Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15

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A good choice for someone looking to explore the manual controls this camera offers

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 The ZS15  features a 16x Leica zoom lens, 1080i HD video, optical image stabilization, and built-in HDR and panorama shooting.

The ZS15 has an ultra wide-angle 24mm (35mm equivalent) lens with a 16x super zoom range that reaches ou to 384mm (35mm equivalent) telephoto lens. And that 24-384mm lens is made by Leica. There's a high res 12.1MP MOS sensor, full 1920 x 1080 60i high definition video with Dolby sound, and it focuses in a lightning-fast 0.1 second. There's even 32x Intelligent Zoom that extends your lens to an astounding 768mm ultra telephoto.

POWER O.I.S. image stabilization keeps your images sharp and clear, whether you're shooting in dim light, taking extreme close-up macro shots, or using the longest telephoto setting. There's even an Active Mode that helps to keep your videos from jumping around. The Venus Engine processor and Intelligent Noise Reduction System deliver the best image quality possible. A host of creative functions and modes like Intelligent HDR (High Dynamic Range), Panorama Shot, burst shooting of 10 frames per second at full 12.1PM resolution, and color modes galore will help you make every photo and every video you create an inspiration.

Intelligent ISO control/motion detection and AF tracking for moving subjects make this one of the easiest cameras ever to use. A 3D photo mode lets you explore the 3D world with your photos and the Handheld Night Shot mode allows you to take gorgeous photos at night--without a tripod! The large, bright 3" 460K-dot LCD makes composing and viewing your images a treat.

All of this comes in a compact package that measures just 4.1 x 2.2 x 1.3" and weighs only 6.5 oz! Your Lumix DMC-ZS15 is ready when you are. June 29, 2012

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Body type Compact  
Max resolution 4000 x 3000  
Other resolutions 4000 x 3000, 4000 x 2672, 4000 x 2248, 2992 x 2992, 2816 x 2112, 2816 x 1880, 2816 x 1584, 2112 x 2112, 2048 x 1536, 2048 x 1360, 1920 x 1080, 1600 x 1200, 1600 x 1064, 1600 x 904, 1504 x 1504  
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9  
Effective pixels 12.1 megapixels  
Sensor photo detectors 12.5 megapixels  
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)  
Sensor type CMOS  
ISO Auto, Hi Auto (1600-6400), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600. 3200  
White balance presets 4  
Custom white balance Yes (1)  
Image stabilization Optical  
Uncompressed format No  
JPEG quality levels Fine, Standard  
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 24 384 mm  
Optical zoom 16  
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Continuous
  • Live View
Digital zoom Yes (4x)  
Manual focus No  
Normal focus range 50 cm (19.69")  
Macro focus range 3 cm (1.18")  
Number of focus points 23  
Lens mount None  
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed  
Screen size 3"  
Screen dots 460,000  
Touch screen No  
Live view Yes  
Viewfinder type None  
Photography features
Maximum aperture F3.3 - F5.9  
Minimum shutter speed 15 sec  
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec  
Aperture priority Yes  
Shutter priority Yes  
Manual exposure mode Yes  
Subject / scene modes Yes  
Built-in flash Yes  
Flash range 6.4 m  
External flash No  
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro  
Continuous drive Yes (10 fps)  
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)  
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation 2 EV (at 1/3 EV steps)  
AE Bracketing 1 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1 EV steps)  
WB Bracketing No  
Videography features
  • MPEG-4
Microphone Mono  
Speaker Mono  
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)  
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal  
Storage included 70 MB internal  
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)  
HDMI Yes  
Remote control No  
Environmentally sealed No  
Battery Battery Pack  
Battery description Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger  
Battery Life (CIPA) 260  
Weight (inc. batteries) 208 g (0.46 lb / 7.34 oz)  
Dimensions 105 x 58 x 33 mm (4.13 x 2.28 x 1.3")  
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes  
Timelapse recording No  
GPS None


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