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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 vs Nikon D3100

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

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Nikon D3100

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
220 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
12 fps
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
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Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection

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Advantages of the Nikon D3100

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Overall image quality
Much better image quality
67.0 vs 40.0
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Around 70% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
22.5 bits vs 19.4 bits
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Distinguishes 3.1 more bits of color
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
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
Weight
Slightly lighter
505 g vs 528 g
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$253.24 vs $374.20
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The best price we've seen is $121 cheaper (more than 30% 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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
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
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              D3100Pentamirror
              DMC-FZ150Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              D310011.3 EV
              DMC-FZ15010.9 EV
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D31002.9"
              DMC-FZ1503.6"
              Weight Heavy Help
              D3100505 g
              DMC-FZ150528 g
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Size Large Help
              D3100124x96x73 mm
              DMC-FZ150124x82x92 mm
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              D3100230k dots
              DMC-FZ150460k dots
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              D310067.0
              DMC-FZ15040.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 - $517 body only

              $359 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,483 body only

              $420 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $450 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $579 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen

              Nikon D3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $400 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
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              $419 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $618 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Slightly larger
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $730 body only

              $1,051 with 55-300mm 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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $330 - $398

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Larger
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $361

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Zoom More zoom
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $199 - $248

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Significantly larger
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Super zoom

              $337

              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $319 - $430

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Aperture Narrower aperture

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