Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25 Review
Designed to appeal to those who are looking for a compact take anywhere type of camera that can easily fit in a pocket or purse while offering a range of user friendly features combined with a versatile zoom range, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25 is available in stores for around $230 Canadian - based on manufacturer's recommended retail price (MSRP). In Canada the Lumix DMC-FH25 is available in Black, Red or Violet.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25 incorporates a 2.7-inch 230,000 pixel LCD, which in today's market is considered fairly average for a camera in this class. A grid display can be activated and superimposed on the monitor to assist in landscape or architectural composition. A lithium-ion rechargeable battery and charger comes supplied in the box.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25 Major Features:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25 Overview:
The 8x optical zoom provides a field of view from 28mm wideangle to 224mm at telephoto (in 35mm terms). The lens incorporates Panasonic's optical image stabilizer technology which assists handheld shooting in low light.
Using Intelligent Resolution technology, the Intelligent Zoom digitally extends the 8x optical zoom to 10x equivalent (280mm equiv.) with minimal compromise in picture quality. In addition, the Extra Optical Zoom function extends zoom power to 18x by using the center part of the CCD to make the subject appear even closer (approx. 504mm equiv. in 35mm terms with reduced file size up to max. 3MP).
Taken with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25 set to 10x Intelligent Zoom
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25 features a dedicated Easy zoom (E.ZOOM) button located on the top of the camera. With the camera set to REC mode, push the button once and the camera extends the zoom to the 8x tele position. Push the button again to activate the 18x extended zoom function. Press the button one more time to return to the wide angle zoom position.
In Intelligent Auto shooting mode, pushing the E.ZOOM button activates the 10x Intelligent Zoom feature, and pushing the button again extends the zoom coverage to 22.5x equivalent (max file size is 3MB). Pushing the button again returns the zoom to the wide angle position.
The On/Off switch, zoom lever control and shutter release button are also located on the top of the Lumix DMC-FH25, while the main operation buttons are found on the back of the camera as shown below.
The top located zoom control lever is easy to operate by simply toggling back and forth with your thumb. A sliding Record / Playback mode switch is located near the top on the back right side of the camera.
To play back an image or a movie you simply slide the switch to the green playback position, and then use the left and right positions on the 4-way push control pad to scroll through images.
In still shooting mode the 4-way push control pad surrounding the MENU / SET button provides control over navigating the camera's menus and direct access to adjusting the following settings:
Pushing on the top portion of the 4-way control pad activates the camera's exposure compensation function. Exposure can be adjusted from -2 to +2 EV in 1/3 steps before taking the picture.
Pushing on the right side of the 4-way control pad displays the Flash Mode menu which allows users to control settings for the built-in flash. The built-in flash is capable of providing illumination up to 5.8m in Intelligent Auto ISO mode. Available flash mode settings include; Auto, Auto / Redeye, Fill Flash, and Flash Off.
The bottom position on the control pad is used to select settings for close-up (macro) photography. The choices include; AF Macro, Macro Zoom (digital zoom close up), and Off. The Lumix DMC-FH25 can focus down to 5cm from the subject.
The left position on the 4-way control pad is used to activate the camera's self-timer settings. Options include; 10 sec delay, 2 sec delay and off.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25 features a MODE button which is located to the right of the LCD screen. The MODE button is used to select the desired shooting or playback mode.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25 Camera Menu Settings
When the sliding switch on the Lumix DMC-FH25 is set to REC mode, pushing the "MODE" button superimposes the camera's shooting menu on the LCD screen. The following options are available by scrolling through the menu;
Intelligent Auto: When you don't know which mode will give you the best shooting results, or when a sudden photo opportunity pops up and you don't have time to make any settings, simply choose the iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode and let the camera do it all for you. You just choose the IA Mode, aim at your subject, and shoot. 6 detection and correction functions are simultaneously activated to optimize camera settings.
Unlike traditional auto mode, Intelligent Auto (iAuto) mode thinks for you, recognizing scenes, lighting conditions, faces, and adjusts settings accordingly.
Normal Picture Mode: in 'Normal Picture' mode although the camera still determines the exposure automatically, users have control over other settings such as ISO, Exposure Compensation and White Balance.
My Scene Mode: Select and assign one of the camera's automatic Scene shooting modes for quick access to a frequently used Scene mode.
Scene Modes:The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25 features 27 convenient user selectable Scene modes. Choose the desired Scene mode (as seen in the above LCD screen grab on the right) and the camera automatically adjusts settings to match the conditions.
