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Panasonic Lumix TZ25 review

The 16x travel zoom that's fast and fun to use

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As well as offering an Auto ISO function, where the camera selects the appropriate ISO for the lighting conditions, the Panasonic TZ25 also features an Intelligent ISO setting. This also factors in any movement it detects to ensure you get sharp (albeit sometimes noisy) pictures - which is useful for photographing fast-moving kids.

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The Power OIS does a sterling job at keeping pictures sharp at telephoto focal lengths. AF Tracking can be quickly activated for moving subjects, too.

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Intelligent Auto mode has made a good fist of matching the camera setup to this tricky exposure. Given the drizzly, dank conditions, the colours are very lively without looking artificial. Purple fringing is evident along the edges of the backlit leaves and tree trunk, some of which is obvious when the image is viewed at normal size.

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If Intelligent Auto has a weakness, it's that it too readily selects HDR mode when it detects backlighting. Here's a before and after example of the effect it produces. It can help boost a flat scene such as this, but portraits can look overcooked, particularly in low light.

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Macro mode gets you to within 3cm of a subject when the lens is at its widest setting. At this distance you need to be aware of where the light is coming from - it's easy for the camera's shadow to cover part of the frame.

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The Panasonic TZ25's lens is capable of resolving some very good levels of detail. None of the subtlety in this bloom has been lost, and the AF system has locked onto the right spot. As with the Panasonic TZ30, there are four main AF modes on offer: Spot, 1-Area, 23-Area and Face Detection.

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Metering is generally good, although it's underexposed this pale wall a little. A comparatively large live histogram can be overlaid over the image to monitor for problems like this, while exposure compensation can be quickly activated by tapping up on the four-way control pad.

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The Auto White Balance proved reliable throughout the test, striking a good balance between the warm backlight here and the approaching blue storm clouds. When shooting HD footage and moving from daylight to tungsten-lit locations, the Panasonic TZ25 quickly adapted to the changing conditions, too.

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Panasonic TZ25 at 4.3mm (24mm equivalent)

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Panasonic TZ25 at 68.8mm (384mm equivalent)

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyLumix TZ
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourRed
Optical Zoom16x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesLive View, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor, 3D Panorama
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsAVCHD, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)185 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH, WEEE
Flash Memory Capacity70 MB
Minimum Focus Distance30 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeMOS
Total Camera Resolution12.8 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedDMW-BCG10E / DMW-BCG10
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height57.6 mm
Width104.9 mm
Depth33.4 mm
Autofocus Points23
Product SeriesTZ
Focal Length4.30 mm to 68.80 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, MPO
Audio FormatsAAC
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Flash OFF, Slow Sync, Red-eye Reduction
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMC-TZ25
Product NameLumix DMC-TZ25 Compact Camera
Product LineLumix
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMCTZ25EBR
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

The DMC-TZ25 incorporates a 16x optical zoom LEICA DC lens from 24mm ultra wide-angle (35mm camera equivalent: 24-384mm), featuring Nano Surface Coating technology that minimizes ghosts and flaring. The 16x optical zoom increases its power to 32x equivalent with the Intelligent Zoom. This is an extensive zoom function using digital zoom with minimum deterioration of image quality thanks to the Intelligent Resolution technology.

Battery Life260 Shot
Package Contents
  • Lumix DMC-TZ25 Compact Camera
  • Battery Pack
  • AC Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • CD-ROM
Display Resolution460000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker