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Panasonic Lumix ZS15 12.1 MP High Sensitivity MOS Digital Camera with 16x Optical Zoom (Silver)


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  • High Sensitivity MOS Sensor
  • Full 1920x1080p HD video
  • 3" LCD
  • ZS15 does have macro mode.
  • Lumix line does not carry standard AA or AAA battery options. It is all Li-Ion battery powered.
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Technical Details

Color: Silver
  • Brand Name: Panasonic
  • Model: DMC-ZS15S
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 12.1 MP
  • Optical Sensor Technology: MOS
  • Optical zoom: 16 x
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Product Details

Color: Silver
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1.3 x 2.3 inches ; 6.6 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00728ZAEY
  • Item model number: DMC-ZS15S
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 30, 2012

Product Description

Color: Silver

From the Manufacturer

The Lumix DMC-ZS15 features a versatile 24mm ultra-wide angle and powerful 16x optical zoom LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens with 32x Intelligent Zoom. It also features a large, 3.0" (7.5cm), 460K-dot TFT LCD Display.

Panasonic Lumix ZS15 Highlights

LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR Lens
With a newly-redesigned lens system, the ZS15 features a new mechanical structure and optical system to further improve image quality and with Nano Surface Coating technology, it offers stunning image clarity with minimized ghosting and flare.

Amazing Picture Quality
Featuring a newly developed 12.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor, the ZS15 is able to provide amazing image quality. Coupled with the advanced image processor Venus Engine, the ZS15 features high speed, high sensitivity image recording. High speed burst shooting at 10 fps in full resolution and Light Speed AF allows you to capture even the most fleeting photo opportunities.

Full HD Recording
With the ability to record high-res, Full HD 1920 x 1080 60p videos in AVCHD Progressive (MPEG-4) format or (30p in MP4), the ZS15 is able to produce extremely clear video details, even when subjects are moving quickly.

Product Description

The LUMIX DMC-ZS15 features a versatile 24mm ultra-wide angle and powerful 16x optical zoom LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens (24-383mm on 35mm camera equivalent) with 32x Intelligent Zoom

