Updated (August 2011): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
220 fps
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
12 fps
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ150

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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
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
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
12 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 3x faster continuous shooting
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
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The DMC-FZ150's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
410 shots vs 400 shots
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ48

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Size
Slightly smaller
120×80×92 mm vs 124×82×92 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Lowest price
Cheaper
$556.00 vs $820.00
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The best price we've seen is $264 cheaper (more than 30% less)
Weight
Slightly lighter
498 g vs 528 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent super zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              DMC-FZ150410 shots
              DMC-FZ48400 shots
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              1.0 cm
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Focus points Many focus points Help
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              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Longest exposure Long exposures Help
              DMC-FZ15030s
              DMC-FZ4860s
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.6"
              Weight Heavy Help
              DMC-FZ150528 g
              DMC-FZ48498 g
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              6,400 ISO
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              DMC-FZ1503,200 ISO
              DMC-FZ481,600 ISO
              Size Large Help
              DMC-FZ150124×82×92 mm
              DMC-FZ48120×80×92 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              DMC-FZ1501/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              DMC-FZ481/2.3" 6.16x4.62mm
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              24x
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              DMC-FZ1501080p @ 60fps
              DMC-FZ481080p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $362 - $398

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $228

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Thickness Is thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ40

              Super zoom

              $450

              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Pro digicam

              $584 - $748

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Movie format Records very high quality movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Super zoom

              $350

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

              Super zoom

              $587

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328

              Aperture Has a much wider aperture
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

              Super zoom

              $598 - $1,557

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Size Larger
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $400

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $220 - $227

              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Fujifilm X30

              Fujifilm X30

              Pro digicam

              $411 - $600

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Zoom Less zoom

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