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Panasonic Lumix ZS15

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.5
Screen size
Large screen
3.5"
Size
Really small
Super compact 99x55x20 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS15

HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX78

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Aperture Significantly wider aperture f/2.5 vs f/3.3
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FX78's lens captures slightly more light (0.8 f-stops)
Size Significantly smaller 99x55x20 mm vs 105x58x33 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.5" vs 3.0"
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Around 20% larger screen
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Thickness Significantly thinner 0.8" vs 1.3"
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Around 40% thinner
Weight Significantly lighter 142 g vs 208 g
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More than 30% lighter
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Advantages of the Panasonic ZS15

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Zoom More zoom 16x vs 5x
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More than 10x more zoom
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 460k dots vs 230k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Macro focus Better macro capability 3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 3,200 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The ZS15's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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similarities

Compared to recent compacts

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
Lens
Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
60 seconds
Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
6,400 ISO
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity
High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
Not supported

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Travel zoom

$330 - $399

Zoom Has slightly more zoom
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
Thickness Is thicker
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Travel zoom

$235 - $300

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
GPS Has a built-in GPS
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25

Travel zoom

$150

Thickness Is thicker
Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

Pro digicam

$290 - $400

Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

Compact

Aperture Wider aperture
Macro focus Better macro capability
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Panasonic Lumix FX80

Panasonic Lumix FX80

Compact

3D Takes 3D photos
Size Slightly smaller
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Wide angle Worse wide angle
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

Compact

Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Aperture Wider aperture
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX37

Compact

Screen size Much smaller screen
Touch screen No touch screen
Canon PowerShot G7

Canon PowerShot G7

Digicam

$794

Macro focus Better macro capability
External flash Supports an external flash
Size Much larger
Wide angle Much worse wide angle

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix ZS25

Panasonic Lumix ZS25

Travel zoom

$215 - $240

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Zoom More zoom
Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Travel zoom

$500

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

Travel zoom

$148

Size Significantly smaller
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Zoom Less zoom
Screen size Smaller screen
Nikon Coolpix S6500

Nikon Coolpix S6500

Travel zoom

$84 - $220

Size Smaller
Aperture Wider aperture
Zoom Less zoom
Wide angle Slightly worse wide angle
Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Travel zoom

$199 - $252

Size Smaller
Zoom More zoom
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Aperture Narrower aperture

appearance

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discussion

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