Panasonic ZS25

 
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25 front
 
  • 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
  • Released January 2013
  • Other Name is Lumix DMC-TZ35
  • Superseded the Panasonic ZS20
  • Later Model is Panasonic ZS30
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
Portability
93
Imaging
41
Features
43
Overall
41

Panasonic ZS25 summary

Panasonic ZS25 is Panasonic's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera initially announced on January of 2013. The camera comes with a 16MP, CMOS 1/2.3" sized sensor and has a max resolution of 4896 x 3672. The camera is also known as "Lumix DMC-TZ35" in other markets.

Panasonic brought out this model in an effort to update the earlier Panasonic ZS20 (Read Full Comparison) and then brought out the updated Panasonic ZS30 (Read Full Comparison) in an effort to replace this model.

The ZS25 comes in at #125 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and over all #655 out of 1422 for digital cameras in our list. You should try out our Advanced camera filter to find camera results based on your custom requirements.

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Below is a diagram of various factors used in the rating system.

Panasonic ZS25 history

The Panasonic ZS25 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can see the detailed range underneath.

ModelVisualizeLensResolutionSensor SizeReleased
Panasonic-Lumix-DC-ZS80 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS80
ZS25 vs ZS80
24-720mm
F3.3-6.4
20MP1/2.3"2018
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS70 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS70
ZS25 vs ZS70
24-720mm
F3.3-6.4
20MP1/2.3"2017
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS60 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS60
ZS25 vs ZS60
24-720mm
F3.3-6.4
18MP1/2.3"2016
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS45 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS45
ZS25 vs ZS45
24-480mm
F3.3-6.4
16MP1/2.3"2015
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS50 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS50
ZS25 vs ZS50
24-720mm
F3.3-6.4
12MP1/2.3"2015
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS35 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS35
ZS25 vs ZS35
24-480mm
F3.3-6.4
16MP1/2.3"2014
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS40 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS40
ZS25 vs ZS40
24-720mm
F3.3-6.4
18MP1/2.3"2014
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS25 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS2524-480mm
F3.3-6.4
16MP1/2.3"2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS30 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS30
ZS25 vs ZS30
24-480mm
F3.3-6.4
18MP1/2.3"2013
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS15 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS15
ZS25 vs ZS15
24-384mm
F3.3-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2012
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS20 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS20
ZS25 vs ZS20
24-480mm
F3.3-6.4
14MP1/2.3"2012
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Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS7 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS7
ZS25 vs ZS7
25-300mm
F3.3-4.9
12MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS8 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS8
ZS25 vs ZS8
24-384mm
F3.3-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS10 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS10
ZS25 vs ZS10
24-384mm
F3.3-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2011
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS5 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS5
ZS25 vs ZS5
25-300mm
F3.3-4.9
12MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZR3 front thumbnailPanasonic ZR3
ZS25 vs ZR3
25-200mm
F3.3-5.9
14MP1/2.3"2010
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZR1 front thumbnailPanasonic ZR1
ZS25 vs ZR1
25-200mm
F3.3-5.9
12MP1/2.3"2009
Panasonic-Lumix-DMC-ZS3 front thumbnailPanasonic ZS3
ZS25 vs ZS3
25-300mm
F3.3-4.9
10MP1/2.3"2009

Panasonic ZS25 Pros and Cons

Below is a selection of advantages and disadvantages of the Panasonic ZS25 based on features which are often considered useful in a digital camera.

boasts touch to focus
built-in flash
excellent zoom range (24-480mm 20.0 x zoom)
great minimum ISO (100)
has image stabilization (Optical)
includes HDMI out
includes tracking autofocus
lighter than average (193 grams)
MP count decent (16 megapixels)
nice screen size (3 inch)
pretty wide (24mm)
very long zoom (480mm)
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
doesn't have external mic support
doesn't have headphone support
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
focusing manually not possible
lacks phase detect autofocus
lacks RAW support
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low max shutter speed (1/1,200s)
no external flash support
pixelated screen (460 k dots)
screen does not articulate
screen isn't selfie friendly
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
slow at full zoom (f6.4)
slow max aperture (f3.3)
terrible battery pack (260 per charge)
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Panasonic ZS25 Sensor info

The size of the sensor in the Panasonic ZS25 is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor can capture 4896 x 3672 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has got Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is preferable than digital stabilization as the latter may lead to cropping.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 16 megapixels and gives a standard ISO range of 100 - 6400. Unfortunately, RAW format is not supported so the user has less margin for error.

