Updated (August 2011): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 vs Pentax K-x

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 vs Pentax K-x

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

53

Pentax K-x

40

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
220 fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax K-x

Overall image quality
Great image quality
72.0
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (123×92×68 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
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
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
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
  1. Lens
vs
  1. 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
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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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.5 EV vs 10.9 EV
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2.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
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
123×92×68 mm vs 124×82×92 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
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/6000s vs 1/2000s
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3x faster max shutter speed
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The K-x's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$642.50 vs $820.00
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The best price we've seen is $178 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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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
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              DMC-FZ150528 g
              K-x580 g
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              DMC-FZ150460k dots
              K-x230k dots
              Size Large Help
              DMC-FZ150124×82×92 mm
              K-x123×92×68 mm

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Image stabilization Doesn't have image stabilization
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

              Super zoom

              $598 - $1,557

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $362 - $398

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Larger
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $228

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Significantly larger
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $400

              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

              Pentax K-x Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Pentax K-50

              Pentax K-50

              Entry-level DSLR

              $295 body only

              $375 - $378 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Pentax K-r

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 body only

              $586 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Pentax K-3

              Pentax K-3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $628 - $749 body only

              $1,039 - $1,047 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $332 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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