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Panasonic DMC-FZ150K 12.1 MP Digital Camera with CMOS Sensor and 24x Optical Zoom (Black)

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 3.7 x 3.2 inches ; 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B005HQ50SO
  • Item model number: DMC-FZ150K
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (282 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,292 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at August 26, 2011

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

The 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.

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.

What Is In The Box:

Panasonic DMC-FZ150K Digital Camera, Battery, Battery Charger, Instruction Manual, CD

Product Description

The 12.1-megapixel DMC-FZ150K continues a long line of great hybrid digital cameras from Panasonic by giving you more options not only in how you take pictures, but including the ability for full HD 1920x1080 60p AVCHD movie recording. The camera's 24x Leica DC Vario- Elmarit lens system featuring two aspherical lenses, three aspherical surfaces, three ED elements, and one Nano Surface Coated Lens gives you more options for framing both your photos and movies, and the intelligent auto shooting mode allows you to take great worry free photos and movies. A new High Sensitivity MOS imaging chip, hybrid digital camera technology, and an improved processing engine make sure that you're able to capture photos and movies in the moment by reducing shutter lag and increasing burst shooting potential. Add in a bevy of scene options, movie color modes, and an anti-glare treated 3.0" LCD view screen and you've got one incredible package in digital camera form! And it shoots 3D still images that can be viewed on your 3D compatible TV.File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW. Movies: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264.Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.2VDC, 895mAh.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I own 2 cameras (Canon 7D and Mark 5 II) however, I wanted a lighter camera…I like that this camera has a low aperture (2.8) and that pictures are clear when fully zoomed. Read more ›
The colors you can capture in the pictures are perfect. Read more ›
The low light images are not great, but that is expected from a camera with a small sensor. Read more ›
This is my 3rd Panasonic bridge camera and it lives up to the reviews and pictures I…The image quality is excellent and it has so many settings that any shot is possible. Read more ›
Have used it for a ton of video - solid performer. Still picture quality is very good. Low-light raw images, however, seem quite grainy. Read more ›
I love it. I just got back from a trip to Cape Cod and the pictures are stunning. Yes you have to commit to carrying this camera versus sliding a sub compact into your… Read more ›
I like the FZ150, it's a nice, light camera, easy to use, zoom's great, video works nice. the pictures do get noisy very fast if you crop, but if you shoot so you don't… Read more ›
The video quality is close to that of my $1000.00 Sony camcorder. Video is smooth and easy to shoot. It is much easier to carry this one camera that does both stills and… Read more ›
It's actually pretty easy. Also, the high def. video is outstanding and easy to use. Not a cheap camera, but one of our better purchases. Read more ›
The automatic shooting was one of the best of any camera I used. The telephoto pictures and video are exceptional. I am very pleased with this purchase. Read more ›
Even with this downside,…The photos are beautiful even under difficult conditions, and the video is sparkling clear, partly a result of very effective image stabilization. Read more ›
I have to retrain myself. The video features are much improved over earlier models too. They had low resolution video, and you could not zoom once switched into video mode. Read more ›
This camera is amazingly fast and…The zoom is awesome and picture quality great, but my biggest reason for choosing this one was the speed and it does not disappoint. Read more ›
The zoom lens is great, but it will go from optical zoom to extended digital zoom without stopping, so you have to be careful to look at your zoom factor to avoid digital… Read more ›
The zoom feature works well, but I almost never go beyond 4x, so it doesn't matter that it will go out to 24x and even more with the digital zoom turned on. Read more ›
You can not go wrong with this camera it take great pictures with a lot of extras (e.g direct control of shooting scenes,…The zoom does a great job for shooting wildlife. Read more ›
