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Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS20

Portability
92
Imaging
36
Features
37
Overall
36
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20 front
Portability
92
Imaging
38
Features
46
Overall
41

Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS20 Key Specs

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
  • Launched June 2012
  • Also Known as Lumix DMC-TZ25
  • Replacement is Panasonic ZS20
Panasonic ZS20
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-480mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 206g - 105 x 59 x 28mm
  • Revealed April 2012
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-TZ30
  • Succeeded the Panasonic ZS15
  • Newer Model is Panasonic ZS25
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Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS20 Overview

The following is a thorough assessment of the Panasonic ZS15 and Panasonic ZS20, both Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and both are produced by Panasonic. The image resolution of the ZS15 (12MP) and the ZS20 (14MP) is fairly close and both cameras have the identical sensor measurements (1/2.3").

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The ZS15 was launched 3 months after the ZS20 which means that they are of a similar generation. Both of these cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before going into a complete comparison, here is a short overview of how the ZS15 matches up vs the ZS20 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS15 over the Panasonic ZS20

 ZS15 ZS20 

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS20 over the Panasonic ZS15

 ZS20 ZS15 
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Panasonic ZS15 and Panasonic ZS20

 ZS15 ZS20 
RevealedJune 2012April 2012Same generation
Manually focus No manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display size3"3"Same display measurements
Display resolution460k460kThe same display resolution
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen

Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS20 Physical Comparison

For those who are intending to travel with your camera regularly, you need to factor its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic ZS15 has got exterior dimensions of 105mm x 58mm x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") and a weight of 208 grams (0.46 lbs) and the Panasonic ZS20 has dimensions of 105mm x 59mm x 28mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1") along with a weight of 206 grams (0.45 lbs).

Examine the Panasonic ZS15 and Panasonic ZS20 in the all new Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you are utilizing at the time. Following is a front view size comparison of the ZS15 vs the ZS20.

Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS20 size comparison

Taking into account dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the ZS15 and ZS20 is 92 and 92 respectively.

Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS20 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS20 Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is difficult to visualise the gap in sensor dimensions simply by viewing specifications. The picture here may give you a better sense of the sensor dimensions in the ZS15 and ZS20.

Plainly, both of the cameras come with the identical sensor size but not the same megapixels. You should anticipate the Panasonic ZS20 to result in greater detail utilizing its extra 2MP. Greater resolution will enable you to crop pics a good deal more aggressively.

Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS20 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS20 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS20 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZS15 Portrait photography info
Panasonic ZS20 Portrait photography info
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focusing manually not possible
no external flash support
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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megapixel count good (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
no external flash support
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZS15 Street photography info
Panasonic ZS20 Street photography info
61
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition in class (208 grams)
no articulating screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
65
image stabilization (Optical)
provides touch focus
lighter than competition (206g)
no articulating screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Panasonic ZS15
Sports photography with Panasonic ZS20
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long zoom range (24-384mm 16.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
offers tracking focus
slow continuous shooting (2.0 fps)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
terrible battery pack (260 shots)
lack of phase detect autofocus
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excellent zoom range (24-480mm 20.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (14MP)
provides tracking autofocus
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
bad battery power (260 shots)
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZS15 Travel photography features
Panasonic ZS20 Travel photography features
61
lighter than competition in class (208g)
flash built-in
really wide (24mm)
great reach (384mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
terrible battery pack (260 CIPA)
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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lighter than competition (206 grams)
provides touch focus
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
has built in flash
quite wide (24mm)
long reach (480mm)
doesn't have Timelapse function
bad battery power (260 shots)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS15 Landscape photography information
Panasonic ZS20 Landscape photography information
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really wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
sensor resolution not great (12 megapixels)
small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
terrible battery pack (260 CIPA)
does not have Time Lapse mode
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quite wide (24mm)
screen is a good size (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (14MP)
focusing manually not possible
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
bad battery power (260 shots)
doesn't have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZS15 Vlogging highlights
Panasonic ZS20 Vlogging highlights
33
really wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition in class (208g)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
does not have mic socket
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quite wide (24mm)
touchscreen capability
image stabilization (Optical)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition (206 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
doesn't have external microphone port
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Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS20 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS15 and Panasonic ZS20
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
General Information
Make Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS20
Also referred to as Lumix DMC-TZ25 Lumix DMC-TZ30
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Launched 2012-06-29 2012-04-26
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixel 14 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 4000 x 3000 4320 x 3240
Highest native ISO 6400 6400
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 23 23
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-384mm (16.0x) 24-480mm (20.0x)
Maximum aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/3.3-6.4
Macro focusing range 3cm 3cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 460 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 15s 15s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/2000s
Continuous shooting speed 2.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 6.40 m 6.40 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (220 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 208 grams (0.46 pounds) 206 grams (0.45 pounds)
Physical dimensions 105 x 58 x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") 105 x 59 x 28mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 shots 260 shots
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots 1 1
Cost at launch $279 $349