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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

Size
Really small
Compact 105x58x33 mm
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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        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 DMC-ZS10

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

        Travel zoom

        $289 - $300

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        GPS Has a built-in GPS
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Panasonic Lumix ZS30

        Travel zoom

        $480

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

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Olympus VG-160

        Olympus VG-160

        Compact

        $112

        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        Size Slightly smaller
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Canon IXUS 132

        Canon IXUS 132

        Travel zoom

        $114

        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

        Ultra compact

        $91

        Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
        Continuous shooting Shoots faster
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Touch screen No touch screen
        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-FX90

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90

        Compact

        Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
        Macro focus Better macro capability
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

        Panasonic Lumix ZS20

        Travel zoom

        $330 - $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 - $252

        Size Smaller
        Zoom More zoom
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Aperture Narrower aperture
        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Panasonic Lumix ZS25

        Travel zoom

        $225 - $240

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Zoom More zoom
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        Longest exposure Significantly shorter max exposures
        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Nikon Coolpix L830

        Super zoom

        $197 - $227

        Zoom Much more zoom
        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Size Much larger
        Thickness Much thicker
        Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

        Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS

        Travel zoom

        $179 - $204

        Size Significantly smaller
        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

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