Pros Zoom range and maximum zoom image quality are superb.
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. Great quality movies!
Cons Macro is good but not stunning - but macro lenses can be added if that's your thing, using the 52mm screw mount.
Summary I did a couple of weeks research before taking the plung with this camera, and I am not in any way disappointed with my decision. Over the past 30 years, I've used the very top Nikon SLRs (film types), and for work, I've always gone with Olympus, most recently using the excellent Olympus C-5060 compact. I wanted greater zoom range and higher quality video than the C-5060 could offer, both for my consulting work and for home/recreational/travel use. In these two respects, the Lumix FZ150K has exceeded my expectations. Image quality - even at maximum zoom and handheld - is amazing for a non-SLR, and only under considerable enlargement is processing/loss of detail evident. Video performance is top notch, too.Sorry...for some reason the system showed 4-stars when I clicked FIVE STARS! Sadly, the system does not allow me to amend the star rating.
The camera is extremely easy to use, with good ergonomics (for my hands and expectations), although some users with large fingers may find some of the top buttons a bit fiddly and close together. That's the price of miniaturization, though, so is not really a criticism - you can't have your cake and eat it, too.
I have been photographing birds around our property, and also taking night shots. This camera brings back the FUN of taking photos. The burst modes are astonishingly good - even autofocus is blindingly fast, and duff shots are rare. Add to that the high-speed movie setting for slo-mo playback, and stereo sound with excellent wind-noise filter, and you have a camera that really does manage to deliver in every department.
I would certainly recommend this great camera to anyone looking for a great point and shoot, but it may also surprise someone looking at the lower-end offerings of DSLR makers like canon, Nikon, Olympus and the like. Well worth checking this one out. An easy 5-stars.
Updated on Jun 4, 2012
Pros Very good battery life, excellent video recording, many feature, and good manual adjustment.
Cons Picture quality was next to good, especially indoor (low light) and night shoot (without flash)
Summary I've been reviewing this camera for months before finally I brought 1. FZ150 prove himself to be an excellent camera, although it mean a 500 bucks off my pocket. I've use it in one occasion, namely an Explorace, where with single charge, I could manage to shoot more than 1500 pictures with all-the-time image stabilization ON. ya, 1.5k pictures, and it include some 60 full HD video, making a total space of 2-3GB. But ya, without any flash.
Anyhow, pictures quality, where most people claims to be a bit frustrating, is only applicable in low light mode, or night shoot, as all of the 1.5k pictures i've taken were in a v.good quality.
I am an amateur photographer, but as I was a carpenter, those 500g worth of mass of the camera is not a big problem for me. Zooming at telephoto + digital zoom + iZoom, (127X maybe)and I could still get an acceptable quality of both video and pictures, although can't beat the quality of some mobile phone video, perhaps. ( on the full zoom mode)
You won't be disappointed when buying this camera, as long as you don't received a pre-malfunction camera. :)
Pros RAW, LEICA lens, CMOS sensor, AVCHD format
Cons small size of sensor than DSLR but much lower price points too.
Summary Choose between SX40 and this, for me the winner is FZ150
Pros This camera is well built, has lots of good controls and looks very professional and should appeal to users more interested in form than image quality.
Cons Despite its great features, the one critical feature missing from this $500 camera is the ability to produce consistently good images. It's disappointing that a camera with such a well executed feature set is ultimately humbled by a mediocre sensor and pr
Summary The inconsistent and compromised image quality reported for this camera along with its $500 price tag should have earned it no more than a 3 star rating. If one isn't concerned about image quality then there are many other cameras that cab get the job done for less money and may ultimately produce better images. If image quality is a top requirement then you may be better off looking elsewhere.
Pros Flip out screen, crisp full HD, remote capable - lots of great sounding specs.
Cons My old Canon G6 takes sharper pics then this camera. Too pricey for the pic quality.
Summary I've used this camera for a month and my 5 year old Canon G6 still takes sharper shots then the FZ150. If you view the pics at 100% they look like crap.
At first I thought it was me, so I've read just about every forum and tried every combination of setting to try and get sharp pics. Nothing improved. So I chatted with panasonic, when I suggested the camera might be defective, they responded that I am the only thing defective - nice way to treat you customer.
So if your like me and crop down pics afterwards you won't be happy - noise is visible. If you just want print out your full pic on a 4x6 then it should look fine.
The video is great... which is the only reason I might keep this camera, but it looks like I need to move up to a dslr or over to a canon for the sharper pics.
I suggest you download other people's FZ150 pics off of photo sites before you buy so you know what your getting into.