• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 25.00mm - 600.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 1000.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Panasonic FZ150 advantages over Nikon P520

  • Slower slow-motion
    220 fps vs 120 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.54 vs 1.26 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 410 vs 200 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 8 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    12.0 fps vs 7.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    12 vs 7 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Nikon P520 advantages over Panasonic FZ150

  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • More telephoto lens reach
    1,000 mm vs 600 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • More dots on screen
    921k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    18.1 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent 24x zoom that starts at 25mm; Solid build; Articulating LCD; Improved sensor and image processing; 12 fps continuous mode; Full HD video at 60p.

  • Tends to blow out highlights; Tripod socket close to battery door; Incandescent white balance is a little warm.

The Competition

Compared to Leica V-LUX 2

Panasonic FZ150
Leica V-LUX 2
  • $498
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $850
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • More pixels
  • Longer exposure
Nikon P520
Leica V-LUX 2
  • $427
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $850
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Hot shoe

Compared to Leica V-LUX 3

Panasonic FZ150
Leica V-LUX 3
  • $498
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $549
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • External Mic Jack
  • Longer exposure
Nikon P520
Leica V-LUX 3
  • $427
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $549
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon P510

Panasonic FZ150
Nikon P510
  • $498
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • More dots on screen
Nikon P520
Nikon P510
  • $427
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built-in GPS
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Higher extended ISO

Compared to Panasonic FZ200

Panasonic FZ150
Panasonic FZ200
  • $498
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $355
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Slower slow-motion
Nikon P520
Panasonic FZ200
  • $427
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $355
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Slower slow-motion

Compared to Nikon P530

Panasonic FZ150
Nikon P530
  • $498
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bigger pixels
  • $389
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Newer
Nikon P520
Nikon P530
  • $427
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $389
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Shoots 24p video
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