Superzoom with super-fast focus - is the Panasonic Lumix FZ150 the ultimate 24x superzoom? What Digital Camera puts the Lumix FZ150 on test...

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Panasonic Lumix FZ150

Overall score:90%
Image Quality:85%


  • Fast autofocus, Raw shooting, decent movie mode, Power OIS stabilisation, 12fps burst mode


  • Image quality above ISO 800, no auto detection to activate EVF, still only 24x zoom


Panasonic Lumix FZ150 Review


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Value & Verdict

Panasonic Lumix FZ150 review – Value

The recommended retail price of £449 makes the Lumix FZ150 an expensive purchase, but there are pre-orders on a number of online stores for as low as £369. If the latter price tag holds then, considering its impending October launch date making it the most up to date superzoom on the market, the FZ150 is competitively priced when considering the likes of the Canon PowerShot SX30 IS (£350) and Sony Cyber-shot HX100V (£385). There are far cheaper options out there however, including the Nikon Coolpix P500 (£300) and Fujifilm FinePix HS20 (£285), though neither of the latter models offer lens-based image stabilisation and the FZ150 has faster focusing than all these listed competitors which undoubtedly adds further value.

Panasonic Lumix FZ150 review – Verdict


Panasonic LUMIX FZ150The Panasonic Lumix FZ150 is among the best superzoom cameras available on the market. It may not have the very best picture quality, nor is its 24x optical zoom lens the grandest out there. But what the FZ150 does get right you’ll more than know about: the autofocus speed is superb, the burst mode super-fast, Raw shooting is a very big tick in the box and the lens-based Power OIS stabilisation is excellent. If money is no object and you’re after an ‘all rounder’ superzoom camera then there’s little better than the Lumix FZ150.


Video:1920 x 1080 pixels, 50p (PSH: 28Mbps / AVCHD) (Sensor output is 50p)
White Balance:Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / Flash / White Set 1 / White Set 2 / Color Temperature / White Balance Adjustment (2-axis adjustable, ±9steps each, Blue/Amber and Magenta/Green bias)
Sensor:1/2.3-type High Sensitivity Mos Sensor / 12.8 Total Megapixels / Primary Color Filter
LCD:3in, 460k-dots vari-angle
Memory Card:SD (HC/XC)
Metering System:Intelligent Multiple / Center Weighted / Spot
Other:• Power OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation) • Nano Surface Coating • 3in, 460k-dot, tilt-angle LCD screen• 0.2in, 201k-dot Electronic Viewfinder• 12fps continuous shooting• 1080p Full HD movie mode (50fps)
Connectivity:mini HDMI, AV Output, USB2.0 High speed
Exposure Modes:Program AE, Aperture Priority AE, Shutter Priority AE, Manual
Weight:Approx. 528 g with Battery and SD Memory Card
Flash Modes:Auto, Auto/Red- eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red- eye Reduction, / Slow Sync./Red- eye Reduction, Forced Off / Flash Synchro; 1st / 2nd / 0.3 - 9.5m (Wide/ISO Auto), 1.0 - 5.1m (Tele/ISO Auto)
Power:Rechargeable Li- ion Battery Pack (7.2V, Minimum: 895mAh)
ISO Range:100-3200
Lens:25mm Wide-angle 24x (25-600mm equiv) Optical Zoom Lens Featuring Nano Surface Coating
Dimensions:124.3 x 81.7 x 95.2 mm
File Formats:JPEG, RAW, RAW & JPEG
Shutter Speeds:15 - 1/2000 sec
  1. 1. Panasonic Lumix FZ150 review - Features
  2. 2. Performance
  3. 3. Image Quality
  4. 4. Value & Verdict
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