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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Compact Camera with Full HD Video Recording - Black (12.1 MP, 24x Optical Zoom) 3.0 inch LCD

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  • 25mm Wide-angle 24x Optical Zoom Lens Featuring Nano Surface Coating
  • High Sensitivity MOS Sensor Featuring ISO3200 in Full Resolution
  • 12 fps High Speed Burst Shooting in 12.1-megapixel Full Resolution
  • 1,920 x 1,080 60p (NTSC) / 50p (PAL) Full HD Video Recording
  • POWER O.I.S. Active Mode Suppressing Hand-shake Blur in Video Recording
  • Creative Video Mode, Creative Control, Photo Style and 3D Photo Mode

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  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 9.5 x 8.2 cm ; 485 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 980 g
  • Item model number: DMC-FZ150EB-K
  • ASIN: B005LTRD5U
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Sept. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 69,706 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


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Battery Charger, Battery Pack, USB Cable, AC Cable, Shoulder Strap, CD-ROM, Lens Hood, Lens Cap, Lens Cap String

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Upgraded my trusty FZ38 to this fantastic FZ150 camera a few days ago and have spent a couple of days just blasting away taking mainly landscape images to check-out the various functions and general operation of this camera. The results are beyond my expectations and compare favourably with with those images taken with my Canon 600D DSLR costing far more!

I've taken some 400 RAW + Fine quality images, some using the built-in Flash along with several minutes of video, and the battery continues to show near "Full". The camera handles well in my right hand and easy to hold steady. I have managed to inadvertently select the "Playback" mode on a couple of occasions as the button is located very near to my thumb resting position!

I've also struggled to make sensible use of the "Thumb wheel" as it is difficult for me to rotate whilst holding the camera to take a shot. Meanwhile, throughout the telephoto zoom range, which operates easily and very smoothly, camera shake has not been at all noticeable thanks to the camera's excellent Power O.I.S.

I've spent hours reviewing the images on my 24 inch PC monitor and I'm truly impressed with the very high quality of all of the images in both RAW and JPG formats. Little care care was taken by me whilst shooting and the camera seem to cope admirably with all that asked of it in both "iA" and "P" modes. I deliberately took some images at higher ISO values in dusk light conditions and again it seems Panasonic have got it right with this model as the images where void of any serious noise issues and the resulting images where again excellent.

Shooting in "Burst" mode is brilliant with Automating Focus tracking doing it's bit very accurately at the lower burst speed options.
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I am quite a Panasonic fan having had an FZ50 for several years. I was quite happy with the camera but the limitations were poor performance at the highest ISO settings, a rather small fold out screen, relatively heavy though nothing like as heavy as a digital SLR and a moderate resoluton video mode. In all other respects I found it an excellent camera with enormous versatility all in one package.

The FZ150, which I have now owned for 2 months, and during that time taken several thousand photos, is EXCELLENT with several notable improvements. It is lighter and more compact than the FZ50, which makes it even more attractive compared with digital SLRs. The focal length range is awesome - equivalent to 24-600mm. The fold out screen, which I find very useful for low level shots, pictures of church ceilings with the camera sitting on the floor, shots above people's heads is excellent with a large screen and full articulation. The HD video mode also works very well - I like to use this for panoramas from the top of mountains. The better high ISO performance is very satisfactory - better than my friend's Pentax digital SLR! The only complaint that I have is with the zoom, which is now motor driven. It works well but manual zoom, in my experience, is faster, more precise and means there is one less thing that can go wrong. This is undoubtedly the best camera that I have ever owned! To have so much versatility in one package with everything instantly available is wonderful. I bought mine from UK Digital Cameras at £380.
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I tried the FZ45 and sent it back because of the noise. But the FZ150 is much better. I have used the FZ8 and the FZ28 for some years for stills photography and have been very pleased with the results, and was attracted to the improved functionality of the FZ150. The jog dial is much more convenient than the old toggle, although it is a little stiff to the touch, and has a raised bump just underneath it which makes it a bit tricky to get a purchase - not nearly as good as the wheel on the G2 - why would that be? Also, I am extremely happy with the fact that the playback mode now switches to shoot mode when you half press the shutter - just would have been even better with the screen to viewfinder eye sensor switch like the G2. I love the flip screen - even though it's not a touchscreen like the G2. I can do most of the things I need to do on this camera that I can do on my Nikon D300, and without having to go into deep menus.
It's noticeably heavier than the FZ28. I could dangle the FZ28 from my fingertips without really noticing it was there - the FZ150 is 20% heavier and I do notice it. I didn't need the extra zoom - 18x was plenty - this is 24x.
Manual focus is a little awkward still, but practise will help - and to be honest I hardly ever use it on this camera as the autofocus is really fast and accurate. The two speed zooming is very smooth - none of the jerkiness of the FZ28, and I also really like the zoom switch on the side of the lens.
My biggest gripe is that there is no full paper manual. Trying to scroll down a pdf on my phone when out taking photos is really slow and irritating.
I shoot in raw, and process using Lightroom and Photoshop. This camera is supported by Lightroom 3 but not by CS4 (ACR 5.7). You can get round this by converting Raw files to DNG on import.
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