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Fujifilm HS35EXR vs Panasonic ZS15

Portability
59
Imaging
40
Features
57
Overall
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Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 front
Portability
92
Imaging
36
Features
37
Overall
36

Fujifilm HS35EXR vs Panasonic ZS15 Key Specs

Fujifilm HS35EXR
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Push to 12800)
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-720mm (F2.8-5.6) lens
  • 687g - 131 x 97 x 126mm
  • Released January 2013
  • Superseded the Fujifilm HS30EXR
  • Renewed by Fujifilm HS50 EXR
Panasonic ZS15
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-384mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 208g - 105 x 58 x 33mm
  • Revealed June 2012
  • Also referred to as Lumix DMC-TZ25
  • Replacement is Panasonic ZS20
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Fujifilm HS35EXR vs Panasonic ZS15 Overview

Following is a in-depth assessment of the Fujifilm HS35EXR vs Panasonic ZS15, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by rivals FujiFilm and Panasonic. There is a sizeable difference between the image resolutions of the Fujifilm HS35EXR (16MP) and ZS15 (12MP) and the Fujifilm HS35EXR (1/2") and ZS15 (1/2.3") have totally different sensor measurements.

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The Fujifilm HS35EXR was introduced 7 months after the ZS15 so they are of a similar generation. Each of the cameras feature different body design with the Fujifilm HS35EXR being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Panasonic ZS15 being a Compact camera.

Before getting into a full comparison, here is a simple view of how the Fujifilm HS35EXR scores versus the ZS15 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Fujifilm HS35EXR over the Panasonic ZS15

 Fujifilm HS35EXR ZS15 
RevealedJanuary 2013June 2012More modern by 7 months
Manual focus Dial precise focus
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS15 over the Fujifilm HS35EXR

 ZS15 Fujifilm HS35EXR 

Common features in the Fujifilm HS35EXR and Panasonic ZS15

 Fujifilm HS35EXR ZS15 
Display size3"3"Same display measurements
Display resolution460k460kThe same display resolution
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch display Absent Touch display

Fujifilm HS35EXR vs Panasonic ZS15 Physical Comparison

If you're looking to carry around your camera regularly, you are going to need to factor its weight and size. The Fujifilm HS35EXR comes with outer measurements of 131mm x 97mm x 126mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 5.0") and a weight of 687 grams (1.51 lbs) while the Panasonic ZS15 has specifications of 105mm x 58mm x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") along with a weight of 208 grams (0.46 lbs).

Take a look at the Fujifilm HS35EXR vs Panasonic ZS15 in the new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you are employing at that time. Underneath is a front view measurement comparison of the Fujifilm HS35EXR vs the ZS15.

Fujifilm HS35EXR vs Panasonic ZS15 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability grade of the Fujifilm HS35EXR and ZS15 is 59 and 92 respectively.

Fujifilm HS35EXR vs Panasonic ZS15 top view buttons comparison

Fujifilm HS35EXR vs Panasonic ZS15 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, its hard to envision the difference between sensor sizes just by looking at technical specs. The pic below will help give you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the Fujifilm HS35EXR and ZS15.

As you have seen, both of the cameras come with different megapixel count and different sensor sizes. The Fujifilm HS35EXR having a larger sensor will make shooting shallow DOF simpler and the Fujifilm HS35EXR will resolve greater detail using its extra 4MP. Greater resolution can also let you crop photos a good deal more aggressively. The newer Fujifilm HS35EXR is going to have an edge when it comes to sensor technology.

Fujifilm HS35EXR vs Panasonic ZS15 sensor size comparison

Fujifilm HS35EXR vs Panasonic ZS15 Screen and ViewFinder

Fujifilm HS35EXR vs Panasonic ZS15 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Fujifilm HS35EXR Portrait photography info
Panasonic ZS15 Portrait photography info
56
manual focus
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
comes with face detect focus
saves RAW formats
very small sensor (1/2")
21
focusing manually not possible
cannot use external flash
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Fujifilm HS35EXR Street photography details
Panasonic ZS15 Street photography details
55
has a tilting screen
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
saves RAW formats
very small sensor (1/2")
more heavy than average in class (687g)
61
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (208g)
no articulating screen
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Fujifilm HS35EXR Sports photography factors
Panasonic ZS15 Sports photography factors
55
great zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
comes with tracking focus
good battery (600 per charge)
very small sensor (1/2")
has no phase detect auto focus
36
excellent zoom range (24-384mm 16.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
supports tracking focus
very slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
low megapixels (12MP)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
low battery life (260 shots)
lacks phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Fujifilm HS35EXR Travel photography factors
Panasonic ZS15 Travel photography factors
53
good battery (600 shots)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (24mm)
very long reach (720mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
more heavy than average in class (687 grams)
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
61
lighter than competition in class (208 grams)
has built in flash
really wide (24mm)
very long zoom (384mm)
missing Time Lapse function
low battery life (260 per charge)
low megapixels (12MP)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Fujifilm HS35EXR
Landscape photography with Panasonic ZS15
53
manual focus
reasonably wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
saves RAW formats
good battery (600 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
very small sensor (1/2")
does not have Timelapse recording
37
really wide (24mm)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
sensor is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
low battery life (260 shots)
missing Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Fujifilm HS35EXR Vlogging info
Panasonic ZS15 Vlogging info
25
reasonably wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
comes with face detect focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
screen is not selfie friendly
does not have microphone support
more heavy than average in class (687 grams)
33
really wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition in class (208g)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
missing mic support
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Fujifilm HS35EXR vs Panasonic ZS15 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Fujifilm HS35EXR and Panasonic ZS15
 Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXRPanasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15
General Information
Company FujiFilm Panasonic
Model Fujifilm FinePix HS35EXR Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15
Otherwise known as - Lumix DMC-TZ25
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2013-01-07 2012-06-29
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Processor EXR -
Sensor type EXRCMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.4 x 4.8mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 30.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 3200 6400
Maximum enhanced ISO 12800 -
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points - 23
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-720mm (30.0x) 24-384mm (16.0x)
Highest aperture f/2.8-5.6 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus distance 1cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.6 5.8
Screen
Screen type Tilting Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 460k dots 460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Screen technology TFT color LCD monitor with Sunny Day mode -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 seconds 15 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 11.0 frames/s 2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 7.10 m (Wide: 30cm - 7.1m / Tele: 2.0m - 3.8m ) 6.40 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 687 grams (1.51 pounds) 208 grams (0.46 pounds)
Physical dimensions 131 x 97 x 126mm (5.2" x 3.8" x 5.0") 105 x 58 x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall 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 600 shots 260 shots
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NP-W126 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, Auto release, Auto shutter (Dog, Cat)) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots One One
Launch pricing $380 $279