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Panasonic FZ200 vs Panasonic ZS15

Portability
65
Imaging
36
Features
64
Overall
47
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 front
Portability
92
Imaging
36
Features
37
Overall
36

Panasonic FZ200 vs Panasonic ZS15 Key Specs

Panasonic FZ200
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200 (Raise to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-600mm (F2.8) lens
  • 588g - 125 x 87 x 110mm
  • Released July 2012
  • Previous Model is Panasonic FZ100
  • Replacement is Panasonic FZ300
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
  • Released June 2012
  • Also Known as Lumix DMC-TZ25
  • Successor is Panasonic ZS20
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Panasonic FZ200 vs Panasonic ZS15 Overview

On this page, we are reviewing the Panasonic FZ200 vs Panasonic ZS15, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras and both of them are sold by Panasonic. The resolution of the FZ200 (12MP) and the ZS15 (12MP) is fairly well matched and both cameras provide the same sensor size (1/2.3").

Photography Glossary

The FZ200 was unveiled very close to the ZS15 which means that they are both of a similar age. Each of the cameras have different body design with the Panasonic FZ200 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera and the Panasonic ZS15 being a Compact camera.

Before getting right into a comprehensive comparison, here is a short summary of how the FZ200 matches up vs the ZS15 in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic FZ200 over the Panasonic ZS15

 FZ200 ZS15 
Manually focus Dial precise focus
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Selfie screen Take selfies

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS15 over the Panasonic FZ200

 ZS15 FZ200 

Common features in the Panasonic FZ200 and Panasonic ZS15

 FZ200 ZS15 
ReleasedJuly 2012June 2012Similar age
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display size
Display resolution460k460kSame display resolution
Touch friendly display Neither contains Touch friendly display

Panasonic FZ200 vs Panasonic ZS15 Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to lug around your camera regularly, you will want to factor in its weight and volume. The Panasonic FZ200 has got outside measurements of 125mm x 87mm x 110mm (4.9" x 3.4" x 4.3") and a weight of 588 grams (1.30 lbs) and the Panasonic ZS15 has sizing of 105mm x 58mm x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") and a weight of 208 grams (0.46 lbs).

Check the Panasonic FZ200 vs 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 dependant on the lens you are using at that moment. Below is a front view sizing comparison of the FZ200 versus the ZS15.

Panasonic FZ200 vs Panasonic ZS15 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability score of the FZ200 and ZS15 is 65 and 92 respectively.

Panasonic FZ200 vs Panasonic ZS15 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic FZ200 vs Panasonic ZS15 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is very hard to picture the gap between sensor measurements simply by looking at a spec sheet. The photograph below should offer you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the FZ200 and ZS15.

Clearly, both of these cameras have the same sensor dimensions and the same MP therefore you can expect similar quality of pictures although you should really consider the launch date of the products into consideration.

Panasonic FZ200 vs Panasonic ZS15 sensor size comparison

Panasonic FZ200 vs Panasonic ZS15 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic FZ200 vs Panasonic ZS15 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic FZ200
Portrait photography with Panasonic ZS15
48
focusing manually
above average flash sync (1/4,000 seconds)
includes face detection autofocus
delivers RAW formats
low resolution (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
21
focusing manually not possible
no external flash support
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 Street photography details
Panasonic ZS15 Street photography details
57
fully articulated screen
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
very small sensor (1/2.3")
more heavy than competition (588g)
61
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average (208g)
no articulating screen
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 Sports photography information
Panasonic ZS15 Sports photography information
46
excellent zoom range (25-600mm 24.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes tracking autofocus
great battery life (540 CIPA)
low resolution (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
36
amazing zoom range (24-384mm 16.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with tracking autofocus
max frames per second very slow (2.0 frames/s)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
bad battery life (260 per charge)
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic FZ200
Travel photography with Panasonic ZS15
55
great battery life (540 per charge)
built-in flash
display is selfie friendly
decently wide (25mm)
long reach (600mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
more heavy than competition (588g)
low resolution (12MP)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
61
lighter than average (208 grams)
built-in flash
reasonably wide (24mm)
very long zoom (384mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
bad battery life (260 CIPA)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 Landscape photography features
Panasonic ZS15 Landscape photography features
48
focusing manually
decently wide (25mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
great battery life (540 per charge)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
low resolution (12MP)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have Timelapse recording
37
reasonably wide (24mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW files
bad battery life (260 per charge)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic FZ200 Vlogging info
Panasonic ZS15 Vlogging info
63
decently wide (25mm)
display is selfie friendly
built in image stabilization (Optical)
includes face detection autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does have external microphone socket
sluggish maximum aperture (f2.8)
more heavy than competition (588g)
33
reasonably wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than average (208 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
doesn't have external microphone jack
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Panasonic FZ200 vs Panasonic ZS15 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic FZ200 and Panasonic ZS15
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15
General Information
Make Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15
Also referred to as - Lumix DMC-TZ25
Class Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2012-07-18 2012-06-29
Body design SLR-like (bridge) Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine VII FHD -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 3200 6400
Maximum enhanced ISO 6400 -
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focus
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
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
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fully Articulated Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 460k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Screen tech Free-Angle TFT Screen LCD Display -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 1,312k dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 15 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 12.0 frames per sec 2.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 13.50 m 6.40 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/4000 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 1280 x 720p (60, 50, 30, 25 fps), 640 x 480 (240, 120, 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 format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone input
Headphone input
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 seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 588g (1.30 lb) 208g (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 Overall score 37 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 19.1 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 10.8 not tested
DXO Low light score 114 not tested
Other
Battery life 540 photographs 260 photographs
Style 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
Storage slots 1 1
Launch price $499 $279