In Soft Skin scene mode for example, the camera recognizes skin tones and reduces the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles without affecting the rest of the shot.
Movie Mode: the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25 offers 720p HD movie recording at 24fps with sound. Once you select movie shooting mode simply press the shutter release button to start movie recording and again to stop. Movies can also be recorded at lower quality QVGA resolution which extends the movie recording time with some sacrifice in quality.
The Lumix DMC-FH25 does not offer zoom during movie recording. You can adjust the camera's zoom to the desired position before recording, although no further adjustment can be made once the recording starts.
With the Lumix DMC-FH25 set to 'Normal Picture' recording mode, pushing the MENU / SET button activates the camera's REC menu settings. (In Intelligent Auto or Scene mode the options found in the REC menu are more limited.)
The REC settings menu provides for control over the following options:
Picture Size: Select the desired image recording size.
ISO Sensitivity: Select ISO settings from Auto i-ISO (default) or manually set 80 / 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 ISO.
White Balance (WB): The camera can automatically determine the WB (default) or users can manually set the WB from a number of WB presets.
WB options include: Auto (Intelligent) / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade, Incandescent, Custom, Set Custom. In a difficult lighting situation, the Custom setting allows users to take a WB reading based on the lighting source.
Focus Mode: Focus Mode settings include; Face Detection, AF Tracking, 11-area AF and 1-area AF.
In Face Detect AF the camera will indicate the main subject detected by displaying a yellow bounding box around the primary face as seen above. (Closest subject priority)
i.Exposure: Select from On or Off. Dynamic range correction to balance the overall exposure between shadow and highlight detail.
i.Resolution: In-camera image processing to enhance sharpness and resolution of the image.
Burst Mode: select single frame or continuous shooting mode. The Lumix DMC-FH25 can capture up to 1.4 frames per second in full resolution mode. The camera can capture up to 4.4 frames per second at reduced 3MP resolution.
Color Mode: A variety of image processing parameters are available to choose from including; Standard, Natural, Vivid, B&W, Sepia, Cool and Warm.
AF Assist Lamp: Select from On or Off. Assists the camera in focusing under low light conditions at close range.
Removal: Select from On or Off. The camera corrects for
Redeye often common to pictures taken with flash.
Stabilizer: Select from On or Off. The camera's image stabilizer feature can be disabled (recommended if using a tripod).
Date Stamp: the camera will add the date the image was taken to the image file.
Clock Set: adjust the settings and date for the camera's clock function.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25 offers a Quick Menu button (located on the bottom right side on the back of the camera), which doubles as the delete button when the camera is set to playback mode. Pushing the Quick Menu button with the camera set to 'Normal Picture' record mode brings up the Quick Menu screen superimposed on the live view seen on the LCD monitor.
In the Quick Menu, main items from the REC mode menu can be easily accessed for faster adjustment. The settings available in the Quick Menu are; Image Stabilizer, Burst Shooting, AF Mode, WB settings, ISO, Image Size, and LCD screen display settings.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-F25 offers a number of playback functions. Playback is activated by sliding the dedicated switch to the playback position. Pushing the MODE button with the camera set to playback mode provides access to a range of playback options.
The features available in the camera's playback menu include;
Play: Use the left and right positions on the 4-way control
pad to scroll through images and movies.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25 offers some in-camera editing features, including; resize image, trimming (crop), text stamp (add location data to an image), and images can also be sorted into a favorites category.
The Panasonic Lumix DM-FH25 does not offer an HDMI output for direct connection to an HD TV source. The camera does come supplied with a standard Audio / Video cable for connection to an external monitor or TV.
The camera uses Secure Digital (SD) or SDHC media memory cards. The camera does not come supplied with a memory card although features a small amount of built-in memory to take a few photos in a pinch.
