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Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic ZS15

Portability
65
Imaging
36
Features
62
Overall
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Leica V-Lux 4 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 front
Portability
92
Imaging
36
Features
37
Overall
36

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic ZS15 Key Specs

Leica V-Lux 4
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Bump to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8) lens
  • 588g - 125 x 87 x 110mm
  • Announced September 2012
  • Succeeded the Leica V-Lux 3
  • Newer Model is Leica V-Lux 5
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
  • Introduced June 2012
  • Also Known as Lumix DMC-TZ25
  • Refreshed by Panasonic ZS20
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Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic ZS15 Overview

Lets look a little more in depth at the Leica V-Lux 4 and Panasonic ZS15, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras by rivals Leica and Panasonic. The resolution of the V-Lux 4 (12MP) and the ZS15 (12MP) is very comparable and both cameras provide the same sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The V-Lux 4 was launched 3 months later than the ZS15 and they are both of a similar age. Both of the cameras have different body design with the Leica V-Lux 4 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Panasonic ZS15 being a Compact camera.

Before delving into a full comparison, here is a quick overview of how the V-Lux 4 grades vs the ZS15 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Leica V-Lux 4 over the Panasonic ZS15

 V-Lux 4 ZS15 
Manual focus Very accurate focusing
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS15 over the Leica V-Lux 4

 ZS15 V-Lux 4 

Common features in the Leica V-Lux 4 and Panasonic ZS15

 V-Lux 4 ZS15 
IntroducedSeptember 2012June 2012Same age
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display sizing
Display resolution460k460kExact same display resolution
Touch friendly display Lack of Touch friendly display

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic ZS15 Physical Comparison

For those who are intending to carry your camera regularly, you're going to have to think about its weight and proportions. The Leica V-Lux 4 has got outside measurements of 125mm x 87mm x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") with a weight of 588 grams (1.30 lbs) and the Panasonic ZS15 has measurements of 105mm x 58mm x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") having a weight of 208 grams (0.46 lbs).

Analyze the Leica V-Lux 4 and Panasonic ZS15 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into account, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you have attached at that time. The following is a front view scale comparison of the V-Lux 4 against the ZS15.

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic ZS15 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the V-Lux 4 and ZS15 is 65 and 92 respectively.

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic ZS15 top view buttons comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic ZS15 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is difficult to visualize the gap in sensor sizing just by checking out a spec sheet. The graphic here will give you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the V-Lux 4 and ZS15.

Clearly, both cameras have the same sensor dimensions and the exact same resolution and you can expect comparable quality of photographs though you need to consider the launch date of the cameras into account.

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic ZS15 sensor size comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic ZS15 Screen and ViewFinder

Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic ZS15 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Portrait photography factors
Panasonic ZS15 Portrait photography factors
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focusing manually
features face detect autofocus
exports RAW formats
low resolution (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
21
focusing manually not possible
external flash not possible
MP count low (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Leica V-Lux 4
Street photography with Panasonic ZS15
57
screen articulates
image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
more heavy than average (588g)
61
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average in class (208g)
fixed screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Leica V-Lux 4
Sports photography with Panasonic ZS15
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excellent zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
features tracking focus
great battery power (540 per charge)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
36
amazing zoom range (24-384mm 16.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
provides tracking autofocus
painfully slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames per second)
MP count low (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
not so great battery (260 shots)
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Travel photography information
Panasonic ZS15 Travel photography information
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great battery power (540 shots)
built-in flash
display is selfie friendly
quite wide (25mm)
great reach (600mm)
missing Timelapse recording
more heavy than average (588g)
low resolution (12 megapixels)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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lighter than average in class (208g)
built-in flash
really wide (24mm)
very long zoom (384mm)
lack of Timelapse function
not so great battery (260 shots)
MP count low (12MP)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic ZS15 as a Landscape photography camera
48
focusing manually
quite wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW formats
great battery power (540 shots)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
low resolution (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
missing Timelapse recording
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really wide (24mm)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
cannot change lenses (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
MP count low (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW format
not so great battery (260 per charge)
lack of Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Leica V-Lux 4 Vlogging advice
Panasonic ZS15 Vlogging advice
63
quite wide (25mm)
display is selfie friendly
image stabilization (Optical)
features face detect autofocus
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does have microphone support
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
more heavy than average (588 grams)
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really wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than average in class (208g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
lack of external microphone support
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Leica V-Lux 4 vs Panasonic ZS15 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Leica V-Lux 4 and Panasonic ZS15
 Leica V-Lux 4Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15
General Information
Company Leica Panasonic
Model Leica V-Lux 4 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15
Otherwise known as - Lumix DMC-TZ25
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2012-09-17 2012-06-29
Physical type SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 3200 6400
Maximum boosted ISO 6400 -
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 23 23
Lens
Lens mount fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-600mm (24.0x) 24-384mm (16.0x)
Maximum aperture f/2.8 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus range 1cm 3cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3" 3"
Screen resolution 460 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen tech Free-Angle TFT Screen LCD Display -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 1,312 thousand dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 60 seconds 15 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 12.0 frames/s 2.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 13.50 m 6.40 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone 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
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 588 grams (1.30 lb) 208 grams (0.46 lb)
Physical dimensions 125 x 87 x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") 105 x 58 x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3")
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 540 images 260 images
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots One One
Price at launch $899 $279