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Panasonic FX150

 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150

Category: Beginner to Serious Amateur

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150 features an ultra wide-angle 3.6x optical zoom (28-100mm equiv.) that should allow capturing more of a scene (or group shot) than standard 35mm lens is capable of. The sleek, super-slim body houses a 14.7-MP resolution 1/1.72-in. CCD.

Advanced Intelligent AUTO (iA) mode turns on MEGA O.I.S. (to compensate for blurring caused by camera shake), Intelligent ISO (automatically adjusts ISO and shutter speed to freeze subject motion), Face Detection (optimizes focus and exposure settings to properly expose the subject's face), Intelligent Scene Selector (automatically sets the most appropriate Scene Mode), and Intelligent Exposure (to maintain detail in highlights while brightening shadow areas, including raising ISO sensitivity only in the low-lit areas) for a beginner's point-and-shoot ease of use. iA now also includes AF Tracking where the camera automatically keeps your moving subject in focus, maximum ISO to use, and Auto Backlight Compensation.

For more advanced photographers: a Manual Mode lets you choose a shutter speed from 60 to 1/2000 sec.; a 2-axis adjustment feature allows a finer white balance adjustment for Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Shade, and Halogen conditions; Selectable AF Area allows you to select out of 11 AF Points for off-center focus; a Minimum Shutter Speed function allows you to specify the minimum shutter speed to use; shoot in RAW and develop them using the new SILKYPIX® Developer Studio 3.0SE.

Panasonic has a new two-step noise reduction that separates high-frequency noise from low-frequency noise and applies noise reduction only to low frequency noise. It also has a new process to prevent color bleeding when reducing chromatic noise. Panasonic claims that its new noise reduction technology results in lower noise at high ISOs.

The Lumix DMC-FX150 has a large 2.7-in. (230K dots) LCD with wide viewing angle. The Intelligent LCD automatically increases the backlight brightness in bright sunlight according to the ambient light intensity and automatically adjusts the frame rate ("gains up") in dimly lit conditions according to the ambient darkness to ensure that you can always see what you are shooting.

There are 24 Scene Modes, including new Pin Hole Mode and Film Grain Mode allow you to capture pictures reminiscent of high-sensitivity film. A handy Leveling feature in Playback mode allows you to correct for straight horizons and architectural buildings. A Multi Exposure function lets you take up to three exposures in a single frame.

The FX150 can record motion images in high-definition (1,280 x 720 pixels at 24 fps), full-size movies in WVGA (848 x 480 pixels at 30 fps), and standard motion images in VGA (640 x 480 pixels at 30 fps) and QVGA (320 x 240 pixels at 30/10 fps).

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150 targets point-and-shoot as well as serious photographers desiring a simple-to-use digital camera with its practical "Intelligent" features, ultra compact design, wide-angle lens, optical image stabilization, and Manual Mode.

 
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Panasonic FX150
QuickFact™ Sheet
  Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX150 US | CAN | UK | Lumix JeansPocket Certified  
  KEY FEATURES    
  Camera Effective Pixels 14.7 Megapixels  
  CCD (Image Sensor) 1/1.72-in.
15.0 Mega Total Pixels CCD, Primary Color Filter
 
  Optical Zoom 3.6x  
  Extra Optical Zoom

4:3 Aspect Ratio:
4.3x for 10 MP, 5.1x for 7 MP, 6.2x for 5 MP, 7.7x for 3.0 / 2.0 / 0.3 MP
3:2 Aspect Ratio:
4.3x for 9 MP, 5.1x for 6 MP, 6.2x for 4.5 MP, 7.7x for 2.5 MP
16:9 Aspect Ratio:
4.3x for 7.5 MP, 5.1x for 5.5 MP, 6.2x for 3.5 MP, 7.7x for 2 MP

 
  Digital Zoom 4x
(Max. 14.3x combined with Optical Zoom without Extra Optical Zoom)
(Max. 30.8x combined with Extra Optical Zoom)
 
  Focal Length f = 6.0 - 21.4 mm (35 mm Equivalent: 28 - 100 mm)  
  Lens LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT
7 elements in 6 groups
(4 Aspherical lenses / 5 Aspherical surfaces)
 
  Aperture Wide: F2.8 - F9.0 (2 steps)
Tele: F5.6 - F18 (2 steps)
 
