Reviews and Problems with Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS15
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2 September 2013
Summary: The zoom button on my camera broke in about six months of purchase. The repair centre noted it was in "very good condition" ie I had not dropped it or caused the damage. Unfortunately as I bought in the US my warranty was not valid in Ireland and I had to pay to have the camera fixed.
Great pictures, poor materials and construction quality
A. Anderson "enviro engr", Amazon
30 August 2012
Summary: Others have gone into detail about the amazing quality pictures this little camera can produce, and I agree with them. I would caution you, though, that build quality is lacking with this camera. To wit, after less than 2 weeks of ownership I have a very noticeable dark spot in all my pics from dust on the sensor. Buttons, dials and covers for battery/memory card also feel very cheap and not durable.
Summary: The Lumix seems to be a nice little camera although, I must confess, I haven't stressed it very much. I wanted a carry-around camera and it suits that purpose. The camera is easy to use and to adjust. I would have liked RAW capability but that seems to be in another price range. Quick delivery from Amazon and good price.
Not-so-hot pictures in auto mode, but manual mode too complicated
A. Benenson, Amazon
29 July 2012
Summary: I was looking for a simple to use camera with lots of zoom that took great pictures in auto mode. Well, I got 2 out of three... the problem is the auto mode didn't do such a great job in two areas - selecting the correct white balance (photos often looked too cool/blue), and selecting macro mode (it often didn't kick in when I expected it to).
Summary: After a lot of research I bought this camera. I think it is a great camera except for the main and most important reason that I bought it. Image quality at extreme wide angle(24mm on 35mm equivalent)is poor on the sides. At this setting only center portion was sharp and both sides(aprox. 25% in)were quite noticeably softer then center. At other settings of lens(slight wide, normal, telephoto)it was fine. I have returned it.
Summary: Either our copy is defective (not so bad from 1x - 5x zoom, then progressively worse) or we view the camera differently than many here. We tested the SX40 and it is a good camera if a bit big and pricy for a P&S superzoom (35x). The ZS15 came down to a very low $179 and seemed to offer much for the price. Out of the box and away we went on a test. Photos in sunlight were good.