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Panasonic ZR1 vs Panasonic ZS15

Portability
94
Imaging
35
Features
17
Overall
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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 front
Portability
92
Imaging
36
Features
37
Overall
36

Panasonic ZR1 vs Panasonic ZS15 Key Specs

Panasonic ZR1
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-200mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 158g - 98 x 55 x 26mm
  • Released July 2009
  • Additionally Known as Lumix DMC-ZX1
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
  • Announced June 2012
  • Also Known as Lumix DMC-TZ25
  • New Model is Panasonic ZS20
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Panasonic ZR1 vs Panasonic ZS15 Overview

Below is a extensive assessment of the Panasonic ZR1 vs Panasonic ZS15, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both of them are created by Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the ZR1 (12MP) and the ZS15 (12MP) is relatively similar and both cameras posses the identical sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The ZR1 was announced 3 years prior to the ZS15 and that is quite a sizable difference as far as technology is concerned. Each of these cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before getting into a step-by-step comparison, here is a brief introduction of how the ZR1 matches up versus the ZS15 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZR1 over the Panasonic ZS15

 ZR1 ZS15 

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS15 over the Panasonic ZR1

 ZS15 ZR1 
AnnouncedJune 2012July 2009More recent by 35 months
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kSharper screen (+230k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic ZR1 and Panasonic ZS15

 ZR1 ZS15 
Manual focus No manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch screen Neither features Touch screen

Panasonic ZR1 vs Panasonic ZS15 Physical Comparison

When you are planning to lug around your camera, you are going to need to consider its weight and proportions. The Panasonic ZR1 enjoys exterior dimensions of 98mm x 55mm x 26mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0") having a weight of 158 grams (0.35 lbs) whilst the Panasonic ZS15 has measurements of 105mm x 58mm x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") with a weight of 208 grams (0.46 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you are using at the time. Here is a front view size comparison of the ZR1 versus the ZS15.

Panasonic ZR1 vs Panasonic ZS15 size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the ZR1 and ZS15 is 94 and 92 respectively.

Panasonic ZR1 vs Panasonic ZS15 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZR1 vs Panasonic ZS15 Sensor Comparison

Sometimes, it is very hard to picture the difference between sensor measurements merely by going over specifications. The graphic here may offer you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the ZR1 and ZS15.

Plainly, the two cameras come with the identical sensor size and the same resolution and you can expect similar quality of photographs but you should always consider the age of the products into consideration. The older ZR1 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor tech.

Panasonic ZR1 vs Panasonic ZS15 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZR1 vs Panasonic ZS15 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZR1 vs Panasonic ZS15 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZR1 Portrait photography advice
Panasonic ZS15 Portrait photography advice
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focusing manually not possible
lack of manual mode
external flash not possible
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
21
no manual focus
no external flash support
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic ZR1
Street photography with Panasonic ZS15
56
has image stabilization (Optical)
no articulating screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
61
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (208g)
screen is fixed
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZR1 Sports photography advice
Panasonic ZS15 Sports photography advice
25
has image stabilization (Optical)
slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
36
incredible zoom range (24-384mm 16.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
comes with tracking focus
low frames per second (2.0 fps)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
terrible battery pack (260 per charge)
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZR1 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic ZS15 as a Travel photography camera
57
built-in flash
pretty wide (25mm)
no Timelapse function
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
61
lighter than competition in class (208 grams)
flash built-in
relatively wide (24mm)
long reach (384mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
terrible battery pack (260 shots)
megapixel count low (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Panasonic ZR1
Landscape photography with Panasonic ZS15
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pretty wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
tiny screen (2.7 inches)
lack of manual mode
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW support
no Timelapse function
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relatively wide (24mm)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
terrible battery pack (260 shots)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZR1 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic ZS15 as a Vlogging camera
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pretty wide (25mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen isn't selfie friendly
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
no external microphone jack
33
relatively wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competition in class (208 grams)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have microphone socket
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Panasonic ZR1 vs Panasonic ZS15 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZR1 and Panasonic ZS15
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15
Also called as Lumix DMC-ZX1 Lumix DMC-TZ25
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2009-07-27 2012-06-29
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Venus Engine V -
Sensor type CCD 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 12 megapixel 12 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 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 6400 6400
Min native ISO 80 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 11 23
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 25-200mm (8.0x) 24-384mm (16.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focusing range 3cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 2.7 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 230 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Min shutter speed 60 secs 15 secs
Max shutter speed 1/2000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 2.0fps 2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 5.10 m 6.40 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Sync Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format Motion JPEG MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone port
Headphone port
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 proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 158 gr (0.35 lbs) 208 gr (0.46 lbs)
Physical dimensions 98 x 55 x 26mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0") 105 x 58 x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth rating not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested not tested
DXO Low light rating not tested not tested
Other
Battery life - 260 photos
Form of battery - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC card, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots One One
Retail pricing $280 $279