Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 Brief Review


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  • 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor
  • 16x optical zoom with 24mm wide-angle
  • 1080p video at 60fps with mono sound
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 10fps continuous shooting
  • 3-inch touchscreen LCD
  • Manual modes
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2012-01-30
  • Final Grade: 81 4.05 Star Rating: Recommended

4.05 Star Rating: Recommended

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15
An older but high end zoom camera
By Hillary Grigonis, Last updated on: 9/29/2014

The ZS15 was announced alongside the ZS20 as Panasonic's high-end travel zoom camera. The ZS15 sports a versatile 16x zoom, 12 megapixel CMOS sensor, 10fps continuous burst mode, manual modes, and 1080p video recording at 60fps. Interestingly, the ZS20 has a longer zoom range, stereo mic, and a built-in GPS yet is still thinner and lighter than the ZS15. Whether those extra features are worth $70 is up to you.


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As a manufacturer known just as well for their camcorders as their cameras, Panasonic was the first on scene to offer 4K video inside a dedicated camera. The Panasonic Lumix GH4 is the first mirrorless camera boasting the higher video resolution, with the FZ1000 as the first compact, bridge-style camera to do so.

Panasonic also produces cameras that provide both a longer zoom range and image stabilization at a price that's relatively cheap. For photographers that need versatility in a small package, Panasonic digital cameras can provide many selections that are suitable. Having something for amateurs and serious enthusiasts at the same time, Panasonic offers a great selection of digital cameras, from ultra compacts to mirrorless cameras. They can be hard to compare because every camera comes with its own unique features and traits.

Panasonic cameras are perfect for consumers that prefer to use automatic modes. Almost all Panasonic cameras currently produced come with a feature called iAuto, which will automatically select the best scene mode for any subject. This feature, in combination with image stabilization will make it very easy for someone just starting out to take excellent photos.

Panasonic cameras are designed to be easy to figure out, giving the user easy access to settings, and users that have reviewed Panasonic digital cameras are quick to confirm this fact. When you opt for a Panasonic camera, you'll discover that it comes with an LCD screen, an optical zoom lens which is very versatile, and is both lightweight and fairly compact.

Panasonic's most popular models are their super zooms and mirrorless, with models ranging from cameras with huge zooms to mirrorless cameras earning the “smallest yet” distinction like the GM-1. They've been more focused on their mirrorless line lately, without introducing budget point-and-shoots in quite some time.

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