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Panasonic Lumix ZS15 review

The 16x travel zoom that's fast and fun to use

Despite lacking some of the Panasonic TZ30/ZS20's high-end trimmings, the Panasonic ZS15 offers a range of desirable features and excellent responsiveness.

In fact, in terms of picture quality and performance, the Panasonic ZS15 represents better value for money than its higher priced stablemate - particularly if you don't need the GPS functionality.

We liked

The Panasonic ZS15's versatile zoom range, quick focus and creative shooting options are all excellent.

We disliked

The battery life proved underwhelming during our tests, and USB recharging isn't for everyone. Having to physically switch between shooting and playback can be tiresome, too.

Final verdict

The Panasonic ZS15 is a camera that has something to offer photographers of all abilities. If you're a beginner, dial in Intelligent Auto. This point-and-press mode gets it right more often than it gets it wrong, matching the camera settings to the shooting situation with a fair degree of accuracy.

It is a little too keen to unleash HDR mode when it detects backlighting, though - at one point, even a pale wall behind a portrait sitter set it off - and this adds several seconds to the image processing time.

More advanced photographers will welcome the control that the P, A, S, M modes bring to a camera with such potential, although the aperture range is a little narrow at the full telephoto zoom setting (f/5.9-6.3).

Overall, the Panasonic ZS15 is a fast performer with lots of genuinely useful features, and it's capable of producing smooth, attractive images. It represents very good value, giving both the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS and the Samsung WB750 a run for their money.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Wireless LANNo
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyLumix TZ
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourRed
Optical Zoom16x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesLive View, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor, 3D Panorama
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsAVCHD, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)185 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH, WEEE
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height57.6 mm
Width104.9 mm
Depth33.4 mm
Product SeriesTZ
Focal Length4.30 mm to 68.80 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, MPO
External FlashNo
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMC-TZ25
Product NameLumix DMC-TZ25 Compact Camera
Product LineLumix
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMCTZ25EBR
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

The DMC-TZ25 incorporates a 16x optical zoom LEICA DC lens from 24mm ultra wide-angle (35mm camera equivalent: 24-384mm), featuring Nano Surface Coating technology that minimizes ghosts and flaring. The 16x optical zoom increases its power to 32x equivalent with the Intelligent Zoom. This is an extensive zoom function using digital zoom with minimum deterioration of image quality thanks to the Intelligent Resolution technology.

Package Contents
  • Lumix DMC-TZ25 Compact Camera
  • Battery Pack
  • AC Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year