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Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS8

Portability
92
Imaging
36
Features
37
Overall
36
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8 front
Portability
92
Imaging
37
Features
39
Overall
37

Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS8 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
  • Released June 2012
  • Additionally referred to as Lumix DMC-TZ25
  • Replacement is Panasonic ZS20
Panasonic ZS8
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-384mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 210g - 105 x 58 x 33mm
  • Released July 2011
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-TZ18
  • Succeeded the Panasonic ZS7
Photography Glossary

Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS8 Overview

Here, we will be matching up the Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS8, both Small Sensor Superzoom digital cameras and both are offered by Panasonic. The sensor resolution of the ZS15 (12MP) and the ZS8 (14MP) is pretty similar and both cameras offer the identical sensor sizes (1/2.3").

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The ZS15 was released 12 months after the ZS8 and they are of a similar age. Both of these cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before delving straight to a detailed comparison, here is a concise summation of how the ZS15 matches up vs the ZS8 for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS15 over the Panasonic ZS8

 ZS15 ZS8 
ReleasedJune 2012July 2011Newer by 12 months
Screen resolution460k230kClearer screen (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS8 over the Panasonic ZS15

 ZS8 ZS15 

Common features in the Panasonic ZS15 and Panasonic ZS8

 ZS15 ZS8 
Manual focus Lack of manual focus
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen size3"3"Same screen dimensions
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch screen Neither includes Touch screen

Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS8 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is intending to travel with your camera, you're going to have to factor its weight and proportions. The Panasonic ZS15 features external measurements of 105mm x 58mm x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") with a weight of 208 grams (0.46 lbs) whilst the Panasonic ZS8 has measurements of 105mm x 58mm x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") with a weight of 210 grams (0.46 lbs).

Take a look at the Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS8 in our newest Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you have at that moment. Below is a front view scale comparison of the ZS15 vs the ZS8.

Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS8 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the ZS15 and ZS8 is 92 and 92 respectively.

Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS8 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS8 Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it can be difficult to imagine the gap between sensor dimensions merely by reviewing specifications. The pic here will give you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the ZS15 and ZS8.

Plainly, each of the cameras feature the identical sensor size albeit different megapixels. You can expect the Panasonic ZS8 to offer greater detail as a result of its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution will also help you crop pictures way more aggressively. The more modern ZS15 should have an edge in sensor technology.

Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS8 sensor size comparison

Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS8 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS8 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Panasonic ZS15
Portrait photography with Panasonic ZS8
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focusing manually not possible
cannot use external flash
low MP (12MP)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
30
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
no external flash support
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Street Comparison

Panasonic ZS15 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic ZS8 as a Street photography camera
61
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (208 grams)
fixed screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
61
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (210g)
screen is fixed
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic ZS15 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic ZS8 as a Sports photography camera
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excellent zoom range (24-384mm 16.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
offers tracking autofocus
max frames per second low (2.0 frames per second)
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
bad battery life (260 shots)
lack of phase detect autofocus
47
incredible zoom range (24-384mm 16.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
provides tracking autofocus
very slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames/s)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic ZS15 Travel photography features
Panasonic ZS8 Travel photography features
61
lighter than competition (208 grams)
built-in flash
fairly wide (24mm)
great reach (384mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
bad battery life (260 CIPA)
low MP (12 megapixels)
does not feature selfie friendly display
slow max aperture (f3.3)
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lighter than competition (210 grams)
good megapixels (14MP)
has built in flash
quite wide (24mm)
very long zoom (384mm)
missing Time Lapse recording
does not offer selfie friendly display
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic ZS15 as a Landscape photography camera
Panasonic ZS8 as a Landscape photography camera
37
fairly wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
can't change lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
bad battery life (260 per charge)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
44
quite wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
good megapixels (14 megapixels)
no manual focus
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
very small sensor (1/2.3")
lack of RAW format
missing Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic ZS15 Vlogging advice
Panasonic ZS8 Vlogging advice
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fairly wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
lighter than competition (208g)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
does not feature selfie friendly display
doesn't have external mic jack
30
quite wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than competition (210 grams)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not offer selfie friendly display
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing external mic socket
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Panasonic ZS15 vs Panasonic ZS8 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic ZS15 and Panasonic ZS8
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8
General Information
Make Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8
Otherwise known as Lumix DMC-TZ25 Lumix DMC-TZ18
Type Small Sensor Superzoom Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2012-06-29 2011-07-19
Physical type Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Powered by - Venus Engine FHD
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.17 x 4.55mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 28.1mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 12MP 14MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4000 x 3000 4320 x 3240
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW images
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Number of focus points 23 11
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-384mm (16.0x) 24-384mm (16.0x)
Maximal aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/3.3-5.9
Macro focus range 3cm 3cm
Crop factor 5.8 5.9
Screen
Type of display Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of display 460k dots 230k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Display technology - TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Minimum shutter speed 15 secs 60 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 2.0fps 2.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 6.40 m 5.00 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1280x720
Video data format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4
Mic 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
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 208 grams (0.46 pounds) 210 grams (0.46 pounds)
Physical dimensions 105 x 58 x 33mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.3") 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 shots 340 shots
Form of battery 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
Price at release $279 $275