The graphic underneath displays the ZS25's sensor dimensions compared to other popular sizes. The ZS25 sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is highlighted in green.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25 sensor size Instagram's $20 billion Ad success

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

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Panasonic ZS25 dimensions

Panasonic ZS25 weighs 0.43 pounds (193g or 6.81 ounces) and the over all size of the camera is 105mm x 59mm x 28mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387g so the Panasonic ZS25 is less heavy compared with various rivals.

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Underneath is a picture of the Panasonic ZS25 beside a soda to help you to have a sense of its scale.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will provide the button design on the ZS25.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25 topview buttons dials

Panasonic ZS25 Lens info

The ZS25 has an inbuilt lens and a focal range of 24-480mm giving it a 20.0 x zoom which is perfect and is going to make it easier to zoom all the way in.

At the widest 24mm, the lens provides an aperture of f3.3 and that is somewhat slow and not good in low light conditions and you might find it difficult to capture a shallow depth of field. You could also need to boost the ISO resulting in noisy images. On the tele end, 480mm is brilliant zoom and comes with f6.4 which is fairly slow and you will need to go with slower shutter speeds.

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Panasonic ZS25 Connectivity

The ZS25 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that come with NFC or Bluetooth connectivity can be controlled wirelessly via smartphones. You can copy images and usually adjust settings without the hassle of connecting directly to the camera.

Several applications even stream a Liveview and hit the shutter in case you are not near the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI out, it can be attached to an external monitor. Nearly all cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack with the USB port.

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Panasonic ZS25 Video info

The max video quality in the Panasonic ZS25 is 1920 x 1080 and it can capture in MPEG-4 and AVCHD file format. 1080p quality gives you an excellent balance between video quality vs file sizes but 1080p isn't going to give you much room to crop. The camera does not have a mic or headphone socket so you get no control over your audio. It is perhaps best to take a look at an alternative model if you need better audio in your videos.

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Panasonic ZS25 Weather Sealing

Panasonic ZS25 does not include environment sealing so damp conditions can affect the camera.

Panasonic ZS25 Screen and Viewfinder

The Panasonic ZS25 comes with a 3" fixed display screen boasting a resolution of 460k dots.

Unfortunately the display screen isn't a touch screen.

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The ViewFinder specs regarding Panasonic ZS25 are below:

  • ViewFinder None

In those sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera displays washed out and tough to view, viewfinders are particularly valuable.

Panasonic ZS25 Shutter info

Panasonic ZS25 can shoot continuously at 10.0 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/1200 sec.

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Panasonic ZS25 Flash and Hot shoe info

Panasonic ZS25 has got only built in flash without external flash support.

Panasonic ZS25 Autofocusing info

Panasonic ZS25 has got just Contrast Detect AF and is missing Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker and exact compared with Contrast Detect focusing.

The AF system comes with 23 focus points to choose from. Panasonic ZS25 has touch to focus. You can easily use your fingers in order to change focus points. It also has Tracking AF for moving objects. Panasonic ZS25 has no manual focus. Manual focus ability is useful during low light scenarios or you need to have more precise control on focusing.

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Panasonic ZS25 Battery life

The battery pack in the Panasonic ZS25 is made to last for 260 images according to the CIPA measurements making it less as compared with its competition. The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has the maximum (600) battery life within this range of cameras.

Underneath is a number of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras having the strongest battery life:

Panasonic ZS25 for various forms of photography

The following chart displays a summary of the Panasonic ZS25 for various forms of photography. To read more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.