The Lumix DMC-FH25 runs on a Panasonic NCA-YN101G Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery which provides up to approximately 250 shots per charge. The camera comes supplied with one battery and a charger. The charger is very compact and has a built-in plug for connection to the wall socket so there is no extra cable required to bring with the charger.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25 Specifications
|Sensor Type||2.33-inch / 16.6 Total Megapixels / Primary Color Filter|
|Effective Pixels||16.1 Megapixels|
|Focal Length||f=5 - 40 mm (28-224 mm in 35 mm equiv.)|
|Extra Optical Zoom (EZ)||10.1 x (4:3 / 10M), 14.4 x (4:3 / 5M), 18 x (4:3 / under 3M)|
9 elements in 7 groups
(3 aspherical lenses / 6 aspherical surfaces)
|Image Stabilizer System||Optical Image Stabilizer - MEGA O.I.S. (Off / On)|
Wide 50 cm - infinity / Tele 200 cm - infinity
Macro / Intelligent AUTO / Motion Picture: Wide 5 cm - infinity / Tele 100 cm - infinity
|AF Assist Lamp||Yes|
|AF Modes||Normal / Macro, Macro Zoom, Quick AF (Always On), AF Tracking|
|AF Type||Face / AF Tracking / 11-area / 1-area|
Approx. 8 - 1/1600 sec
Starry Sky Mode: 15, 30, 60 sec
|Intelligent ISO Control||IA Mode when shooting stills|
|Intelligent Scene Selector||In IA Mode: Portrait, Scenery, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Sunset, Macro|
|Red -Eye Reduction||Digital Red Eye Correction (Redeye Removal) for stills|
Image: JPEG (DCF / Exif2.3)
Motion Picture: QuickTime Motion JPEG
|Mode Dial Settings||Intelligent AUTO, Normal Picture, SCN, My SCN, Motion Picture|
|Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-Portrait, Scenery, Panorama Assist, Sports, Night Portrait, Night Scenery, Food, Party, Candle Light, Baby1, Baby2, Pet, Sunset, High Sensitivity, Hi-Speed Burst, Flash Burst, Starry Sky, Fireworks, Beach, Snow, Aerial Photo, Pin Hole, Film Grain, High Dynamic (Standard, Art, B&W), Photo Frame|
Burst Mode: Approx. 4.4 frames/sec (Image priority)
(Recorded in 3M for 4:3, 2.5M for 3:2, 2M for 16:9)
|Unlimited Consecutive Shooting||1.4 frames per second|
HD Movie 1280 x 720 pixels, 24 fps (Motion JPEG)
VGA: 640 x 480 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
QVGA: 320 x 240 pixels, 30 fps (Motion JPEG)
|Exposure Compensation||1/3 EV step, +/-2 EV|
|Back-Light Compensation||Yes (Only in Intelligent AUTO Mode)|
/ 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600
High Sensitivity (ISO 1600-6400)
|Recording Aspect Ratio||4:3 / 3:2 / 16:9|
4,608 x 3,456 (16M) / 3,648 x 2,736 (10M EZ) / 2,560 x 1,920 (5M EZ) / 2,048 X 1,536 (3M EZ) / 640 X 480 (0.3M EZ)
4,608 x 3,072 (14M)
4,608 x 2,592 (12M)
|White Balance||Auto / Daylight / Cloudy / Shade / Incandescent / White Set (Selectable at Portrait, Soft Skin, Transform, Self-portrait, Panorama Assist, Sports, Baby, Pet, High Sensitivity, High-speed Burst, Pin Hole, Photo Frame, High Dynamic)|
|Image Parameters||Standard, Vivid, Natural, Black & White, Sepia, Cool, Warm, Happy (Only in IA Mode)|
TFT Screen LCD Display (230 K dots)
Field of View: Approx. 100%
AUTO Power LCD Mode, Power LCD Mode, High Angle Mode
|Composition Guide Line||Yes (1 pattern)|
|Self Timer||2 sec / 10 sec|
|Playback Mode Display||Normal Playback, Slideshow, Filtering Playback (Category Playback), Calendar Playback|
|In Camera Cropping and Resize||Yes|
|Menu Languages||English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Dutch, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Portuguese, Arabic, Persian, Japanese, Swedish, Danish, Finnish, Greek|
Auto / Redeye Reduction, Slow Sync. / Redeye Reduction, Forced On,
0.6 - 5.8 m (Wide / I.ISO), 1.0 - 3.2 m (Tele / I.ISO)
|Recording Media||Built-in Memory, SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card|
|Microphone / Speaker||Mono|
|Interface||AV Output, USB2.0 High-speed|
|Battery power||Li-ion Battery Pack (3.6 V, Minimum: 660 mAh) (Included)|
|Battery Life||250 pictures (CIPA Standard)|
x 56.5 x 27.8 mm
(3.9 x 2.2 x 1.1 inch)
152 g with Battery and SD Memory Card (0.33 lb)
Approx. 135 g without Battery and SD Memory Card (0.30 LB)
|Included Accessories||Battery Charger, Battery Pack, AV Cable, USB Cable, Hand Strap, CD-ROM|
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