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Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25 16.1 MP Compact Digital Camera with 20x Intelligent Zoom (Black) (OLD MODEL)
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- 1/2.33-inch sensor, f3.3 - 5.9 / 2-step aperture
- 20x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom
- Leica DC Vario-Elmar9 Elements Lens in 7 groups (3 aspherical lenses, 6 aspherical surface
- MEGA Optical Image Stabilizer
- 2sec and 10sec self-timer
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||260 Photos|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||10 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Fixed|
|Display Resolution Maximum||460,000|
|Effective Still Resolution||16.1 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||6,400|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|File Format||JPEG (Exif v2.3), 3D: MPO|
|Flash Memory Installed Size||12|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal|
|Flash Modes Description||Auto, Forced off, Forced on, Red-eye reduction, Slow synchronization|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash|
|Flash Type||Built-In Flash|
|Focus Description||Contrast Detection|
|Focus Type||Autofocus Only|
|ISO Range||Auto, Hi Auto (1600-6400), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600. 3200, 6400|
|Image Aspect Ratio||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||2.32 x 1.1 x 4.13 inches|
|Item Weight||0.43 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||895 Milliamp Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||3.6 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||1.5 ounces|
|Macro Focus Range||3 cm|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F3.3 - F6.4|
|Maximum Focal Length||480 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/1200 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,896|
|Memory Slots Available||1|
|Memory Storage Capacity||90 MB|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||24 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||15 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16.1 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||No|
|Shipping Weight||1.15 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery & charger|
|Video Capture Format||MPEG-4, AVCHD|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (220 fps)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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Top Customer Reviews
I purchases a ZS10 2 years ago and skipped last year's model to buy the ZS25 this year.
It is a very fast camera from start up time to auto focus time and shutter release. I can't even tell the difference in speed compared to my DSLR (5 yrs old)
Lumix is known for superior lens quality - I read an article that they have a very close working relationship with Leica which speaks for itself. So I wasn't surprised at the image quality - even at max zoom. BTW keep in mind this is a 24 mm to 480 mm lens - meaning that 24 mm is a nice wide angle - comes in handy for indoor and nice group shots.
The reason I sound so exciting is the video capability of this camera. We went to a school concert the other night and I took some incredible videos of our little girl on stage. Just make sure you switch the recoding mode to MP4 - the default setting is on AVCHD the compression mode that no computer can read!
The videos I took were great - not too noisy even though it was real dark.
I am very pleased and feel this is a great little camera that is compact but gives you lots of shooting options.
- Compact size. Perfect for traveling especially with the ability to charge the battery in the camera.
- Leica lens
- Very good picture quality with natural looking colors
- 20x optical zoom is impressive. Ability to zoom to 40x with intelligent resolution and maintain very good picture quality. See the pictures I posted.
- Intelligent Auto does a great job picking the best settings for the situation.
- Pictures taken with HDR have significantly better exposure
- Very good pictures in low light situations
- Panorama feature
- Very good HD video capability
- Many creative picture features
- Decent battery life (200+ shots with good mix of pictures, video, and flash). You should get a spare battery if you plan to be shooting for a full day.
- Made in Japan
- Pictures can appear soft. Intelligent Resolution makes the pictures noticeably sharper.
- Pictures viewed at 100% can appear noisy. This should not be an issue if printing to typical smaller photo sizes.
- Panorama feature is nice but picture quality is not as good as regular pictures
- Videos with zoom fully extended and be a little shaky
I gave the ZS25 four stars because the picture quality does not seem to be as good as my old Panasonic DMC-LZ2. The DMC-LZ2 takes excellent pictures for a 5MP point and shoot.
Overall, the ZS25 is a very good camera with many useful features. The Intelligent Auto feature makes it easy for anyone to take very good pictures with no effort, which is what many people look for in a point and shoot camera.
The only issue I have is Panasonic did away with the external battery charger. Now the battery has to be in the camera to charge. A USB cable and an external plug is provided. I do not like this system. Should something go wrong you will never be able to charge the battery. This has happened to the SONY DSC P1 a camera I purchased in 2001 for $799.00.
Panasonic DE-A65B battery charger adapter will work with this battery, DMW-BCG10PP. Since the spare batteries are sold on Amazon by third party vendors with many negative reviews I decided to purchase the spare battery and charger from Adorama.
Another minor issue I have is the microphone is mono and not stereo. This was not a deal breaker because the camera is great and Amazon had it at a reasonable price with quick shipping.
If you plan on keeping the camera for a while I would strongly recommend purchasing the battery charger adapter while they are still being made. It is actually a spare part for a different older model.
The 24-480 mm lens is amazingly clear and undistorted throughout the range and the image stabilization lets you use that 480 in situations where you normally wouldn't even try.
I shoot mostly with the smart ISO setting. However, having a preset "scene" at the ready is very nice and it is simple and quick to change. I normally have mine set to "through glass" for candid shots through windows. As if that were not enough this little camera also has full manual settings plus Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and exposure compensation. So if your creative juices start flowing you have all the tools available.
The HD setting is one I thought I would not use much. However, after a few experiments I now just leave it on. Its biggest benefit is in backlit shots. It averages out a nice exposure almost every time. The HD effect is not the unrealistic overdone effect that you see in the photos making the rounds on the web. It simply brings out some highlights that have been missed in the given lighting conditions. That makes this camera truly a point-and-shoot. All you have to do is pay attention to your composition.
I don't know what more you could ask of a point-and-shoot camera. Panasonic has created the ultimate in this model. I once read a wise statement somewhere to the effect that "the worst camera in the world is the one you left home because you didn't want to bother carrying it around with you." You need never be in that situation again. There is always room for the ZS25.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this camera to take with me on a trip I took last summer and I am highly disappointed. What I got were a lot of grainy pictures that did not fully capture the beauty of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marisa
I purchased this on Ebay for a good price since the seller accidentally listed it under "Accesories". I collect cameras and own the TZ4, ZS5, ZS6, FZ35 and FZ40. Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. Capobianco
Dust got into the lense and a giant black spot started ruining all my pictures. I tried cleaning it ( it was inside) with a couple of drops of alcohol and it disappeared, but... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Nice little camera, but has a soft focus to it. My camera was in great condition when I received it. Best thing about it is the long zoom.Published 6 months ago by Chuck
Wonderful camera! I bought it because I loved my DMC-ZS20 and I wanted a back up. They are both fabulous.Published 6 months ago by Susanna