Samsung HZ25W

Samsung HZ25W front
  • 12MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 64 - 3200 (Bump to 6400)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • 26-624mm (F2.8-5.0) lens
  • 428g - 116 x 83 x 92mm
  • Introduced July 2010
  • Also referred to as WB5000
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Samsung HZ25W overview

Samsung HZ25W is Samsung's Small Sensor Superzoom digital camera initially revealed on July of 2010. It has a 12 MegaPixel, CCD 1/2.3" size sensor with a peak resolution of 4000 x 3000. The camera is referred to as "WB5000" in certain regions.

The HZ25W stands at #224 out of 244 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and all around #1010 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. You can check our Smart camera filter to see camera rankings based on your personalized criteria.

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

Samsung HZ25W history

The Samsung HZ25W is part of a family of products. You can read the complete list underneath.

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Samsung HZ25W Pros and Cons

Here is a selection of upsides and downsides of the Samsung HZ25W based on criterias which are oftentimes seen as necessary in a digital camera.

built-in flash
decent sized screen (3 inches)
excellent zoom range (26-624mm 24.0 x zoom)
exports RAW files
good min ISO (64)
image stabilization (Optical)
rather wide (26mm)
very long zoom (624mm)
you can focus manually
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
does not have phase detect auto focus
fixed screen
lack of aperture priority mode
lack of manual mode
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
low MP (12MP)
no external flash support
no HDMI support
no headphone jack
no microphone jack
no shutter priority
no Timelapse recording
pixelated screen (230 thousand dot)
sluggish at full zoom (f5.0)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.8)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
video res low (1280 x 720 pixels)
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Samsung HZ25W Sensor specs

The sensor measurement in the Samsung HZ25W is 6.08mm x 4.56mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to resolve 4000 x 3000 pixels with aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). Optical stabilization is more desirable than digital stabilization as the latter can easily cause cropping.

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The CCD sensor boasts 12MP and has a standard ISO range of 64 - 3200. The ISO can also be widened digitally to a maximum of 6400. RAW files are saved therefore you have more margin for error.

The graphic underneath illustrates the HZ25W's sensor size compared to other popular sizes. The HZ25W sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.9 and is outlined 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

Samsung HZ25W dimensions

Samsung HZ25W weighs in at 0.94 lb (428 gr / 15.10 ounces) and the overall size of the camera is 116mm x 83mm x 92mm (4.6" x 3.3" x 3.6"). The weight of general Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387 gr so the Samsung HZ25W is more heavy than other competitors.

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Here is a picture of the Samsung HZ25W alongside a soft drink so you can have a feel for its size.

Samsung HZ25W dimensions scale

The top view just below will illustrate the button design on the HZ25W.

Samsung HZ25W topview buttons dials

Samsung HZ25W Lens details

The HZ25W includes a built-in lens with a focal range of 26-624mm giving it a 24.0 x zoom which is significant and can enable you to zoom all the way in.

At it's widest 26mm, the lens will have an aperture of f2.8 and that is fairly sluggish and not good in low light conditions and you may find it difficult to capture good bokeh. You could also have to increase your ISO setting producing noisy shots. Towards the long end, 624mm is exceptional zoom and comes with f5.0 making it quite sluggish and you may have to use slower shutter speeds.

Photography Glossary

Samsung HZ25W Connectivity

The HZ25W has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes

Cameras which include NFC and / or Bluetooth compatibility are able to be used wirelessly by smartphones. You can easily send images and sometimes alter camera settings without connecting directly with the camera.

Some apps also give a Liveview and press the shutter in case you aren't close to the camera. If the camera has a HDMI out, it can easily be attached to an external screen. A good number of cameras enable you to charge the battery with the USB port.

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Samsung HZ25W Video details

The highest video resolution in the Samsung HZ25W is 1280 x 720 and it can save in Motion JPEG file format. 720p is low by today's requirements. You should target at least 1080p resolution for decent video. The body doesn't include a mic and / or headphone port which means that you have zero control over your audio. It is probably a better idea to find an alternative model should you want decent audio in your videos.

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Samsung HZ25W Weather Sealing

Samsung HZ25W doesn't have weather proofing so wet conditions could damage the camera.

Samsung HZ25W Screen and Viewfinder

The Samsung HZ25W has a 3 inch fixed screen with a resolution of 230 thousand dots.

Please be aware that the screen offers no touch support.

