Panasonic Lumix TZ25 review

The 16x travel zoom that's fast and fun to use

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In terms of raw performance, the Panasonic TZ25 is in tune with the Panasonic TZ30. Start up to first shot takes around 2.2 seconds, while zooming from one end of the lens to the other takes 2.5-2.8 seconds. Starting up the Panasonic TZ25 in playback mode is less impressive, taking over three seconds to display the first shot.

On a full battery charge, we managed to shoot just 191 full-res JPEGs and around five minutes of Full HD video. While we accept that we're not running a CIPA standard test here, we did push the camera in a way that's close to how it would be used: ducking into menus, sporadically using the flash, using the zoom extensively and playing back images.

Recharging the Panasonic TZ25's battery has to be carried out while it's still in the camera, via USB. Your mileage may vary where this is concerned. On the one hand it's convenient, meaning you need to carry just a single cable with you when you travel. However, it's not exactly a fast process, and it does mean you can't use the camera while the battery's charging - unless you pack a spare.

Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ25 review

Like the Panasonic TZ30, focusing is swift and sharp. As with most compact cameras, low contrast subjects such as evening clouds and trees in mist cause the lens to hunt for focus and eventually give up. But its performance is generally excellent in this area.

Continuous shooting is equally as nippy. While the Panasonic TZ25's smaller buffer means that it falls short of the TZ30's ability to capture up to 10 full-res images at 10 frames per second, it can still capture up to four pictures at the same speed before it pauses.

More importantly, photos and video captured by the Panasonic TZ25 are excellent, showing good levels of saturation and contrast, and plenty of detail.

Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ25 review

Because it lacks the reach and resolution of the Panasonic TZ30, pictures of distant subjects lack the detail and bite of those from the more expensive Lumix. However, the Panasonic TZ25's lower pixel density means that texture and detail holds up better in low light and at higher ISOs.

In fact, images are relatively clean up to ISO 800, although there is some patchy colour in shadows at this setting, and detail is soft. The pictures are far from unusable though.

There's a noticeable drop off in quality at ISO 1600, and at ISO 3200 saturation is considerably weaker, edges are mottled and fine detail is masked by yellow blotches and the characteristic smear of noise reduction.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Wireless LANNo
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
HDMIYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyLumix TZ
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourRed
Optical Zoom16x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
FeaturesLive View, Self-timer, Continuous Shooting Mode, Orientation Sensor, 3D Panorama
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsAVCHD, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)185 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH, WEEE
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height57.6 mm
Width104.9 mm
Depth33.4 mm
Product SeriesTZ
Focal Length4.30 mm to 68.80 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, MPO
External FlashNo
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product ModelDMC-TZ25
Product NameLumix DMC-TZ25 Compact Camera
Product LineLumix
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMCTZ25EBR
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

The DMC-TZ25 incorporates a 16x optical zoom LEICA DC lens from 24mm ultra wide-angle (35mm camera equivalent: 24-384mm), featuring Nano Surface Coating technology that minimizes ghosts and flaring. The 16x optical zoom increases its power to 32x equivalent with the Intelligent Zoom. This is an extensive zoom function using digital zoom with minimum deterioration of image quality thanks to the Intelligent Resolution technology.

Package Contents
  • Lumix DMC-TZ25 Compact Camera
  • Battery Pack
  • AC Adapter
  • USB Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year