Panasonic FH25

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25 front
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.7" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 28-224mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 159g - 99 x 57 x 28mm
  • Announced January 2011
  • Alternative Name is Lumix DMC-FS35
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Panasonic FH25 overview

Panasonic FH25 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Compact digital camera initially released on January of 2011. The camera houses a 16MP, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 4608 x 3456. It is also known as "Lumix DMC-FS35" in some markets.

The FH25 is positioned #129 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and all around #1008 out of 1465 for cameras in our collection. You can try our Advanced camera search to find camera ratings based on your personalized criteria.

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Here is a diagram of multiple criteria used in the scoring system.

Panasonic FH25 history

The Panasonic FH25 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can read the detailed range underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH10 front thumbnailPanasonic FH10
FH25 vs FH10
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-F5 front thumbnailPanasonic F5
FH25 vs F5
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH8 front thumbnailPanasonic FH8
FH25 vs FH8
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH6 front thumbnailPanasonic FH6
FH25 vs FH6
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH7 front thumbnailPanasonic FH7
FH25 vs FH7
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX90 front thumbnailPanasonic FX90
FH25 vs FX90
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX78 front thumbnailPanasonic FX78
FH25 vs FX78
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH2 front thumbnailPanasonic FH2
FH25 vs FH2
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH25 front thumbnailPanasonic FH2528-224mm
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH5 front thumbnailPanasonic FH5
FH25 vs FH5
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH27 front thumbnailPanasonic FH27
FH25 vs FH27
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX700 front thumbnailPanasonic FX700
FH25 vs FX700
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX75 front thumbnailPanasonic FX75
FH25 vs FX75
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH1 front thumbnailPanasonic FH1
FH25 vs FH1
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH22 front thumbnailPanasonic FH22
FH25 vs FH22
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH3 front thumbnailPanasonic FH3
FH25 vs FH3
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH20 front thumbnailPanasonic FH20
FH25 vs FH20
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FS25 front thumbnailPanasonic FS25
FH25 vs FS25
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX580 front thumbnailPanasonic FX580
FH25 vs FX580
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX48 front thumbnailPanasonic FX48
FH25 vs FX48
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FZ28 front thumbnailPanasonic FZ28
FH25 vs FZ28

Panasonic FH25 Pros and Cons

Below is a shortlist of positives and negatives of the Panasonic FH25 based on criterias which are typically seen as essential in a digital camera.

built in image stabilization (Optical)
built in zoom lens (28-224mm 8.0 x zoom)
great min ISO (100)
has built in flash
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
provides face detect focus
provides tracking focus
reasonably wide (28mm)
cannot switch lenses (fixed lens mount)
cannot use external flash
lack of phase detect auto focus
lack of RAW support
low video resolution (1280 x 720 pxls)
manual exposure not possible
no aperture priority
no HDMI out
no headphone support
no manual focus
no mic support
no moving screen
no shutter priority mode
no Time Lapse mode
painfully slow continuous shooting (4.0 fps)
pixelated screen (230 thousand dots)
screen isn't selfie friendly
screen is small (2.7 inch)
slow at full zoom (f5.9)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
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Panasonic FH25 Sensor specifications

The Panasonic FH25 houses the Venus Engine VI processor chip. The sensor specification on the Panasonic FH25 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can resolve 4608 x 3456 pixels at aspect ratios of 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera includes Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter can easily lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 16 megapixels and delivers a standard ISO range of 100 to 6400. Sadly, RAW format is not saved which means that the user has less margin for error.

The picture underneath displays the FH25's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The FH25 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is highlighted in green.

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To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic FH25 dimensions

Panasonic FH25 weighs 0.35 pounds (159g / 5.61 ounces) and features outer proportions of 99mm x 57mm x 28mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.1"). The weight of general Small Sensor Compact camera is 174g and the Panasonic FH25 is very similar as compared to other rivals.

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Here is a shot of the Panasonic FH25 alongside a soft drink to help you to have a sense of its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25 dimensions scale

The top view just below will highlight the button design on the FH25.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25 topview buttons dials

Panasonic FH25 Lens specifications

The FH25 has got an inbuilt lens and a focal range of 28-224mm giving it a 8.0 x zoom which isn't exceptional however it would certainly be helpful in some scenarios.

At the widest 28mm, it offers an aperture of f3.3 which will be somewhat slow and not the best in low light situations and you may find it difficult to capture a shallow depth of field. You could also have to raise the ISO setting giving you noisy photos. With the tele end, 224mm comes with f5.9 which is very slow and you may need to apply slower shutter speeds.

Photography Glossary

Panasonic FH25 Connectivity

The FH25 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras which include NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You will be able to send files and in some cases adjust settings without the hassle of connecting straight to the camera.

Some applications even give a Liveview and press the shutter if you aren't near the camera. If the camera boasts a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external screen. Nearly all cameras enable you to recharge the battery with the USB port.

