Updated (January, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix ZS25 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix ZS15

Size
Really small
Compact 105x58x33 mm
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
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

Size
Really small
Compact 105x58x33 mm
Thickness
Thin
1.3"
Weight
Light-weight
210 g
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic ZS15

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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 1.9 fps
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Around 5.5x faster continuous shooting
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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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-ZS8

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Lowest price Cheaper $249.99 vs $317.99
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The best price we've seen is $68 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent travel zooms, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent compacts

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Zoom Great zoom Help
              16x
              Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
              Lens
              Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
              60 seconds
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              1.3"
              Weight Heavy Help
              ZS15:208 g
              DMC-ZS8:210 g
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              6,400 ISO
              Supports RAW No RAW support Help
              Less editing fidelity
              Size Large Help
              Compact 105x58x33 mm

              Compared to recent travel zooms

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              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20

              Panasonic Lumix ZS20

              Travel zoom

              $229 - $399

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Panasonic Lumix ZS25

              Travel zoom

              $220 - $240

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Longest exposure Significantly shorter exposures
              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Panasonic Lumix ZS30

              Travel zoom

              $329

              Zoom Has slightly more zoom
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

              Travel zoom

              $215 - $300

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

              Travel zoom

              $599

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Zoom Has slightly less zoom
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX80

              Travel zoom

              $148

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX230 HS

              Travel zoom

              $200

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Longest exposure Much shorter exposures
              Light sensitivity (boost) Lacks boost light sensitivity

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ30

              Super zoom

              $182

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Size Much larger
              Thickness Much thicker
              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Nikon Coolpix L610

              Travel zoom

              $133

              Macro focus Better macro capability
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Size Larger
              Zoom Slightly less zoom

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

              Panasonic LUMIX DMC-SZ3

              Travel zoom

              $125 - $130

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Significantly smaller
              Zoom Less zoom
              Screen size Smaller screen

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