Panasonic ZS25 as a Portrait photography camera

The Panasonic ZS25 gets a points tally of 32 which is terrible, meaning that it is not acceptable for portrait photography. Taking portraits favors heavily to sensor resolution, support for RAW files along with the ability to work with off-camera flash.

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megapixel count decent (16MP)
manual focus not available
cannot use external flash
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
lack of RAW files

Panasonic ZS25 Street photography features

Getting a above average points total of 66, the Panasonic ZS25 is a very decent pick for street photography. A decent street photography camera has a perfect balance of image quality plus portability.

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built in image stabilization (Optical)
provides touch focus
lighter than competition in class (193g)
screen does not articulate
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
no RAW files

Panasonic ZS25 as a Sports photography camera

A terrible sports photography points total of 45 suggests the Panasonic ZS25 is not acceptable for taking photos of sports. A camera should have good focusing and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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amazing zoom range (24-480mm 20.0 x zoom)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16MP)
comes with tracking focus
low max shutter speed (1/1,200s)
sensor size is tiny (1/2.3")
low battery life (260 per charge)
does not have phase detect AF

Panasonic ZS25 as a Travel photography camera

Weight is really crucial when picking a travel camera. Over-all, the Panasonic ZS25 gets a very good 69 as a travelling camera which is a fine pick for your trips.

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lighter than competition (193g)
provides focus via touch
sensor resolution is decent (16MP)
built-in flash
rather wide (24mm)
very long zoom (480mm)
missing Timelapse mode
bad battery power (260 shots)
doesn't offer selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f3.3)

Panasonic ZS25 Landscape photography highlights

When you're looking to pick a camera for landscape photographs, the most important aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Panasonic ZS25 with it's terrible rating of 43 as a landscape camera is not acceptable within the current market.

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decently wide (24mm)
nice screen size (3")
built in image stabilization (Optical)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
focusing manually not possible
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
small sensor (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
not so great battery pack (260 per charge)
does not have Timelapse recording

Panasonic ZS25 as a Vlogging camera

A camera for vlogging should come with a articulating screen, mic port and preferably IBIS. Considering everything, the Panasonic ZS25 is not acceptable as a vlog camera as it comes to a terrible score of 34.

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fairly wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competition (193g)
sluggish max aperture (f3.3)
does not contain selfie friendly display
doesn't have mic jack

Panasonic ZS25 Alternatives

If you are interested in replacements to the ZS25, here is a number of the top placed cameras that fall under the family of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The graph underneath will give you a summary of the ZS25 compared to it's highest scored rivals listed above.

Here are a few more cameras you may see as alternatives. To see a detailed comparison, just click on the "compare" link.

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Specifications

General Information
Company
Panasonic
Model
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS25
Also called
Lumix DMC-TZ35
Class
Small Sensor Superzoom
Released
2013-01-07
Physical type
Compact
Sensor Information
Sensor type
CMOS
Sensor size
1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor surface area
27.7mm²
Sensor resolution
16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution
4896 x 3672
RAW photos
Highest native ISO
6400
Min native ISO
100
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points
23
Lens
Lens mounting type
fixed lens
Lens focal range
24-480mm (20.0x)
Highest aperture
f/3.3-6.4
Macro focus distance
3cm
Crop factor
5.9
Screen
Screen type
Fixed Type
Screen diagonal
3 inch
Resolution of screen
460k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder
None
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Features
Min shutter speed
15 secs
Max shutter speed
1/1200 secs
Continuous shutter rate
10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation
Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range
6.40 m
Flash settings
Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow Syncro
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (220 fps)
Highest video resolution
1920x1080
Video file format
MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless
None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS
None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight
193g (0.43 lb)
Dimensions
105 x 59 x 28mm (4.1" x 2.3" x 1.1")
Other
Battery life
260 photographs
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Internal
Card slots
Single
Launch pricing
$300