Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ15 Review
Introduction & Physical Views
Click on the Lumix FZ15 to take a QuickTime VR tour
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 range. Panasonic's advanced MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) enhances the camera's telephoto zoom capabilities, helping to deliver sharp, vivid images even when taking handheld telephoto shots or shooting in low light. This feature uses motion sensors, which detects even slight hand movement and integrally links the lens control to the motion of the camera to reduce jitter.
Incredibly responsive, the DMC-FZ15 captures consecutive shots nearly as quickly as a motor-driven film camera. As soon as the camera's CCD captures the image signal, Panasonic's multi-tasking Venus Engine LSI simultaneously displays images on the LCD while writing data to the memory card, significantly reducing lag time between shots. To capture sudden events as they unfold, the MEGA BURST recording feature enables consecutive rapid-fire shooting, capturing 4 frames per second with undiminished quality from frame to frame.
The DMC-FZ15 features Program AE, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual exposure modes as well as Macro, Portrait, Sports, Panning and Night Portrait picture modes. Single or Continuous auto focus, Spot AF Switching and AF Lock. Other features include High Speed and Low Speed Continuous, AE Bracketing and Timelapse recording. The camera also captures QuickTime 320 x 240 motion video at 30 or 10 frames-per-second (without audio), the length is limited only by available memory space.
The DMC-FZ15's histogram feature functions like a digital light meter, providing a graphic representation of the luminance level of the pixels composing an image. By using the histogram, users can exercise more precise exposure control for quality photos. The histogram can be displayed on the camera's 2-inch LCD screen while an image is being recorded and also after a shot has been taken.
Power is supplied by a proprietary lithium rechargeable battery pack that is charged outside of the camera. The charger is small and very portable and allows you to charge one battery while using another. Images and movies are stored on removable Secure Digital (SD) memory cards which are available in capacities up to 512MB.
Major DMC-FZ15 Features:
The DMC-FZ15 compared in size to a standard CD disc.
The 2004 Lumix 12x Super-Zoom FamilyThe Lumix DMC-FZ20 is physically identical to the FZ15 with the addition of a flash hot shoe, audio recording and a higher resolution 5-megapixel imager and sells for about $100 more. If you're on a budget then check out the smaller and lighter Lumix DMC-FZ3, it also features a 12x stabilized Leica lens and is coupled with a 3-megapixel imager and sells for about $100 less.
The 5-megapixel FZ20 and 4-megapixel FZ15.
The 5-megapixel FZ20 and the 3-megapixel FZ3.
Features & Controls
Lumix DMC-FZ15 Specifications
(Specifications as provided by the manufacturer.)
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