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 #223 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and all around #964 out of 1428 for cameras in our list. You can check our Smart camera filter to see camera rankings based on your personalized criteria.
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.
Samsung HZ25W Gallery
You can view the HZ25W from different angles in the gallery here.
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.
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.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
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.Instagram's $20 billion Ad success
To get an idea of different aspect ratios, you should refer to the graphic below.
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.Google will print your 'Best' photos for $8 a month
Here is a picture of the Samsung HZ25W alongside a soft drink so you can have a feel for its size.
The top view just below will illustrate the button design on the HZ25W.
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.
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.
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.
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.400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 44 as a landscape camera is not really acceptable in the current marketplace.
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.
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.