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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
220 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
12 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D3100

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Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 67.0 vs 40.0
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Around 70% better image quality
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Color depth Better color depth 22.5 bits vs 19.4 bits
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Distinguishes 3.1 more bits of color
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.1x15.4mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 12.5x larger sensor
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 919 ISO vs 132 ISO
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The D3100 has excellent image quality 2.8 f-stops higher ISO than the DMC-FZ150
True resolution Higher true resolution 14.2 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.3 EV vs 10.9 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Battery life Longer battery life 550 shots vs 410 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Thickness Thinner 2.9" vs 3.6"
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Around 20% thinner
Size Slightly smaller 124x96x73 mm vs 124x82x92 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Weight Slightly lighter 505 g vs 528 g
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D3100's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $272.89 vs $350.00
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The best price we've seen is $77 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ150

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 220 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 12 fps vs 3 fps
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4x faster continuous shooting
Focus points Slightly more focus points 23 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              D3100:Pentamirror
              DMC-FZ150:Digital
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Weight Heavy Help
              D3100:505 g
              DMC-FZ150:528 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D3100:2.9"
              DMC-FZ150:3.6"
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              D3100:11.3 EV
              DMC-FZ150:10.9 EV
              Size Large Help
              D3100:124x96x73 mm
              DMC-FZ150:124x82x92 mm

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $225 - $389 body only

              $399 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $570 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay

              Nikon D3100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $681 - $700 body only

              $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $495 - $564 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Slightly larger
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $929 body only

              $844 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $363 - $518

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Larger
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $399 - $400

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Pro digicam

              $847 - $898

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Size Significantly larger
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $280 - $319

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Size Significantly larger
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $315 - $405

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Zoom More zoom
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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