Updated (July, 2012): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 vs Pentax K-x

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 vs Pentax K-x

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

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Pentax K-x

41

Runner-up

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 Pentax K-x

Overall image quality
Great image quality
72.0
Size
Really small
Prosumer size 123x92x68 mm
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Color depth
Great color depth
22.8 bits

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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ150

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Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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 size
Larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
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 4.7 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
Lens vs Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
23 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight
Slightly lighter
528 g vs 580 g
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Around 10% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$314.20 vs $658.11
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The best price we've seen is $344 cheaper (2.1x less)
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Advantages of the Pentax K-x

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Overall image quality
Much better image quality
72.0 vs 40.0
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80% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
22.8 bits vs 19.4 bits
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Distinguishes 3.4 more bits of color
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.5 EV vs 10.9 EV
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1.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
811 ISO vs 132 ISO
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The K-x has excellent image quality 2.6 f-stops higher ISO than the DMC-FZ150
Size
Smaller
123x92x68 mm vs 124x82x92 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
2.7" vs 3.6"
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Around 30% thinner
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12.2 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture around 30% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The K-x's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The K-x's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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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
              DMC-FZ150Digital
              K-xPentamirror
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              DMC-FZ150528 g
              K-x580 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              DMC-FZ1503.6"
              K-x2.7"
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              DMC-FZ150460k dots
              K-x230k dots
              Size Large Help
              DMC-FZ150124x82x92 mm
              K-x123x92x68 mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $290 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $342 - $606

              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

              $344 - $399

              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

              $298

              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

              $225

              Longest exposure Longer exposures
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

              Pro digicam

              $677 - $898

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

              Pentax K-x Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-r

              Pentax K-r

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 body only

              $554 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $231 body only

              $355 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Screen size Larger screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $367 - $378 body only

              $399 - $496 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Size Slightly larger
              Pentax K-30

              Pentax K-30

              Entry-level DSLR

              $396 body only

              $418 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,033 body only

              $816 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger

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