Panasonic FS25

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 front
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 80 - 1600 (Expand to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 29-145mm (F3.3-5.9) lens
  • 148g - 97 x 58 x 22mm
  • Released January 2009
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Panasonic FS25 summary

Panasonic FS25 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Compact digital camera initially launched on January of 2009. It has got a 12 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4000 x 3000.

The FS25 ranks at #186 out of 261 in Small Sensor Compact cameras and overall #1123 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. You should try our Smart camera finder to find camera listings based on your customized criteria.

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The following is a diagram of different factors used in the rating system.

Panasonic FS25 history

The Panasonic FS25 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can see the complete range below.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
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FS25 vs F5
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH8 front thumbnailPanasonic FH8
FS25 vs FH8
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH6 front thumbnailPanasonic FH6
FS25 vs FH6
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH7 front thumbnailPanasonic FH7
FS25 vs FH7
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FS25 vs FX90
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX78 front thumbnailPanasonic FX78
FS25 vs FX78
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH2 front thumbnailPanasonic FH2
FS25 vs FH2
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH25 front thumbnailPanasonic FH25
FS25 vs FH25
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH5 front thumbnailPanasonic FH5
FS25 vs FH5
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH27 front thumbnailPanasonic FH27
FS25 vs FH27
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX700 front thumbnailPanasonic FX700
FS25 vs FX700
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX75 front thumbnailPanasonic FX75
FS25 vs FX75
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH1 front thumbnailPanasonic FH1
FS25 vs FH1
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH22 front thumbnailPanasonic FH22
FS25 vs FH22
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH3 front thumbnailPanasonic FH3
FS25 vs FH3
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FH20 front thumbnailPanasonic FH20
FS25 vs FH20
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FS25 front thumbnailPanasonic FS2529-145mm
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-FX580 front thumbnailPanasonic FX580
FS25 vs FX580
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FS25 vs FX48
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FS25 vs FZ28

Panasonic FS25 Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of advantages and drawbacks of the Panasonic FS25 based on aspects that are oftentimes considered necessary in a digital camera.

comes with HDMI out
flash built-in
great minimum ISO (80)
has image stabilization (Optical)
in built lens has zoom (29-145mm 5.0 x zoom)
offers face detect focus
screen size is decent (3 inches)
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
can't use external flash
doesn't have headphone support
doesn't have microphone support
doesn't have Timelapse function
does not posses selfie friendly screen
lack of manual mode
lack of shutter priority mode
low resolution screen (230 thousand dots)
manual focus not available
max frames per second low (2.0 frames per second)
megapixel count low (12MP)
no aperture priority
no phase detect auto focus
no RAW format
screen does not articulate
sensor is small (1/2.3")
slow at tele end (f5.9)
somewhat slow max aperture (f3.3)
video quality not great (640 x 480 resolution)
wide angle not the best (29mm)
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Panasonic FS25 Sensor specifications

The specification of the sensor in the Panasonic FS25 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels at aspect ratios of 16:9, 4:3 and 3:2. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). In body stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter can easily lead to cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 12MP and provides a standard ISO range of 80 - 1600. This ISO can also be extended digitally to a high of 6400. Unfortunately, RAW files are not saved so you have less margin for error.

The image below shows the FS25's sensor dimensions when compared to other popular sizes. The FS25 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is highlighted in green.

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To get an understanding of various aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic FS25 dimensions

Panasonic FS25 weighs in at 0.33 pounds (148 grams / 5.22 ounces) and the sizing of the camera is 97mm x 58mm x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Compact camera is 174 grams so the Panasonic FS25 is less heavy when compared with various competitors.

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The following is a photo of the Panasonic FS25 besides a soda to help you have a feel for its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 dimensions scale

The top view here will show you the button layout on the FS25.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 topview buttons dials

Panasonic FS25 Lens specifications

The FS25 has a fixed lens providing a focal range of 29-145mm giving it a 5.0 x zoom which might not be huge nevertheless it will definitely be invaluable in certain cases.

At the widest 29mm, the lens will have an aperture of f3.3 and that's rather slow and not good in low light events and you will probably find it difficult to capture good bokeh. You will likely also need to up the ISO which results in noisy images. On the tele end, 145mm comes with f5.9 making it very sluggish and you may need to apply slower shutter speeds.

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Panasonic FS25 Connectivity

The FS25 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras which include NFC and / or Bluetooth support are able to be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can easily send files and oftentimes alter camera settings without connecting straight to the camera.

Some applications even provide a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not close to the camera. If the camera provides a HDMI out, it can easily be connected to an external screen. Almost all cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack with the USB port.

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Panasonic FS25 Video specifications

The max video resolution in the Panasonic FS25 is 640 x 480 and it can capture in Motion JPEG file format. 480p is awful by today's standards. You should really strive for at least FUll HD resolution for video. The camera does not have a mic and / or headphone port so you get no control over your sound. It is probably best to purchase a different camera in case you require better sound in your videos.

