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

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

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Pentax K-x

42

Pentax K-x

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
High speed movies
High-speed framerate
220 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
12 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-x

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.5 EV
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
97 ms shutter lag
 

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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
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
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
$383.01 vs $695.14
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The best price we've seen is $312 cheaper (more than 40% 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
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Color depth
Better color depth
22.8 bits vs 19.4 bits
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Distinguishes 3.4 more bits of color
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.5 EV vs 10.9 EV
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1.6 f-stops more dynamic range
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Sensor size
Significantly larger sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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Around 13.5x larger sensor
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
True resolution
Higher true resolution
12.2 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture around 30% more detail in your photos
Thickness
Thinner
2.7" vs 3.6"
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Around 30% thinner
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 Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              DMC-FZ150:Digital
              K-x:Pentamirror
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              DMC-FZ150:528 g
              K-x:580 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              DMC-FZ150:3.6"
              K-x:2.7"
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Size Large Help
              DMC-FZ150:124x82x92 mm
              K-x:123x92x68 mm
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              DMC-FZ150:460k dots
              K-x:230k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 - $387 body only

              $410 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $520 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $248 - $345

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

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

              Super zoom

              $349 - $500

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $886

              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

              Pentax K-x Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-r

              Pentax K-r

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 body only

              $796 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Slightly larger
              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 - $516 body only

              $427 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Size Slightly larger
              Pentax K-5

              Pentax K-5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,169 body only

              $910 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Larger
              Pentax K20D

              Pentax K20D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $442 with 18-55mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Pentax K200D

              Pentax K200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Movie format Does not take movies

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