Updated (August 2011): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 vs Pentax X90

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 vs Pentax X90

Winner
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

57

Pentax X90

50

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
220 fps
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
12 fps
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Pentax X90

Size
Really small
Prosumer size (112×81×99 mm)
Weight
Light-weight
428 g

Items often bought with the Panasonic DMC-FZ150 or Pentax X90

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150.
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FZ150

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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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
Help
Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
Help
Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
12 fps vs 1.1 fps
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More than 10.5x faster continuous shooting
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
Help
Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
Help
Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Wide angle
Slightly better wide angle
25 mm vs 26 mm
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Almost the same
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
Help
An external flash often produces better looking flash images
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
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
30s vs 4s
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7.5x longer exposures
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.6" vs 3.9"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Pentax X90

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Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The X90's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
428 g vs 528 g
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Around 20% lighter
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent super zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              DMC-FZ1501.0 cm
              X900.9 cm
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              DMC-FZ1503.6"
              X903.9"
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              DMC-FZ1506,400 ISO
              X90None
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Weight Heavy Help
              DMC-FZ150528 g
              X90428 g
              Size Large Help
              DMC-FZ150124×82×92 mm
              X90112×81×99 mm

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              DMC-FZ1501/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
              X901/2.3" 6.13x4.6mm
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              DMC-FZ150460k dots
              X90230k dots
              Zoom Poor zoom Help
              DMC-FZ15024x
              X9026x
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              DMC-FZ1501080p @ 60fps
              X90720p

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $228

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $394 - $480

              Zoom Has way more more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $810

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Focus points Has significantly fewer focus points

              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
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Size Larger
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $362 - $398

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Size Larger
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Canon Powershot SX40

              Canon Powershot SX40

              Super zoom

              $400

              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

              $620 - $798

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Significantly larger
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,585 - $1,997 body only

              $2,125 - $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Much better image quality
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

              Pentax X90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Nikon Coolpix P90

              Super zoom

              $450

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Fujifilm X-S1

              Fujifilm X-S1

              Pro digicam

              $439

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier
              Pentax X70

              Pentax X70

              Super zoom

              Size Slightly smaller
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Placeholder

              Pentax Optio 430RS

              Compact

              Size Significantly smaller
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

              Pro digicam

              $589

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Size Significantly smaller
              Zoom Less zoom
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

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