I picked this camera because if I chose…I can add an external microphone or flash later if I decide to- though the microphone zoom is pretty awesome built in to the camera. Read more ›
The zoom was easy to use and the auto-focus was a lifesaver. My only gripe, and its small, is that sometimes the camera would focus on something in the foreground instead… Read more ›
The pictures are crisp and clear, The zoom is fabulous. The close up setting is very clear and lifelike. The action setting also takes great pictures. Read more ›
The multiple scene modes are great for inexperienced photographers, and the 1080p HD video is the best I've seen by far, almost even movie quality, anyone hoping to shoot… Read more ›
P…Full manual over-ride, and lots of user-adjustable programs make this appeal to experienced photographers, while the results from fully automatic settings are high quality. Read more ›
We were looking for a better, but still simple to use camera for indoor…The zoom is great, the picture quality is good and the burst functions are really good for sports. Read more ›
The panorama assist function is nice. No more need to approximate the overlap for the next image. Read more ›
[...] To run slow motions go to SCN/HS scene mode; sport mode is great to take pics from players or animals in motions For videos in low light condition, don't make a… Read more ›
Very GREAT buy! It's also very easy to use, I need to take classes on how to use the Manual Exposure, Shutter Priority, Aperture, program and iA. Maybe then I will get a… Read more ›
I had some…I was able to view them briefly, so I know that the camera takes fantastic pictures :o) It is easy to use and captured the amazingness of gorillas and lions! Read more ›
I think I got one more degree while learning everything about this camera. But it is very simple to operate. A stabilizer is a great help here when recording videos. Read more ›
This is a great carry around camera. It takes great shots and is easy to use. The only problem with this camera is the instructional "booklet". Read more ›
Easy to use with some very decent images. Read more ›
Love this camera--and I am a camera fanatic. Easy to use controls for those quick shots, but with plenty of opportunities to exercise creative control manually. Quick… Read more ›
At airshows, with my old 35mm SLRs, I always had to overexpose 2 stops to get the…The auto focus is fast, and I have not yet had to wait for it to lock onto the subject. Read more ›
The auto-assist feature for macro focusing works well, even with extreme close-ups I've taken using the Raynox M-250 add-on lens (copy this address into your browser-… Read more ›
With autofocus enabled, you can slow the shutter down to 1/30th of a second. The autofocus is pretty quick. Read more ›
I received it 2 weeks ago and am so pleased with it. It is mega fast, the 5 frames per second speed with autofocus is amazing. I have a Transcend 8GB SDHC Class 10 Memory… Read more ›
I love my camera, have had it 2 years. I get sharp, in focus photos . Easy to use and durable. Read more ›
But then a few months ago the pictures weren't as good. They were never sharp or in focus. I kept thinking I was doing something wrong, and kept trying to fiddle with… Read more ›
After reading all the reviews I did it. If you don't to deal with lenses this is a great camera to get. You can get a low end camera with all the control functions minus… Read more ›
I bought a strap…Also, the lens cap is improved from the FZ28 but I still find it somewhat annoying so I just use the included lens hood and leave the cap off. I… Read more ›
I'm still putting camera through its paces, but so far so good. The 24x lens is spectacular! I'm getting photos of faraway birds up close and sharp. Read more ›
I had this camera for over a…I used to be a SLR guy, carrying around a bag full of lenses but this camera goes nicely from wide angle to 24X with out all the extra baggage. Read more ›
Perfect size, quick focussing lens - great quality pics! Highly recommended for anyone that wants to upgrade from their basic "point & shoot" Read more ›
The pictures all come out amazing, and…Only cons is people may think your a professional photographer with this thing as they watch the huge optical lenses go in and out. Read more ›
The battery life is pretty good, but it's always best…The flip out reversable led screen is a nice to have when shooting at different angle or if you want self portraits. Read more ›
Fast focus times and terrific pictures both in intelligent automatic and all the other modes. The LCD is wonderful, large, flexible and very viewable. I have paid more for… Read more ›
