX5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ150 and Panasonic LX5
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
General Information
Manufacturer Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Compact
Announced 2012-04-11 2011-12-15
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Processor - Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/1.63"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 8.07 x 5.56mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 44.9mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 10 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4000 x 3000 3648 x 2736
Highest native ISO 6400 12800
Min native ISO 100 80
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 23 23
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-600mm (24.0x) 24-90mm (3.8x)
Highest aperture f/2.8-5.2 f/2.0-3.3
Macro focus distance 1cm 1cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 4.5
Screen
Display type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display size 3" 3"
Display resolution 460k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic (optional)
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30 seconds 60 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 12.0 frames per second 3.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 9.50 m 7.20 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (220 fps) 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, AVCHD, Motion JPEG AVCHD Lite
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 528 grams (1.16 lb) 271 grams (0.60 lb)
Dimensions 124 x 82 x 92mm (4.9" x 3.2" x 3.6") 110 x 65 x 43mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 40 41
DXO Color Depth score 19.4 19.6
DXO Dynamic range score 10.9 10.8
DXO Low light score 132 132
Other
Battery life 410 photographs -
Style of battery Battery Pack -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 pictures)) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots One One
Retail pricing $499 $294