Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25 Review

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25

There’s a lot to talk about the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25. While the compact size and impressive zoom makes it a perfect travel camera, it also comes with a wide range of other features that also makes it great for normal use.

Ranging from the image quality to the battery life, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25 doesn’t seem to be leaving anything to be desired.

Let us take a look at some of its most important features, so that you can decide whether the DMC-ZS25 is for you or not.

Loaded with advanced features

Before we get to the usual image quality and other important features, let us go through this one first, simply because it’s something unique that Panasonic seems to have done well to offer at this price range.

The DMC-ZS25 seems to be coming with many advanced features that you would really appreciate even if you’re a beginner at using digital cameras, primarily because they aren’t that challenging to get used to.

Some of the advanced features that you don’t really get to see in this price range include the Intelligent Auto mode (picks the best settings for you automatically), manual exposure controls (usually a MUST feature for most professionals), Panorama, creative control modes, fast burst shooting, sophisticated auto-focus system, a wide range of scene modes, and the list goes on.

Hence, as far as these advanced features are concerned, the DMC-ZS25 seems to be giving some of the professional digital cameras out there a run for their money. Surprisingly, however, it isn’t exactly priced as high as such professional cameras, meaning you’re getting a great bang for your buck.

Image quality

The 16.1 megapixel MOS sensor ensures that every image you take using the DMC-ZS25 comes out great. Add to that an amazing 20x zoom and even the long range images would probably turn out to be just as good.

You usually wouldn’t notice any noise or color desaturation in the images unless maybe if you go for some of the fastest settings. Similarly, the images turn out to be very detailed even in low-light conditions, especially with the flash.

The shutter time of 15 seconds is great as it allows you to capture plenty of light while shooting during the night time. The flash also doesn’t disturb the exposure of your images, or result in any red-eyes, which is relieving given that it seems to be a common concern with some other similar digital cameras out there.

The Anti-shake is another impressive feature that makes taking detailed images even in low-light conditions a breeze.

Excellent zoom

Although we have touched upon this feature above there’s actually a lot more to it that’s probably worth talking about. While the DMC-ZS25 actually offers a 20x zoom which takes great large range images, you’re also offered a highly unique feature that allows boosting the zoom to 40x without much loss of detail.

This is one of the most important reasons the DMC-ZS25 is probably perfect to use as a travel camera, besides being a great normal digital camera. This is because the 40x zoom is indeed a lot, and allows taking even extremely large range images with hardly any color distortion or other such loss of details.

To put it in a technical way, the DMC-ZS25’s amazing zoom allows shooting anything from an ultra wide-angle to super-telephoto. Panasonic also wanted to ensure that there’s no loss in image clarity while using the zoom, and hence coated the lens elements with Nano Surface coating, which paves the way for significantly reduced flaring and ghosting.

HD video shooting

The DMC-ZS25 indeed seems to be offering quite a lot for the price. It allows you to shoot HD 1080p videos, which is definitely something you wouldn’t find in many compact cameras out there.

Furthermore, however, it also allows you to take images while shooting a video without cutting it. There’s a dedicated button that you can simply press to switch from the image mode into the video mode.

Then there are also several other impressive video recording features, including auto recording, Intelligent Auto, image stabilization, allowing you to use creative controls while shooting a video, and more.

Ease of use

The DMC-ZS25 really surprises on this front. Despite coming with a lot of advanced features, it’s just as easy to use as any other basic compact camera, if not even easier.

One of the biggest improvements on this front that the DMC-ZS25 has come up with in its latest upgrade is the significantly improved handgrip. It’s now easier than ever to take images and shoot videos for hours at a time without having to adjust the camera in your hands every now and then.

The intelligent Auto feature makes it a breeze for the beginners to take professional-quality images without going through the hassle of changing the settings frequently. The Intelligent Auto automatically chooses the best settings for you.

Battery life

The battery life is exceptional as well, allowing you to take well over a couple hundred images with a mix of long videos and using flash before it runs out.

Where does it disappoint?

To be very honest, you may not find anything significantly disappointing unless you’re a professional and/or compare it with some of the more expensive digital cameras out there.

That said, the below given seem to be some of the things that some may feel could have been better.

  • Sometimes, the pictures may appear a little soft, especially if you stick to the same sharpening settings every time
  • The noise in the images may be noticeable if you go above ISO 800
  • While the panorama feature is actually impressive, it may also lower the quality of the images
  • Shooting videos at full zoom may make them appear a little shaky

A final word

After taking everything into account, it still seems that the Panasonic DMC-ZS25 offers quite a lot for its relatively low price.

Also, if you aren’t a professional or expect everything the camera does to be of a professional quality, the above given downsides may not really matter much.


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