Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 is a point-and-shoot digital camera features iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode with AF Tracking and Dedicated iA Button, 29mm Wide-angle 5x Optical Zoom LEICA DC Lens (29-145mm in 35mm equiv.) and 1/2.33-inch 12.1-megapixel High-resolution CCD, ISO 80-6400, and a Large 3.0-inch High-resolution Intelligent LCD. The camera measures 97.0 x 57.9 x 21.8 mm (3.82 x 2.28 x 0.86 in) and measures approx. 126g (0.28 lb).

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Panasonic FS25 Reviews reviews the Panasonic FS25 and writes;
“If you are looking for a decent quality digital camera you can slip into a pocket then the Lumix FS25 will do the job admirably. It is available at a very reasonable price, is easy to use and takes a very good snapshot.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

CameraLabs reviews the Panasonic FS25 and writes;
“Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 is a stylish, slim compact that looks good, feels comfortable to hold and produces good quality images. Its 5x optical zoom includes wide-angle coverage and is well suited to general purpose photography from group shots to portraits. Features like face tracking AF and scene recognition also make it a good bet for the novices.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Geek reviews the Panasonic FS25 and writes;
“Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 is a well-constructed camera that is easy to use and takes solid pictures. It has some small problems, none too serious, and nothing that should deter the casual/vacation photographer. It’s small, yet packs in a 29mm wide angle lens and 5x zoom so there is some versatility as well, once again pushing is as a vacation shooter”
Rating: N/A

Steve’sDigicams reviews the Panasonic FS25 and writes;
“FS25 was able to produce pleasing landscape type photos as well as portraits… Color saturation was nice an rich, which will help you prints to really stand out. While colors are pleasing, they are not what I’d call natural… the Lumix DMC-FS25 offers good “bang for your buck”..”
Rating: N/A

ImagingResource reviews the Panasonic FS25 and writes;
“ISO 80 and 100 printed results look good at 13×19 with good color and detail. Printed at 16×20, images would be usable for wall display. ISO 200 shots are a little soft at 13×19, better at 11×14. ISO 400 shots are way too soft at 11×14, and shadows begin to become a bit smoky, oddly enough, and look better at 8×10. ISO 800 shots are quite usable still at 8×10.”
Rating: N/A reviews the Panasonic FS25 and writes;
“The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 is a well-designed camera that’s easy to use and well-specified, and it’s slightly cheaper than the company’s top-end compacts, too. The image quality is no better than a 10-megapixel camera’s, though, which could leave you wondering why you bothered spending the extra money.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

DCR reviews the Panasonic FS25 and writes;
“And speaking of sensitivity to light, the FS25 has an ISO scale from 80-1600. Our lab results show that you can get a workable image from ISO 80 to 200. Once you push the FS25 past the 400 mark, you start to see an increase in grain..”
Rating: N/A

MacWorld reviews the Panasonic FS25 and writes;
“the DMC-FS25 received top scores for image-quality scores. Color accuracy, exposure quality with the flash turned on, and image sharpness were all notable strong suits, earning it an overall image quality score of Very Good.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PhotographyBlog reviews the Panasonic FS25 and writes;
“the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 is once again a fantastic point and shoot digital camera that literally anyone in your family can use. “
Rating: ★★★★½

User Opinions

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 User Reviews

The Lumix DMC-FS25 delivers! | Rating: ★★★★★
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 camera is an excellent point and shoot camera. It delivers on what it promises. The Intelligent Auto feature works really well in a range of shooting environments. One button at the top of the camera toggles between the iA function and last camera setting. Face detection and auto focus (AF) tracking on moving objects are quite cool features and useful features, especially when you are trying to get a good snap of your kids or pets. The camera works smoothly on MacOS X with iPhoto (although the boxed PHOTOfunSTUDIO software only works on a PC – but you don’t need or want it if you have a Mac). The photo quality is excellent. It’s has a 3X optical zoom, and that’s all I really need (it also has a digital zoom). The backlit display gives you a realistic preview of what you’re capturing – I don’t miss a viewfinder even outdoors in bright light….

