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PanasonicLumix DMC-ZS25 Digital Camera (Black)
 
4.5

(based on 92 reviews)

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    (58)

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    (27)

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    (5)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (70)
  • Good image quality (67)
  • Zoom range/performance (60)
  • Image stabilization (56)
  • Compact (54)

Cons

  • No viewfinder (23)
  • Lag / shutter delay (8)
  • Short battery life (6)
  • Poor flash (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (59)
  • Landscape/scenery (50)
  • Family photos (49)
  • Wildlife (26)
  • Low light (23)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (38), Casual photographer (28), Pro photographer (5), Semi-pro photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (76), Yes (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent compact super zoom camera

I dropped my ZS15 about 20 feet down a dry waterfall on a recent hiking trip and had to upgrade to the ZS25 with overnight shipping to replace it. B&H thank you for...Read complete review

I dropped my ZS15 about 20 feet down a dry waterfall on a recent hiking trip and had to upgrade to the ZS25 with overnight shipping to replace it. B&H thank you for overnighting this to me in Las Vegas, excellent service! The difference between the two is negligible they are essentially the same camera. The ZS25 has more megapixels which to me is not really noticeable in picture quality and has a different grip on the right side of the body. The ZS25 also has a longer optical zoom which I have effectively used fully without a tripod with no issues. One definite improvement on the ZS25 is that the on/off switch from previous models has now been changed to a button. With the ZS15 I would always accidentally slide the camera to the on position when returning it to the carrying case and when I went to turn it on again would find that it was in power saving mode but with the button design on the ZS25 that is no longer a problem. As with the ZS15 I find that the optimal settings are color mode Vivid and exposure compensation of -1/3, from there just take pictures in P mode and the images look excellent. This model is less than half the cost of the ZS30 if you shop around and very cheap compared to other compact super zooms on the market. While I would like to have the built in GPS it is not worth the extra cost of the ZS30 to me. I have owned multiple Panasonic super zooms for many years now and am not disappointed in this one. I have attached some sample images that were taken in Nevada last week with a straight out of the box ZS25 in Vivid color mode with no adjustments to the images other than resizing. If you are looking for a compact super zoom this is an excellent choice but if you already own a ZS15 there really is no reason to upgrade I only did because I broke mine.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

At the right price, good little camera

I bought the ZS-25 to be the camera I would use to take candids on those occasions where a DSLR was overkill. It is small enough to fit in my pants pockets. When...Read complete review

I bought the ZS-25 to be the camera I would use to take candids on those occasions where a DSLR was overkill. It is small enough to fit in my pants pockets. When off, the camera is just over 1 inch thick; turned on it is about 2.4 inches. It starts up quickly and is ready to take pictures in less than 2 seconds. The LCD (a little less than 3 inches)is clear and bright indoors. As one would expect, it is a bit washed out in bright light outdoors. Pictures outdoors during the daytime are pretty good without any noise (especially at lower ISOs). But, pictures in low light are noisy as you would expect given the small sensor size. The image stabilization is pretty good, too. I was able to take handheld pictures with it fully zoomed out. Also, pictures from a moving car show only lateral motion blur and not obvious shakiness. Some of the cons: The camera doesn't come with a separate battery charger and must be charged in camera. The battery at 895 mAh is fairly small. The power button and movie record button are both located relatively close together on the camera's top right. A better location for the movie record button would have been on the back of the camera. I have noticed that camera is slow to write even though I'm using a Class 10 SD card. At the right (discounted) price, I would recommend the camera given its limitations.

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4.0

Not bad

By Pinky

from Ct

Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS25 Digital Camera (Black):

Still a great camera but to be honest I like the older models of this camera better. This one feel light, cheap almost.

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5.0

Great camera!

By Vero

from Riverside

Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS25 Digital Camera (Black):

I've been having lumix cameras for years now. They don't last more than 2 or 3 years if your children help handling them, but you get AWESOME pics with no effort and yo may carry it in a pocket

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5.0

LOVE this camera!

By Sal

from Pensacola, FL

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast/accurate auto-focus
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Good in Low Light
  • Great Zoom
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Nice Body Color
  • Short Lag Time
  • Small / Compact

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Video

    Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS25 Digital Camera (Black):

    This is my second one of these cameras. I have a Canon 70D, but use the Lumix ALL the time. The quality for a pocket camera that can be used in manual mode cannot be beat! I would buy this again and recommend it to all!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    4.0

    Little camera packed with features

    By Tripp

    from Austin, TX

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Great Zoom
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS25 Digital Camera (Black):

      I bought this camera to use at work. We document existing building conditions and areas that need repair. The camera takes excellent photos and captures the details I need for my job. The 20x zoom is great and allows me to capture detail from far away. I have taken it out for no work use to play around with the features. I love the panoramic mode as its easy to use and captures a great picture. The only down side is the body feels a little cheap. It's light and feels plastic. From the photos I was expecting something that feels little more sturdy. But overall, this is a good camera with good features. Happy with my purchase.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Panasonic Lumix Camera

      By Idaho mom

      from Coeur d' Alene, Idaho

      Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS25 Digital Camera (Black):

      Great camera with great zoom Easy to carry and and tAkes very good picsGood value for your bucks

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      3.0

      Good and Bad

      By Gerry

      from The Villages, VL

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS25 Digital Camera (Black):

        Excellent HD video and generally good photos but 20X zoom is useless. When you zoom to the max everything is just a blur. I especially like the way the panoramic command works. I bought this for my wife because she needs "simple" and because she wanted a long zoom. It's simple but zoom was a disappointment.

