The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 is Panasonic’s top-of-the-line super zoom camera. It features 12.1MP resolution (1/2.3-inch High Sensitivity MOS sensor), a 24x ultra wide-angle optical zoom (25-600mm equiv.), a 3.0-in. (460k-dot) Free-angle LCD, Continuous Shooting at 12fps, and Full HD Movie 1920 x 1080/60p. Point-and-Shoot users will choose to leave the camera on Intelligent AUTO mode while beginners and more advanced users have access to all the semi-auto and manual modes with PASM shooting modes and RAW file format.
The 24x optical zoom lens is a Leica DC starting at an ultra wide angle 25mm (equiv.), perfect for taking group shots or wide vistas. The tele ends at 600mm (equiv.) and built-in optical image stabilization helps stabilize the camera at the long focal lengths. New is the Power Zoom lever on the side of the lens which makes it much easier and smoother to zoom the lens, though not as creatively flexible as a manual zoom ring. Slide the lever a small amount for slow zooming, and a larger amount for high-speed zooming. Macro is at 1cm.
Get creative with Creative Control, Photo Style, and 3D Photo Mode. Continuous Shooting is 12fps at full resolution, 5.5fps/2fps with AF Tracking and 60fps at 3.5MP. For more precise focus, 1-area AF is both flexible (31 x 23 areas) and scalable (4 sizes: Spot, Normal, L, and XL).
A 3.0-in. [3:2] 460k-dot Free-Angle LCD rotates 180° to the side and tilts 270° up and down, making it very convenient when shooting at low-angle, high-angle and on a tripod. The 0.2-in. EVF features a 100% field of view, 201,600-dot equivalent, and a large, comfortable eyepiece.
The DMC-FZ150 shoots Full HD Movie 1920 x 1080/60p for progressive recording. Sound is recorded by a stereo zoom microphone using the high-quality Dolby® Digital Stereo Creator. Mechanical noise caused by zooming during movie recording is suppressed to improve the clearness. The Auto Wind Cut function blocks out most of the noise from background wind to help make the human voice to stand out. You can select your preferred shooting mode: iA, PASM or Scene mode for movie recording. High-speed videos at 220 fps in QVGA size (320 x 240 pixels) allows slow motion playback. You can also take still images (3.5-megapixel at 16:9) without interrupting video recording. An optional Stereo Microphone DMW-MS1 clearly captures distant sounds in superb quality.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 is for those who desire an all-in-one high quality and powerful camera with a super zoom and full manual control. It’s perfect for photography students and as a travel companion.
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|US | CA | UK | Lumix|
|Image Sensor||12.1 Megapixel (1/2.3-in. High Sensitivity MOS sensor)|
|Aperture||F2.8 – 5.2 / Multistage Iris Diaphragm (F2.8 – 8.0 (W) / F5.2 – 8.0 (T))|
|Optical Zoom||24x (25 – 600 mm in 35 mm equiv.)|
|Image Stabilization||Power O.I.S. (Optical)|
|File Format||RAW / RAW+Fine / RAW+Standard / Fine / Standard|
|Media||SD / SDHC / SDXC|
|Viewfinder||0.20" Color EVF (201,600 Pixels equiv.), Field of View: Approx. 100%, Lens 19.6x|
|Shutter Speed||Still: Approx. 15 – 1/2,000 sec
Video Mode: 1/30 – 1/20,000 sec (1/8 – 1/20,000 sec on MF operation on Creative Video Mode)
Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30 sec
|Continuous Shooting||Full-Resolution Image: 12 frames / sec Max. 12 images (Standard Mode / Fine Mode)
With AF Tracking: 5.5 frames / sec, 2 frames / sec
High-speed Burst Mode: Approx. 40 frames / sec (recorded in 5M for 4:3, 4.5M for 3:2, 3.5M for 16:9, 3.5M for 1:1)
Approx. 60 frames / sec (recorded in 2.5M for 4:3, 3M for 3:2, 3.5M for 16:9, 2M for 1:1)
|Shooting Modes||iA, PASM, Custom, Scene, Creative Control|
|Exposure Metering||Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot|
|ISO Sensitivity||Auto / i.ISO / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200
High Sensitivity Mode (ISO1600 – 6400)
|Macro||Normal: Wide 30 cm – infinity / Tele 200 cm – infinity
AF Macro / MF / Intelligent Auto / Motion Picture: Wide 1 cm – infinity / Tele 100 cm – infinity
|Autofocus||Normal / AF Macro / MF (side lever and cursor key button) / Quick AF On / Off (On in Intelligent Auto), Continuous AF On / Off, Focus Button, AF/MF Switchable Button, AF/AE Lock Button, One Shot AF, AF Area Select, AF Tracking
AF Assist Lamp
|White Balance||Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / White Set 1 / White Set 2 / Color Temperature /
White Balance Adjustment (2-axis adjustable, ±9 steps each, Blue / Amber and Magenta / Green bias)
|Display Monitor||7.5 cm (3.0") Free-angle TFT Screen LCD Display (460,000 dots), AR Coating
Field of View: Approx. 100%, Wide Viewing-angle
Auto Power LCD Mode, Power LCD Mode
AVCHD 60p (PSH: 28Mbps) (Sensor output is 60p)
AVCHD 60i (FSH: 17Mbps) (Sensor output is 60p)
MP4, 30fps (FHD: 20Mbps) (Sensor output is 30p)
[PAL Model] AVCHD 50p (PSH: 28Mbps) (Sensor output is 50p)
AVCHD 50i (FSH: 17Mbps) (Sensor output is 50p)
MP4, 25fps (FHD: 20Mbps) (Sensor output is 25p)
|Battery||Li-ion (410 shots, CIPA) included
Battery Charger DE-A83
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||124.3 x 81.7 x 95.2 mm
(4.89 x 3.20 x 3.74 in.)
|Weight||484 g (1.06 lb) without Battery and SD Memory Card
528 g (1.16 lb) with Battery and SD Memory Card
|MSRP||US $499.99 / CAD $499.99 / UK £ 469.99 / €|
*Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer. Please consult manufacturer’s site for latest specifications.
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