Panasonic FZ150

 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 front
 
  • 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
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  • Alternatives
Portability
67
Imaging
37
Features
57
Overall
45

Panasonic FZ150 overview

Panasonic FZ150 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Superzoom camera originally released on April of 2012. It uses a 12 MegaPixel, CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4000 x 3000.

The FZ150 is positioned #69 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and all-around #514 out of 1422 for cameras in our collection. You can use our Smart camera filter to get camera rankings based on your personal requirements.

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Below is a graph of various criteria used in the scoring system.

Panasonic FZ150 family

The Panasonic FZ150 comes with a history of related cameras. Here, you can take a look at all earlier and most recent models along with main specs.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ80 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ80
FZ150 vs FZ80
20-1200mm
F2.8-5.9
18MP1/2.3"2017
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ300 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ300
FZ150 vs FZ300
25-600mm
F2.8
12MP1/2.3"2015
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ70 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ70
FZ150 vs FZ70
20-1200mm
F2.8-5.9
16MP1/2.3"2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ200 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ200
FZ150 vs FZ200
25-600mm
F2.8
12MP1/2.3"2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ60 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ60
FZ150 vs FZ60
25-600mm
F2.8-5.2
16MP1/2.3"2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ150 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ15025-600mm
F2.8-5.2
12MP1/2.3"2012
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ47 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ47
FZ150 vs FZ47
25-600mm
F2.8-5.2
12MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ40 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ40
FZ150 vs FZ40
25-600mm
F2.8-5.2
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ100 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ100
FZ150 vs FZ100
25-600mm
F2.8-5.2
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ35 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ35
FZ150 vs FZ35
27-486mm
F2.8-4.4
12MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ28 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ28
FZ150 vs FZ28
27-486mm
F2.8-4.4
10MP1/2.3"2009
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Panasonic FZ150 Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of positives and negatives of the Panasonic FZ150 based on factors which are usually seen as essential in a camera.

above average min ISO (100)
better than average battery power (410 shots)
display is selfie friendly
exports RAW files
flash built-in
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes external microphone socket
includes HDMI socket
long zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
manual focus
quite wide (25mm)
screen articulates
screen is a good size (3")
very long zoom (600mm)
does not have headphone socket
does not have Timelapse mode
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
lack of phase detect autofocus
low megapixels (12MP)
more heavy than competition (528 grams)
screen has low resolution (460 k dots)
slow at tele end (f5.2)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
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Panasonic FZ150 Sensor specifications

The sensor dimension on the Panasonic FZ150 is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter may cause cropping.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 12MP and supports a native ISO range of 100 to 6400. RAW files are supported so you have wider margin for error.

The graphic underneath displays the FZ150's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The FZ150 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is highlighted in green.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 sensor size World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records

To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic FZ150 dimensions

Panasonic FZ150 weighs about 1.16 lbs (528g or 18.62 oz) and features exterior measurements of 124mm x 82mm x 92mm (4.9" x 3.2" x 3.6"). The weight of general Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387g and the Panasonic FZ150 is weightier when compared to various competitors.

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Underneath is a picture of the Panasonic FZ150 besides a soft drink so you can have a feel for its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 dimensions scale

The top view just below will provide the button design on the FZ150.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 topview buttons dials

Panasonic FZ150 Lens specifications

The FZ150 offers a built-in lens featuring a focal range of 25-600mm making it a 24.0 x zoom which is ideal and does let you zoom all the way in.

At the widest 25mm, it offers an aperture of f2.8 which will be somewhat slow and not ideal in low light circumstances and you will likely find it difficult to capture good bokeh. You might also have to increase the ISO setting which causes noisy photographs. Towards the tele end, 600mm is amazing zoom and comes at f5.2 making it really sluggish and you will need to use slow shutter speeds.

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Panasonic FZ150 Connectivity

The FZ150 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that consist of NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly by smartphones. You are able to send pictures and oftentimes alter settings with no need to connect physically to the camera.

Several applications even stream a Liveview and press the shutter when you aren't close to the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it can be hooked up to an external screen. The majority of cameras enable you to charge the battery through the USB socket.

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Panasonic FZ150 Video specifications

The highest video resolution on the Panasonic FZ150 is 1920 x 1080 and it can shoot in MPEG-4, AVCHD and Motion JPEG format. 1080p resolution provides a good balance between quality versus file sizes but FULL HD will not give you much room to downsample. Although the camera includes a microphone socket, it is sadly lacking a headphone socket so you won't have the ability to check your audio levels.

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Panasonic FZ150 Weather Sealing

There is no weather proofing in the Panasonic FZ150 so you need to be cautious in wet and dusty situations.

