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Panasonic reveals Lumix DMC-FZ150 12MP 24x 1080p60 MOS superzoom

By dpreview staff on Aug 26, 2011 at 05:00 GMT

Panasonic has announced the DMC-FZ150 CMOS-powered 24X superzoom. The FZ150 is a replacement for the slightly unloved FZ100 and incorporates a lower-resolution 12MP sensor that the company says will outperform its predecessor's 14MP chip. The camera retains a 25-600mm equivalent lens but now incorporating 'Nano Surface Coating' to mitigate the effects of internal reflections. And, just like its predecessor, the FX150 retains the ability to record Raw images. The FZ150 also shoots 1080p60 HD movies in the recently-created AVCHD Progressive standard.

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Panasonic expands popular LUMIX FZ series with premium 24X super-zoom, 3D shooting compact digital camera

New Panasonic LUMIX FZ150 Digital Camera Packs a Powerful 24x Optical Zoom in High-Quality 25mm Ultra Wide-Angle Leica Lens That Shoots Full HD Video

SECAUCUS, NJ (August 26, 2011) – Panasonic today introduces the newest addition to its super-zoom LUMIX FZ-Series digital cameras. The new LUMIX DMC-FZ150 is fully equipped with a 25mm ultra wide-angle LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens and a powerful 24x Optical Zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 25-600mm) available for shooting both stills and videos. Additionally, the LUMIX FZ150 has two of Panasonic’s newest features – newly advanced Nano Surface Coating technology which helps minimize light reflection that causes ghost and flare – and the new 3D Photo Mode.

As the top-end model of LUMIX’s popular FZ series, the FZ150 combines a new 12.1-megapixel MOS sensor and the renowned Venus Engine giving the camera high-performance image recording capability in both higher light sensitivity and speed. And as a step-up from the recently announced LUMIX FZ47’s 1920 x 1080 60i video feature, the FZ150 realizes 1920 x 1080 60p Full-HD AVCHD Progressive (MPEG-4 / H.264) format. It is also possible to take still images while recording video simultaneously (3.5-megapixel) and the powerful 24x optical zoom is available in video recording. The FZ150 incorporates a stereo zoom microphone with a Wind Cut function, so that videos come with high-quality stereo sound through Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator.

“Panasonic continues to strive to meet the photography demands of its consumers by providing unique features and advanced technology in all our LUMIX digital cameras,” said Darin Pepple, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company. “With the 24x Optical Zoom and 3D shooting capabilities the FZ150 is a versatile, powerful camera that gives users endless options to take creative and high-quality images and videos.”

The Light Speed AF of approx. 0.1 sec never misses fleeting photo opportunities. To encourage step-up users to enjoy shooting even more, full manual control is available with the FZ150. Users can enjoy image shooting while expressing their intention not only in photos but also in video, utilizing a host of options including the new Creative Control and Photo Style with a wide variety of preset options. The effective hand-shake correction system POWER O.I.S. now gains Active mode, which helps to record stable video even if shot while walking.

The LUMIX’s popular iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode powerfully assists in any shooting situations to get the best results. Thanks to the Intelligent Resolution technology, Intelligent Zoom is available with the FZ150 extending the zoom ratio by approx. 1.3x, maintaining the picture quality while combining a digital zoom. This means the 24x optical zoom can virtually extend to a 32x equivalent. Not only drawing near the subject that is far away with its powerful optical zoom, the 25mm ultra wide angle lens captures approx.196% wider angle of view compared with a standard 35mm camera. This is helpful for shooting dynamic landscape or indoor group portrait.

The popular iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode is also available in video recording. The POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer), Face Detection, Intelligent Scene Selector and Intelligent D-range Control also support shooting beautiful videos with ease. The Intelligent Scene Selector automatically switches between Normal, Portrait, Macro, Scenery, and Low Light modes according to the situation, to optimize visual quality. The Intelligent D-range Control makes images look more natural by preventing blocked shadows and blown highlights to optimize the exposure for each part of an image. It also ensures a beautiful reproduction of gradation and details.

A new 12-Megapixel High Sensibility MOS sensor pursuing Resolution, Sensitivity and Speed has been incorporated along with the renowned Venus Engine enabling the FZ150 to excel in image processing power. The combination of these powerful components results in the S/N ratio improvement by 3.9dB (ISO 100) to 4.7dB (ISO1600) compared with the predecessor – the FZ100. Newly developed Multi-process Noise Reduction applies optimum noise reduction according to the brightness of the part of the picture. Both high frequency noise that occurs in the dark part and low frequency noise in the light part are suppressed even in a picture. As a result, Images recorded in low-lit situations are now dramatically clear.

The Venus Engine has a quad-circuit system for processing large amount of progressive Full HD data at high speed. Not only 1920 x 1080 60p smooth Full-HD video recording, but also super fast consecutive shots at 12 fps (without auto focusing) and 5.5 fps (with auto focusing) in full resolution. It is also compatible with recording high-speed video at 220fps in QVGA. At the same time, the multi-task image-processing engine, the Venus Engine, realizes a super-fast response time. The auto focus gains approx. 50% faster speed compared with the FZ100, achieving Light Speed AF of approx. 0.1 second. The speed in AF Tracking also becomes faster, thanks to the improved tracking performance which doubles its sampling frequency.

The FZ150 provides the new Creative Control mode with a selection of artistic effect modes; Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, High Dynamic, Miniature Effect, Film Grain and Pin Hole. In addition, Photo Style is newly added to the FZ150 for the expression of finer nuance. It has Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait presets, while enabling finer adjustment of contrast, sharpness, saturation and noise reduction by each.

As a further step-up from the FZ47, the FZ150 is equipped with a hot shoe allowing attachment of various accessories including an optional stereo microphone (DMW-MS1) or an optional external flash (DMW-FL220 / FL360 / FL500). The FZ150 is also compatible with an optional remote shutter (DMW-RSL1) for advanced expression in photography.

The newly-added 3D Photo mode takes 20 panning shots and then the camera automatically selects the two most suitable images – one for the right eye and one for the left eye – to synthesize a 3D composite. The 3D image can then be viewed on any VIERA 3D HDTV. The format of 3D images is compatible with MPO which can be played back on other MPO-compatible equipment.

Other features of the Panasonic LUMIX FZ150 include:

  • Motion Deblur Mode, which helps to prevent blur.
  • Intelligent Handheld Nightshot Mode, which generates beautiful night scenery with illumination by layering multiple images shot consecutively.
  • PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.5 BD Edition Software makes it possible to sort and organize photos not only of those newly taken but also of those stored on the PC with quick start-up and fast read-in of images. Recorded videos can be edited with the Short Movie Story function and written into MPEG2 to burn onto a Blu-ray or DVD disc.

The Panasonic LUMIX FZ150 will be available in black for a suggested retail price of $499.99, starting in late-September 2011. For more information on Panasonic LUMIX digital cameras, please visit

*1 The "AVCHD Progressive" is a high definition (HD) digital video recording / playback format jointly established by Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 specifications

Price • US: $499.99
Sensor • 1/2.3" Type MOS
• 12.8 million pixels total
• 12.1 million effective pixels
Image sizes • 4:3 Aspect Ratio:
4000 x 3000
3264 x 2448
2560 x 1920
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
640 x 480

• 3:2 Aspect Ratio:
4000 x 2672
3264 x 2176
2560 x 1712
2048 x 1360
640 x 424

• 16:9 Aspect Ratio:
4000 x 2248
3264 x 1840
2560 x 1440
1920 x 1080
640 x 360

• 1:1 Aspect Ratio:
2992 x 2992
2448 x 2448
1920 x 1920
1536 x 1536
480 x 480
Movie clips AVCHD
• 1920 x 1080 pixels, 60p (PSH: 28Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor output is 60p)
• 1920 x 1080 pixels, 60i (FSH: 17Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor output is 60p)
• 1280 x 720 pixels, 60p (SH: 13Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor output is 60p)
• 1920 x 1080 pixels, 30 fps (FHD: 20Mbps / MP4) (Sensor output is 30p)
• 1280 x 720 pixels, 30 fps (HD: 10Mbps / MP4) (Sensor output is 30p)

