Updated (July, 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

55

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

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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
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 115x84x47 mm
True resolution
High true resolution
15.8 MP
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Thickness
Thin
1.9"
 

differences

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
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
Help
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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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-G3

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Overall image quality
Significantly 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
Help
Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Size
Smaller
115x84x47 mm vs 124x82x92 mm
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2.1x smaller
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
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
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
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DMC-G3's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              DMC-FZ150:10.9 EV
              DMC-G3:10.6 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              DMC-FZ150:19.4 bits
              DMC-G3:21 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-FZ150:132 ISO
              DMC-G3:667 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              DMC-FZ150:40.0
              DMC-G3:56.0
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              460k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $302 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 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
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $550 - $620 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $349 - $380 body only

              $399 - $419 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Color depth Has significantly more color depth
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Thickness Is thicker

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $350 - $598

              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

              $405

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Zoom More zoom
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Super zoom

              $320 - $360

              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $247 - $298

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Size Significantly larger
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $350

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 body only

              $470 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $798 - $898 body only

              $1,500 - $1,899 with 12-35mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Significantly larger
              Thickness Significantly thicker
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $520 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-G2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $916 with 14-42mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Size Larger
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Size Significantly larger

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