The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS15 sports a LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR 16x optical zoom lens (24 - 384mm in 35mm equiv.) that is made up of 12 elements in 10 groups / (3 Aspherical Lenses / 6 Aspherical surfaces / 1 ED Lens). With a maximum aperture of f/3.3 (W), it handles low-light situations with ease. Assisting you and keeping your images sharp is Panasonic's Power O.I.S. optical image stabilization system that provides you with up to 1/2 second of correction while handheld, allowing you to travel light, even when you will be shooting in low-light.
Normal: Wide 50 cm - infinity / Tele 200 cm - infinity
Macro / Intelligent AUTO/ motion picture: Wide 3 cm - infinity / Tele 100cm - infinity
Working in all of the modes that you will find on any digicam, the small built-in flash unit has a range of up to approx. 21ft, (W) at ISO Auto. This allows you to light up a small to medium sized room without too much of a problem and it is also an excellent fill option for backlit images.
Composing and viewing your images and videos is accomplished with the camera's 3.0-inch, 460,000 dot LCD screen. Adjustable levels of brightness allow it to easily be seen in just about all light and shooting situations, even when using it at extreme angles.
The top of the camera is very clean, with just a few controls located on the right side. Here you can see the camera's built-in mic, mode dial, shutter release and zoom control, dedicated video recording button and the power switch.
With a few of the controls on top of the camera, the back is kept as simple as possible. On top you can see the shooting mode/playback mode switch and the exposure button, which allows you to change the exposure modes with the 4-way controller. Next we have the 4-way controller and menu button. The directions all work as shortcuts for Exposure Compensation (up), Flash (right), Macro (down) and Self-Timer (left) as well as navigating the camera's menus. At the bottom are the DISP. and Q.Menu buttons.
Here we can see the ZS15's I/O ports. On top is the mini HDMI port for connecting the camera to your HDTV, and the bottom is the AV OUT/DIGITAL port. These ports allow the camera to be connected to a television or computer for saving or to watch videos or display images on a larger screen. With the USB cable, you can also plug the camera directly into you Pictbridge compliant printer for direct printing options. Since the camera charges through USB, this is also where you will plug in your USB cable and adapter. The camera ships with a USB cable and a standard definition AV cable.
Although the camera has approx. 70MB of internal storage, it will only hold approx. 15 images. This means that you will be storing and shooting with a SD/SDHC/SDXC type memory card. With the camera's HD Video capture capabilities, we recommend a card of at least class 4 speeds. The camera is shown here with the PNY Pro 8GB, Class 10 SDHC card that it was tested with.
Powering the ZS15 is a 3.6V, 895mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery. Panasonic claims that this is enough to capture approx. 260 images, which seems to be the standard lately for a compact digicam. Also shown is the USB charging adapter so you can keep the camera charged where every you can find an outlet. You can also charge the camera via USB when connected to your computer, however this will take much longer than using the supplied AC adapter.