Panasonic FZ150 Display and Viewfinder

The Panasonic FZ150 houses a 3" fully articulated display screen supporting a resolution of 460k dots.

It has got a selfie friendly display to get self portraits and even group photos if necessary. Sadly the display screen is not a touch screen.

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The View Finder specs regarding Panasonic FZ150 are below:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • Coverage 100 percent

Viewfinders are pretty handy during sunny outdoor situations which can make the camera display washed out and very difficult to view.

Panasonic FZ150 Shutter specifications

Panasonic FZ150 is able to shoot continuously at 12.0 fps. The max shutter speed is 1/2000 sec.

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Panasonic FZ150 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Panasonic FZ150 includes both inbuilt flash plus external flash ability.

Panasonic FZ150 Autofocusing specifications

Panasonic FZ150 includes just Contrast Detect AF and is missing Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot snappier and accurate when compared to Contrast Detect autofocusing.

The Sensor boasts 23 focus points to select from. Panasonic FZ150 has manual focus in case it is required during low light occasions or you require more exact control on focus.

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Panasonic FZ150 Battery life

The battery power in the Panasonic FZ150 is designed to last for 410 photos based on the CIPA specifications making it higher than the usual ın comparison with its class. The typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has got the highest (600) battery life within this class of cameras.

Underneath is a listing of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

Panasonic FZ150 for various styles of photography

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Panasonic FZ150 as a Portrait photography camera

The Panasonic FZ150 has a points total of 42 which is dreadful, meaning that it is not very good to use for portrait photos. Taking portraits leans heavily to sensor size, support for RAW photos together with the potential to use external lighting.

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manual focus
exports RAW files
sensor resolution low (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")

Panasonic FZ150 Street photography information

Getting a modest points tally of 58, the Panasonic FZ150 is fairly appropriate to use in street photography. A very good street photography camera features a fine balance of picture quality and portability.

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screen articulates fully
image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW formats
small sensor (1/2.3")
more heavy than competition in class (528 grams)

Panasonic FZ150 as a Sports photography camera

A dreadful sports photography points total of 43 means the Panasonic FZ150 is not very good for shooting sports. A camera needs excellent autofocus and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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long zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
better than average battery life (410 per charge)
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus

Panasonic FZ150 Travel photography info

Size is really crucial when buying a camera for travel. On the whole, the Panasonic FZ150 gets a decent 56 as a travel camera which is reasonably suited to buy for your journeys.

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great battery power (410 shots)
flash built-in
selfie friendly screen
relatively wide (25mm)
long reach (600mm)
does not have Time Lapse function
heavier than competitors (528g)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)

Panasonic FZ150 as a Landscape photography camera

For those who are planning to purchase a camera for landscape photography, the most significant aspect is going to be image quality. The Panasonic FZ150 with it's modest rating of 48 as a landscape camera is somewhat appropriate in the current market.

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manual focus
decently wide (25mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Optical)
saves RAW files
good battery (410 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of Time Lapse mode

Vlogging with Panasonic FZ150

A vlogging camera ought to offer a moving screen, microphone input and ideally IBIS. Taking all things in to account, the Panasonic FZ150 is a very decent choice for vlogging as it gets a nice rating of 62.

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really wide (25mm)
screen is selfie friendly
has image stabilization (Optical)
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
has microphone socket
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
more heavy than competition in class (528 grams)

Panasonic FZ150 Alternatives

If you are looking for alternatives to the FZ150, below is a selection of the top ranked cameras that fall in to the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The chart here gives you an overview of the FZ150 versus it's top ranked rivals listed above.

These are various other cameras you may check out as alternative options. To look at a complete comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Manufacturer
Panasonic
Model
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
Category
Small Sensor Superzoom
Released
2012-04-11
Physical type
SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor measurements
6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area
28.1mm²
Sensor resolution
12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW data
Max native ISO
6400
Lowest native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points
23
Lens
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
25-600mm (24.0x)
Max aperture
f/2.8-5.2
Macro focus range
1cm
Focal length multiplier
5.8
Screen
Type of display
Fully Articulated
Display size
3"
Resolution of display
460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
Electronic
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
DXO scores
DXO All around score
40
DXO Color Depth score
19.4
DXO Dynamic range score
10.9
DXO Low light score
132
Features
Lowest shutter speed
30 seconds
Highest shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate
12.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
9.50 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
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)
Max video resolution
1920x1080
Video data format
MPEG-4, AVCHD, Motion JPEG
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
528g (1.16 lb)
Physical dimensions
124 x 82 x 92mm (4.9" x 3.2" x 3.6")
Other
Battery life
410 photos
Form of battery
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec (3 pictures))
Time lapse recording
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots
1
Retail pricing
$499