Updated (July 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

33

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
220 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

Size
Really small
Standard size (115×84×47 mm)
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Thickness
Thin
1.9"
Weight
Light-weight
336 g

Items often bought with the DMC-FZ150 or DMC-G3

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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ150

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. 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
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
12 fps vs 4 fps
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3x faster continuous shooting
Battery life
Longer battery life
410 shots vs 270 shots
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More than 50% more shots per battery charge
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
10.9 EV vs 10.6 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-G3

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Overall image quality
Better image quality
56.0 vs 40.0
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40% better image quality
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Size
Smaller
115×84×47 mm vs 124×82×92 mm
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2.1x smaller
Color depth
Better color depth
21 bits vs 19.4 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 more bits of color
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
True resolution
Higher true resolution
15.8 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.9" vs 3.6"
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Around 50% thinner
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
667 ISO vs 132 ISO
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The DMC-G3 has excellent image quality: 2.3 f-stops higher ISO than the DMC-FZ150
Weight
Lighter
336 g vs 528 g
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Around 40% lighter
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Cheaper
$432.89 vs $820.00
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The best price we've seen is $387 cheaper (around 50% less)
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-FZ15010.9 EV
              DMC-G310.6 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-FZ15019.4 bits
              DMC-G321 bits
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              DMC-FZ150132 ISO
              DMC-G3667 ISO
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-FZ15040.0
              DMC-G356.0

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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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $798 - $800 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              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
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Longest exposure Slightly shorter exposures
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $648 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

              Super zoom

              $598

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $461

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Zoom More zoom
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Pro digicam

              $620 - $798

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Canon PowerShot G3 X

              Canon PowerShot G3 X

              Super zoom

              $999

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Super zoom

              $350

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $545 body only

              $368 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $540 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 - $752 body only

              $860 with 45-150mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Significantly larger
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $539 - $549 body only

              $593 - $599 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Weight Slightly heavier

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