it has the convenience of an integrated lens (as
opposed to the higher-end Super35mm interchangeable-lens camcorders). The depth of field
is not as shallow as my M4/3-based GH4 or any
Super 35mm-equipped camcorder.
The Z150 does suffer from some growing
pains, being evolved (I believe) from the consumer Sony AX100. Namely, not being able to
have the video on both the viewfinder and LCD
is limiting. Moreover, when recording, the video can only be seen in one place—an internal
screen or an external connected screen, but not
both at once. The zoom is also not as smooth as
I was hoping for.
Otherwise, the capabilities of the Z150 are
extensive. They include the 18x Clear Image
enhanced zoom range in 4K, to dual media advantages, internal streaming, NightShot, compact size, good handling balance, familiar Sony
design and menus, 10-bit 4:2: 2 internal recording, and nice sharp images.
Does the larger sensor give you enough of
a shallower depth of field to make you want
to pick the Z150 over camcorders with smaller sensors but longer optical zooms? Does the
integrated lens make you want to pick the
Z150 over larger-sensor camcorders with interchangeable lenses (and longer setup time)?
This is why I called the Z150 a bridge camcorder—it is in between these two islands where
camcorders typically reside.
If you can live with the limitations, the Z150
is a nice little camcorder that delivers on its
own, and it is well-suited to be part of a larger,
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