Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Ilse Jurriën : August 27th 2011 - 17:45 CET
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 digital camera : Panasonic introduces a the new top-model to its super-zoom Lumix FZ-Series. The new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 digital cameras is fully equipped with a 25mm ultra wide-angle Leica DC Vario-Elmarit lens and a powerful 24x optical zoom (25-600mm) available for shooting both still pictures and Full HD videos. Additionally, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 has two of Panasonic’s newest features; newly advanced Nano Surface Coating technology which helps minimize light reflection that causes ghost and flare and the new 3D Photo Mode. Packing a powerful zoom lens, a host of functions and manual control in a compact body, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 is highly versatile, perfect for advanced amateur photographers.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 digital camera
The already powerful 24x optical zoom can increase its power to 32x equivalent with the Intelligent Zoom function. Taking advantage of Intelligent Resolution technology, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 maintains the picture quality even when using a digital zoom. With the powerful zoom drawing distant objects near, and the 25mm ultra wide angle lens capturing approximately 196% wider angle of view compared with a standard 35mm camera - the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 is ideal for shooting dynamic landscapes or indoor group portraits.
12.1 megapixel Panasonic Lumix FZ150 camera
As the top-end model of Lumix’s popular FZ series, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 combines a new 12.1-megapixel MOS sensor and the renowned Venus Engine ensuring high performance image recording in terms of both sensitivity and speed. The newly developed Multi-process Noise Reduction applies optimum noise reduction according to the brightness of the picture. Both high frequency noise that occurs in the dark part and low frequency noise in the light part are suppressed even as they happen in a picture. As a result, images recorded in low-lit situations are now extremely clear with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 test photos
Panasonic has published some test photos of the new Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 camera, so you can check out the image quality of this new compact camera yourself. You can download the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 test photo here and here.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 offers full manual control
The Light Speed AF of approx. 0.1 sec never misses fleeting photo opportunities. To encourage step-up users to enjoy shooting even more, full manual control is available with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150. Users can enjoy image shooting while expressing their intention not only in photos but also in video, utilizing a host of options including the new Creative Control and Photo Style with a wide variety of preset options. The Panasonic Lumix FZ150 also offers an effective hand-shake correction system, the POWER O.I.S. now gains Active mode, which helps to record stable video even if shot while walking.
Record Full HD videos with the Panasonic Lumix FZ150
As a step-up from the recently announced Panasonic Lumix FZ47’s 1920 x 1080 60i video feature, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 realizes 1920 x 1080 60p Full-HD AVCHD Progressive (MPEG-4 / H.264) format. It is also possible to take still pictures while recording video simultaneously (3.5-megapixel) and the powerful 24x optical zoom is also available in video mode, so rest assured that those special moments, even in the distant, can be captured whether it’s a still picture or video. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 incorporates a stereo zoom microphone with a Wind Cut function, so that videos come with high-quality stereo sound through Dolby Digital Stereo Creator.
3D Photo mode on the Panasonic Lumix FZ150
The newly-added 3D Photo mode integrated in the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 takes 20 panning shots and then the camera automatically selects the two most suitable images - one for the right eye and one for the left eye - to synthesize a 3D composite. The 3D image can then be viewed on any VIERA 3D HDTV. The format of 3D images is compatible with MPO which can be played back on other MPO-compatible equipment.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Photo effects
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 provides the new Creative Control mode with a selection of artistic effect modes; Expressive, Retro, High Key, Sepia, High Dynamic, Miniature Effect, Film Grain and Pin Hole. In addition, Photo Style is newly added to the Panasonic Lumix FZ150 for the expression of finer nuance. It has Standard, Vivid, Natural, Monochrome, Scenery, Portrait presets, while enabling finer adjustment of contrast, sharpness, saturation and noise reduction by each.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 features
• Motion Deblur Mode, which helps to prevent blur.
• Intelligent Handheld Nightshot Mode, which generates beautiful night scenery with illumination by layering multiple images shot consecutively.
• PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.5 BD Edition Software makes it possible to sort and organize photos not only of those newly taken but also of those stored on the PC with quick start-up and fast read-in of images. Recorded videos can be edited with the Short Movie Story function and written into MPEG2 to burn onto a Blu-ray or DVD disc.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 accessories
As a further step-up from the FZ47, the Lumix DMC-FZ150 is equipped with a hot shoe allowing attachment of various accessories including an optional stereo microphone (DMW-MS1) or an optional external flash (DMW-FL220 / FL360 / FL500). The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 is also compatible with an optional remote shutter (DMW-RSL1) for advanced expression in photography.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 price & availability
The Panasonic Lumix FZ150 will be available in black for a suggested retail price of $500 / €530 starting in late-September 2011.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 review
As soon as we receive a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 test sample, we will publish a photo gallery with high resolution pictures, followed by an extensive Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 review.