The Panasonic FZ150 is the latest Lumix camera that could be considered a superzoom. It boasts some impressive features, many of which you’d expect to find on CSCs and beginner DSLRs.
These include a wealth of full manual options, and although they aren’t as intuitive as a DSLR’s, once you’re used to the camera they are very simple to adjust. If you still aren’t confident with the more advanced functions, there are plenty of automatic scene modes to use, as well as a selection of creative art modes that each overlay a different filter onto your photo.
Another key selling point is the FZ150’s ability to record video at full HD resolution. There is a dedicated record button placed next to the shutter release, making it quick to jump straight into video recording mode.
The three-inch LCD can be flipped and rotated to help when shooting at awkward angles. However, the FZ150 comes with an electronic viewfinder that enables you to hold the camera still when taking advantage of the great 12 frames per second maximum shooting speed.
One of the FZ150’s party tricks that we particularly love is its close focusing ability, which Panasonic
claims can focus on subjects as close as one centimetre away. However, we were hitting the subject on the edge of the lens barrel and still getting focus. It’s a truly impressive feature that makes macro photography a joy with this camera.
Images taken with the FZ150 are very good, with drops in quality only noticeable when using high ISOs, which is what you would expect from a camera with this size of sensor. The creative filters produce excellent photos that will help beginners add a new dimension to their photography without the need for a PC, making the FZ150 an excellent choice for anyone looking to develop their artistic and shooting skills at the same time.