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Panasonic FS25 Weather Sealing

Panasonic FS25 does not include environment proofing so wet conditions can easily damage the camera.

Panasonic FS25 Screen and Viewfinder

The Panasonic FS25 has got a 3 inch fixed screen boasting a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Unfortunately the screen isn't a touch screen.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 screen and viewfinder Photography Glossary

The View Finder details regarding Panasonic FS25 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder None

Viewfinders can be very helpful for bright outdoor situations which will make the camera screen washed out and hard to view.

Panasonic FS25 Shutter specifications

Panasonic FS25 has the ability to shoot continuously at 2.0 frames per second. The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000s.

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Panasonic FS25 Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Panasonic FS25 boasts only inbuilt flash with no external flash support.

Panasonic FS25 Autofocus specifications

Panasonic FS25 boasts just Contrast Based Autofocus and lacks Phase Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot quicker & exact when compared with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera has got Face detection which can be valuable for portraits.

The Sensor has got 11 focus points to select from. Panasonic FS25 has not got manual focusing. Manual focusing mode is useful for low light conditions or you want to have more exact depth of field control.

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Panasonic FS25 Battery life

The usual Small Sensor Compact camera battery life is 241. Fujifilm X30 has got the maximum (470) battery life for this group of cameras.

Underneath is a number of Small Sensor Compact cameras with the highest battery life:

Panasonic FS25 for different kinds of photography

The following graph shows a summary of the Panasonic FS25 for different kinds of photography. To check out more, have a look at the specific section below.

Panasonic FS25 Portrait photography features

The Panasonic FS25 receives a rating of 26 which is low, meaning that it is not really suitable to use for portrait photography. Photographing portraits favors heavily to sensor dimensions, RAW support and potential to use external lighting.

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includes face detect focusing
no manual focus
no manual exposure
no external flash support
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
lacks RAW format

Street photography with Panasonic FS25

Coming in at a modest points tally of 57, the Panasonic FS25 is relatively suited for street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.

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has image stabilization (Optical)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format

Panasonic FS25 Sports photography information

A low sports photography rating of 25 means the Panasonic FS25 is not really suitable for taking photos of sports. A camera must have excellent tracking and shutter speeds for sports photography.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
slow continuous shooting (2.0 frames per second)
no shutter priority mode
low MP (12 megapixels)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect autofocus

Panasonic FS25 Travel photography details

Weight is pretty crucial when buying a travel camera. Over-all, the Panasonic FS25 gets a decent 51 as a travelling camera which is fairly suited to buy for your holidays.

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has built in flash
doesn't have Timelapse function
low megapixels (12MP)
doesn't feature selfie friendly screen
wide angle not great (29mm)
sluggish maximum aperture (f3.3)

Panasonic FS25 as a Landscape photography camera

If you find yourself planning to buy a camera for landscape photographs, the most vital aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Panasonic FS25 with it's low score of 32 as a landscape camera is not really suitable within the current market.

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pretty good screen size (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
focusing manually not possible
cannot swap lens (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not great (29mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
lack of manual mode
resolution not great (12 megapixels)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
does not have RAW format
lack of Timelapse mode

Panasonic FS25 Vlogging factors

A vlogging camera should come with a articulating display screen, mic port and if possible IBIS. Considering every thing, the Panasonic FS25 is not really suitable as a vlog camera as it comes to a low score of 28.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detect autofocus
wide angle not the best (29mm)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
video quality not great (640 x 480 pxls)
does not have microphone jack

Panasonic FS25 Alternatives

If you need replacements to the FS25, here is a selection of the highest placed cameras that fall under the class of Small Sensor Compact.

The graph followed below shows you an overview of the FS25 versus it's highest rated competitors mentioned above.

Here are a handful of other cameras you may have a look at as alternative options. To check out a extensive comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25
Small Sensor Compact
Physical type
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
16:9, 4:3 and 3:2
Max resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW format
Max native ISO
Max enhanced ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points
Lens support
fixed lens
Lens zoom range
29-145mm (5.0x)
Maximal aperture
Macro focusing range
Focal length multiplier
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen sizing
3 inches
Screen resolution
230 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
not tested
DXO Color Depth rating
not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating
not tested
DXO Low light rating
not tested
Min shutter speed
60 seconds
Max shutter speed
1/2000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate
2.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance
5.30 m
Flash options
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye reduction, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions
848 x 480 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps)
Max video resolution
Video data format
Motion JPEG
Microphone support
Headphone support
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
148 gr (0.33 lbs)
Physical dimensions
97 x 58 x 22mm (3.8" x 2.3" x 0.9")
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage type
SD/MMC/SDHC card, Internal
Card slots
Launch pricing