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Nikon L120 vs Panasonic ZS15

Portability
75
Imaging
37
Features
38
Overall
37
Nikon Coolpix L120 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 front
Portability
92
Imaging
36
Features
37
Overall
36

Nikon L120 vs Panasonic ZS15 Key Specs

Nikon L120
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-525mm (F3.1-5.8) lens
  • 431g - 110 x 77 x 78mm
  • Released February 2011
  • Old Model is Nikon L110
Panasonic ZS15
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-384mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 208g - 105 x 58 x 33mm
  • Launched June 2012
  • Also referred to as Lumix DMC-TZ25
  • Updated by Panasonic ZS20
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Nikon L120 vs Panasonic ZS15 Overview

The following is a detailed overview of the Nikon L120 and Panasonic ZS15, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras by rivals Nikon and Panasonic. The image resolution of the L120 (14MP) and the ZS15 (12MP) is relatively similar and both cameras posses the identical sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The L120 was released 16 months earlier than the ZS15 which makes them a generation away from each other. Both cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before getting into a in-depth comparison, here is a short summary of how the L120 grades vs the ZS15 for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon L120 over the Panasonic ZS15

 L120 ZS15 
Screen resolution921k460kCrisper screen (+461k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS15 over the Nikon L120

 ZS15 L120 
LaunchedJune 2012February 2011Newer by 16 months

Common features in the Nikon L120 and Panasonic ZS15

 L120 ZS15 
Manual focus No manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen size3"3"Same screen dimensions
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch screen Missing Touch screen

Nikon L120 vs Panasonic ZS15 Physical Comparison

When you are looking to travel with your camera frequently, you will need to consider its weight and measurements. The Nikon L120 features outside dimensions of 110mm x 77mm x 78mm (4.3" x 3.0" x 3.1") with a weight of 431 grams (0.95 lbs) and the Panasonic ZS15 has proportions of 105mm x 58mm x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") having a weight of 208 grams (0.46 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you are employing at the time. Below is a front view scale comparison of the L120 versus the ZS15.

Nikon L120 vs Panasonic ZS15 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability rating of the L120 and ZS15 is 75 and 92 respectively.

Nikon L120 vs Panasonic ZS15 top view buttons comparison

Nikon L120 vs Panasonic ZS15 Sensor Comparison

Often, it is very tough to picture the contrast between sensor dimensions purely by going over technical specs. The picture here should offer you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the L120 and ZS15.

As you can tell, each of the cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit different MP. You can count on the Nikon L120 to offer you greater detail as a result of its extra 2MP. Higher resolution will also make it easier to crop shots a good deal more aggressively. The more aged L120 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor innovation.

Nikon L120 vs Panasonic ZS15 sensor size comparison

Nikon L120 vs Panasonic ZS15 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon L120 vs Panasonic ZS15 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon L120 as a Portrait photography camera
Panasonic ZS15 as a Portrait photography camera
33
good MP (14 megapixels)
supports face detect focus
lack of manual focus
no manual control
external flash not possible
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
21
lack of manual focus
cannot use external flash
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Nikon L120 Street photography information
Panasonic ZS15 Street photography information
48
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
61
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (208g)
fixed screen
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Nikon L120 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic ZS15 as a Sports photography camera
43
amazing zoom range (25-525mm 21.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good MP (14 megapixels)
supports tracking focus
slow continuous shooting (1.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
36
amazing zoom range (24-384mm 16.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes tracking focus
low frames per second (2.0 frames/s)
low megapixels (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
low battery life (260 CIPA)
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon L120 Travel photography details
Panasonic ZS15 Travel photography details
60
good MP (14 megapixels)
flash built-in
fairly wide (25mm)
very long zoom (525mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
does not offer selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
61
lighter than competition (208g)
flash built-in
pretty wide (24mm)
great zoom (384mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
low battery life (260 CIPA)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon L120 Landscape photography information
Panasonic ZS15 Landscape photography information
40
fairly wide (25mm)
good sized screen (3 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
good MP (14 megapixels)
lack of manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
no manual control
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
does not have Timelapse recording
37
pretty wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lack of manual focus
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
low megapixels (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
low battery life (260 shots)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon L120 Vlogging information
Panasonic ZS15 Vlogging information
27
fairly wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
supports face detect focus
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.1)
does not offer selfie friendly display
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
does not have microphone socket
33
pretty wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition (208 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have mic support
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Nikon L120 vs Panasonic ZS15 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon L120 and Panasonic ZS15
 Nikon Coolpix L120Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15
General Information
Brand Name Nikon Panasonic
Model Nikon Coolpix L120 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15
Also referred to as - Lumix DMC-TZ25
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2011-02-09 2012-06-29
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Expeed C2 -
Sensor type CCD CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4320 x 3240 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 9 23
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-525mm (21.0x) 24-384mm (16.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.1-5.8 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus range 1cm 3cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 3"
Screen resolution 921 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology TFT LCD with Anti-reflection coating -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 4s 15s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter rate 1.0 frames per sec 2.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range 6.00 m 6.40 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720p (30fps), 640 x 480 (30fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video data format Motion JPEG 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
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 431g (0.95 lbs) 208g (0.46 lbs)
Physical dimensions 110 x 77 x 78mm (4.3" x 3.0" x 3.1") 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 330 shots 260 shots
Battery style AA Battery Pack
Battery model 4 x AA -
Self timer Yes (10 or 2 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots 1 1
Launch price $300 $279