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Panasonic FZ150 Digital Camera Review

Among the best we’ve seen in its class, with strong performance results and great handling.

$820.00 at Amazon
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Introduction

Panasonic has a strong reputation in the long-zoom category, both for their pocket-sized ZS series and the full-sized FZ series, like the FZ150 on review here. It replaces last year's FZ100, which boasted an incredibly fast burst-shooting mode, full HD video, and a great design, as well as a knack for taking some really ugly photos in even slightly challenging settings.

The FZ100 was a bit of a misstep, sure, but with this new flagship superzoom, Panny wisely kept baby and ditched the bathwater. The FZ150 looks at a lot like its predecessor, and parts of the spec sheet are nearly identical, including the 25-600mm equivalent 24x zoom lens, articulating 3-inch LCD, and the aforementioned burst shooting and HD video modes. But crucially, it swaps out the old junker of a sensor with an updated 12.1 megapixel MOS chip.

Everyone loves a great redemption story, and the FZ150 proved itself to be the best superzoom we've tested. That title seems to change hands every week, but read on to see why we think the FZ150 will be at the top for a while.

Comparable Products

Before you buy the Panasonic Lumix FZ150, take a look at these other point & shoot cameras.

Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Color
  4. Noise
  5. Resolution
  6. Video
  7. Playback
  8. Hardware
  9. Controls
  10. Design & Handling
  11. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ47 Comparison
  12. Nikon Coolpix P500 Comparison
  13. Canon PowerShot SX40 HS Comparison
  14. Conclusion
  15. Photo Gallery

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