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Panasonic FH25 Video specifications

The highest video quality on the Panasonic FH25 is 1280 x 720 and it can capture in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is awful by today's requirements. You really should target at least 1080p quality for video recording. The camera doesn't include a mic and headphone socket which means you get no control over your audio. It is perhaps a better idea to get a different model should you require good audio in your videos.

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Panasonic FH25 Weather Sealing

There is no weather sealing for the Panasonic FH25 so you need to be cautious in wet and dusty conditions.

Panasonic FH25 Screen and Viewfinder

The Panasonic FH25 is equipped with a 2.7 inch fixed display boasting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Please note that the display screen offers no touch support.

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The ViewFinder specifications regarding Panasonic FH25 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be very helpful during sunny outdoor conditions which can easily make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to view.

Panasonic FH25 Shutter specifications

Panasonic FH25 continuous shooting rate is 4.0 fps. The highest shutter speed is 1/1600 sec.

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Panasonic FH25 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Panasonic FH25 includes only integrated flash with missing external flash ability.

Panasonic FH25 Autofocus specifications

Panasonic FH25 includes just Contrast Detect Autofocus and is missing Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster & accurate compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera supports Face detection making it helpful for people photography.

The AF system supports 11 focus points to choose from. It also boasts Tracking Autofocus for moving objects. Panasonic FH25 has no manual focus. Manual focus can be useful during low light situations or you want more accurate control on focusing.

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Panasonic FH25 Battery life

The battery power for the Panasonic FH25 is built to last for 250 clicks as per the CIPA specifications which is similar to its rivals. The typical Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 comes with the highest (470) battery life within this range of cameras.

Listed below is a number of Small Sensor Compact cameras having the highest battery life:

Panasonic FH25 for specific forms of photography

The following chart displays a overview of the Panasonic FH25 for specific forms of photography. To read more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Panasonic FH25 Portrait photography advice

The Panasonic FH25 has a score of 34 which is really bad, and means the camera is not really good for portrait photos. Photographing portraits leans greatly towards sensor dimension, support for RAW photos and flexibility to use off-camera lighting.

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megapixel count good (16MP)
supports face detect autofocus
manual focus not available
lack of manual exposure
external flash not possible
sensor size is very small (1/2.3")
no RAW files

Panasonic FH25 Street photography information

Getting a moderate points total of 57, the Panasonic FH25 is somewhat acceptable for street photography. A good street photography camera offers a good balance of image quality plus portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
screen is fixed
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format

Panasonic FH25 Sports photography details

A really bad sports photography points total of 40 means the Panasonic FH25 is not really good for shooting sports. A camera needs to have very good autofocus and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count decent (16MP)
supports tracking focus
continuous shooting slow (4.0 fps)
no shutter priority mode
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus

Panasonic FH25 Travel photography details

Size is really crucial when picking a camera for travel. Over-all, the Panasonic FH25 gets a above average 65 as a travelling camera which is a respectable option to take with you on your trips.

Photography Glossary
megapixel count good (16MP)
flash built-in
relatively wide (28mm)
lack of Timelapse recording
display isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)

Panasonic FH25 as a Landscape photography camera

When you are planning to pick a camera for landscape photography, the biggest aspect is going to be image quality. The Panasonic FH25 and it's really bad rating of 38 as a landscape camera is not really good among its competition.

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quite wide (28mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16MP)
manual focus not available
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
screen is small (2.7 inch)
no manual exposure
small sensor (1/2.3")
has no RAW format
doesn't have Time Lapse mode

Vlogging with Panasonic FH25

A vlogging camera should really offer a articulating screen, microphone input and preferably image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Panasonic FH25 is not really good for vlogging as it gets a really bad score of 31.

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fairly wide (28mm)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect focus
slow maximum aperture (f3.3)
display isn't selfie friendly
video res low (1280 x 720 resolution)
missing microphone socket

Panasonic FH25 Alternatives

If you are trying to find alternatives to the FH25, below is a range of the highest scored cameras which fall in to the category of Small Sensor Compact.

The line graph here gives you a summary of the FH25 compared to it's top rated competitors listed above.

These are some more cameras you might check out as alternatives. To review a thorough comparison, simply click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25
Also referred to as
Lumix DMC-FS35
Small Sensor Compact
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Processor Chip
Venus Engine VI
Sensor size
Sensor dimensions
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution
4608 x 3456
RAW support
Max native ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focus
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
28-224mm (8.0x)
Maximal aperture
Macro focus distance
Crop factor
Type of screen
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
2.7 inch
Resolution of screen
230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Screen technology
TFT Screen LCD
Viewfinder Information
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
60 secs
Highest shutter speed
1/1600 secs
Continuous shooting rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
5.80 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720p (24 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
Video format
Motion JPEG
Mic support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
159g (0.35 lbs)
99 x 57 x 28mm (3.9" x 2.2" x 1.1")
Battery life
250 photographs
Battery style
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots
Price at launch