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Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS50

Portability
92
Imaging
36
Features
37
Overall
36
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 front
Portability
90
Imaging
37
Features
57
Overall
45

Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS50 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
  • Announced June 2012
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-TZ25
  • Refreshed by Panasonic ZS20
Panasonic ZS50
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 243g - 111 x 65 x 34mm
  • Announced January 2015
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-TZ70
  • Earlier Model is Panasonic ZS45
  • Newer Model is Panasonic ZS60
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Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS50 Overview

Below is a comprehensive assessment of the Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS50, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras and they are both built by Panasonic. The resolution of the ZS15 (12MP) and the ZS50 (12MP) is fairly similar and they come with the exact same sensor size (1/2.3").

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The ZS15 was unveiled 3 years earlier than the ZS50 and that is quite a big gap as far as technology is concerned. Each of the cameras come with the identical body type (Compact).

Before delving through a detailed comparison, below is a quick introduction of how the ZS15 grades against the ZS50 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS15 over the Panasonic ZS50

 ZS15 ZS50 

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS50 over the Panasonic ZS15

 ZS50 ZS15 
AnnouncedJanuary 2015June 2012More recent by 30 months
Focus manually Very precise focus
Display resolution1040k460kSharper display (+580k dot)

Common features in the Panasonic ZS15 and Panasonic ZS50

 ZS15 ZS50 
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimension3"3"Identical display size
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen
Touch display Neither offers Touch display

Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS50 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is going to lug around your camera, you should factor its weight and proportions. The Panasonic ZS15 offers exterior measurements of 105mm x 58mm x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") having a weight of 208 grams (0.46 lbs) whilst the Panasonic ZS50 has measurements of 111mm x 65mm x 34mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.3") and a weight of 243 grams (0.54 lbs).

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Take into account, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you are utilizing during that time. Following is the front view measurements comparison of the ZS15 compared to the ZS50.

Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS50 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the ZS15 and ZS50 is 92 and 90 respectively.

Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS50 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS50 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it's difficult to imagine the gap between sensor measurements purely by reviewing specifications. The visual below should provide you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the ZS15 and ZS50.

To sum up, the two cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements and the identical megapixels therefore you should expect similar quality of files although you will want to factor the release date of the products into consideration. The older ZS15 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor tech.

Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS50 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS50 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS50 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic ZS15 Portrait photography highlights
Panasonic ZS50 Portrait photography highlights
21
no manual focus
can't use external flash
sensor resolution low (12MP)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW support
42
manual focus
provides face detection focusing
delivers RAW formats
can't use external flash
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Panasonic ZS15
Street photography with Panasonic ZS50
61
has image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competitors (208 grams)
screen does not articulate
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW support
68
image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
lighter than competition in class (243g)
no moving screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS15 Sports photography advice
Panasonic ZS50 Sports photography advice
36
excellent zoom range (24-384mm 16.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
comes with tracking autofocus
slow fps (2.0 frames per second)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
terrible battery (260 CIPA)
no phase detect autofocus
43
excellent zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
provides tracking autofocus
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Panasonic ZS15
Travel photography with Panasonic ZS50
61
lighter than competitors (208g)
has built in flash
relatively wide (24mm)
very long reach (384mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
terrible battery (260 shots)
sensor resolution low (12MP)
display is not selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
66
lighter than competition in class (243 grams)
has built in flash
fairly wide (24mm)
great reach (720mm)
megapixel count low (12MP)
does not contain selfie friendly display
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS15 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic ZS50 as a Landscape photography camera
37
relatively wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
has image stabilization (Optical)
no manual focus
can't switch lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
sensor resolution low (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
no RAW support
terrible battery (260 shots)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
51
manual focus
fairly wide (24mm)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
delivers RAW formats
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
megapixel count low (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZS15 as a Vlogging camera
Panasonic ZS50 as a Vlogging camera
33
relatively wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competitors (208 grams)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
display is not selfie friendly
doesn't have external microphone socket
34
fairly wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition in class (243g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
does not contain selfie friendly display
doesn't have external mic port
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Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS50 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS15 and Panasonic ZS50
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
General Information
Brand Name Panasonic Panasonic
Model type Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50
Also referred to as Lumix DMC-TZ25 Lumix DMC-TZ70
Category Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Announced 2012-06-29 2015-01-06
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 28.1mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 12MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Highest native ISO 6400 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 23 23
Lens
Lens mount type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens zoom range 24-384mm (16.0x) 24-720mm (30.0x)
Max aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/3.3-6.4
Macro focusing distance 3cm 3cm
Focal length multiplier 5.8 5.8
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 460k dot 1,040k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 1,166k dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.46x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 15 seconds 4 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 2.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 6.40 m 6.40 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, Auto/Red-eye Reduction, Forced On, Slow Sync./Red-eye Reduction, Forced Off
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
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 (60p/60i/30p), 1280 x 720 (60p/30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 208 gr (0.46 pounds) 243 gr (0.54 pounds)
Dimensions 105 x 58 x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") 111 x 65 x 34mm (4.4" x 2.6" x 1.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 44
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 20.0
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 11.2
DXO Low light rating not tested 138
Other
Battery life 260 photographs 300 photographs
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots One One
Price at release $279 $350