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Panasonic DMC-TZ25EB-K Compact Camera - Black (12.1MP, 16x Optical Zoom) 3 inch LCD


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  • 16x Powerful Optical Zoom LEICA DC Lens from 24mm Ultra Wide-angle
  • 12.1-megapixel High Sensitivity MOS Sensor
  • Full HD Video Recording in AVCHD / MP4 Format
  • 10 fps Burst Shooting in Fulll Resolution and 0.1 sec Light Speed AF
  • POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) with Active Mode to Suppress Blur
  • Creative Control, Panorama Shot and 3D Photo Mode

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Colour Name: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 10 cm ; 186 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: DMC-TZ25EB-K
  • ASIN: B0073CD6AO
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Feb 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,684 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Photo Quality

12.1MP High Sensitivity MOS Sensor

Conventional digital cameras use image sensor technology built around a CCD (Charge Coupled Device). However the demand for faster readout and lower power consumption has led to the development of MOS (Metal Oxide Semiconductor) sensors as the preferred technology to deliver the advanced features of today's models. Panasonic's advanced 12 megapixel MOS sensor offers a digital readout from the sensor that supports Full HD video recording and high speed burst shooting. Also, due to a newly designed micro lens tube structure, light capture is maximised and picture noise greatly reduced (less than half the level compared to previous model TZ20).

High Resolution Leica Lens

Due to the strenuous image quality control checks that are enforced by Leica during Panasonic's lens manufacturing process, high quality and performance is assured in three main areas: Resolution - sharp and clear all the way to the edge and corners. Distortion - straight lines must appear straight, even at the wide angle. Ghost-free clarity - images should be largely free of ghosting or flare.

Anti-Ghost & Flare with Nano Coating Lens
Nano thin layer virtually eliminates ghost and flare entirely
Nano thin layer virtually eliminates ghost and flare entirely

In addition to multi-coating lens technology to reduce flare and reflections, the application of a Nano thin coating outer layer (usually only found on high-end digital SLR lenses) virtually eliminates ghost and flare entirely.

Power O.I.S. with Active Mode
Taking shots from a moving vehicle or while walking is more precise
Taking shots from a moving vehicle or while walking is more precise

Our highest and most effective order of image stabilisation. Power O.I.S. is about twice as effective as our conventional system at reducing low-frequency vibration-caused blur. It is especially useful when using slow shutter effects or shooting night scenes. And with the option of Active mode, taking shots from a moving vehicle or while walking is also more precise. It is even effective in video movie mode.

Fastest Auto Focus
The incredibly fast focus speed is due to the double speed readout from the sensor when the shutter button is half pressed
The incredibly fast focus speed is due to the double speed readout from the sensor when the shutter button is half pressed

Fast focus is a must when you don't want to miss the moment of a lifetime. None come faster in a compact camera than the lightning fast 0.1 seconds of Lumix. Borrowed from the technology used in our Lumix G system camera, the incredibly fast focus speed is due to the double speed readout from the sensor when the shutter button is half pressed.

Powerful 16x Optical Zoom Lens

One of the reasons the Lumix TZ series has proved so popular is the way in which Panasonic manage to cram an amazing high zoom lens in to a relatively small bodied camera. The TZ25 includes a powerful 16x optical zoom. That means that you could be shooting at a wide angle equivalent of 24mm one minute and then zooming in for a close up at 384mm the next.

24mm (Equivalent) Wide-Angle Lens

In 35mm camera terms, a 50mm lens is considered close to the natural viewing angle of humans. A 100mm lens makes the subject appear twice as close to the camera but reduces the width of view by half. A 25mm lens has the opposite effect, making the angle of view twice as wide as the 50mm lens but appearing as if we have moved the camera away from the subject. The advantage of a wide angle lens, such as the 24mm equivalent included in this camera, is that you can get more image in the shot. That's great for indoor use where you may want to photograph a group of friends, or for outdoor shots where you want to shoot an amazing landscape or sunset. Either way, you will find the wide angle option adds to your creativity.

Full HD Video Mode with AVCHD
AVCHD offers amazing high quality recording
AVCHD offers amazing high quality recording

When shooting video for playback on a Full HD TV, AVCHD offers amazing high quality recording. Video captured on your camera's SD card can be played back directly on a Panasonic Viera Full HD TV by putting the card in the SD slot on the TV and selecting play video.

ISO 3200 Low-Light Shooting

A combination of improved noise reduction and redesigned MOS sensor means that you can now shoot in very low light conditions by selecting a high sensitivity mode of ISO3200.

Functionality & Ease of Use

High Resolution 3.0 Inch LCD with High Brightness Mode

A high resolution (460,000 pixels) Liquid Crystal Display is offered with a 3.0 inch viewing area that works well in bright light due to the Auto Brightness sensor that automatically increases brightness by up to 40% when in sunny conditions.

iA (Intelligent Auto) Shooting Mode

The art of taking interesting photographs is to have a camera that is ready to shoot when the moment arises. iA mode is a feature of all Lumix models and it lets you take the picture without you having to worry about what settings to use. The camera intelligently works out the type of scene that you are trying to capture. Whether it is a picture of a persons face (using Auto Portrait mode), a dramatic landscape (using Auto Landscape mode), A close up of a beautiful flower (using Auto Macro mode) or a group of friends (using Auto Face Detection & Recognition). All the most commonly used shooting scenarios are programmed in to the camera and the camera makes all the internal settings automatically, leaving you to just press the button.

