Casio EX-ZR15 vs Panasonic SZ8

Portability
93
Imaging
41
Features
43
Overall
41
Casio Exilim EX-ZR15 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8 front
Portability
94
Imaging
42
Features
31
Overall
37

Casio EX-ZR15 vs Panasonic SZ8 Key Specs

Casio EX-ZR15
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-196mm (F3.0-5.9) lens
  • 176g - 102 x 59 x 27mm
  • Introduced January 2012
Panasonic SZ8
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 1600 (Increase to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-288mm (F3.1-6.3) lens
  • 159g - 100 x 60 x 27mm
  • Released January 2014
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Casio EX-ZR15 vs Panasonic SZ8 Overview

Its time to take a deeper look at the Casio EX-ZR15 vs Panasonic SZ8, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom by manufacturers Casio and Panasonic. The image resolution of the EX-ZR15 (16MP) and the SZ8 (16MP) is relatively similar and they feature the same exact sensor sizing (1/2.3").

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The EX-ZR15 was revealed 24 months before the SZ8 which makes the cameras a generation apart from each other. The two cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before getting straight into a in-depth comparison, below is a simple view of how the EX-ZR15 scores versus the SZ8 for portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Casio EX-ZR15 over the Panasonic SZ8

 EX-ZR15 SZ8 
Manual focus Dial exact focus
Screen resolution461k460kClearer screen (+1k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic SZ8 over the Casio EX-ZR15

 SZ8 EX-ZR15 
ReleasedJanuary 2014January 2012Fresher by 24 months

Common features in the Casio EX-ZR15 and Panasonic SZ8

 EX-ZR15 SZ8 
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen measurement
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch screen Neither includes Touch screen

Casio EX-ZR15 vs Panasonic SZ8 Physical Comparison

If you are looking to carry your camera regularly, you are going to need to factor in its weight and size. The Casio EX-ZR15 features exterior dimensions of 102mm x 59mm x 27mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 176 grams (0.39 lbs) while the Panasonic SZ8 has specifications of 100mm x 60mm x 27mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.1") with a weight of 159 grams (0.35 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you have at the time. Following is the front view measurements comparison of the EX-ZR15 against the SZ8.

Casio EX-ZR15 vs Panasonic SZ8 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the EX-ZR15 and SZ8 is 93 and 94 respectively.

Casio EX-ZR15 vs Panasonic SZ8 top view buttons comparison

Casio EX-ZR15 vs Panasonic SZ8 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is very hard to visualize the difference between sensor sizing merely by going over technical specs. The visual underneath might offer you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the EX-ZR15 and SZ8.

As you can tell, both of these cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing and the exact same megapixels so you can expect similar quality of files although you really should factor the age of the products into consideration. The older EX-ZR15 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor tech.

Casio EX-ZR15 vs Panasonic SZ8 sensor size comparison

Casio EX-ZR15 vs Panasonic SZ8 Screen and ViewFinder

Casio EX-ZR15 vs Panasonic SZ8 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Casio EX-ZR15 Portrait photography factors
Panasonic SZ8 Portrait photography factors
41
manual focus
good MP (16 megapixels)
supports face detection focusing
manual mode not available
external flash not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
36
MP count decent (16MP)
offers face detect autofocus
focusing manually not possible
manual mode not available
external flash not possible
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Casio EX-ZR15 Street photography advice
Panasonic SZ8 Street photography advice
57
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
63
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (159g)
screen does not articulate
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Casio EX-ZR15 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic SZ8 as a Sports photography camera
45
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good MP (16 megapixels)
supports tracking autofocus
better than average battery life (325 per charge)
slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
35
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16MP)
slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames/s)
no shutter priority
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
not so great battery power (200 shots)
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Casio EX-ZR15 Travel photography details
Panasonic SZ8 Travel photography details
68
better than average battery life (325 per charge)
good MP (16MP)
built-in flash
relatively wide (28mm)
does not have Timelapse mode
does not offer selfie friendly display
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
68
lighter than competitors (159 grams)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
really wide (24mm)
very long zoom (288mm)
no Time Lapse recording
not so great battery power (200 CIPA)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Casio EX-ZR15
Landscape photography with Panasonic SZ8
50
manual focus
relatively wide (28mm)
good sized screen (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good MP (16MP)
better than average battery life (325 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
manual mode not available
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
does not have Timelapse mode
42
really wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (16MP)
focusing manually not possible
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
manual mode not available
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
not so great battery power (200 shots)
no Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Casio EX-ZR15 Vlogging information
Panasonic SZ8 Vlogging information
34
relatively wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports face detection focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.0)
does not offer selfie friendly display
does not have external microphone support
33
really wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detect autofocus
lighter than competitors (159g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.1)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video quality not great (1280 x 720 pixels)
no mic support
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Casio EX-ZR15 vs Panasonic SZ8 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Casio EX-ZR15 and Panasonic SZ8
 Casio Exilim EX-ZR15Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8
General Information
Brand Casio Panasonic
Model Casio Exilim EX-ZR15 Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ8
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2012-01-09 2014-01-06
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Exilim Engine 5.0 Venus Engine
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 16MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Highest native ISO 3200 1600
Highest boosted ISO - 6400
Lowest native ISO 80 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points - 9
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-196mm (7.0x) 24-288mm (12.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.0-5.9 f/3.1-6.3
Macro focus range 2cm -
Crop factor 5.8 5.9
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 461 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen technology Super Clear TFT color LCD TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 4s 8s
Highest shutter speed 1/2000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting rate 3.0 frames/s 1.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 5.20 m 5.20 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 120 fps), 512 x 384 (30, 240 fps), 224 x 160 (480 fps) 1280 x 720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p), 320 x 240 (30p)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video format MPEG-4, H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 176 gr (0.39 lb) 159 gr (0.35 lb)
Dimensions 102 x 59 x 27mm (4.0" x 2.3" x 1.1") 100 x 60 x 27mm (3.9" x 2.4" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 325 images 200 images
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NP-110 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 seconds, custom) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots One One
Pricing at launch $249 $275