Panasonic FZ150 Review – FZ100 Upgrade
I bought my Panasonic FZ150 digital camera 4 weeks ago. (got it at $287)
My FZ100 was pretty cool camera, but it was not really “right” out-of-the-box.
To achieve good quality of JPEG images, I needed to modify the sharpness and noise reduction settings. In my opinion, FZ100 is not really a camera for anyone who really demand top pictures quality.
Panasonic FZ150 vs FZ100
Speaking about FZ100 vs FZ150, first of all is the sensor, the previous 14MP sensor was in fact the weakness of FZ100.
Not really as terrible as a few people would want you believe, but definitely not as great as the best of its competitions.
Now the new 12MP sensor together with the more pixels, is significantly better even at pretty high ISOs than the old sensor, and knocks the wind out of the Panasonic FZ series some critics thinking.
For low light, you now have the new 6400-ISO speed and less noise to put up with.
Also, you will find Exposure mode is now labeled Dynamic mode that enable your camera to automatically detect what kind of exposure a picture will require, and can vary the sensor’s sensitivity appropriately.
You can turn this Dynamic mode off if you prefer, and even used to be low, or standard and high modification. If this mode is used correctly, it will be very useful feature, even better than on Panasonic DMC-FZ100.
The Panasonic DMC-FZ100’s stabilizer had 4 settings, Off mode, auto, a function for those who shake while attempting to hold their cameras, and one function for those who constantly use the shutter while taking photos. Now with this model, you will find two simple mode, on and off mode. There is also 3D photo list on the Scene Mode.
Camera’s mode: The Intelligent Auto (iA) mode is now expanded to Handheld nite, and low-light to make movies. Handheld nite will obtain a number of pictures and then do a comparison with one another. All of these pictures are then simply merged to ensure that noise will be removed by comparison.
Burst mode is now improved to give a frame more from FZ100’s 11fps to 12fps, this is actually my favourite mode, as I am very pleased with speed improvement (also means improved auto focus), while disappointed with frames, that falls from 15 to 12 because now the AF enabled top speed is actually 5.5fps while it was 5fps with Panasonic DMC-FZ100.
Camera’s lens, other than sticking with their great 25-600mm lens (which is Leica licenced), it also improve its lens to even nicer sheen. The result is simply WOW!
The new nano coated area reducing undesired lighting polluton, while the previous auto focus has been made very fast is now even faster, and Panasonic has added an extra Zooming control to the lens.
This new additional zooming control enables you holding your camera in the left hand, while you can use your thumb to control the zoom.
Another cool feature is the “Rec Area” that will tell the coverage angle while recording movies. Talking about movies, I have made some 1080p videos mode at around 50fps. This makes this Panasonic DMC-FZ150K as my excellent camcorder.
Be ware though, this can cost you more, all that top quality requires about 28 MB/s per transfer. This means, it needs 28 MB of the data for each second on the video’s highest quality.
If you likely need to shoot a lot of high quality videos, I recommend you to get very large card you can possibly find. I have personally bought Class 10 cards and they were just not enough. ScanDisk 30-40MB/s is my best option.
Panasonic DMC-FZ00 is no doubt excellent camera, it works very well, but unfortunately the sensor is not really the camera’s standard. This Panasonic FZ150 is made to fix FZ100’s shortcomings and even add a spectacular sensor to improve overall camera’s capabilities.
All my old FZ100’s accessories is now used again with this new FZ150K model, a prove that Panasonic seems to mantain their cameras compatibility and good battery life (2 full days with heavy use).
Panasonic FZ150 – Panasonic DMC-FZ150K
Straightforward this Panasonic DMC-FZ100 is an expensive high-class digital camera. To sum up, I would recommend this digital camera to anyone who wants to buy a super-zoom device.
You can use automatic functions as a newbie or even take advantage of the variety of options if you’re a professional enthusiast. In both cases, you’ll be delighted with this Panasonic FZ150 model.