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Better than expected!
on July 19, 2014
I'll be honest. I wasn't expecting a lot when I decided to get this camera. Though I have a Nikon D3000 DSLR, I did also have a Kodak Easyshare Z8612 camera for a long while, which served me really well thanks to its Schneider-Kreuznach zoom lens. However, lately it was taking bad pictures for some reason, and since it was pretty old for a point and shoot/bridge, I thought I'd replace it with an inexpensive but useful camera update. This is where the Lumix comes in.
I've read for about three years the reviews that the Lumix cameras were getting, which varied from amazing to mediocre in general. Since these are made by Panasonic, I was wary about them and did not trust them at first. However, I was on a budget- and I was specifically looking for a small superzoom camera that could fit in a pocket. I needed a quality camera. I looked at several choices, like the Olympus Stylus cameras.
Unfortunately, for whatever reason, no one wanted to ship this camera, or several others, to Puerto Rico. In the end, however, I found it at an incredible deal from a seller willing to ship it here, refurbished, and in a bundle, all for $129.95 and free 3 day shipping- complete with extra battery and additional 16 GB SD Card.
I found the camera to be really easy to use. It has full PASM controls (translation: full manual control), scenes, full HD video and 20X zoom with some extra digital zoom. The real draw of this camera, however, is the Intelligent Auto mode. It's definitely the greatest auto mode ever made for a camera. The way it detects the best ISO, shutter speed and aperture blows the competition away. It knows when to shoot at a fast shutter speed, it knows which ISO to use and so on. Auto mode is supposed to do this in most cameras (point and shoot, at least.) The ZS25 does. The others don't.
Image quality is superb. Don't really have a lot to say in that department. The only possible caveat I have with the camera is that in ISO's beyond 800 the grains and pixels blur the image to near-useless quality in most situations. To get an optimal image in such conditions you need to experiment and see what works. Another GREAT feature of the camera is that the macro is surprisingly strong. So you'll get some great closeups. The flash is very strong also, so be sure to keep some distance. Flash isn't very good at extreme closeups, as the flash is kinda blocked in a corner and as a result a corner is black.
Overall, I strongly recommend this camera. And thank you for the great bundle and price, Photo4Less. Really happy with my purchase!
Oh, and if anyone says image quality is bad and that the zoom is bad, well... they do not know how to use a camera. Plain and simple.