A bridge camera combines the ease of use and compactness of a compact digital camera with the superior optics and other capabilities of a digital SLR.
The FZ150 weighs 528 grams and sort of even looks like an SLR camera. But at 124.3×1.7×95.2 mm it’s not exactly small enough to put into the average pocket. The FZ150 comes with an adjustable LCD screen and an additional electronic viewfinder that’s located just above the screen.
Although the 24x optical zoom is not as powerful as the 36x optical zoom on the Nikon Coolpix P500, it is more than adequate for most of the photography even advanced amateurs will want to use it for.
Particularly noteworthy is that the FZ150 can go to 24x zoom in as little as 3 seconds. And if you really need more zoom, the “intelligent zoom” feature allows you to get as much as 32x.
The FZ150 allows you to capture full-resolution (12.1 megapixels) still images at 12 fps. It can also capture full HD video (1920×1080 pixels) at 25 fps. The camera offers various “photo style” settings, such as natural, monochrome, scenery, portrait etc.
In each style, you can adjust contrast, brightness, colour saturation and noise reduction. The image quality is good even at maximum zoom, although when you go to the “intelligent zoom” zone, sharpness dopes degrade.