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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ15

alaTest has collected and analyzed 138 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the image quality and screen. The value for money and usability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some negative opinions about the zoom and shutter. Reviews are divided on the memory.

portability, usability, value for money, screen, image quality

shutter, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ15 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ15


Megapixels: 4, Maximum Resolution: 2304 x 1728 pixels, Included Memory Amount: 8 MB, Included Memory: Media Card, M...

Speedier than its 5MP cousin, the DMC-F20. Leica 12X zoom lens with constant f/2.8 aperture and image stabilization. Very comfortable, SLR-like feel. Power feature set, lots of control over exposure.

Large and heavy for a superzoom. Poor video mode.

While the 4MP Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ15 can't quite match the 5MP DMC-FZ20 when it comes to image quality, it still takes good pictures, and its f/2.8 long zoom lens and short recycle times make this the best all-around superzoom when it comes to shooting

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ15


The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ15 is a 4-megapixel digital camera with a high-quality Leica 12x optical zoom. The Leica DC Vario-Elmarit 12x zoom is equivalent to a 36 - 432mm zoom on a 35mm camera and has a constant F2.8 brightness throughout the entire zoom

The Lumix DMC-FZ15 is a great addition to the Panasonic family. It has great image quality, speedy performance, and reasonable price tag of $499. As I mentioned earlier, my only disappointment with the FZ15 is the interruption of the live viewfinder image

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ15 Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


Panasonic's been a player in the digicam market for the last couple of years, but until now, we've not managed to get hands on any of their cameras to test. As it happens, the Panasonic FZ15 was a great unit to start with, as I found it to offer...

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Wow, what a camera!!!!!!!!!


Quality , ease of use, rugged dependable long battery life


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Amazon review summary for Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ15


alaTest has collected and analyzed 37 user reviews of Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ15 from The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on

usability, screen, image quality, stabilizer , focus

value for money, shutter, low-light

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ15K 4MP Digital Camera with 12x Image Stabilized Optical Zoom

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Awesome Camera!


I was looking for a camera that\'s good in low light and has a decent zoom. I considered Canon G12 and Lumix LX5 but their zoom is not enough for me. I love this camera because it\'s lighter than my SLR but it takes really nice pictures as well. I wish...

Easy To Use","Fast\/accurate auto-focus","Good battery life","Good Image Quality","Good Image Stabilization","Good in Low Light","Great Zoom

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great price.

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Very happy so far


After the usual searches of the usual sources for info\/recommendations on the usual brands, I ended up with something entirely different. Just happened across a review of the Lumix and was hooked. I haven\'t tried everything yet, but I mostly like...

Easy To Use","Fast\/accurate auto-focus","Good Image Quality","Hot Shoe","Large Clear LCD","Real onoff switch","Separate movies button","Shoots RAW photos","Short Lag Time","View Finder

Needs accessory cables","No play-only setting","No user manual

Product Specifications

The DMC-FZ15K has a 12x optical lens system that is equivalent to 36mm to 432mm in a 35mm film camera. It comprises 13 lenses in eight groups, including three aspherical lenses and boasts F2.8 brightness across the entire zoom range. Plus, the DMC-FZ15K also provides 4x digital zooming - combine that with the 12x optical zoom to get up to 48x zoom power for ultra-long-distance telephoto shots. Jitter from shaky hands is one of the main reasons why cameras produce blurry images. Hardly everyone have hands of stone when taking pictures - that's why Lumix cameras help solve the problem of unsteady hands with advanced MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer technology. The DMC-FZ15K has a built-in gyro-sensor that detects any hand movement and relays a signal to a tiny microcomputer inside the camera, which instantly calculates the compensation needed. A linear motor then shifts the Optical Image Stabilizer lens as necessary to guide incoming light from the image straight to the CCD. You won't even notice it working - all you'll see are the outstanding results! The LEICA DC VARIO-ELMARIT lens on the DMC-FZ15K follows in the Leica tradition of excellence. Although it is small in size, it has a large, bright aperture, meeting Leica's stringent quality standards. A Leica multi-coating process applied to the lens helps to prevent the fogging caused by flare and ghosts that can result from excessive light. Even enlarged images captured by the DMC-FZ15K are crisp and clear - right to the edges. Thanks to the high-performance Venus Engine II LSI, shutter release time lag is reduced to approximately 0.006 seconds and the shutter interval to only around 0.3 seconds. This gives the DMC-FZ15K a super-fast response that lets you snap off consecutive shots at 3 frames per second with full resolution. And the Unlimited Consecutive Shooting function allows unlimited consecutive shooting up to the capacity of the SD Memory Card in the camera - ideal for capturing fast-moving objects in high resolution. Like doing things for yourself? Then why not give the Auto Focus a rest and try taking some pictures with the Manual Focus feature. Simply flick the Focus button on the side of the lens to MF (Manual Focus) and you're ready to go. If you need to check the focus, the Manual Focus Assist function enlarges the center part of the image in the viewfinder or LCD monitor by 3x for easy viewing. Want more control? The Manual Exposure Mode allows you to select the aperture and shutter speed of your choice. You can even see how much your setting differs from the setting the camera considers optimal with the Manual Exposure Assist function.

Audio Input

Type: None

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Pop-up flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Fireworks / Night portrait / Night scene / Panning / Party/indoor / Portrait mode / Scenery / Sports mode / Surf & snow

Flash Memory

Form Factor:SD Memory Card
Storage Capacity:8MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Panasonic Lumix

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8
Max Focal Length:72mm
Min Focal Length:6mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/2.5"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):10.2 mm ( 1/2.5 ) / 10.2 mm ( 1/2.5" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:4Megapixel

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:QuickTime
Digital Zoom:4
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 60/ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 64
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Contrast compensation / Cool / Saturation / Sepia / Warm/Black & White / Cool / Sepia / Warm
Still Image Format:JPEG / TIFF
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:Electronic