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Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS30

Portability
92
Imaging
36
Features
37
Overall
36
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30 front
Portability
92
Imaging
42
Features
48
Overall
44

Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS30 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
  • Introduced June 2012
  • Additionally Known as Lumix DMC-TZ25
  • Successor is Panasonic ZS20
Panasonic ZS30
(Full Review)
  • 18MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-480mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 198g - 105 x 59 x 28mm
  • Launched January 2013
  • Additionally referred to as Lumix DMC-TZ40
  • Replaced the Panasonic ZS25
  • Later Model is Panasonic ZS35
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Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS30 Overview

The following is a extensive review of the Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS30, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras and they are both produced by Panasonic. There exists a large gap between the sensor resolutions of the ZS15 (12MP) and ZS30 (18MP) but they come with the same exact sensor size (1/2.3").

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The ZS15 was brought out 6 months before the ZS30 and they are of a similar age. Both the cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving straight into a complete comparison, below is a simple summary of how the ZS15 matches up vs the ZS30 for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS15 over the Panasonic ZS30

 ZS15 ZS30 

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS30 over the Panasonic ZS15

 ZS30 ZS15 
Display resolution920k460kClearer display (+460k dot)
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Panasonic ZS15 and Panasonic ZS30

 ZS15 ZS30 
LaunchedJune 2012January 2013Similar age
Manually focus Lack of manual focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display size
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen

Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS30 Physical Comparison

If you're aiming to travel with your camera, you should think about its weight and dimensions. The Panasonic ZS15 features exterior measurements of 105mm x 58mm x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") along with a weight of 208 grams (0.46 lbs) while the Panasonic ZS30 has dimensions of 105mm x 59mm x 28mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1") and a weight of 198 grams (0.44 lbs).

Examine the Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS30 in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you are utilising at the time. Underneath is the front view measurement comparison of the ZS15 against the ZS30.

Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS30 size comparison

Factoring in dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the ZS15 and ZS30 is 92 and 92 respectively.

Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS30 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS30 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it's difficult to visualize the contrast between sensor dimensions merely by reading through technical specs. The pic here might provide you a greater sense of the sensor sizing in the ZS15 and ZS30.

As you have seen, both of these cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but different megapixels. You can anticipate the Panasonic ZS30 to give you more detail having its extra 6 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also let you crop pics a little more aggressively.

Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS30 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS30 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS30 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic ZS15
Portrait photography with Panasonic ZS30
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no manual focus
cannot use external flash
low resolution sensor (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
33
good MP (18 megapixels)
no manual focus
can't use external flash
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZS15 Street photography features
Panasonic ZS30 Street photography features
61
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (208g)
no articulating screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
66
image stabilization (Optical)
supports touch focus
lighter than competitors in class (198 grams)
fixed screen
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS15 Sports photography features
Panasonic ZS30 Sports photography features
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incredible zoom range (24-384mm 16.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
has tracking focus
max fps very slow (2.0 frames/s)
low resolution sensor (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
not so great battery power (260 shots)
lacks phase detect AF
46
great zoom range (24-480mm 20.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (18MP)
includes tracking focus
max shutter speed is low (1/1,200s)
small sensor (1/2.3")
low battery life (260 shots)
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZS15 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic ZS30 as a Travel photography camera
61
lighter than competition (208 grams)
built-in flash
pretty wide (24mm)
long reach (384mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
not so great battery power (260 CIPA)
low resolution sensor (12 megapixels)
screen is not selfie friendly
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
69
lighter than competitors in class (198g)
supports touch focus
good MP (18 megapixels)
has built in flash
quite wide (24mm)
long reach (480mm)
missing Timelapse mode
low battery life (260 shots)
display is not selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS15 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic ZS30 as a Landscape photography camera
37
pretty wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3")
has image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
low resolution sensor (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
not so great battery power (260 CIPA)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
44
quite wide (24mm)
good sized screen (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (18 megapixels)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
low battery life (260 CIPA)
missing Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Panasonic ZS15
Vlogging with Panasonic ZS30
33
pretty wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition (208 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
screen is not selfie friendly
doesn't have microphone port
35
quite wide (24mm)
touch screen
image stabilization (Optical)
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competitors in class (198 grams)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
display is not selfie friendly
missing microphone socket
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Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS30 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS15 and Panasonic ZS30
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30
General Information
Company Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS30
Also called as Lumix DMC-TZ25 Lumix DMC-TZ40
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2012-06-29 2013-01-07
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
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 megapixel 18 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4000 x 3000 4896 x 3672
Max native ISO 6400 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 23 23
Lens
Lens support fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-384mm (16.0x) 24-480mm (20.0x)
Max aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/3.3-6.4
Macro focusing distance 3cm 3cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.8
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display size 3" 3"
Resolution of display 460 thousand dots 920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 15s 15s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/1200s
Continuous shutter rate 2.0 frames per sec 10.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 6.40 m 6.40 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported 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)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None BuiltIn
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 208 gr (0.46 pounds) 198 gr (0.44 pounds)
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 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 260 photos
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots Single Single
Retail price $279 $250