  Optical Image Stabilizer MEGA O.I.S. (Auto / Mode1 / Mode2)  
  PERFORMANCE FEATURES    
  Conversion Lens Compatibility No  
  Focusing Area Normal: 50 cm (1.64 feet) - infinity
Intelligent AUTO / Macro: Wide 5 cm (0.16 feet) / Tele 30 cm (0.98 feet) - infinity
 
  AF Metering Face / AF tracking / Multi-area / 1-area / 1-area high speed / Spot  
  Focus Normal / Macro, Quick AF On/Off (On in Intelligent Auto), AF Area Select, AF Tracking  
  AF Assist Lamp Yes  
  ISO Sensitivity Auto / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600
(High Sensitivity Mode: Auto(1600-6400))
ISO Limit Set
 
  White Balance Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Halogen / Color Temperature / White Set1 / White Set2
(Selectable at Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Sports, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, High Sensitivity, Hi-speed Burst, Pin Hole Modes)
White Balance Adjustment (2-axis adjustable, ± 9 steps each, Blue / Amber and Magenta / Green bias)
 
  Exposure Program AE, Simple Manual  
  Exposure Compensation 1/3 EV step, -2 - +2 EV  
  Backlight Compensation Yes (auto in Intelligent AUTO Mode)  
  Auto (AE) Bracketing ±1/3 EV - 1 EV step, 3 frames  
  Light Metering Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot  
  Rec Mode (Mode Dial) Intelligent AUTO, Program AE, Manual, Motion Picture, Scene Mode  
  Scene Modes Dial:
Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Scenery, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery,
Self-Portrait, Food, Party, Candle Light, Fireworks, Starry Sky, Beach,
Aerial Photo, Snow, High Sensitivity, Baby1, Baby2, Sunset, Pet, Hi-speed
Burst, Flash-Burst, Film Grain, Pin Hole
 
  Shutter Speed P: 1 - 1/2,000 sec (Selectable minimum shutter speed)
M: 60 - 1/2,000 sec
Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60 sec
 
  Self Timer 2 sec / 10 sec  
  Auto Review 1 sec / 2 sec / zoom / Hold  
  Picture Adjustment Contrast: ± 2 steps
Sharpness: ± 2 steps
Saturation: ± 2 steps
Noise Reduction: ± 2 steps
 
  Color Effect Mode Cool, Warm, Black & White, Sepia  
  Color Bracketing Standard / Black & White (2 images), Standard / Sepia (2 images), Standard / Black & White / Sepia (3 images)  
  Recording Format Still Image: JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.21 standard), RAW, DPOF corresponding
Image with audio: JPEG (Design rule for Camera File system, based on Exif 2.21 standard) + QuickTime
Motion Images: QuickTime Motion JPEG
 
  Image Quality Fine / Standard / RAW / RAW + JPEG  
  Motion Image (Quick Time Motion JPEG) 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 640 x 480 pixels 30 fps, 320 x 240 pixels 30 fps, 10 fps
16:9 Aspect Ratio: 848 x 480 pixels 30 fps
HD (16:9 Aspect Ratio): 1,280 x 720 pixels 24 fps
(Max. recording time depends on Memory Card Capacity, Max. 2 GB for a motion picture)
Creating still pictures from a motion picture
 
  Recording Image Size (Pixels)    
  4:3 Aspect Ratio 4,416 x 3,312 pixels,
3,648 x 2,736 pixels,
3,072 x 2,304 pixels,
2,560 x 1,920 pixels,
2,048 x 1,536 pixels,
1,600 x 1,200 pixels,
640 x 480 pixels
 
  3:2 Aspect Ratio 4,416 x 2,944 pixels,
3,648 x 2,432 pixels,
3,072 x 2,048 pixels,
2,560 x 1,712 pixels,
2,048 x 1,360 pixels
 
  16:9 Aspect Ratio 4,416 x 2,480 pixels,
3,648 x 2,056 pixels,
3,072 x 1,728 pixels,
2,560 x 1,440 pixels,
1,920 x 1,080 pixels
 
  CONVENIENCE FEATURES    
  Burst Shooting Mode Full-Resolution Image, 2 frames / sec
Max. 8 images (Standard Mode), Max. 4 images (Fine Mode)
Hi-speed Burst Mode: 7 frames / sec (Speed Priority), 5 frames / sec (Image Priority)
(recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9)

Approx. 30 shots (Speed Priority) / 35 shots (Image Priority) when using the built-in memory.
Approx. 30 - 100 shots (Speed Priority) / 35 - 100 shots (Image Priority) when using an SD/SDHC Memory Card.
* Maximum is 100 shots.
・The recording resolution is selected from 3 megapixels (4:3), 2.5 megapixels (3:2), or 2 megapixels (16:9).
・The number of consecutive shots is limited by the shooting conditions, card type, and card condition.
・The number of consecutive shots may increase immediately after the card is formatted.
 
