Panasonic ZS25 review

Budget superzoom put to the test

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  • Large zoom range
  • Sleek body
  • Creative filters


  • Not a touchscreen
  • Battery life limited
  • No raw capture

Panasonic's TZ series of compact cameras has always been popular with enthusiasts, because they offer plenty of flexibility both in terms of manual controls and a large zoom range.

The Panasonic ZS25 follows on from last year's Panasonic ZS15, but sees an increase in zoom ratio with a 20x optical offering. That gives it a very versatile range of 24-480mm in 35mm terms.

A 16.1 million pixel sensor can be found onboard that, according to Panasonic, combines with the Venus Engine for a high-performance result. We've been impressed by the performance of ZS cameras before, so we're looking forward to putting this one through its paces.

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Unlike the Panasonic TZ40, which sits at the top of the line, the ZS25 doesn't have added extras such as Wi-Fi or near field communication (NFC), but if you can live without those kind of options, then this "budget" version is a good idea.

Although it boasts the same zoom range as the Panasonic TZ40, the ZS25's pixel count is slightly lower, with the more expensive camera featuring an 18 million pixel sensor. Like its predecessor, the Panasonic ZS25 features a MOS sensor, while previous iterations used a CCD.

Another exciting feature of the Panasonic ZS25, which perhaps appeals to the all-round photographer, is its ability to shoot at up to 10fps in high speed burst mode, giving it fantastic potential for action, or fast-moving subjects. You can also shoot at up to 5fps with continuous autofocus.

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Light Speed AF is also available, facilitated by the Venus Engine.

As with the previous camera, a number of creative filters can be deployed, but the ability to use them when shooting a Panoramic image is new. A total number of 14 filter effects can be found on the camera, presumably in a bid to compete with the likes of Instagram et al.

Full HD video recording is available at 50i, along with 25p in MP4 format. Power OIS (optical image stabilizer) is available in both stills and video recording, and is designed to help reduce blur caused by camerashake.

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As well as Intelligent automatic modes, full manual control and semi-automatic control (aperture and shutter priority) is available. Unfortunately, the camera can't shoot in raw format. Unlike the Panasonic TZ40, the 3-inch, 460k dot screen isn't touch-sensitive.

Many of the specifications of the Panasonic ZS25 are very similar to the Panasonic TZ40, but it's available for less money than its sibling, priced at US$299. Let's see how it performs.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyLumix TZ
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom20x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NamePanasonic
Features3D Shooting, Face Detection, Live View, Orientation Sensor, Continuous Shooting Mode
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsAVCHD, MP4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)172.4 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Image Sensor Size1/2.33" (6.13 mm x 4.60 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4896 x 3672
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height58.9 mm
Width104.9 mm
Depth28.7 mm
Product SeriesTZ
Focal Length4.30 mm to 86 mm
Image FormatsJPEG, MPO
External FlashNo
Focus ModesAuto
Product ModelDMC-TZ35
Product NameDMC-TZ35 Digital Camera
Product LineLumix
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority
  • Shutter Priority
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberDMC-TZ35EB-K
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Super Zoom Camera TZ35 - Featuring 20x Optical Zoom and High Image Quality

The DMC-TZ35 incorporates 24mm ultra wide-angle 20x optical zoom LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens (35mm camera equivalent: 24-480mm), which is outstanding in class for its quality and versatility. Thanks to the Intelligent Resolution technology, the Intelligent 40x Zoom is available with minimum deterioration of picture quality even combining the digital zoom. The Panasonic's black box technology Nano Surface Coating is applied for stunning clarity with minimum flare and ghost. The zoom functions are also available in the video recording.

The combination of the 16.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor and the Venus Engine empowers the camera with high performance image recording capability. The high speed digital signal output technology realizes high speed consecutive shooting and full HD video recording. It enables shooting at 5 fps with continuous AF with mechanical shutter or at 10 fps in high speed burst mode, and burst shooting with flash is also available. It also contributes to the Light Speed AF to catch the most fleeting shooting opportunities.

The new Creative Panorama function with 12 filters allows the users to apply effects to create a distinctive horizontal / vertical panoramic image produced with consequent shots taken by overlaying the previous pictures. The DMC-TZ35 also integrates popular Creative Control / Creative Retouch featuring a total of 14 filter effects. The Creative Control lets users shoot with a filter effect while checking how it makes difference on the picture and the Creative Retouch enables applying a filter effect on the picture after shooting in camera.

The DMC-TZ35 can record high-resolution full HD 1,920 x 1,080 50i videos in AVCHD (MPEG-4 / H.264) format. It also complies with 25p in MP4 format which has high compatibility with PCs or smartphones for editing or sharing the videos. The POWER O.I.S. is available in video recording to powerfully suppress blur. It also integrates Active Mode which suppresses blur especially shooting at wide-angle while walking.

The iA mode is a comprehensive integration of the POWER O.I.S., Intelligent ISO Control, Motion Deblur, Face Recognition, Face Detection, Intelligent Scene Selector, Intelligent Exposure, Intelligent HDR, Intelligent Burst, and AF Tracking - the camera does all the work, leaving you free to compose shots. For more effective countermeasure against hand-shake which tends to occur in shooting with high zoom, the POWER O.I.S. is equipped to powerfully suppress blur.

Package Contents
  • DMC-TZ35 Digital Camera
  • Battery Pack
  • AC Adaptor
  • USB Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • Software CD-ROM
Limited Warranty1 Year