Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 (Lumix DMC-TZ25)
'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.
|Max resolution||4000 x 3000|
|Effective pixels||12 megapixels|
|Sensor size||1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, Hi Auto (1600-6400), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600. 3200|
|Focal length (equiv.)||24–384 mm|
|Max shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|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″)|
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.