- Ability to add extra lenses or filters if desired - Swivel display screen is great for those tricky shots or group portraits - Option to use a different flash with… Read more ›
The articulating screen is very bright and clear but can be a bit difficult to open when mounted to a tripod (I frequently leave the screen closed to avoid damage or… Read more ›
If you like to hold it as a SLR, there…The rest is a litany of improvements over FZ35: LCD is fully articulated, twice the resolution and with very nice antireflex coating. Read more ›
The articulated LCD is great, but there are times, especially with bright sun or long range with full zoom, that you'll see and frame your subject far more easily with the… Read more ›
(not to copy, just as a reference). So the color is quite good. also the telephoto lens is very nice and I have had very good luck photographing wildlife near my home… Read more ›
I couldn't come back fast enough home to…The pictures are just splendid, bright, clear, with details that I could never see with my other camera; the colors are gorgeous. Read more ›
Battery life is very good compare to most large body camera brands. Video in full HD is so sharp with bright natural color. Hey, Mac user; don't worry about it's for… Read more ›
No way, I'll bet for Canon SX 40HS instead. It's cheaper, has an excellent image and color definition, and has equivalent settings and performance. Read more ›
Here's a simple little event that really impressed me with the capabilities of this camera: We have a neighbor with a pet Macaw. He's a huge bird of amazing color. One day… Read more ›
2.) The photo quality is also excellent, pleasantly saturated colors (adjustable), although a bit grainy at the higher ISOs (not surprising given the camera's sensor size) Read more ›
There is an additional lever at the side of the lens but doesn't substitute for way a real lens is adjusts. The viewfinder panel is awesome. It turns in every other… Read more ›
An auxiliary eye level viewfinder, which is useful in sunlight, or for holding the camera with more steadiness. Read more ›
Practical things: (1) It has a viewfinder that works great; (2) it is small and light. (3) Yes, people, it has a GREAT lens. Read more ›
Not only is using the lcd screen innacurate and difficult to use (especially in sunlight), but it also uses more…This Panasonic has a very nice electronic viewfinder. I… Read more ›
Flip out LCD screen is super handy! Very good electronic view finder, best I've seen on a point and shoot Treaded lens for filters, nice feature. Read more ›
I can do with a slightly shorter zoom than some of the other cameras in this class but I like this…The large flexible LCD screen is great but I still like a viewfinder. M… Read more ›
This is an amazing camera and price is great for the quality... if you dont want to expend a lot of money you should check this camera Read more ›
I bought this camera for my husband and he loves it. I think it's a great value for the money. Read more ›
I have already recommended this camera to lots of people. It's a whole lot of great camera for a good price. Read more ›
If you are a point & shoot camera person and you want a much better camera at a good price point with TONS more capability in iA mode and you don't want/know anything about… Read more ›
I'm so glad I did. Thank you Panasonic for your awesome camera, and thank you amazon for your great prices! Read more ›
It came down…The 42x zoom of the Nikon was very tempting, but ultimately I chose the Panasonic for its extra features, the great price I lucked upon, and its familiarity. Read more ›
Autofocus performance is excellent. It is really is amazing how far these bridge cameras have come in terms of performance over the past couple of years. Read more ›
This is a great camera if you want to do the jump to a…The functionality and performance of this camera is superb and the 24x zoom becomes shortly after using it a must. Read more ›
All of them were very good in some areas, lacking in others. In my opinion the FZ150 is the best of the lot, with the best performance and image quality. Its response time… Read more ›
Electronic viewfinder is a nice plus. - Very good low light performance for a compact. - Dedicated ISO button, function button (as in, you choose what you want the button… Read more ›
Update:12/27/11 The camera continually amazes me with outstanding performance. The more I use the more I like it. Read more ›
Basically a bridge camera with a small sensor good upto 16x20 prints. the zoom range is excellent for both wide angle shots…I have been very impressed with its performance. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