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The View Finder details regarding Samsung HZ25W are below:

  • ViewFinder None

In those sunny outdoor situations that make the camera screens washed out and challenging to view, viewfinders are rather useful.

Samsung HZ25W Shutter details

The maximum shutter speed is 1/2000 seconds.

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Samsung HZ25W Flash and Hot shoe details

Samsung HZ25W boasts just integrated flash with no external flash ability.

Samsung HZ25W Autofocus details

Samsung HZ25W boasts only Contrast Detect Auto Focus and does not have Phase Detect Auto Focus. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot faster & exact than Contrast Detect autofocusing.

Samsung HZ25W supports manual focus in case it is needed during low light scenarios or you need more precise focus control.

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Samsung HZ25W Battery life

The typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR has got the highest (600) battery life within this class of cameras.

Listed below is a collection of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that have the highest battery life:

Samsung HZ25W for different forms of photography

The following diagram gives a analysis of the Samsung HZ25W for different forms of photography. To see more, have a look at the specific section underneath.

Portrait photography with Samsung HZ25W

The Samsung HZ25W gets a score of 34 which is lousy, meaning that it is not really acceptable to use for portrait photography. Shooting portrait photos leans heavily to sensor specs, RAW support together with the capability to utilize external lighting.

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has manual focus
exports RAW files
no manual exposure
no external flash support
megapixel count low (12 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")

Samsung HZ25W Street photography info

With a decent points total of 55, the Samsung HZ25W is fairly acceptable for street photography. A good street photography camera features a good balance of image quality and portability.

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image stabilization (Optical)
exports RAW files
no moving screen
sensor size is small (1/2.3")

Samsung HZ25W Sports photography highlights

A lousy sports photography rating of 34 indicates the Samsung HZ25W is not really acceptable for taking pictures of sports. A camera really should have excellent focusing and shutter speeds for sports photography.

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excellent zoom range (26-624mm 24.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
no shutter priority mode
low resolution (12 megapixels)
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus

Travel photography with Samsung HZ25W

Weight is very crucial in selecting a travel camera. All things considered, the Samsung HZ25W gets a average 52 for a travel camera which makes it relatively suited for your journeys.

Photography Glossary
has built in flash
reasonably wide (26mm)
great reach (624mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
low MP (12MP)
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)

Landscape photography with Samsung HZ25W

If you're looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape photos, the most important factor will no doubt be image quality. The Samsung HZ25W at it's lousy score of 43 as a landscape camera is not really acceptable in the current marketplace.

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focusing manually
reasonably wide (26mm)
decent sized screen (3")
image stabilization (Optical)
supports RAW files
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
no manual mode
sensor resolution not great (12MP)
tiny sensor (1/2.3")
doesn't have Timelapse mode

Vlogging with Samsung HZ25W

A vlogging camera should posses a articulating display screen, mic input and ideally IBIS. Considering all things, the Samsung HZ25W is not really acceptable for vlogging as it delivers a lousy score of 24.

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quite wide (26mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
sluggish max aperture (f2.8)
does not posses selfie friendly display
low res video (1280 x 720 pxls)
missing external mic support

Samsung HZ25W Alternatives

If you are in the market for alternatives to the HZ25W, below is a number of the top scored cameras which fall within the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.

The graph below shows you a summary of the HZ25W compared to it's highest rated rivals shown previously.

Following are several cameras you might check out as alternative options. To read a complete comparison, go to the "compare" link.

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General Information
Samsung HZ25W
Also referred to as
Small Sensor Superzoom
Body design
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Sensor measurements
6.08 x 4.56mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
12 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
4000 x 3000
RAW data
Maximum native ISO
Maximum boosted ISO
Lowest native ISO
Manual focus
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Lens mount
fixed lens
Lens focal range
26-624mm (24.0x)
Maximal aperture
Macro focus range
Focal length multiplier
Range of screen
Fixed Type
Screen size
3 inches
Screen resolution
230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
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
16 secs
Highest shutter speed
1/2000 secs
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
5.60 m
Flash modes
Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
1280 x 720 (30, 15 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 15 fps), 320 x 240 (60, 30 fps)
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
Motion JPEG
Microphone input
Headphone input
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
428 grams (0.94 pounds)
116 x 83 x 92mm (4.6" x 3.3" x 3.6")
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec, Double)
Time lapse shooting
Storage media
SC/SDHC, Internal
Storage slots
Launch pricing