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        • No

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        5.0

        So Far so good

        By Happy Mom

        from southfield, mi

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD

        Cons

        • Lag / Shutter Delay

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos

        Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS25 Digital Camera (Black):

        I only have it for a few weeks and am still learning the settings but the pictures seem clear and sharp.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Excellent photos with Lumix DMC-ZS25!

        By chuQua

        from Bridgeport, CT

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Zoom
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Nice Body Color
        • Short Lag Time
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS25 Digital Camera (Black):

        I love Lumix "DMC-ZS25" camera - It took excellent pictures and full HD videos as well. This ZS25 camera has a lot of features and quality camera. My wife, she just bought a silver one too - she had to purchase from Panasonic website because B&H did not have any "silver" color available! We both enjoyed this type of camera for travel, vacation and for any events. We would like to recommend "DMC-ZS25" camera.

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        • No

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        5.0

        A good small camera to own & use.

        By Chris Florida

        from Jacksonville, FL

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Great Zoom
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • No Viewfinder

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS25 Digital Camera (Black):

        I own a DSLR with several lenses. There are times when I do not want to carry the weight around. This little camera fits nicely into a small case that can be snapped on a belt and easily carried all day. I purchased it because of the 20x zoom and a price reduction. While is is NOT a DSLR, it is still a handy little camera to have with you for shots you would otherwise miss.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great all around camera

        By PaulM

        from NYC, NY

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Great Zoom

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS25 Digital Camera (Black):

          Not being a good photographer I was using my iPhone to take all my snaps, but a phone just doesn't cut it. I needed a camera that I could take "on the spot" marketing pics for work and use hiking for wildlife. This Lumix is perfect for both. Light super easy to use and quick to get going and still very capable. With the auto mode and the very long zoom, even I get some good shots!

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          5.0

          Nice Camera for the Size

          By David

          from Marlton, NJ

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Great Zoom
          • Nice Body Color
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS25 Digital Camera (Black):

          Used the camera on a 2-week trip to Alaska. Very easy to use, satisfied. Camera is a good price point. Having a problem downloading the pictures to my laptop. Checked the manual, couldn't find instructions how to do so. The manual could be more inclusive. B&H is an excellent company, I recommend them highly!

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          • No

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          4.0

          Flexible and Compact Point and Shoot

          By Camerado

          from CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Travel

            Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS25 Digital Camera (Black):

            Bough this item as a temporary filler while I wait for another camera to be released - fits the bill for most purposes. Even has decent 60p HD video. Recommended as a 'fire and forget' carry all camera.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Excellent, simple and effective! recomme

            By Burn

            from Montreal Canada

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Nice Body Color
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS25 Digital Camera (Black):

              For those looking for a small device that in dedant

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              • No

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              4.0

              GREAT CAMERA

              By PUG RUNNER

              from PITTSBURG

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS25 Digital Camera (Black):

                    LOTS OF FEATURES FOR ITS SIZE. CANT WAIT TO STUDY 135 PAGE MANUAL

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Small and Powerful

                    By mbgris

                    from Melrose, MA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Travel

                      Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS25 Digital Camera (Black):

                      This is the 3rd Panasonic DMC-ZS type camera I have owned. All models (ZS-5 and ZS-9, and this one) are good, solid cameras with easy to use and intuative features. I love the Leica lens and wide LCD screen on the back. The zoom lever on top is placed right next to the shutter, making it easy to get the shot you want. I look forward to taking this camera on vacation, when I can try out the features like burst shooting and different night time settings that the other DMC models didn't have.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Sweet

                      By Mike the Skier

                      from Cherry Hill, NJ

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Short Lag Time

                      Cons

                      • No Viewfinder

                      Best Uses

                      • Travel

                      Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS25 Digital Camera (Black):

                      Our Nikon Coolpix fell apart after many years of reliable service.
                      We went with this one, Lumix DMC-ZS25, attracted by powerful optical zoom and famous Leica lens...
                      We're in Europe now, using it quite a lot.
                      So far so good! It has a relatively simple and easy to follow camera menu/controls and... yes, great zoom!

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                      • No

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                      2.0

                      Disappointed

                      By kayman

                      from chandler az

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Short Lag Time
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Poor Flash
                      • Poor Image Quality

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS25 Digital Camera (Black):

                        Anything over ISO 100 is a useless blur.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        DMC-ZS25 a good camera

                        By Duster

                        from Phila., PA

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Zoom

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS25 Digital Camera (Black):

                          My wife and I have had previous Lumixes and liked them very much. We wanted a camera with a moderate zoom lens for an upcoming trip, but have no need for GPS or Wifi. After investigating the many possibilities we decided to go for the ZS25. We're IA people all the way, and so far the ZS25 has delivered. It takes some getting used to the lighter plastic body than previous Lumixes, but not a great concern. My one complaint is that the strap attachment on the body is no longer metal and no longer juts out from the body. On previous Lumixes I would attach an O-ring and then a neck strap, rather than use the wrist strap. Trying to kludge around this. BUT this is not a major problem, just our peculiarity.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          decent versatile camera

                          By the E

                          from central OR

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Great Zoom
                          • Large Clear LCD

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS25 Digital Camera (Black):

                              it takes nice sharp HD pics. leica lense is supposed to be high quality. lightweight. small enough. battery lasts.

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                              5.0

                              Great Deal

                              By Oscar G

                              from EL PASO

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • Good Image Stabilization
                              • Good in Low Light
                              • Great Zoom
                              • Large Clear LCD
                              • Nice Body Color

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Travel
                                • Video

                                Comments about Lumix DMC-ZS25 Digital Camera (Black):

                                Great camera for the price.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • Yes

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