617 of 632 people found the following review helpful By Rolla Gravett on October 5, 2011
This camera is everything the FZ100 is and they fixed all the shortcomings to produce the FZ150. The buttons in the back of the 100 were too easy to push. I was constantly pushing the playback button when holding the camera with one hand. No more. The button is recessed and the problem is gone. Most if not all the accessories that work on the 100 also work on the 150. Aftermarket batteries actually show capacity now!

When focusing, when the camera focuses it beeps now so you don't have to be looking at the screen. That is great for using Red Dot Sights on this camera. Night shots are awesome with the Handheld Night Shots Mode. It takes several pictures and combines them for great shots with no blur. The camera has way less noise then the FZ100. Even at ISO 1600 and ISO 3200 the noise is better than the FZ100 was in ISO 400. Camera focus in the picture mode and in the video mode is much faster. You can take 12 frames per second burst inside now at all ISO's. The 100 will not do that.

The camera works great in iA (intelligent auto) were the FZ100 was real noisy in that mode. The camera will zoom to 62.4X in the 3mp picture mode with I-Zoom turned on. I like setting the camera at 8mp picture size, which gives me 39.1X zoom. It records in 1080P video!

The flash works great! It goes out over 30 feet and lights up the rooms very well. I will post some pictures of that. Pictures are very sharp, not noisy, and crisp.

This camera is everything that the FZ100 is and much more. This camera is a REAL WINNER! Great job Panasonic!

I just went outside and put the camera in the 12 frames per second mode, shot 12 shots, waited 1 second, shot another 8 shots, waited another second, shot another 8 shots.
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193 of 196 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 10, 2011
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For many years, I used SLR cameras and purchased a DSLR a few years back. I finally realized that some super-zoom cameras were on the market that would take pictures good enough for everything I did and would not require me to carry around multiple lenses. I bought a Panasonic FZ35 and was quite pleased with it. It turned out to be one of the better super-zooms ever made. My complaint was that I would like a longer zoom. I decided to try out another Panasonic camera but was put off by the tepid reviews of the FZ100.

Since the FZ150 had not yet been released and there were only a few reviews of the camera, I purchased the highly praised Sony HX100V even though it lacked some features I would like to have. I was pleased with the pictures it took - up to a point. Thanks to a generous return policy of Amazon, I returned the HX100 and bought a Panasonic FZ150 which was the right move for me. I reviewed the Sony camera and you can read it elsewhere but this is a review of the Panasonic FZ150.

While the zoom of this camera is not as great as some competitors, the intelligent zoom makes up for this. I was able to take high quality pictures of distant objects under a variety of lighting conditions using high zoom and generally hand holding the camera. Impressive! The FZ35 did a good job of keeping noise low up to about ISO 400. The FZ150 does the same but up to ISO 800. Even ISO 1600 shows low noise. I was able to read license plates from 3-400 feet away even in low light. I suspect that Panasonic has found the 12 MP resolution using a small sensor is a sweet spot and allows good noise reduction even at high ISO.

I was able to take excellent closeups, the wide angle works well with minimal distortion and you can choose to record in RAW for better control in post production.
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247 of 256 people found the following review helpful By rjw on January 19, 2012
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I researched this purchase for several months, watching videos made by others using the camera, and pictures taken. I was very impressed with the video quality and picture quality from my research. It also had all the features I wanted (RAW shooting, flip-out LCD screen, a relatively decent "superzoom" lens and small size). I was aware of complaints of build quality, and the user interface, but I wasn't as concerned about that as with the features for the price.

After using the camera for a few months, I have several things to mention.

1.) The HD video quality is top-notch. Very impressive. I love the camera's ability to zoom and refocus while capturing movies. It makes my shots seem more "cinematic".

2.) The photo quality is also excellent, pleasantly saturated colors (adjustable), although a bit grainy at the higher ISOs (not surprising given the camera's sensor size)

3.) The build quality is indeed less than stellar. It seems a little more "plasticky" than it's competitors. This probably adds to the camera's light weight (which I do like), but when I use it, I feel like I have to be more careful than with other simlar camera's I've handled. Consequently, I carry it in a well-padded bag.

4.) The interface is a bit confusing and overly complicated. Panasonic should take a lesson from Canon on interface design.

5.) The buttons are a little small and tightly arranged. Although I've gotten used to it, it does make using the camera feel a little cramped - not a huge issue.

6.) In at least one instance, the EXIF data indicated the flash did not fire, when in fact it did.

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