Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 (Lumix DMC-TZ25)

Announced Jan 31, 2012 •
12 megapixels | 3 screen | 24 – 384 mm (16×)
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Announced Jan 31, 2012

'Little brother' to Panasonic's top-end ZS20 travelzoom, the more affordable 12MP ZS15 features a 16X optical zoom range that spans 24-383mm (equivalent) but lacks the built-in GPS of its more expensive sibling, along with a couple of other bells and whistles.

While it doesn't have the most Megapixels, zoom power, or features of cameras in this class, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 is still a very good compact ultra zoom camera. It offers a nice zoom lens in a compact body, along with robust performance, very good photo quality, tons of features, and Full HD video recording. And, with an average price in the $260 range, it's also a pretty good bargain. For those who were considering the DMC-ZS20 but were turned off by its image quality, we think the ZS15 is well worth sacrificing the 20X zoom, GPS, and 1080/60p movies for.

Quick specs
Body type Compact
Max resolution 4000 x 3000
Effective pixels 12 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, Hi Auto (1600-6400), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600. 3200
Focal length (equiv.) 24–384 mm
Optical zoom 16×
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3
Screen dots 460,000
Min shutter speed 15 sec
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 208 g (0.46 lb / 7.34 oz)
Dimensions 105 x 58 x 33 mm (4.13 x 2.28 x 1.3)
GPS None

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Our review

While it doesn't have all the bells and whistles of the more expensive ZS20 (the omission of GPS being the most significant), the DMC-ZS15 produces better-looking images, while maintaining the robust performance, competitive feature set, and ease of use of its more costly sibling.

Good for: Travelers who want an inexpensive travel zoom that produces good photos and videos and are willing to give up the "frills" found on more expensive models.

Not so good for: Movie enthusiasts, manual control lovers, and folks who want a camera on the bleeding edge of technology.

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