  Unlimited Consecutive Shooting Yes  
  Intelligent Exposure Off / Low / Standard / High  
  Digital Red Eye Correction Yes  
  Easy Zoom Yes  
  Still Image Recording with Audio 5 seconds  
  Audio Dubbing Maximum of 10 Seconds  
  Real-time Histogram /
Highlight Display
Yes / Yes  
  Composition Guide Lines Yes (2 patterns)  
  Built-in Memory 50 MB  
  Scene Mode Help Screen Yes  
  Auto Angle Detection Yes  
  Travel Date / World Time Yes / Yes  
  Title Edit Yes  
  Text Stamp Yes  
  STANDARD FEATURES    
  Built-in Flash Auto, Auto / Red-eye Reduction, Forced On,
Slow Sync. / Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
0.6 - 5.9m (Wide / ISO Auto), 0.3 - 2.9m (Tele / ISO Auto)
High Sensitivity Mode: 1.15 - 15.1m (Wide) / 0.9 - 7.5m (Tele)
 
  External Flash No  
  Viewfinder No  
  LCD 2.7" TFT LCD (230,000 dots)
Field of View : approx. 100%
Auto Power LCD Mode, Power LCD Mode
 
  Playback Mode [REC] / [Play] Selector switch
30 - thumbnail display, 12 - thumbnail display, Calendar display, Zoomed playback (16x Max.), Playback of favorite pictures, Category Playback (playback and slideshow of pictures in category), Slideshow (duration & effect with music is selectable), Image rotation, Resizing (selectable number of pixels), Trimming, Protection, Aspect conversion, DPOF print setting, Creating still pictures from a motion picture, Image leveling
 
  OSD Language English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Netherlandic, Thai, Korean,Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese, Swedish, Danish, Finnish
*Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the OSD languages on the products that are available in your market.
 
  Recording Media Built-in Memory
SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card
MultiMedia Card (Still image only)
 
  Microphone Yes  
  Speaker Yes  
  Interface DC Input, AV Output (NTSC / PAL)*, HD AV Outoput (Component), USB2.0 High speed
*Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the AV Output on the products that are available in your market.
 
  Direct Print PictBridge  
  Power Supply

Li-ion Battery Pack (3.7 V, 1,150 mAh) (Included)
AC Adaptor (Input: 110 - 240 V AC) (Optional)

 
  Startup Time (Approx.) 2.0 sec  
  Release Time Lag (Approx.) 0.005 sec  
  Shutter Interval (Approx.) 1.2 sec (minimum) *Not including the time for AF  
  Battery Life (Approx.) 330 pictures (CIPA standard**)  
  SOFTWARE  
  Included Software PHOTOfunSTUDIO - viewer - 2.1 E,
SILKYPIX Developer Studio 3.0 SE,
ArcSoft MediaImpression, ArcSoft Panorama Maker, QuickTime, USB Driver
 
  ACCESSORIES    
  Standard Accessories Battery Charger, Battery Pack, Battery Carrying Case, AV Cable, USB Connection Cable, AC Cable, Strap, CD-ROM
*Check the website of the Panasonic sales company in your country or region for details on the standard accessories on the products that are available in your market.
 
  Dimensions (W x H x D) 96.7 x 54.0 x 24.8 mm /
3.80 x 2.13 x 0.96 in.
 
  Weight

151 g (0.3329 lb)
179 g (0.3946 lb) with Battery and SD Memory Card

 
  MSRP US $399 / CAD $449.99 / £299.99  

Footnotes
* In Motion Picture Mode, we recommend using a high speed SD/SDHC Memory Card with "10 MB/s" or greater displayed on the package.
** Shooting conditions: 23 °C (73.4°F) with 50 % humidity; LCD on***; using Panasonic SD/SHDC Memory Card; starting to shoot 30 seconds after turning on the power; shooting once every 30 seconds with the flash in full operation for every other shot; changing the zoom setting from telephoto to wide, or wide to telephoto, for each shot; and temporarily turning the power off after each 10 shots (long enough to lower the battery temperature).

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