Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v


Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150



Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/4000 of a second
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150

High-speed framerate
High speed movies
220 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
External flash
External flash
Better lighting


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v.


Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v Competitors

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX80

Travel zoom


Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Smaller
Aperture Narrower aperture
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi

Entry-level DSLR

Autofocus Faster autofocus
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Super zoom

$178 - $212

Wide angle Better wide angle
Zoom Slightly more zoom
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150 Competitors

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

Super zoom

$382 - $448

Zoom Significantly more zoom
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

Super zoom

$398 - $437

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

Super zoom


Longest exposure Significantly longer exposures
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack


Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v
Cybershot DSC-HX100v

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ150
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Kostov_K (0:31 PM, March 07, 2012)
Thanks for the great post! It was helpful for me and i think i'll buy DCS HX 100 V. But could you please told me something about the battery life, shots with zooming and if you have some problems with the operating with it.
TR (11:58 PM, January 21, 2012)
I started with the Canon SX-40 and immediately noticed the yellowing indoors without adjusting manually with movies and pictures. During the video; on a tripod during Christmas;  it would actually get yellow and clear during the shot video. That was a deal breaker for me. But its photos are not notch. Also; using at a gymnastics meet; it could not focus fast enough for the action at all. So I bought  the Sony HX-100V to compare while still under my time to take back the SX-40. A total difference with no yellowing in pictures and video. It also was able to keep up with the action; even with zoom. So, I immediately took back the SX40 with the smaller, less resolution LCD screen. The problem was, that I always wanted the Panasonic FZ-150 from the beginning but it was not available. Then, it came available and I had to try it with the gleaming reviews it gets. I put the FZ-150 through the same paces and immediately noticed the yellowing indoors on it too. But, even with manual settings, it could not correct it as well as the SX-40 (in video or pictures). I did keep up with the actions at a gymnastics practice meet better than the SX-40 focusing, but not as well as the HX-100V. Note, I tried different cards and one of them is the Sandisk extreme with up to 45/mps. I was just so upset that it did not stand up to the standards I have seen in reviews. So, in the end, I will keep the Sony HX-100v without a hot shoe (for another flash or input for microphone), no raw, and no ability to screw on another lens to the end. All three cameras took great pictures and video inside with flash and also outside; but the color quality of those pictures really seemed better with the Canon SX-40. In the end, overall, the Sony HX-100V suited my needs better since i wanted the colors to stay constant in video indoors and pictures to be great; even in low light without flash. I saw pictures online of all three that contend that the FZ-150 was SOOO much better but in my real world tests, that was not the case. I will be keeping the Sony again giving up adding things to it. But, you can add an attachment ring to it sold online for a polarized filer and hood to my pleasant surprise. With some of these reviews; I wonder who pays advertising to sway one way or the other. In overall picture and video quality combined; i would rate the HX-100V #1, the SX-40 #2, and the FZ-50 #3; having tried all three in same settings. They are all three great cameras though that will take Full HD video. In picture quality alone overall, I would rate the SX-40 #1, the HX-100V #2, and the FZ-150 #3 (again). I got caught up in the hype over the FZ-150 and I am really glad I was able to get out of it. Also, the HX-100 has the longest flash range (thank goodness) since you cannot add another due to no hot shoe. If the HX-100V had a hot shoe, external mic input (I really would not use that though), raw mode (would only use that a little), there would not even be a contest. i hope this helps someone since that yellowing in pics and videos in auto was a big deal breaker in both the Canon and Panasonic for me (the Canon would actually change during the video on a tripod when people would move in and out of view).
Nelson (6:25 AM, October 16, 2011)
The rating system has nothing to do with picture quality of performance. It's only about the specifications. The vote's are not thrustworthy in this case, because it's hardly on the market. The difference in score is mostly caused bij popularity en the difference in zoom. If you take out these two, then al whole different 'picture' apears...

Gerard (3:26 PM, September 30, 2011)
I dont understand the rating system! I compared the two devices and I prefer the FZ150 has a much better picture quality. It's not on paper that must be analyzed but the data on the use!
Gerard (9:19 AM, September 30, 2011)
Je ne comprends pas ce système de notation ! J'ai comparé les 2 appareils et je préfère le FZ150 qui a une qualité de photo bien meilleure. Ce n'est pas tant sur le papier qu'il faut analyser les données mais sur l'usage !