It would seem these last few weeks have been packed with new cameras. We haven’t covered them all, but nor would we. Entering the market today is Panasonic’s LUMIX DMC-FZ150. It’s equipped with a 25mm ultra wide-angle lens, a 12 megapixel sensor and a massive 24x optical zoom. If that ain’t enough, the lens’ surface has been covered with a Nano Surface Coating technology which helps minimize light reflection that causes ghost and flare. There is also a 3D mode, though Gizmodo says it’s pretty crummy. 1080 video at 60p can be captured and it’s possible to take 3.5 megapixel photos simultaneously.
Much like Sony’s TX55, which claims to double the zoom with some digital processing without a degradation in image, Panasonic is pitching the same tech in the FZ150. It’s called Intelligent Resolution technology, and works in tandem with Intelligent Zoom, and increases the optical zoom by 1.3x, making the total zoom a purported 32x. Skeptical? We are too.
And no camera would be complete these days without a variety of scene or auto modes (Normal, Portrait, Macro, Scenery, and Low Light), face detection, a flip out 3-inch LCD screen and optical image stabilization, all of which the FZ150 boasts. They’ve also tossed in a night mode that takes a handful of shots, layers them on top of one and other and bumps up the brightness in each to achieve the proper amount of exposure without over saturation, or at least that’s how we read it.
No word on when the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ150 will release, but we do know that it will cost just as much as the just announced Olympus PEN E-PM1 pocket DSLR; $500.