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Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic ZS15

Portability
55
Imaging
52
Features
80
Overall
63
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 front
Portability
92
Imaging
36
Features
37
Overall
36

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic ZS15 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ1000
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 125 - 12800 (Raise to 25600)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • 25-400mm (F2.8-4.0) lens
  • 831g - 137 x 99 x 131mm
  • Launched June 2014
  • Updated by Panasonic FZ2500
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 Known as Lumix DMC-TZ25
  • Updated by Panasonic ZS20
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Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic ZS15 Overview

Below is a in-depth assessment of the Panasonic FZ1000 versus Panasonic ZS15, former being a Large Sensor Superzoom while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both are created by Panasonic. There is a sizable difference between the image resolutions of the FZ1000 (20MP) and ZS15 (12MP) and the FZ1000 (1") and ZS15 (1/2.3") posses totally different sensor measurements.

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The FZ1000 was manufactured 24 months later than the ZS15 making them a generation apart from each other. Each of these cameras have different body design with the Panasonic FZ1000 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Panasonic ZS15 being a Compact camera.

Before diving straight to a thorough comparison, here is a short summary of how the FZ1000 matches up versus the ZS15 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ1000 over the Panasonic ZS15

 FZ1000 ZS15 
RevealedJune 2014June 2012More recent by 24 months
Focus manually Dial accurate focusing
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display resolution921k460kCrisper display (+461k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS15 over the Panasonic FZ1000

 ZS15 FZ1000 

Common features in the Panasonic FZ1000 and Panasonic ZS15

 FZ1000 ZS15 
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display measurements
Touch friendly display Neither comes with Touch friendly display

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic ZS15 Physical Comparison

If you're aiming to lug around your camera regularly, you will have to think about its weight and proportions. The Panasonic FZ1000 comes with physical measurements of 137mm x 99mm x 131mm (5.4" x 3.9" x 5.2") with a weight of 831 grams (1.83 lbs) whilst the Panasonic ZS15 has measurements of 105mm x 58mm x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") accompanied by a weight of 208 grams (0.46 lbs).

Contrast the Panasonic FZ1000 versus Panasonic ZS15 in our brand new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you are utilising at that time. The following is a front view scale comparison of the FZ1000 and the ZS15.

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic ZS15 size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability score of the FZ1000 and ZS15 is 55 and 92 respectively.

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic ZS15 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic ZS15 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it's tough to envision the contrast between sensor measurements purely by looking at specs. The visual here may give you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the FZ1000 and ZS15.

All in all, both of those cameras have different megapixel count and different sensor measurements. The FZ1000 due to its larger sensor will make shooting shallower DOF simpler and the Panasonic FZ1000 will give you more detail due to its extra 8MP. Greater resolution can also help you crop images a bit more aggressively. The more recent FZ1000 is going to have an advantage when it comes to sensor technology.

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic ZS15 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic ZS15 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic ZS15 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic FZ1000
Portrait photography with Panasonic ZS15
71
focusing manually
good resolution (20MP)
decent sensor size (1")
features face detection focus
exports RAW formats
21
focusing manually not possible
external flash not possible
low MP (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 Street photography details
Panasonic ZS15 Street photography details
71
screen articulates
image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor size (1")
exports RAW formats
61
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (208g)
screen is fixed
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 Sports photography information
Panasonic ZS15 Sports photography information
67
incredible zoom range (25-400mm 16.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (1")
features tracking autofocus
does not have phase detect auto focus
36
excellent zoom range (24-384mm 16.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
comes with tracking autofocus
very slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames per second)
low MP (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
not so great battery power (260 shots)
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 Travel photography highlights
Panasonic ZS15 Travel photography highlights
65
good resolution (20MP)
built-in flash
display is selfie friendly
quite wide (25mm)
very long reach (400mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
61
lighter than competition in class (208 grams)
has built in flash
quite wide (24mm)
very long zoom (384mm)
does not have Timelapse recording
not so great battery power (260 CIPA)
low MP (12MP)
display isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic ZS15 as a Landscape photography camera
65
focusing manually
quite wide (25mm)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (20 megapixels)
decent sensor size (1")
exports RAW formats
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
37
quite wide (24mm)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
low MP (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
not so great battery power (260 per charge)
does not have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ1000 Vlogging highlights
Panasonic ZS15 Vlogging highlights
66
quite wide (25mm)
display is selfie friendly
image stabilization (Optical)
features face detection focus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
has external microphone support
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
33
quite wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition in class (208 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have external microphone port
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Panasonic FZ1000 vs Panasonic ZS15 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ1000 and Panasonic ZS15
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15
General Information
Make Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15
Otherwise known as - Lumix DMC-TZ25
Class Large Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2014-06-12 2012-06-29
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 13.2 x 8.8mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 116.2mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 5472 x 3648 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 12800 6400
Highest boosted ISO 25600 -
Min native ISO 125 100
RAW format
Min boosted ISO 80 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 49 23
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-400mm (16.0x) 24-384mm (16.0x)
Max aperture f/2.8-4.0 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus distance 3cm 3cm
Crop factor 2.7 5.8
Screen
Range of display Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Display sizing 3" 3"
Resolution of display 921k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,359k dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.7x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 60 secs 15 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 12.0 frames per sec 2.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 13.50 m (at Auto ISO) 6.40 m
Flash options Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Forced On/Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 3840x2160 (30p), 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p, 24p) 1280x720 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 831g (1.83 pounds) 208g (0.46 pounds)
Physical dimensions 137 x 99 x 131mm (5.4" x 3.9" x 5.2") 105 x 58 x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 64 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 22.1 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 11.7 not tested
DXO Low light score 517 not tested
Other
Battery life 360 shots 260 shots
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model DMW-BLC12PP -
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage - SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots One One
Pricing at launch $800 $279