• VGA: 640 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (4Mbps / MP4)
• QVGA: 320 x 240 pixels, 220 fps (Motion JPEG)
File formats • Still Image: JPEG(DCF/Exif2.21), RAW
• Motion picture: AVCHD, MP4 , Quick Time Motion JPEG (on High Speed Video
• 3D Image: MPO
Lens • 24x optical zoom
• 25 - 600mm (35mm equiv.)
• f=4.5-108mm
• F2.8 - 5.2
• 14 elements in 10 groups
Image stabilization Power O.I.S lens-shift stabilization
Digital zoom Yes, up to 4x
Focus • Normal
• Macro
• Quick AF On/Off (On in Intelligent Auto)
• Continuous AF On/Off
• Manual Focus (Jog dial and cursor key button)
• One Shot AF
• AF Area Select
• AF Tracking
AF area modes • Face / AF tracking
• 23-point
• 1-point
• Spot (flexible/ scalable)
AF assist lamp Yes
Focus distance • Normal: Wide 30cm - infinity, Tele 200 cm - infinity
• Macro / Intelligent AUTO/ Clipboard: Wide 1 cm / Tele 100cm - infinity
Metering • Intelligent Multiple
• Center
• Spot
ISO sensitivity • Auto
• Intelligent ISO
• 100
• 200
• 400
• 800
• 1600
• 3200
• High Sensitivity Mode : Auto (1600 - 6400)
Exposure compensation ± 3 EV, 1/3EV steps
Exposure bracketing ± 1/3 EV ~ 1EV step, 3 frames
Shutter speed • 15-1/2000 sec
• Starry Sky Mode : 15, 30
Aperture • F2.8 - 5.5 (F2.8- 8 (W) / F5.2 - 8 (T))
Modes • Intelligent AUTO
• P (Program)
• A (Aperture Priority)
• S (Shutter Priority)
• M (Manual)
• Creative Movie mode
• Creative Control mode
• Portrait mode
• Scenery mode
• Sports mode
• Night Portrait mode
• Close- up mode
• Scene mode
• Custom
Creative Control mode • Expressive
• Retro
• High Key
• Sepia
• High Dynamic
• Pin Hole
• Film Grain
• Miniature Effect
Scene modes • Panorama Assist
• Party
• Candle Light
• Baby1
• Baby2
• Pet
• Sunset
• High Sensitivity
• Flash Burst
• Panning
• Starry Sky
• Fireworks
• Beach
• Snow,
• Aerial Photo
• Photo Frame
• High-Speed Video
• 3D Photo
White balance • Auto
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Shade
• Halogen
• Color Temprature
• White Set 1,2
Self timer 2, 10 sec, 10 sec (3 images)
Continuous shooting • 12 frames/sec
• 40, 60 frames/sec High Speed Burst mode
Image parameters • Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait, Custom
• Color Effect (only in iA Mode) : Standard, Black & White, Sepia, Happy
Flash • Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
• 0.3 - 9.5m (Wide/ISO Auto), 1.0 - 5.1m (Tele/ISO Auto)
Viewfinder • 0.20" 202K Pixel equiv.
Approx 100% Field of view
LCD monitor • 3.0" Free Angle TFT LCD Display
• 460K dots
• Field of View : approx. 100%
• AUTO Power LCD mode, Power LCD mode
Connectivity • USB 2.0 High speed
• Mini HDMI
• AV Output (NTSC/PAL)
• DC Input
Storage • SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
• 70MB internal memory
Power • Li-ion battery
• Charger included
• AC adaptor (optional)
Battery life (approx.) 410 pictures (CIPA Standard)
Weight (no batt) 484 g
Weight (with batt) 528 g
Dimensions 124 x 82 x 95 mm
(4.89 x 3.20 x 3.74 in)

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Total comments: 83
By keekimaru (Aug 18, 2012)

I think how you feel about this camera is really going to depend on where you're coming from. If you're a DSLR shooter and are looking for a portable body you're likely going to be frustrated by the lack of control points on this camera.

On the other hand, for those upgrading from a point and shoot camera like myself, this camera can be ideal. I came from a Canon S90, which I purchased a couple of years ago looking for a camera that does a better job in low light than the typical point and shoot. The S95 was definitely a step up from what I had before, but more recently I've become frustrated with the limitations of the sensor and was also interested in exploring the world of interchangeable lenses.

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By ESP (Nov 18, 2011)

I checked out the gallery, and I don't know what it is but these shots just don't have the Panny+Leica emotion I've seen in previous cameras. They just look kind of lifeless. Like what you'd see from Canon or Nikon. The Leica magic just isn't there for me. No "oh wow!" factor.

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By mjq (Oct 28, 2011)

Cucho, el zoom funciona durante la grabación de video. La camara dispone de un segundo mando de zoom en el barril del objetivo, en su lado izquierdo; por su posición esta pensado para que sea mas comodo usarlo al grabar video que el de corona que tiene sobre el boton de disparo de fotos.