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

videos and photographs are great but there's a big problem, when you are recording a video, you instinctively put your finger in the microphone, and of course you cant hear… Read more ›
It is small enough to put in my purse so I can carry it with me everywhere. The quality is fantastic, ease of use. Read more ›
Unfortunately as I bought in the US my warranty was not valid in Ireland and I…Apart from that pictures are reasonable but have to admit my previous lumix wa much better Read more ›
Still…I wish the night shots were clearer and more defined -- white lights tend to blow out a bit -- but that may be something I've got to do myself, using manual settings. Read more ›
I took this on vacation and shot several hundred pictures and they all came out good. The panorama picture option is pretty fun too. Read more ›
I changed the settings to MANUAL and I was stunned by the…Even though the meter was saying I was under-exposing, the images were amazing -- perfectly exposed and sharp. I… Read more ›
The photographic results are excellent for this amateur. The camera has a good solid feel to it, the long zoom is quite smooth, and the controls somewhat intuitive. I… Read more ›
It took great pictures and the zoom was perfect for wildlife shots, but the zoom mechanism is so sensitive it soon jams and then you can't use the camera at all (it stalls… Read more ›
It takes wonderful outdoor photos when the light is good. The zoom is exceptional, and photos taken in high light with the zoom are beautiful. However, it does have some… Read more ›
There is a lot I like about this camera - very nice video; zoom lens is amazing for the price. But it has taken me 3 Panasonic Lumixes to realize that they ALL get dust on… Read more ›
The camera has a lot of features at a $200 price point. My favorite feature is the 16x zoom, which performs very well especially on a "point and shoot" camera. The… Read more ›
I…I also took it on a trip to the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam and the zoom is so amazing that I got clear close-up pictures even though I was in an airplane flying above them. Read more ›
* It takes Panasonic movies, only Sony and Panasonic take good movies…* The iA point-and-shoot mode is amazing, it meters faces, sunsets, everything to expose high detail Read more ›
I like the ZS 15, it does more than my ZS 7 and does it easier. All the features work well. I was surprised that the charging system is different. Read more ›
Pictures come out clear and then snap quickly which is nice. All the settings are easy to get to on the camera with just a rotation of the dial. Read more ›
This camera has very good picture quality and the movie mode is excellent as well. I have several long zoom camera's ( Panasonic zs5, Panasonic zs8, Sony DSCH90, Samsung… Read more ›
Picture quality of Panasonic is wonderful. Camera functions were easy to learn. I love the panoramic option and low light night shots are impressive. Read more ›
It has aperture and shutter priority settings as well as manual. These features are also important although the intelligent automatic mode (iA) does well in many conditions. T… Read more ›
Simple to use and takes super clear pictures. Love the rechargeable battery which has a long life instead of other cameras which use regular batteries that require… Read more ›
I use this camera in the "iA" mode and this camera just…Simple to use, comparatively cheap (when I bought it I paid around $180) when considering the image quality. Read more ›
The quality if great. Easy to use. It is difficult to keep up with the new features that keep coming out but this camera has enough for the point and shoot enthusiast. Read more ›
I will buy Panasonic again. Easy to use camera with long battery life. Great pictures, It even has optical image stabilization that works great. Read more ›
The perfect carry around camera. Easy to use with features matching much more expensive cameras. Menu easy to use Recommend over the newer versions of this camera. Read more ›
So it was replaced with this updated product, which…I have loved my Panasonic point and shoot cameras - easy to use, high quality pictures, and this one is even better. Read more ›
I bought this for use as a video camera and so far it's been great and the sound and video are good quality. Read more ›
It shakes enough at 16X I cant imagine using a larger magnification. The "SH" video is superb. I didn't try the AVCHD because the SH is so good for my purposes - viewing on… Read more ›
Very good image and controls. Set up to download wifi now but using the included computer connection cables to store and print pictures/video is simple. Great price and the… Read more ›
But it is with outside scenes and in video performance that the ZS15 shines !! Indoor stills and indoor video are still well above average for a P&S under $250. Read more ›
The video quality is outstanding, both AVCHD and MP4 recording, the pictures quality is about the same as ZS7 in a day light, but the camera processes images much faster… Read more ›
Video quality is also amazing. Here again, the image stabilizer makes most hand-held shots look like they were shot on a tripod. Read more ›
Found these selling at around a buck fifty each around Christmas time, so I snatched three. At that price, these are great cameras. My wife uses hers to take pics of birds… Read more ›
Panasonic digital cameras are quality items. The price was well within my budget. I purchased it thru Amazon and it arrived 3 days later with standard ship. Read more ›
It…I'm not an expert, but I am around electronics and technology a lot (mostly gaming and computers) and some of the features this camera has for the price is outstanding. Read more ›
Arrived very quickly, good price, great condition, I couldn't be happier! Read more ›
I have replaced it with a DMC-S20, which seems to be performing admirably. at the time of purchase I had surveyed the competition and found the Panasonic to be the best… Read more ›
wonderful size, great price, great quality... almost has too many features ... once we dialed in the best settings for indoor, outdoor and action shots we just… Read more ›
