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Good: Lens, quality, value
Comment: I've owned every Lumix FZ model from the 20 onwards. The FZ150 is the best and IMO beats my wife's G3 for usability. It's really a lens with camera attached, easy to use, well balanced, quality grip, good battery life and now amazing value at around £350. Lots of detailed reviews around. Highly recommended.
Comment: An ideal companion when a DSLR and the lenses are too much to carry and a smaller camera does not have the reach.
I'm really impresses with this bit of kit!
Good: The digtal zoom is great! Any camera I had before this would reduce the resolution down to make up for the digital zoom. However, this camera uses a processor to smooth out the pixelation and seems to use pattern recognition to fill in the details. When using the zoom the resolution size stays the same and these features mentioned keep the picture looking great. In fact only at close inspection could I see the faults of digital zoom. The review is correct that with the 24X optical zoom the digital one is not really needed. But it is nice to have just incase. Also the telephoto lens that can be purchased works well too, if you want to carry it in your bag.
Bad: Wind noise is the thing I dislike the most when recording. But that is fixable with an external mic.
Comment: This camera is nice!
I agree with the review and have a only a bit to add that they didn't cover. This camera is able to save RAW format pictures. This is a big plus over many of the other brands. Also, it shoots decent 3D images. The hotshoe for an external flash is really nice to have. It is hard sometimes to find a flash with the same hotshoe configuration though. If you are not able to find an external flash with the same hotshoe then purchase a slave flash that fires when it sees the camera's flash fire. The camera's built in flash is as good as you can get with a built-in foldable flash. If you take a good amount of pictures though you will want an external flash for out doors. The MOS chip is a great feature that the review didn't even cover. It allows the camera to take great low light pictures without using a flash. Most cameras have a CMOS chip to take the light in. CMOS chips use less power but require more light. The battery life of the camera is average for its type of camera, but uses the better MOS chip. This MOS chip also makes recording movies in low light great because you get very little grain distortion in dark areas of the picture, which are caused by not enough light for the chip taking in the light. In auto mode this camera beats many cameras I have used including expensive SLRs in the $2,000 range for body alone. When you get this camera, play with it, don't worry about taking bad pictures. See what this baby can do! It rivals SLRs in its capablity and distroys them when you think about all the extra lenses your not carring. I know I have 3 SLRs.
Good: Versatility and quality particularly at full zoom,
Comment: Very happy user, Panasonic always denotes quality from TVs, cameras to
microwaves. I have all three.
Good: Thank you for a well-argued review.
Comment: Your review has made me interested in the Lumix FZ 150.
For me as an enthusiast-amateur JPEG image quality is the determining factor. Would a Lumix Lx 5 or a Nikon 3100 with a kit lens or with a top-of-the-line lens be better than a Lumix Fz 150 as regards colors, sharpness and the ability to make posters?
Thank you kindly.
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