By cuchonieri (Oct 27, 2011)

Hola,alguien sabe si la PANASONIC FZ-150 en sus grabaciones de video mantiene accionado el zoom?...o cuando uno filma no se puede accionar dicho zoom?


By Richard_Regal (Oct 3, 2011)

Has anyone seen one of thes mythical beasts in real life?

By MauHe (Oct 28, 2011)

Yes, I've seen one, in Germany. I'm planning on trading in my FZ38 for one, but I'll wait until next year when the prices have come down a bit.

By ward99 (Sep 29, 2011)

Amazon just sent me an email. Ship date is October 24 - November 9.

By CANagy (Sep 28, 2011)

Would it be possible to post a side-by-side comparison review of the Panasonic FZ150 camera and the Nikon P7100 camera? In theory, they are designed for somewhat different users, but I think they are direct competitors. I am considering getting one of them and would like to read a head-to-head comparison.

Spanish Disaster
By Spanish Disaster (Oct 13, 2011)

I don't think they are direct competitors. Lumix: sensor 1/2.3, 12 megapixels. Nikon: sensor 1/1.7, 10 megapixels. More image quality for Nikon. Zoom: Lumix 24x, Nikon 7x. Speed: Lumix considerably quick, Nikon, very slow. I own a Lumix FZ38, and a Nikon P7000. They are completely different. The Nikon is adequate as a "studio camera", but nothing else. I take my Lumix with me for holidays, trips, etc. I never take the Nikon. But if I want to take artistic photos playing with lights, trying different combinations in a complete still composition, the Nikon is the one!

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By Ajlan (Aug 29, 2011)

why panasonic or other brands insist not to use 1/1.6 or 1.7 sensors within these models? Are there any techinal imposibilities to implement this ? ı really wonder why..?

By jaykumarr (Aug 30, 2011)

Yes, practically not feasible.
To get "enough light" to a bigger sensor requires bigger aperture and bigger lens.

So the internal zoom, internal focussing lens will be big, double the size of what we have now.

But still they can bring one such camera with say 6x - 8x zoom and provide 1.7x converter lens.

But Panasonic seem to believe such camera will cannibalize GH series.

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By kevin_r (Aug 29, 2011)

As per usual this will never be available to purchase....

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Tom K.
By Tom K. (Aug 29, 2011)

The viewfinder is still a low-res POS. Stupid.

By dfswan (Sep 5, 2011)

Agreed, I had the FZ100 and admittedly, the viewfinder was very limited. Unfortunately, they stayed with the same viewfinder in the FZ150. My new G3 however, has a wonderful electronic viewfinder. I actually prefer it to my wife’s Nikon optical viewfinder.

By Marcel (Aug 28, 2011)

I own the DMC-FZ100 just for HD recording and photoshooting outdoor at max iso 200. Love to see the DMC-FZ150. The only wish I had is that the zoom controle could be done by remote (wired or wireless). I allready start with a project with my FZ100 for HD shooting (horizontali en vertical record and playbackmode (.swf file). Would be nice if a new firmware could make the FZ100 record at 1080P/50-60 (PAL-NTSC). My Canon 50D does sleep a lot lately. M.

By AllanZ (Aug 27, 2011)

That sucks they removed the 30 second Shutter speed as well as the 60 second shutter speed :(, i used the FZ seires cameras for astrophotography of the milkyway back in July :( now all i got is 15 seconds? >:( although glad to see the iso's are improved , just wished they added the longer shutter speeds, but again maybe its less now to keep the sensor temperature at its lowest due to it wearing out more, and thuse being permanent to banding noise issues the fz100, is this possible ? yes , because when i got my FZ100 i used it on P and M modes to 20 second shutter speeds until at iso 400 and 800 and got no band noise(blue lines across the image when too dark) and then one day i updated my firmware , and went outside for star photography and went on a shutter speed of 60 seconds at iso 400 and got the worst picture quailty ever, even if WB or NR is adusted at smooth settings it dosnt look good, hope they make the fz200 later on, but by that time ill probably get a Canon 60D ;)

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By SLOphoto1 (Dec 16, 2011)

That sucks! I agree 100%. Same reason - limited astrophotography. That was one of the main reasons I intended to buy this camera over a Canon model, because similar Canon models are all limited to a 15-second shutter speed. There is no technical reason for it. Now Panasonic is doing it too? This is so frustrating. Why do all the manufacturers have to dumb-down their general-use cameras like this?