Sharp detail and quick shutter reaction are a perfect combination in my book. I took many pictures of my daughter and the natural light and colors were gorgeous! My last… Read more ›
As a tip use the "Vivid" color mode for any of the Panasonic superzoom cameras it produces the highest quality images and sharp colors while the normal mode is… Read more ›
I had high expectations and worked even better than I had hoped. Leica lens and Panasonic software resulted in excellent sharp good color pics. Read more ›
- absolutely fantastic auto mode, it is truly that great to be called "Intelligent Auto! - superb image quality, photos come out sharp and with great natural colors - super… Read more ›
For a pocket camera, takes very good pictures with excellent color. Easily met my expectations. Read more ›
The solution is simple: set EV at -2/3, ISO 100. This resulted in perfect exposures and really brought out the excellent natural colors. --In-camera charging is glacially… Read more ›
This compact camera has a lot of features considering it's size. Takes nice shots and battery life is good. Recommended! Read more ›
Battery lasts a good long time. I was worried because reviews said battery wasn't long lasting, but I took 20-30 photos a day and the battery was good for a full week. Cons… Read more ›
The battery life is particularly good for my needs. I rarely use flash so I can last nearly two weeks of picture taking without a need to recharge. Read more ›
While it is noticeably bulkier than the FH-5, it's still JUST small enough to…The battery life is *much* improved over the FH-5...I swear it seems to last twice as long. Read more ›
Clarity and resolution are great, battery capacity is generous, and my traveling companions with huge, expensive, HEAVY cameras were a little green when they saw what this… Read more ›
The only reason I am giving this four stars is that I haven't figured out all the possibilities of what…And I am somewhat concerned about how quickly the battery runs down. Read more ›
The auto-focus is very responsive and works as…Image stabilization is accomplished through the lens and works well when shooting video, especially at long focal lengths. Read more ›
This camera does a lot more than I'm ever going to use, but the basic functions I was looking for were 1) a great lens and 2) a camera that would be smart enough to take in… Read more ›
I have had 3 Panasonic cameras and have loved every one. The quality of the pictures is excellent, reflecting the great Leica lens. There is plenty of flexibility in… Read more ›
I have not scratched the surface of its capabilities and back in the days of film cameras, I was VERY PICKY. this is well worth the price and has those great LEICA lenses… Read more ›
Digital point and shoot is a much different animal from old film photography, but I still want an excellent lens, because without one, I feel like I might as well just… Read more ›
This new camera is a very big improvement on the older version and I can thoroughly recomend it to anyone who wants a compact camera with a large zoom and a good wide angl… Read more ›
My Lumix DMC-ZS15 has all of the features of my…Fast starting, easy selections for overriding automatic for specific photos, the large, clear LCD display are all pluses! Read more ›
Photo's are crisp, easy to use, zoom is great, flash works great, and lots…Just does not have a separate viewfinder, but the LCD is very clear in light or dark scenarios. Read more ›
The wide angle is very nice, and the camera is responsive. Indoor photo's are good, and the camera's screen is sharp. The Intelligent Auto setting works well, and the zoom… Read more ›
(The SX230's volume was nearly inaudible.) - The ZS15's 4:3 LCD display is much easier on my eyes than the SX230's 16:9 LCD display. Read more ›
Far away backgrounds of trees and flora can get a bit smudgy but accetable to me. The pics look great full screen on my 27 inch monitor and print out great. I think… Read more ›
It includes feature like GPS which will link your pictures to the…I also worried that the more gagets like touch screen, the more things that could malfuntion eventually. Read more ›
Autofocus is incredibly fast, which is great for a quick unplanned picture. Read more ›
Other than that small frustrating glitch, I would buy this camera again and again. It takes great photos, is fast to start, focuses fast and is medium in size. It fits in… Read more ›
The long zoom and image stabilization were great for…This camera starts up quickly and the autofocus worked very well so I didn't miss many shots while on the move. It… Read more ›
Well, it didn't work Panasonic as I had to return…Apart from that, a nice camera with a great zoom, clear LCD screen and reasonable focusing if the light is not too dim. Read more ›
Been using the camera for a good…It takes photo's very quickly (focus and shoot time) so always getting a good action shot for my son's sporting events (hockey player). S… Read more ›
My husband reviewed many cameras and found this excellent product for me to purchase. It has quick focus and many easy to find features that make it perfect for my use. It… Read more ›
As mentioned the low price. The shutter speed is exceptional. Much faster than the SX40. Read more ›
This camera has performed as advertised. It has a relatively fast shutter speed which I was looking for. Along with fast shutter speed, it is the ability to shoot panoramic… Read more ›
Outdoor pics in sun are usually good (sharp, good colors) --- although cheap LCD hard to see in outdoor sun Fast shutter speed (1/4000) Fast camera (usually) Read more ›
I tried everything with this camera due to price and a few nice features (speed, although AutoFocus can be slow at zoom). But a camera that has a high % of losers except… Read more ›
I took the plunge on this without doing much research, so I wanted to add another 5 star review to…It has a quick shutter speed, and the rest of the features are great. I… Read more ›
I bought this camera for my teenage daughter back in June. She was so happy with the speed that it snaps photos, that I started using it to try it out. I bought myself one… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

493 of 511 people found the following review helpful By Randy Wakeman on May 2, 2012
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
Review: Panasonic Lumix ZS15 12.1 MP 16x Digital Camera Vs. Canon SX230 HS

(Please note: embedded images are not possible, so I've uploaded a few of the referenced images here on Amazon separately, along with several other representative images.)

From left, the Panasonic ZS-15, Canon SX230, Sony HX5V, and a Panasonic ZR-3. There isn't a huge difference in envelope dimensions. Only the older ZR-3 is significantly slimmer.

From the back, the thin profile of the ZR-3 is easily discernible. Between the two primary subject cameras discussed here, the new ZS-15 and the SX230, there isn't enough difference to worry about.

Recently, I reviewed a battery of compact point and shoot genre digital cameras suitable for hunting and the outdoors. The losers were the Nikon S9100 for poor build quality, very poor video, and sounding like a tractor when you operate the zoom. Not a healthy tractor at that. The Sony HX7V exhibited truly sea-slug slow shooting performance. The middle of the road was taken up by a previous Sony model, the Sony HX5V, while connecting to a PC with a truly wacky proprietary Sony adapter, often took very good pictures, is well-built, but is still noticeably slow compared to several Canon and Panasonic models. The winners were the Canon SX230 overall (easily) with an honorable mention to the older Panasonic DMC-ZR3 for its slimness, responsiveness, very low price, and excellent battery life . . . noting that the more current, but similarly performing Panasonic DMC-FH25K model was quite a bargain at its $140 street price or even a tad less.

The Canon Powershot SX230, with its 14x optical zoom range, has produced some very good images for me.
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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful By ImageMD VINE VOICE on June 3, 2012
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
The Lumix series of Panasonic pocket cameras have a loyal following. This is my fourth Lumix, preceded by the TZ3, TZ5 and ZS5. The ZS15 is by far the best of the series. Although the hardware of the ZS15 sports several improvements, I find the greatest improvements are with the software.

Let me describe six of the features which I really like:
a. Custom Function Switch: This allows for 4 user selected settings. I set the C1 to a burst of 3 images at different exposures for HDR processing. These 3 images shoot rapidly, at a much improved rate. (I find the in-camera HDR almost useless). I set C2-1 to the night image mode which allows for in-camera processing of four images to reduce the noise of the high gain on the sensor. You will be amazed at the images you can take with this feature. I set C2-2 to the horizontal panorama from left to right. I set the C2-3 to the vertical panorama from bottom to top. As with the night images, you will quickly fall in love with these features.
b. The Time-Lapse Video: By shooting video in the miniature mode of the Creative Control menu, you can record time lapse images at 2 second intervals. The camera saves the time-lapse video in .MTS format. A convenient red button turns the video recording on and off.

I did not buy the more expensive ZS20 because I do not need the 20x zoom, the GPS, the 16MP sensor or the touch screen. I'm indifferent to some of the other new features. The 12MP images have more pixels but I find that the processing requires more sharpening. The smaller size of the ZS20 would have been convenient but I've gotten used to the original size. The charging via the USB port means I will not need to carry the charger with me when I travel, but I did like the possibility of having a spare battery in the charger.
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107 of 112 people found the following review helpful By Spicerpro on May 4, 2012
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
I loved this camera right out of the box! I own mid-size digital SLR's and previous Panasonic pocket cameras. For my purposes, the Lumix DMC-ZS15 is the best of both worlds.

This P&S sports a distortion-free 24mm wide angle with an amazingly sharp 383mm zoom. The auto-focus is very responsive and works as one would hope. Image stabilization is accomplished through the lens and works well when shooting video, especially at long focal lengths. The Intelligent Auto Mode is a wonderful feature when you just want to shoot and move on. And yet, the manual controls offer excellent control when you need it. Low-light shooting is terrific.

Like with any new camera, you get use to the menu layout as you gain experience using it. Of course, reading the manual front-to-back serves as a necessary overview, plus there are neat features you would not otherwise know exist.

The video performance is excellent. As a professional filmmaker, I particularly appreciate the true 29.97 frame rate. Previous Panasonic models were 30 fps, which played havoc with DVD's and BRD's. The dynamic range of the MOS sensor is much better than previous CCD's I have owned. Also, the audio is clean and quiet at 48,000 kHz.

I could go on and on about my sheer delight with this camera. My only suggestion is that they include an external battery charger rather than requiring users to charge in the camera. For that reason, I bought a Panasonic DE-A65BA Battery Charger and Panasonic DMW-BCG10PP ID Secured Battery. Charging time is much faster and the extra battery is a must if you plan on doing a lot of shooting.

The Lumix DMC-ZS15 is highly recommended!
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