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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

Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light
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
 
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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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3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Zoom More zoom 16x vs 5x
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More than 10x more zoom
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
Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
60 seconds
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity
Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
6,400 ISO

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Panasonic Lumix ZS30

Travel zoom

$269 - $319

Zoom Has slightly more zoom
Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
Thickness Is thicker
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

Travel zoom

$599

GPS Has a built-in GPS
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

Pro digicam

$280 - $379

Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Travel zoom

$300 - $335

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
GPS Has a built-in GPS
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier
Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

Travel zoom

$179 - $204

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Macro focus Slightly closer macro focusing
Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
Panasonic Lumix ZS25

Panasonic Lumix ZS25

Travel zoom

$190 - $240

Zoom Has slightly more zoom
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
Thickness Is thicker
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ7

Travel zoom

Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix FX80

Panasonic Lumix FX80

Compact

3D Takes 3D photos
Size Slightly smaller
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Wide angle Worse wide angle
Nikon Coolpix S800c

Nikon Coolpix S800c

Travel zoom

$206 - $350

Screen type Has an OLED screen
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Aperture Narrower aperture
Size Significantly larger
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580

Compact

Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Touch screen No touch screen
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$275 with 14-42mm lens

Sensor size Much larger sensor
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Size Much larger
Image stabilization No image stabilization
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 DMC-ZS15 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

Panasonic Lumix ZS20

Travel zoom

$300 - $399

Touch screen Has a touch screen
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Longest exposure Much shorter max exposures
Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Canon PowerShot SX600 HS

Travel zoom

$199 - $259

Size Smaller
Zoom More zoom
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Aperture Narrower aperture
Kodak PixPro FZ151

Kodak PixPro FZ151

Travel zoom

$109

Weight Lighter
Thickness Slightly thinner
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60

Travel zoom

$471 - $484

Zoom Much more zoom
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Size Larger
Macro focus Worse macro capability

appearance

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discussion

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