Lumix DMC-FX150

Proving that Panasonic hasn't completely abandoned the megapixel arms-race its third new camera, the FX150, joins arch-rivals Samsung and Sony in the pointless excess club with a resolution of no less than 14.7 megapixels.

To complement its rather silly maximum resolution the FX150 features an f/2.8 3.6-x zoom Leica lens with a wide-angle end equivalent to 28mm, a 2.7-inch 230k LCD monitor, Venus Engine IV image processing and, rather unexpectedly, Raw mode shooting.

Other features include an enhanced Intelligent Auto mode, with improved face detection, 11-area tracking AF, two-frames-pr-second continuous shooting at full resolution, and two-channel parallel noise reduction. Like the other new models it also sports a HD movie mode, in this case capable of shooting 1280 x 720 resolution at 24fps.

The FX150 will be available in either black or bronze. The launch price of the FX150 is £299.99 and it should be in the shops in August.

 

SpiderJacek

July 22, 2008, 2:16 pm

The article says that UK pricing is not yet available, but DP posted them along with their info about these new cameras:





DMC-LX3 - &#163400


DMC-FZ28 - &#163330


DMC-FX150 - &#163300


DMC-FX37 - &#163250





Please come here to discuss the launch of these cameras:


http://www.trustedreviews.com/...

The Pope

July 22, 2008, 2:23 pm

Damn - I was interested in the LX3, and had a sinking feeling it would be pricey, but &#163400?!? I know it's a different market, but you can have a 400D for that money (and I do!)

Luan Bach

July 22, 2008, 4:03 pm

I'm going to get a new compact at xmas, hopefully the FX37 will drop down to the current FX35 price by then as it was on top of my short list.

Kazzaz

July 22, 2008, 5:03 pm

Panasonic IS The Best In The Market Now ( Non-DSlrs ) .. i hoped to see the Fz60 .. any news about it ?

Cliff Smith

July 23, 2008, 4:45 pm

No news on an FZ60 yet, but the big Photokina camera show is coming up in September, so they'll probably keep some big launch for that.

Cliff Smith

July 23, 2008, 4:54 pm

UPDATE: I've just received an email from Panasonic confirming the prices that Spider quotes above:





FX150 - &#163299.99


FZ28 - &#163329.99


LX3 - &#163399.99


FX37 - &#163249.99





I've updated the article accordingly.

NRoy

July 24, 2008, 2:22 am

no fz60, but FZ28 :) http://www2.panasonic.com/weba...

Frankf9d

August 21, 2008, 4:36 am

Much as I find the LX3 appealing, I have difficulty considering anything without a viewfinder (small format) to really be a camera and I also think The Pope makes a good point.

Geoff Richards

August 21, 2008, 11:56 am

Well, having said that Frank, a friend of mine lusted after the LX3 and bought one this week. He's over the moon with it! Why? It has great performance but without the bulk of a dSLR - that's what he wanted. Horses for courses.

Frankf9d

August 21, 2008, 6:00 pm

Fair point Geoff, that your friend is delighted, but these are not horses and though the LX3 has some great attributes, , , ,It does not have a viewfinder.


Or am I the one, flogging a dead horse ?

Vertigon

August 30, 2008, 8:34 pm

I was keenly awaiting the arrival of the LX3 but after seeing sample images on another site it's obvious Panasonic haven't cleared up there noise problems. I did read yet on another sit that the images were fine to ISO 400. On paper it all looks good, and the convenience of having a camera around almost all the time isn't something that can be achieved with a DSLR even though at the price one wants to try.

Vertigon

August 31, 2008, 8:01 am

Well after searching for images worthy of the F2 lens on this camera I found some interesting posts at flickr, comenting on the early firmware and the fact that these early pictures taken during a press tour wern't not intended to be released. It does hold hope that the release of the production LX3 will clear up the noise issues and hopefully offer images a little sharper than what we've been seeing. Oh and the specs vs price on the D90 are looking inviting.

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