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Samsung HZ15W vs Samsung HZ30W

Portability
90
Imaging
35
Features
31
Overall
33
Samsung HZ15W front
 
Samsung HZ30W front
Portability
91
Imaging
35
Features
40
Overall
37

Samsung HZ15W vs Samsung HZ30W Key Specs

Samsung HZ15W
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Sensor-shift Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-240mm (F3.3-5.8) lens
  • 249g - 105 x 61 x 37mm
  • Revealed February 2009
  • Also referred to as WB550
Samsung HZ30W
(Full Review)
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 24-360mm (F3.2-5.8) lens
  • 245g - 107 x 61 x 28mm
  • Announced January 2010
  • Additionally Known as WB600
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Samsung HZ15W vs Samsung HZ30W Overview

Below is a thorough assessment of the Samsung HZ15W and Samsung HZ30W, former being a Small Sensor Compact while the other is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both are created by Samsung. The image resolution of the HZ15W (12MP) and the HZ30W (12MP) is very close and they use the same exact sensor dimensions (1/2.3").

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The HZ15W was released 11 months before the HZ30W which means that they are both of a similar age. Both cameras offer the identical body type (Compact).

Before diving straight into a comprehensive comparison, below is a simple summation of how the HZ15W scores vs the HZ30W in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Samsung HZ15W over the Samsung HZ30W

 HZ15W HZ30W 
Display resolution460k230kSharper display (+230k dot)

Reasons to pick Samsung HZ30W over the Samsung HZ15W

 HZ30W HZ15W 
AnnouncedJanuary 2010February 2009More recent by 11 months

Common features in the Samsung HZ15W and Samsung HZ30W

 HZ15W HZ30W 
Manually focus Dial accurate focusing
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display sizing3"3"Equivalent display sizing
Selfie screen No selfie screen
Touch friendly display No Touch friendly display

Samsung HZ15W vs Samsung HZ30W Physical Comparison

For anyone who is looking to lug around your camera, you'll need to factor in its weight and proportions. The Samsung HZ15W provides external measurements of 105mm x 61mm x 37mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.5") and a weight of 249 grams (0.55 lbs) whilst the Samsung HZ30W has measurements of 107mm x 61mm x 28mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.1") and a weight of 245 grams (0.54 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will differ depending on the lens you are utilising at the time. Underneath is the front view measurement comparison of the HZ15W against the HZ30W.

Samsung HZ15W vs Samsung HZ30W size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the HZ15W and HZ30W is 90 and 91 respectively.

Samsung HZ15W vs Samsung HZ30W top view buttons comparison

Samsung HZ15W vs Samsung HZ30W Sensor Comparison

In many cases, it is very tough to envision the contrast in sensor measurements just by viewing specs. The photograph below may provide you a stronger sense of the sensor sizing in the HZ15W and HZ30W.

All in all, each of the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing and the same exact MP therefore you can expect comparable quality of photos though you might want to consider the launch date of the cameras into account. The older HZ15W will be disadvantaged in sensor tech.

Samsung HZ15W vs Samsung HZ30W sensor size comparison

Samsung HZ15W vs Samsung HZ30W Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung HZ15W vs Samsung HZ30W Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Samsung HZ15W as a Portrait photography camera
Samsung HZ30W as a Portrait photography camera
32
manual focus
has face detect autofocus
manual mode not possible
cannot use external flash
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
29
you can focus manually
cannot use external flash
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Samsung HZ15W
Street photography with Samsung HZ30W
53
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
screen is fixed
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
more heavy than others in class (249 grams)
60
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average (245 grams)
screen is fixed
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
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Sports Comparison

Samsung HZ15W Sports photography factors
Samsung HZ30W Sports photography factors
27
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
no shutter priority
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no phase detect autofocus
42
amazing zoom range (24-360mm 15.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides tracking focus
MP count low (12 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Samsung HZ15W Travel photography details
Samsung HZ30W Travel photography details
54
built-in flash
really wide (24mm)
no Timelapse recording
more heavy than others in class (249g)
low MP (12 megapixels)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
63
lighter than average (245 grams)
flash built-in
really wide (24mm)
great zoom (360mm)
missing Time Lapse function
MP count low (12 megapixels)
screen isn't selfie friendly
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
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Landscape Comparison

Samsung HZ15W as a Landscape photography camera
Samsung HZ30W as a Landscape photography camera
41
manual focus
really wide (24mm)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
manual mode not possible
low MP (12MP)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW support
no Timelapse recording
43
you can focus manually
really wide (24mm)
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
MP count low (12MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.3")
no RAW format
missing Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Samsung HZ15W Vlogging features
Samsung HZ30W Vlogging features
29
really wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Sensor-shift)
has face detect autofocus
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
low video resolution (1280 x 720 resolution)
no microphone support
more heavy than others in class (249 grams)
30
really wide (24mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lighter than average (245g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.2)
screen isn't selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing mic port
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Samsung HZ15W vs Samsung HZ30W Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung HZ15W and Samsung HZ30W
 Samsung HZ15WSamsung HZ30W
General Information
Brand Samsung Samsung
Model Samsung HZ15W Samsung HZ30W
Also Known as WB550 WB600
Class Small Sensor Compact Small Sensor Superzoom
Revealed 2009-02-23 2010-01-19
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CCD CCD
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 27.7mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 12 megapixels 12 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2 4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4000 x 3000 4000 x 3000
Maximum native ISO 3200 3200
Minimum native ISO 80 80
RAW data
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 24-240mm (10.0x) 24-360mm (15.0x)
Largest aperture f/3.3-5.8 f/3.2-5.8
Macro focus range 5cm 3cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 460 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 16 seconds 16 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/2000 seconds 1/2000 seconds
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation - Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 4.70 m 5.00 m
Flash modes Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, Red eye fix Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30, 15 fps) 1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1280x720
Video format Motion JPEG H.264
Mic 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 None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 249g (0.55 lbs) 245g (0.54 lbs)
Dimensions 105 x 61 x 37mm (4.1" x 2.4" x 1.5") 107 x 61 x 28mm (4.2" x 2.4" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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 model - SLB-11A
Self timer Yes (10 sec, 2 sec, Double, Motion Timer) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double, Motion)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SC/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus, internal SC/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots Single Single
Price at launch $330 $280