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Panasonic FZ150 vs Panasonic ZS7

Portability
67
Imaging
36
Features
57
Overall
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7 front
Portability
91
Imaging
36
Features
33
Overall
34

Panasonic FZ150 vs Panasonic ZS7 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ150
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • 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 ZS7
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-300mm (F3.3-4.9) lens
  • 218g - 103 x 60 x 33mm
  • Revealed July 2011
  • Also Known as Lumix DMC-TZ10
  • Successor is Panasonic ZS8
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Panasonic FZ150 vs Panasonic ZS7 Overview

Below is a comprehensive overview of the Panasonic FZ150 versus Panasonic ZS7, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and both are sold by Panasonic. The resolution of the FZ150 (12MP) and the ZS7 (12MP) is relatively comparable and both cameras provide the same sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The FZ150 was revealed 9 months later than the ZS7 and they are both of a similar generation. Both the cameras have different body design with the Panasonic FZ150 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Panasonic ZS7 being a Compact camera.

Before diving right into a complete comparison, here is a brief synopsis of how the FZ150 scores against the ZS7 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ150 over the Panasonic ZS7

 FZ150 ZS7 
RevealedApril 2012July 2011More recent by 9 months
Manual focus Dial exact focus
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS7 over the Panasonic FZ150

 ZS7 FZ150 

Common features in the Panasonic FZ150 and Panasonic ZS7

 FZ150 ZS7 
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen measurements
Screen resolution460k460kSame screen resolution
Touch friendly screen Neither includes Touch friendly screen

Panasonic FZ150 vs Panasonic ZS7 Physical Comparison

If you are aiming to lug around your camera, you need to take into account its weight and size. The Panasonic FZ150 features outside measurements of 124mm x 82mm x 92mm (4.9" x 3.2" x 3.6") accompanied by a weight of 528 grams (1.16 lbs) while the Panasonic ZS7 has specifications of 103mm x 60mm x 33mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3") accompanied by a weight of 218 grams (0.48 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you are utilising during that time. The following is a front view physical size comparison of the FZ150 vs the ZS7.

Panasonic FZ150 vs Panasonic ZS7 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability rating of the FZ150 and ZS7 is 67 and 91 respectively.

Panasonic FZ150 vs Panasonic ZS7 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ150 vs Panasonic ZS7 Sensor Comparison

In many cases, its difficult to imagine the difference in sensor measurements just by checking out a spec sheet. The graphic below should offer you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the FZ150 and ZS7.

Clearly, both cameras provide the same sensor dimensions and the exact same MP and you should expect comparable quality of photos although you should always factor the production date of the cameras into account. The fresher FZ150 provides an edge in sensor innovation.

Panasonic FZ150 vs Panasonic ZS7 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ150 vs Panasonic ZS7 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ150 vs Panasonic ZS7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic FZ150
Portrait photography with Panasonic ZS7
41
manual focus
exports RAW formats
low MP (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
21
no manual focus
external flash not possible
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ150 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic ZS7 as a Street photography camera
58
screen articulates fully
image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
heavier than competition in class (528 grams)
61
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (218g)
screen does not articulate
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FZ150 Sports photography information
Panasonic ZS7 Sports photography information
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great zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
better than average battery power (410 CIPA)
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no phase detect autofocus
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image stabilization (Optical)
continuous shooting slow (2.0 frames/s)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FZ150 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic ZS7 as a Travel photography camera
56
better than average battery power (410 shots)
built-in flash
selfie friendly screen
pretty wide (25mm)
long reach (600mm)
lack of Time Lapse function
heavier than competition in class (528 grams)
low MP (12MP)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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lighter than competition in class (218 grams)
flash built-in
pretty wide (25mm)
long reach (300mm)
no Timelapse recording
MP count low (12 megapixels)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic FZ150
Landscape photography with Panasonic ZS7
48
manual focus
pretty wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
better than average battery power (410 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
low MP (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of Time Lapse function
38
pretty wide (25mm)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
can't change lenses (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ150 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic ZS7 as a Vlogging camera
62
pretty wide (25mm)
selfie friendly screen
image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
has external mic port
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
heavier than competition in class (528g)
30
pretty wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (218 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
video quality not great (1280 x 720 resolution)
no microphone support
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Panasonic FZ150 vs Panasonic ZS7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ150 and Panasonic ZS7
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7
General Information
Make Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7
Also called - Lumix DMC-TZ10
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2012-04-11 2011-07-19
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Processor - Venus Engine HD II
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 23 11
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-600mm (24.0x) 25-300mm (12.0x)
Maximal aperture f/2.8-5.2 f/3.3-4.9
Macro focusing distance 1cm 3cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 460 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 secs 60 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/2000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 12.0 frames per second 2.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 9.50 m 5.30 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
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) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD, Motion JPEG AVCHD Lite
Microphone support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 528g (1.16 pounds) 218g (0.48 pounds)
Physical dimensions 124 x 82 x 92mm (4.9" x 3.2" x 3.6") 103 x 60 x 33mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 40 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 19.4 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.9 not tested
DXO Low light rating 132 not tested
Other
Battery life 410 shots -
Style of battery Battery Pack -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 pictures)) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Cost at release $499 $350