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Panasonic TS5 vs Panasonic ZS25

Portability
91
Imaging
40
Features
43
Overall
41
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 front
 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25 front
Portability
93
Imaging
40
Features
43
Overall
41

Panasonic TS5 vs Panasonic ZS25 Key Specs

Panasonic TS5
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 28-128mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 214g - 110 x 67 x 29mm
  • Introduced July 2013
  • Also referred to as Lumix DMC-FT5
  • Replaced the Panasonic TS4
  • Newer Model is Panasonic TS6
Panasonic ZS25
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-480mm (F3.3-6.4) lens
  • 193g - 105 x 59 x 28mm
  • Announced January 2013
  • Alternate Name is Lumix DMC-TZ35
  • Earlier Model is Panasonic ZS20
  • Replacement is Panasonic ZS30
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Panasonic TS5 vs Panasonic ZS25 Overview

Here, we will be reviewing the Panasonic TS5 versus Panasonic ZS25, one being a Waterproof and the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both are produced by Panasonic. The resolution of the TS5 (16MP) and the ZS25 (16MP) is pretty close and both cameras boast the identical sensor sizing (1/2.3").

Photography Glossary

The TS5 was introduced 7 months later than the ZS25 so they are both of a similar generation. Each of these cameras feature the same body design (Compact).

Before diving right into a thorough comparison, here is a quick summation of how the TS5 scores against the ZS25 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Panasonic TS5 over the Panasonic ZS25

 TS5 ZS25 
AnnouncedJuly 2013January 2013More recent by 7 months

Reasons to pick Panasonic ZS25 over the Panasonic TS5

 ZS25 TS5 

Common features in the Panasonic TS5 and Panasonic ZS25

 TS5 ZS25 
Manual focus No manual focusing
Screen typeFixed Fixed Fixed screen
Screen size3"3"Same screen measurement
Screen resolution460k460kSame screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither has selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Missing Touch friendly screen

Panasonic TS5 vs Panasonic ZS25 Physical Comparison

When you are looking to lug around your camera often, you will have to consider its weight and volume. The Panasonic TS5 has physical dimensions of 110mm x 67mm x 29mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1") with a weight of 214 grams (0.47 lbs) while the Panasonic ZS25 has sizing of 105mm x 59mm x 28mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1") accompanied by a weight of 193 grams (0.43 lbs).

See the Panasonic TS5 versus Panasonic ZS25 in the all new Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change dependant on the lens you have at the time. Below is a front view scale comparison of the TS5 against the ZS25.

Panasonic TS5 vs Panasonic ZS25 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the TS5 and ZS25 is 91 and 93 respectively.

Panasonic TS5 vs Panasonic ZS25 top view buttons comparison

Panasonic TS5 vs Panasonic ZS25 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it can be difficult to visualise the difference in sensor measurements purely by researching a spec sheet. The graphic underneath will help give you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the TS5 and ZS25.

As you can see, each of the cameras come with the identical sensor size and the same exact resolution so you should expect comparable quality of photos but you might want to factor the release date of the cameras into account. The younger TS5 will have an advantage with regard to sensor technology.

Panasonic TS5 vs Panasonic ZS25 sensor size comparison

Panasonic TS5 vs Panasonic ZS25 Screen and ViewFinder

Panasonic TS5 vs Panasonic ZS25 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Panasonic TS5 Portrait photography factors
Panasonic ZS25 Portrait photography factors
32
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
can't use external flash
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
32
good MP (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
cannot use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Street Comparison

Panasonic TS5 as a Street photography camera
Panasonic ZS25 as a Street photography camera
61
image stabilization (Optical)
weather proof
no articulating screen
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
66
image stabilization (Optical)
includes focus by touch
lighter than competitors (193g)
no articulating screen
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Panasonic TS5 as a Sports photography camera
Panasonic ZS25 as a Sports photography camera
47
image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
features tracking autofocus
weather proof
great battery pack (370 CIPA)
max shutter speed is low (1/1,300s)
no shutter priority mode
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect auto focus
45
excellent zoom range (24-480mm 20.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16MP)
offers tracking autofocus
low max shutter speed (1/1,200s)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
not so great battery pack (260 CIPA)
lack of phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Panasonic TS5 as a Travel photography camera
Panasonic ZS25 as a Travel photography camera
72
great battery pack (370 CIPA)
weather proof
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (28mm)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
69
lighter than competitors (193 grams)
includes focus by touch
good MP (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
quite wide (24mm)
long zoom (480mm)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
not so great battery pack (260 shots)
display isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
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Landscape Comparison

Panasonic TS5 Landscape photography info
Panasonic ZS25 Landscape photography info
52
reasonably wide (28mm)
screen is a decent size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
weather proof
great battery pack (370 CIPA)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW support
43
quite wide (24mm)
screen is a good size (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
good MP (16 megapixels)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files
not so great battery pack (260 per charge)
doesn't have Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Panasonic TS5 Vlogging information
Panasonic ZS25 Vlogging information
32
reasonably wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
no external mic port
34
quite wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
lighter than competitors (193 grams)
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
display isn't selfie friendly
doesn't have external microphone port
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Panasonic TS5 vs Panasonic ZS25 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Panasonic TS5 and Panasonic ZS25
 Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25
General Information
Company Panasonic Panasonic
Model Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25
Also called as Lumix DMC-FT5 Lumix DMC-TZ35
Class Waterproof Small Sensor Superzoom
Introduced 2013-07-12 2013-01-07
Body design Compact Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1/2.3" 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 6.08 x 4.56mm 6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area 27.7mm² 27.7mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4608 x 3456 4896 x 3672
Maximum native ISO 6400 6400
Min native ISO 100 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points 23 23
Lens
Lens mounting type fixed lens fixed lens
Lens focal range 28-128mm (4.6x) 24-480mm (20.0x)
Max aperture f/3.3-5.9 f/3.3-6.4
Macro focus distance 5cm 3cm
Crop factor 5.9 5.9
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Display sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 460 thousand dot 460 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display tech TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None None
Features
Min shutter speed 60 seconds 15 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/1300 seconds 1/1200 seconds
Continuous shutter speed 10.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 5.60 m 6.40 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60, 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (220 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 214g (0.47 pounds) 193g (0.43 pounds)
Physical dimensions 110 x 67 x 29mm (4.3" x 2.6" x 1.1") 105 x 59 x 28mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested not tested
DXO Color Depth score not tested not tested
DXO Dynamic range score not tested not tested
DXO Low light score not tested not tested
Other
Battery life 370 photographs 260 photographs
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model DMW-BCM13 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Storage slots One One
Price at release $350 $300