By jeffVader (Aug 27, 2011)

"..... also super fast consecutive shots at 12 fps (without auto focusing) and 5.5 fps (with auto focusing) in full resolution...."

Does that mean in RAW? Or does that mean in highest JPEG resolution?

By aris14 (Aug 27, 2011)

OK, it's been a long time ago that Pana enthusiasts asked the "FZ 60" concept, i.e 1/1.7 sensor, latest Venus engine and OIS, the cam retaining manual focus and zoom along with the latest glass treatment (in this case nano coating processing), plus some minor hardware improvements. Latest video features should be integrated too.
That would result in a cam with a lens 32-320 equivalent.
The bad thing is that this camera could stand as a serious rangefinder or entry level SLR competent at least as it was a couple of years ago....
This cam would cost let's say 550$ and this due to the fact that no serious promotion would be needed since Pana enthusiasts seem to be ready to welcome it in a blink of an eye....
But marketeers are mysterious bang of people...
They can only see things that they "have produced " in their minds apart all ROI staff etc... It seems that this is their vice...
So bye-bye FZ60 concept....

John Miles
By John Miles (Aug 26, 2011)

I hope my eyes deceive me, because if I'm not mistaken the fabulous colour from the FZ100 has gone from the FZ150. Also no increase in sensor size to match the LX, so not aimed at the serious user then.

The return of the manual lens was a long odds hope, so no real surprise that it didn't turn up.

Same ol' same o'l it seems. Boy do I hope I'm proved wrong.

By steve_hoge (Aug 27, 2011)

Without knowing the camera settings for the gallery images - and, really, without using a reference scene - it's impossible to say if the FZ100 and FZ150 images can be compared for WB, color rendition, saturation, etc.

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John Miles
By John Miles (Aug 29, 2011)

Agreed. The image quality ceiling of the last few years has been raised by the Sony 16MP BSI CMOS sensor. For the smallest sensor this is a great result. At LX5 sensor size though just think what could be possible. Maybe Sony will get there first.

The FZ150 will be a popular camera since its IQ does look suffucient. but 'best ever' is not a term that can be applied.

By aris14 (Aug 26, 2011)

Seems a quite good effort judging from the gallery...
The slightly bigger 1/1.7 would result in a new more expensive product, though it will be welcomed.. the same stands for manual focus ring...
As for HXV Sony c'mon friends, this cam is really out of competition due to rather insufficient image quality...
No matter if I use a lot of cameras (SLRs I mean, for professional purposes) I still poke a lot of pros friends comparing their A4 printed images with my processed images from my FZ30 out of my R800.

By coastcontact (Aug 26, 2011)

After driving the same old cars for 10 years I rented a near new vehicle for a drive from JFK to Monticello. Although the car was not an outstanding model the difference between that rental and my old cars was stark. Within a year I had bought a new car. The difference between the new car and the following year’s model was so negligible that there really was no justification in buying yet another new car.

Thus Panasonic’s 2011 models vary little from last year’s models. In fact new cameras have not experienced any significant improvements over the past few years. It’s not just Panasonic. Tweaked improvements are mostly cosmetic and do little to improve photo quality. Unless DPR or some other organization can resoundingly say that the FZ150 has made some serious leap, there really is no justification for a new camera.

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By dfswan (Sep 5, 2011)

I had the FZ100 and found it to be an incredibly fast, versatile and compact camera worthy of all the praise it received in its many reviews. Its demise however, was the sensor. I just couldn't get the picture clarity that I wanted. The FZ150 picture gallery indicates that the clarity has been improved making it a very worthwhile replacement for the FZ100. It might just be the best “Bridge Camera”

By Tootsall (Sep 26, 2011)

I have to agree with dfswan: after using the studio comparison tool I was disappointed in the CMOS of the FZ100 vs the CCD in the FZ35 (I have happily owned an FZ28 for several years). Since I'm planning a trip to Africa in a couple of years that requires very light packing but demands convenience and speed (and familiarity with controls) as well as clarity of shots and as much optical zoom as I can find and a good image stabilization (especially at high zooms) I am happy I "discovered" the FZ150 in this website. I think I've just changed my "target purchase".

"Dear Santa......"

