This review is devoted to HZ15W that Samsung has first introduced to the public in Feb 23, 2009. This model is a Small Sensor Compact camera with a resolution of 12.0 MP and a 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sized CCD sensor.
In Small Sensor Compact cameras (Top 10 Compact Cameras) this model has taken rank #387 out of 472. Its Overall Score has reached 41/100 and it takes a rank of #858 out of 1174 in all Cameras.
Now let's delve into more details of our Samsung HZ15W review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.
In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Samsung HZ15W. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Compact cameras.
Samsung HZ15W has the following external dimensions 105 x 105 x 37 mm (41.34 x 24.02 x 14.57″) with the weight of 249 g.
The typical weight for average Small Sensor Compact type cameras is 175g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Samsung HZ15W, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.
Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Samsung HZ15W is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 37mm.
Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Samsung HZ15W with the indication of this model’s dimensions:
If you want to have a better idea of how big the Samsung HZ15W is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.
Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Samsung HZ15W compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:
Unfortunately, Samsung HZ15W comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.
Unfortunately, Samsung HZ15W comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.
Samsung HZ15W boasts of a resolution of 12.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.33" (6.08 x 4.56 mm) sized CCD sensor.
The base of Samsung HZ15W has the following ISO range 80 - 3200 .
Unfortunately, the support of the RAW file is not included in Samsung HZ15W. However, if you are looking specifically for a Compact camera with a RAW file support, you should check out one of the following models from the same class and within similar price range .
Samsung HZ15W features a 12.0 MP 1/2.33" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.
Samsung HZ15W is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.
Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.33" sensor featured in Samsung HZ15W with other standard sensor sizes.
Samsung HZ15W is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 460k dots.
In addition, this model comes with a built-in ViewFinder.
Some of the other highlights of Samsung HZ15W are its fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.
Unlike some other cameras from this category, HZ15W unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash.
In addition, HZ15W has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.
As for the video quality characteristics of Samsung HZ15W, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1280 x 720 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Samsung HZ15W allows you to save files in Motion JPEG formats.
Comparing the technical characteristics of this model with the modern standards, we have to admit that 1280 x 720 is a rather poor indicator of video resolution. However, if you are looking for a camera that has 4K video support, we recommend you to consider our Cheapest Camera with 4K video.
Samsung HZ15W is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.
You can connect HZ15W to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.
In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Samsung HZ15W’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Samsung HZ15W’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the HZ15W to the average Compact camera.
Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.
After carefully reviewing how well Samsung HZ15W performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 54. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung HZ15W can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Samsung HZ15W performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 40. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung HZ15W can be called a Intermediate model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Samsung HZ15W performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 16. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung HZ15W can be called a 16 model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Samsung HZ15W performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 59. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung HZ15W can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.
After carefully reviewing how well Samsung HZ15W performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 24. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Samsung HZ15W can be called a 24 model for this type of photography.
If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.
|Announced||Feb 23, 2009|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens|
|Number of Lenses||n/a|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a|
|Macro Focus Range||5|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||460k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||16 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Auto & Red-eye reduction, Fill-in flash, Slow sync, Flash off, Red eye fix|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.08 x 4.56 mm|
|Sensor Area||27.72 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||12.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4000 x 3000|
|Max Native ISO||3,200|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||80|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a|
|Video Resolutions||1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30, 15 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1280 x 720|
|Video Formats||Motion JPEG|
|Physical Dimensions||105 x 61 x 37 mm|
|Storage Type||SC/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus, internal|