Updated (July, 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Size
Really small
Prosumer size 124x82x92 mm
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30

Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Better editing
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ150

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Screen size Much larger screen 3.0" vs 2.0"
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More than 50% larger screen
Wide angle Much better wide angle 25 mm vs 35 mm
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Around 30% better wide angle
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 60fps vs 480p @ 10fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Size Significantly smaller 124x82x92 mm vs 141x86x138 mm
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More than 40% smaller
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
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Macro focus Significantly better macro capability 1 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 5x closer to the lens
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 significantly faster 12 fps vs 3 fps
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4x faster continuous shooting
Zoom More zoom 24x vs 12x
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4x more zoom
True resolution Higher true resolution 9.7 MP vs 8 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 400 ISO
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The DMC-FZ150's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
Thickness Significantly thinner 3.6" vs 5.4"
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More than 30% thinner
Weight Lighter 528 g vs 740 g
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Around 30% lighter
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 6,400 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ30

Sensor size Larger sensor 1/1.8" 7.2x5.3mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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Around 40% larger sensor
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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similarities

Compared to recent digicams

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Supports RAW RAW support Help
Better editing
External flash Support external flash Help
Better lighting
Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
Digital
Weight Heavy Help
DMC-FZ150:528 g
DMC-FZ30:740 g
Thickness Quite thick Help
DMC-FZ150:3.6"
DMC-FZ30:5.4"
Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
DMC-FZ150:6,400 ISO
DMC-FZ30:None
Size Large Help
DMC-FZ150:124x82x92 mm
DMC-FZ30:141x86x138 mm

Compared to recent super zooms

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Zoom Poor zoom Help
DMC-FZ150:24x
DMC-FZ30:12x
Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
DMC-FZ150:460k dots
DMC-FZ30:230k dots

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Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Super zoom

$363 - $518

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
Thickness Is thicker
Size Is slightly larger
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Super zoom

$399 - $400

Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Zoom Has much more zoom
Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Super zoom

$400 - $435

Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ48

Super zoom

$420

External flash Doesn't support an external flash
Supports RAW Doesn't shoot RAW
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35

Super zoom

$616

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
External flash Doesn't support an external flash
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50

Pro digicam

$548

Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Thickness Is thicker
Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100

Entry-level DSLR

$285 body only

$427 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Has much better image quality
True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
3D Doesn't take 3D photos

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Competitors

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Disadvantages

Canon Powershot SX40

Canon Powershot SX40

Super zoom

$315 - $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-FZ1000

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

Pro digicam

$847 - $898

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Overall image quality Much 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
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

Super zoom

$650

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
HDR Has in-camera HDR
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 Competitors

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Nikon Coolpix P100

Nikon Coolpix P100

Super zoom

$398

Screen size Much larger screen
Wide angle Much better wide angle
Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
Supports RAW No RAW support
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

Super zoom

$959

Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Screen size Much larger screen
External flash No external flash support
Sensor size Smaller sensor
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Travel zoom

$300 - $399

Size Much smaller
Wide angle Much better wide angle
Aperture Narrower aperture
Supports RAW No RAW support

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