Aleo Veuliah
By Aleo Veuliah (Aug 26, 2011)

Well done, 12 megapixels is better than 14 on this sensor size, the camera looks great and the lens with nano coating must outperform the old one, and have RAW, like it a lot, good camera

By jotor (Aug 26, 2011)

No mention of GPS--a killer for me.

By jaykumarr (Aug 26, 2011)

why a gps is must? it will slow down the camera speed.

Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Aug 26, 2011)

I thought Utah had no lost souls!

By Macist (Aug 26, 2011)

If you travel, you'd know why a GPS is a must.

Superzooms are naturals for travel. GPS is a must.

By steve_hoge (Aug 27, 2011)

Panasonic integrated GPS into their DMC-TS3 - why not this? I've traveled thousands of miles with my FZ35 and a GPS tracker and I'm sick of resolving photo timestamps to waypoints to get my images geolocated. @jaykumarr - there's no reason GPS would slow down "camera speed" - the camera certainly doesn't need to wait for a satellite fix to make an exposure.

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By jaykumarr (Aug 28, 2011)

@Steve Hoge,
please avoid talking as if people are fools. I am not saying every time you press shutter camera will try to locate satellite. at sometimes it will happen. within a football ground if you move by 10 meters, your camera will try to find position. if it is unable to locate, it will take time. you may well miss the shot you attempted by moving 10 meters. not always a problem, but sometimes it can be. I have seen it happening.

By Faisalee (Sep 2, 2011)

It's a "Good to Have" but by no means a "Must"

By SLOphoto1 (Dec 16, 2011)

What have you seen happening? A delay in shutter release which you attributed to a GPS feature? And you were able to confirm through testing that the delay was not caused by any other factor? Was GPS the only factor contributing to the delay? How long was the actual delay? Was there a feature to turn off the GPS on the camera used? If not, then which non-GPS cameras were used for testing comparison? How exactly did you determine that the GPS feature caused this delay?
By your theory this would delay every single shot taken from a moving car. Without some solid evidence, that allegation is preposterous. What exactly is your evidence for this theory of yours?

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John McCormack
By John McCormack (Aug 26, 2011)

Love the Freudian slip in the PR release:
"A new 12-Megapixel High Sensibility MOS sensor..."

Good job, Panny. What more could want. This baby has got all the bells and whistles and what appears to be quite good image quality.

By steve_hoge (Aug 27, 2011)

Missing bells and whistles: 1) GPS, 2) Auto-shoot and stitch panoramas 3) manual zoom ring.

Most useless bell - or is it a whistle? : 3D shooting.

By dfswan (Sep 5, 2011)

GPS would be nice, especially since this camera is so good for travel. Panoramic Stitching can be done with the included PhotoFunStudio software. The manual focus ring would be fabulous. Manual focusing on the FZ100 was a bear. My new G3 has wonderful Manual Focus ring. That is truly a weak point that should have been handled with his release. Of course the other weakness is the low resolution viewfinder. Again, my new G3 viewfinder is great.

By ashish7t9 (Aug 26, 2011)

I am really delighted to see this camera. Two backdrops, Shutter speed reduced from 60 seconds to 30 seconds, and facilities like manual focus on ring would have been a great addition.

By jaykumarr (Aug 26, 2011)

panasonic says : "you want flip LCD and RAW? ok.. take this FZ150 and get hell out of here.. no manual focus or manual FZ60. Such manual zoom, manual focus FZ60 will screw sales our G series. We prefer G sereis getting screwed by Fuji HS30 "

By CPBZFZ (Aug 26, 2011)

FZ50 - FZ100 - FZ150.

By dfswan (Sep 5, 2011)

You really need to try the G3. It really does handle all the weaknesses of the FZ series but obviously with a larger sensor, you don’t get 24X zoom. Fujitsu is a nice camera, but it will never compete with the G3.

By flektogon (Aug 26, 2011)

Finally Sony HX100V gets a serious competitor. Well done Panasonic!

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By jcmarfilph (Aug 26, 2011)

In video yes, but in still-photos. HS20 is still the best in super-zoom pinhead.

By flektogon (Aug 26, 2011)

Just compare pictures taken with those 3 cameras, i.e. HS20, HX100V and FZ150. Look at them at 100% zoom. Both, HS20 and HX100V are closer to paintings than to photos. It is due to their 16 Mp sensors. Now the advantage of lower pixel density of the FZ150 sensor is pretty evident. I just do not understand why FZ 47, which apparently uses the same 12 Mp sensor, is not so good. Anyway, FZ150 is the camera to go!

