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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)
Screen size Much larger screen 3.5" vs 3.0"
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Around 20% larger screen
Size Significantly smaller 99x55x20 mm vs 105x58x33 mm
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More than 40% smaller
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 Significantly 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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
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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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

        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

        Panasonic Lumix ZS20

        Travel zoom

        $229 - $399

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Travel zoom

        $240

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Travel zoom

        $319 - $399

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Travel zoom

        $184 - $300

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        GPS Has a built-in GPS
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon PowerShot S110

        Canon PowerShot S110

        Pro digicam

        $235 - $250

        Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Nikon Coolpix S6500

        Nikon Coolpix S6500

        Travel zoom

        $94 - $167

        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is slightly larger
        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX280 HS

        Travel zoom

        $199 - $200

        Zoom Has slightly more zoom
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

        Compact

        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

        Compact

        $149

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

        Panasonic Lumix FX80

        Compact

        $140

        3D Takes 3D photos
        Size Slightly smaller
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
        Samsung WB250F

        Samsung WB250F

        Travel zoom

        $114 - $169

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Nikon Coolpix S800c

        Nikon Coolpix S800c

        Travel zoom

        $147 - $350

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Screen type Has an OLED screen
        Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
        Size Significantly larger

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

        Travel zoom

        Size Significantly smaller
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Zoom Less zoom
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

        Travel zoom

        $200 - $300

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Zoom More zoom
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
        Olympus Stylus SZ-15

        Olympus Stylus SZ-15

        Travel zoom

        $100 - $199

        Zoom Significantly more zoom
        Aperture Wider aperture
        Size Much larger
        Movie format Lower resolution movies

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