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Panasonic FS25 Samples

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Panasonic FS25 User Manual (PDF)

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Panasonic FS25 Press Release

Part of the highly commended Lumix range of digital still cameras, the 12.1 megapixel DMC-FS25 is stylish, sophisticated and packed with features – whilst remaining committed to ease of use even for beginners. Boasting a 29mm wide angle Leica DC lens*1 with 5x optical zoom, Intelligent Auto and a vertical grip for extra comfort– the FS25 is stylish, easy to use and feature packed.

Intelligent Auto Mode Just Keeps Getting Better
Panasonic incorporated Intelligent Auto mode in pursuit of the ultimate ease of operation and the reduction of misshots. This mode is also further advanced with the inclusion of AF tracking and Intelligent Exposure feature for the DMC-FS25. Furthermore, digital red-eye correction is also integrated in the Face Detection.

In iA mode the camera does all the work, activating AF tracking, Intelligent Exposure, Face Detection, Intelligent Scene Selector, Mega O.I.S. (optical image stabilizer), and Intelligent ISO Control. This leaves the user free to simply compose the shot and press the shutter button, with the assurance that the image will be clear, beautiful and properly exposed.

With the new AF Tracking function, the user can “lock” the focus onto a moving subject. The camera then automatically tracks the subject as it moves, keeping it in focus without the user having to hold the shutter button halfway down. This makes it easier to capture the perfect moment clearly and in sharp focus when shooting images of a child, pet, sports or any scene with moving subjects and spur-of-the-moment action.

Intelligent Exposure suppresses blocked shadows and blown highlights to capture images that look natural and true-to-life. It now features an automatic backlight compensation function that activates whenever the camera detects that the light source is behind the subject.
Face detection accuracy has been increased in the FS25 to now provide continuous adjustment of the focus and exposure even if the face is turned sideways to the camera.

Tracking, Face Detection helps users capture special moments, including the fleeting expressions on the faces of active children. Plus, with the FS25, the red-eye effect can be digitally corrected automatically when it occurs due to the use the flash.

Intelligent Scene Selector automatically selects whichever of 5 scene modes – Macro, Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, and Night Scenery – best suits the shooting situation. The Quick AF system allows the camera to keep focus on the subject while the camera is in recording mode even before pressing a shutter button.

In addition to the advanced functions mentioned above, the iA mode inherits fundamental functions users need in a good digital still camera. These include MEGA O.I.S., which prevents blurring from hand-shake, and Intelligent ISO Control, which prevents motion blur by adjusting the ISO sensitivity if the subject moves as the shot is taken. The MEGA O.I.S. system conventionally has mode 1 and 2, and now it has AUTO mode to select the suitable one between the modes according to the zoom ratio being used.

The user can activate all of these useful functions by simply pressing an independent iA button on the top of the camera, which is newly equipped for direct activation. All these features make the FS25 the ultimate, super-versatile automatic camera for capturing clear, beautiful, mistake-free photos with ease.

The bigger picture with the Leica DC VARIO-ELMAR wide angle lens
The 12.1-megapixel DMC- FS25 packages a 29mm wide-angle*1 Leica DC VARIO-ELMAR lens with 5x optical zoom into a slim, compact body. Comprising 7 elements in 6 groups, including 3 aspherical lenses with 4 aspherical surfaces, this advanced lens unit realizes the outstandingly slim and compact body yet passing Leica’s stringent standards to deliver an exceptional optical performance.

The zoom ratio can be extended up to 9.8x (294mm*1) in 3 megapixel resolution mode with minimal deterioration thanks to the Extra Optical Zoom. By using the central part of the CCD, this powerful zooming function allows you to easily capture and magnify distant subjects.

High Performance Venus Engine IV

The image-processing LSI, Venus Engine IV, features advanced signal processing technology for rendering high quality images.

Featured in the DMC- FS25, the multi-task image-processing engine Venus Engine IV supports a super-fast response time. The shutter release time lag is as short as 0.006 seconds and the camera’s quick response makes it easier to capture sudden, spur-of-the-moment photo opportunities.