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By jcmarfilph (Aug 26, 2011)

If you will compare it with the EXR mode and tune the NR and Sharpness setting of HS20 to low. FZ150 is not anywhere close to HS20. HS20 has bigger sensor too.

By flektogon (Aug 26, 2011)

The last good Fuji camera was 6 Mp S6500fd. Since then Fuji is going downhill. FS100 was flawn with CA problems, HS20 has overheating problems, F550 has lens problems, etc. Fuji should be forbidden to make cameras. They should concentrate only and only on the sensors development. I do not even believe that X100 is their product. And if yes, then it happened by some mistake.

Daniel Lowe
By Daniel Lowe (Aug 26, 2011)

The HS20 is a far better handling camera than anything Sony or Panasonic have at present, it effectively has the same handling as a DSLR for all but image quality.
And when used appropriately, the HS20 is a long way ahead of the Panny FZ100, the FZ150 looks great, but it needed too, there is a good reason Panny dropped the 14mp sensor.

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By flektogon (Aug 27, 2011)

When comparing images of FZ150 and HS20 (at full resolution), FZ150 is far cleaner. Yes, switching HS20 to the reduced (8 Mp) mode helps. But still 6 years old 6 Mp S6500fd delivers better results. So, handling is one thing but performance is what usually counts. And I am not talking about poor IS, which is one of the weakest points of all Fuji cameras.

Daniel Lowe
By Daniel Lowe (Aug 27, 2011)

I get more than 2 stops IS from my HS20 and there are several users on the Fuji forum that have directly compared the S6500 and found the HS20 to be a much better camera overall.

With the noise reduction set to low the HS20 is capable of excellent results, easily the best of the current CMOS superzooms. Let's wait and see whether the FZ150 can match or better it.

By jcmarfilph (Aug 27, 2011)

"By flektogon (Aug 26, 2011 at 21:23:20 GMT)
The last good Fuji camera was 6 Mp S6500fd. Since then Fuji is going downhill. FS100 was flawn with CA problems, HS20 has overheating problems, F550 has lens problems, etc. Fuji should be forbidden to make cameras. They should concentrate only and only on the sensors development. I do not even believe that X100 is their product. And if yes, then it happened by some mistake."

Lol time to refresh your knowledge mate. X100 by mistake?

HS20 overheating has been addressed couple of months ago thru FW update. HS20 is an EXR camera so you should use it and compare it in EXR mode. If not then don't buy it, 16MP is for snapshooters only. 12MP is too much for a crippled pinhead sensor such as one inside this FZ150 camera.

By flektogon (Aug 27, 2011)

The same 12 Mp sensor (or similar made by Sony) is used in a high-end Pentax Q camera. Nikon P300 uses it as well. And Canon SX230. And many others. It looks like 12 Mp at 1/2.3" sensor is an "optimal" pixel density for contemporary cameras. I've bought Canon S90, because I am considering even those 12 Mp as too many. And 16 Mp is just crazy pixel density.

Gary S
By Gary S (Aug 26, 2011)

Thanks for the photos! Performance is not bad considering the chip size and lens range. 1080P video on most of these newer cameras is somewhat amazing. It adds a lot of fun.

By steve_hoge (Aug 26, 2011)

Definitely less blocky in the shadows at full crop than my FZ35. Pleasantly surprised!

But the corner schmearing at wide angles from barrel correction is still there. For that reason - resampling/stretching - there might actually be some rationale for a higher-res sensor.

I presume these Sample Gallery images are in-camera JPEGs? (How do we see more camera info in Sample Galleries?) RAW processing - especially with selective disabling of barrel correction - could only look better.

John McCormack
By John McCormack (Aug 26, 2011) will probably post some RAW image samples soon. They are usually first up with RAW samples.

By Patman888 (Aug 26, 2011)

Only 600mm kills it for me. I wasn't an actual super zoom for those ridiculous you tube videos. Not something a compact travel zoom and an 18-270mm DSLR lens is close to doing.

By Patman888 (Aug 26, 2011)

I mean I want(not wasn't) a super zoom.

By EvanZ (Aug 26, 2011)

Damn, if it was just a 1/1.7" sensor, I would love this camera!

By h2k (Aug 26, 2011)


M Jesper
By M Jesper (Aug 26, 2011)

That's easy for you to say, but the small sensor is exactly what makes this 24x zoom possible. Can't have it all.

By EvanZ (Aug 27, 2011)

If you think 24x is that important...

M Jesper
By M Jesper (Aug 26, 2011)

I clicked on the gallery thinking i'd have a good laugh but it's actually not bad at all. Thumbs up panny !

M Jesper
By M Jesper (Aug 26, 2011)

Proper link to the bottom right photo:

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By jcmarfilph (Aug 26, 2011)

Results are good, kinda like HS10.

But bigger sensor and manual zoom please.

By Mescalamba (Aug 26, 2011)

Well, definetly more watchable results than FZ100. Now it needs just bigger sensor and less MP. 10 mpix from LX-5 would be best.

And manual zoom and focus is a must..

By ovatab (Aug 26, 2011)

yes, FZ50 with LX5 sensor

By jotor (Aug 26, 2011)

Isn't that an FZ30? :^)

By Marty4650 (Aug 26, 2011)

A 24X zoom based on an LX5 sensor would probably weigh around six pounds and cost around $3000.

Do you suppose anyone would buy one of those?

The only reason superzoom cameras can have so much zoom range is due to having a very small sensor. If you make the sensor larger, the camera gets much bigger.

If you reduce the zoom range... well, then you no longer have a superzoom camera.

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Aug 26, 2011)

A camera with a 1/1.7" sensor and only 8X zoom would be plenty, if it had video features on par with the FX150. The LX5 and its competors have rather marginal video features and poor mics.

By Mescalamba (Aug 29, 2011)

Well, I agree that LX5 sensor in super-zoom would make whole camera bit more expensive. Though imagine having that sensor and 600mm f4 (f5.6) equiv. in one package.

That could be actually worth a lot of money..

Combine that with decent AF, and you have poor man BIF camera. :) Long time ago, there were actually similar products. Olympus E-10, or Sony R1.. sure bit bigger chips and smaller zoom ranges, but it was possible.

Ofc you can get G3 and 100-300mm and you have effectively 200-600mm f5.6 zoom. But maybe all-in-one solution would be best for some ppl.

By mpgxsvcd (Aug 26, 2011)

1080p @ 60 FPS movie samples please. :)

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By Iso1975 (Aug 26, 2011)

3D pictures are the most useless thing...

By baobob (Aug 26, 2011)

The foliage rendition is still very poor, showing the nearly complte unability of these MOS sensors to catch small details
Obviously built for video and gimmick people

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By Mescalamba (Aug 26, 2011)

Its not dSLR or even super-compact class as LX-5. Small sensor and lots of pixels (and hefty zoom on top of that). Actually its quite decent for this.

Though, older FZ38 was better.. even FZ50 (especially JPEG output from Leica branded one).

By baobob (Aug 26, 2011)

Exactly, FZ38 was probably the best quality the FZ series achieved...
I have an old FZ5 for "at risk" shooting and love it I was expecting a serious update, should have bought an FZ 38 at the time it was available...

Sad, isn't it that they are going the wrong way ?


By Photato (Aug 26, 2011)

"...incorporates a lower-resolution 12MP sensor that the company says will outperform its predecessor's 14MP chip."

I wonder why that is so. LOL
Obviously larger pixels are better. I wish it was 8MP instead.

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By sirlukas (Aug 26, 2011)

3D? C'mon Panasonic, what for?

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Cy Cheze
By Cy Cheze (Aug 26, 2011)

To sell 3D Viera HDTVs, of course. What better reason could there be?

By Iso1975 (Aug 26, 2011)

It looks like it was worth the wait. The sample pictures look really good even at high iso.

By needforspeed009 (Aug 26, 2011)

Sounds good, if they would only make a version with a manual zoom and focus ring I would definitely buy it.

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By aoc46 (Aug 28, 2011)

I second that.

who ha
By who ha (Aug 30, 2011)

I use FZ30 almost 6 years, the LCD does not work now, good news and plan to upgrade FZ150, due to sensor still small, plan buy gf3x as mobie DC if still has budget

By hiloguy (Jan 16, 2012)

I totally second that. I will not give up my trusty Konica Minolta A200 (with a manual zoom ring and a completely manual zoom mechanism) until somebody puts it on a superzoom that works better than my K-M. I LOVE this Panny FZ150 . . . all we need is manual zoom and I'm on it!

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