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Amazing for its size and price!,
This review is from: Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS15 12.1 MP High Sensitivity MOS Digital Camera with 16x Optical Zoom (Black) (Electronics)
After a mishap took my last pocket camera, I found a deal on Nikon's S6300. It had great features, was small and looked nice. But the photos and video were just so disappointing, an unwelcome surprise after having enjoyed other Nikons over the years. After two weeks of studying the manual and trying different settings, it was returned.
I've had a Lumix DMC-TZ4 before and remember the Leica lens was pretty impressive. Well, combine that with a fast sensor and some incredible features and the ZS-15 has me enthralled. The iA setting works for the overwhelming majority of shots. The HDR feature does a better job with high contrast situations than some pretty expensive competitors. The lens is impressive and not only is the 16X optical great, but the optical image stabilizer and Intelligent Zoom make this the first digital camera where I've ever used the digital zoom, at least more than once!
The object tracking feature does a remarkable job of getting moving objects like pets, kid and cars in focus. (This was the biggest downfall of the S6300. Anything that moved became blurry even in bright sunlight.)
Video quality is also amazing. Here again, the image stabilizer makes most hand-held shots look like they were shot on a tripod. Although AVCHD looks great on my TV, it's too difficult to deal with on the computer, so I'm going to stick with the MP4 setting. It's great to have a choice, though.
For viewing photos or video on a flat screen TV, I ordered a 10' HDMI-Mini HDMI cable. This was less than $5 on Amazon and works great with the ZS-15: Premium Canon Mini HDMI cable (10 ft)
Also, I get no hissing or buzzing in the video whether or not I'm using zoom. The microphone picks up sounds quite nicely and yet doesn't completely boom when I do something like try to narrate. And, unlike other cameras I've used, doesn't seem to make those rumbling noises when you change your grip on the camera.
Technology has certainly improved in the few years since I bought my last digital camera. But after that first discouraging purchase, Panasonic has me enthralled again. It's got more features than I can remember how to use. The most important thing though is, it takes a nice, sharp photograph or some pretty fine HD video. At this price point, this seems like a real winner.