The Venus Engine IV also supports a High Sensitivity mode that lets the DMC-FS25 record at a setting of up to ISO 6400, sensitive enough to capture subjects in near-total darkness without using a flash.*2

Look at me!
The DMC-FS25 incorporates an easy-to-see, large, 3.0-inch 230,000-dot high-resolution LCD for comfortable viewing while both monitoring shots and playing back the results. The Intelligent LCD function detects the light condition and automatically boosts the LCD backlighting by max. 40% when shooting outdoors in bright sunshine, and adjusts the frame rate when shooting in low-lit situations in addition to using the pixel mixed readout method to secure clarity in such situations.

Detecting the lighting condition precisely and automatically controlling the brightness with a total of 11 fine steps, this function gives the display the most appropriate clarity in any situation without using extra energy. The High Angle mode makes the LCD screen extremely easy to view when the camera is held high, such as when shooting over a crowd.

The Sound of Music
To increase your enjoyment when playing back your images, the FS25 provides slideshows complete with music. Just select the pictures you want to show and choose the mood that best matches your selection from natural, slow, urban or swing, and you’ll get an emotion-filled slideshow with a variety of slide change effects and matching music without any annoying adjustments to the newly added speaker.

Additionally, all Lumix cameras can take 1920×1080 pixel high-definition quality photos that are ideal for full-screen viewing on a wide-screen (16:9) HDTV. Panasonic has long focused on making photography more enjoyable, such as by letting people view their images easily on a Panasonic Viera TV with Viera Image Viewer (internal SD card slot).

Not forgetting motion pictures*3, the FS25 can record WVGA*4 (848 x 480) motion pictures at 30 frames per second in addition to standard VGA 640 x 480). The WVGA6 motion picture also fits a wide-screen (16:9) TV perfectly to offer impressive viewing.

The Fun of Photography
Technically specified, yet remaining easy to use – the new FS25 features a variety of features to expand the fun and convenience for users. For example, the user can select from among several icons for the camera to use for indicating when the subject is in focus. In addition to the conventional dot, a flower, car and several other new shapes are available. The FS25 also adds a new “Photo Frame” mode. It lets the user put attractive borders around the photo. When printed, the photos look like postcards in picture frames, making them ideal as presents. With the My Scene setting, the user can assign up to two specific scene modes, which you use most often, and switch instantly to those modes when desired.

The minimum shooting distance has been shortened to 3cm in the FS25 – great for macro shots. Using the digital Zoom Macro function, the user can pull subjects even closer than ever before.with the wide-angle setting, and capture dramatic close ups.

Introducing the included software
The latest version of exciting software PHOTOfunSTUDIO 3.0 comes bundled with the DMC-FS25. The PHOTOfunSTUDIO 3.0 package allows the user to edit or organize a collection of photos with more ease and fun. It features Face Recognition function that recognizes the faces in the picture stored in your PC to sort the photos by faces.

Conventionally, you had to pick up one by one out of hundreds of photos when you only want the picture of a specific person. But with the PHOTOfunSTUDIO 3.0, the software automatically does it once the face is registered regardless of the camera type you used – perfect for digging out all photos of Aunt Joanna for her birthday surprise for example! On the sophisticated interface, you can also enjoy emotional slideshow with a variety of effects. Motion pictures (MOV or MPEG2) can also be upload directly to YouTube*5

The slim and sleek DMC-FS25 will be available from April in a choice of silver or black.

*1 35mm film equivalent: 29-145mm
*2 Max. 5 images in standard mode / 3 images in fine mode
*3 Motion pictures can be recorded continuously for up to 15 minutes in some countries. Continuous recording exceeding 2GB is not possible when recording motion JPEG. Remaining time for continuous recording is displayed on the screen,
*4 When you set the picture quality to HD, WVGA or VGA, we recommend using a high-speed card with”10MB”/s” or greater displayed on the package. SD speed class is the speed standard regarding continuous writing.
*5 YouTube is a trademark of Google Inc. *All other company and product names are trademarks of their respective corporations.

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