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Panasonic ZR3 vs Panasonic ZS15

Portability
94
Imaging
37
Features
26
Overall
32
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 front
Portability
92
Imaging
36
Features
37
Overall
36

Panasonic ZR3 vs Panasonic ZS15 Key Specs

Panasonic ZR3
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 25-200mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 159g - 98 x 55 x 26mm
  • Introduced January 2010
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-ZX3
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
  • Introduced June 2012
  • Also Known as Lumix DMC-TZ25
  • Replacement is Panasonic ZS20
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Panasonic ZR3 vs Panasonic ZS15 Overview

Here is a in-depth assessment of the Panasonic ZR3 vs Panasonic ZS15, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both are built by Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the ZR3 (14MP) and the ZS15 (12MP) is relatively well matched and both cameras provide the identical sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The ZR3 was unveiled 3 years prior to the ZS15 and that is quite a big difference as far as technology is concerned. Each of the cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before diving right into a comprehensive comparison, here is a quick summary of how the ZR3 matches up versus the ZS15 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZR3 over the Panasonic ZS15

 ZR3 ZS15 

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS15 over the Panasonic ZR3

 ZS15 ZR3 
IntroducedJune 2012January 2010Fresher by 29 months
Screen size3"2.7"Bigger screen (+0.3")
Screen resolution460k230kCrisper screen (+230k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic ZR3 and Panasonic ZS15

 ZR3 ZS15 
Focus manually No manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Absent Touch friendly screen

Panasonic ZR3 vs Panasonic ZS15 Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to carry your camera regularly, you'll need to take into account its weight and volume. The Panasonic ZR3 has got external dimensions of 98mm x 55mm x 26mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.0") with a weight of 159 grams (0.35 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).

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Remember that, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you are utilizing at that time. Underneath is a front view proportions comparison of the ZR3 compared to the ZS15.

Panasonic ZR3 vs Panasonic ZS15 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability score of the ZR3 and ZS15 is 94 and 92 respectively.

Panasonic ZR3 vs Panasonic ZS15 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZR3 vs Panasonic ZS15 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it's difficult to see the difference between sensor sizing purely by reading through specs. The photograph below will offer you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the ZR3 and ZS15.

As you can plainly see, both the cameras come with the identical sensor size albeit not the same MP. You can count on the Panasonic ZR3 to give greater detail having an extra 2MP. Higher resolution will also allow you to crop pictures a good deal more aggressively. The older ZR3 is going to be behind in sensor tech.

Panasonic ZR3 vs Panasonic ZS15 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZR3 vs Panasonic ZS15 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZR3 vs Panasonic ZS15 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZR3 Portrait photography advice
Panasonic ZS15 Portrait photography advice
28
good resolution (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
no manual control
external flash not possible
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
21
focusing manually not possible
can't use external flash
sensor resolution low (12MP)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZR3 Street photography highlights
Panasonic ZS15 Street photography highlights
57
image stabilization (Optical)
fixed screen
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
61
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (208g)
screen is fixed
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic ZR3
Sports photography with Panasonic ZS15
37
image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (14MP)
provides tracking focus
maximum shutter speed is a little low (1/1,300s)
slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have phase detect auto focus
36
long zoom range (24-384mm 16.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides tracking autofocus
very slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames per second)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
terrible battery life (260 CIPA)
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic ZR3
Travel photography with Panasonic ZS15
65
good resolution (14MP)
built-in flash
fairly wide (25mm)
no Timelapse mode
does not contain selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f3.3)
61
lighter than competition (208g)
built-in flash
reasonably wide (24mm)
long zoom (384mm)
no Timelapse recording
terrible battery life (260 CIPA)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZR3 Landscape photography info
Panasonic ZS15 Landscape photography info
37
fairly wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
good resolution (14 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
cannot change lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
no manual control
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
doesn't have RAW format
no Timelapse mode
37
reasonably wide (24mm)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
no RAW format
terrible battery life (260 shots)
no Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZR3 Vlogging features
Panasonic ZS15 Vlogging features
29
fairly wide (25mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
does not contain selfie friendly display
video resolution low (1280 x 720 resolution)
no microphone port
33
reasonably wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition (208 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
does not contain selfie friendly screen
no external microphone jack
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Panasonic ZR3 vs Panasonic ZS15 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZR3 and Panasonic ZS15
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15
General Information
Brand Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15
Alternate name Lumix DMC-ZX3 Lumix DMC-TZ25
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2010-01-26 2012-06-29
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Venus Engine HD II -
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 14MP 12MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3, 3:2 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
Minimum native ISO 80 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 11 23
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 25-200mm (8.0x) 24-384mm (16.0x)
Highest aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus range 3cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.9 5.8
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 2.7" 3"
Screen resolution 230k dot 460k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60 seconds 15 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/1300 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 2.0fps 2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation - Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 5.30 m 6.40 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
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 file format AVCHD Lite 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 159g (0.35 pounds) 208g (0.46 pounds)
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 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 - 260 images
Battery format - Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots One One
Cost at release $280 $279