10 Frames Per Second High-Speed Burst Shooting
High-speed burst shooting, up to 10 frames per second at full resolution
High-speed burst shooting, up to 10 frames per second at full resolution

One of the advantages of a MOS sensor is the incredibly fast read-out speed. High-speed burst shooting, up to 10 frames per second at full resolution, is possible. This enables you to capture high speed action with a sequence of still pictures that are sharp and defined, even when it is difficult to keep the subject in the centre of the frame. You can review the images after you have captured the action and choose the best composed shot.

Creative Control for Recording

Up to 10 creative filter effects can be selected before taking your shot. These effects: Expressive, Retro, High Key, Low Key, Sepia, High Dynamic, Dynamic Monochrome, Miniature, Toy Photo and Soft Focus add an interesting new look to what might otherwise be a boring picture.

Creative Re-Touch for Playback

Some of the creative filter effects that are available before taking your picture are also available to add to your shot after you have captured it. You can decide whether effects like Soft Focus, High Key or Dynamic Monochrome add an interesting new look to your shot, and apply the effect to the original picture after you have reviewed it.

Networking

Extended Capacity SD Card Recording

Panasonic Lumix cameras are compatible with SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card and the format new extra capacity SDXC Memory Cards. So whether it's 1GB, 4GB or 64GB capacity you require, Lumix can accommodate.

HDMI Control with Viera Link

When using the Mini HDMI connection between the camera and a Panasonic Viera TV, the still pictures and video files contained on the inserted SD memory card or on the camera's internal memory can be accessed and viewed by using the TV remote control. This function called Viera Link makes searching and viewing files easy and straight forward with one remote controller.

Box Contains

Battery Charger
Battery Pack
AV Cable
USB Cable
AC Cable
Hand Strap
CD-ROM

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By R Young TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Mar 2013
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Unfortunately this camera had one flaw and was returned to Amazon for a refund: The battery door has a flimsy plastic tab which had snapped off. However to be fair this seems a rare occurance and I was just unlucky. I had enough time to take pictures and video before returning to confirm that this is a lovely little camera.

What this camera has over the similar and newer Lumix TZ30 is that its image quality is noticeably better, and in fact the TZ25 probably has the best image quality compared with all the recent TZ series. This is likely down to the slightly different sensor type and processing software, together with a smaller pixel count. The TZ30 tries to squeeze too many pixels onto its small sensor and it shows, and if you want to get just slightly better image quality the TZ25 is the choice between the two. While the display is not as good it is still perfectly useable and doesn't get washed out too much in bright sunlight.

Where this (and almost all of the TZ type cameras from Panasonic) shines is in its construction and handling. It is a quite beautiful object with a very handsome design. The mode dials and four way control are made of sturdy, attractive chromed metal which are far superior in quality than any other camera in this price range. Though the controls are necessarily small they are a pleasure to use. Compared with many other manufacturers' small point and shoot cameras which tend to be festooned with plastic, the TZ has a premium construction feel, battery door tab excepted.

There are five qualities which make this camera a very good buy:

1. For the size and small sensor type, it takes pleasing, rich and colourful images.
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118 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Many Beans VINE VOICE on 26 Jun 2012
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This is an initial review - I will update with more detail after a few weeks, but here are the first impressions:

I'm not a hobbyist photographer, so this is what I think as an enthusiastic amateur. I checked all the reviews first, and this meets high expectations. I want the best pictures I can get without relying my skill - hence this camera. This fits the bill: it's cleverer about photographs than I am. I also need something I'll take with me - so not too bulky. I spend time outdoors, so particularly wanted a wide angle.

Cons

- It is quite bulky - not really pocket sized, unless you have large pockets (luckily I do) and don't mind them bulging...
- Controls are fiddly, if you have big fingers. They do work fine, and feel fairly robust
- Screen menus are not the most intuitive - you will need to read the manual to find things
- Functional rather than elegant or stylish design! Not a problem for me, but it's a brick rather than a jewel to look at
- No viewfinder - I don't miss this as much as I expected, but you do depend on the screen

Pros

- Image quality. Very good, and versatile. Automatic function works very well
- The Wide Angle lens - I really notice the difference over a 28mm.
- Zoom and stablisation are excellent - you can actually take hand-held shots at full 16 times zoom with reasonable focus
- Separate button for movies, and the physical controls are well thought out
- Case seems solid and well made

Interesting

- Many scene options, including some odd ones - sport, night, mountains all fine - but food?
- Menus are context sensitive - so some options don't appear if you select "auto", for example.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A. Olsen on 13 Aug 2012
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Have to admit I was quite surprised by the image quality, even at hard conditions. I don't expect cameras to do miracles - use it right, and it will serve you well.
The zoom gets surprisingly clear details from large distances. I don't expect it to replace a professional zoom SLR on a tripod, as some reviewers seem to expect... take it for what it is - and enjoy the excellent results.

HDR functions well. On iA it wouldn't always realize that it's needed, but try 2-3 times from the same angel, or set it manually (choose a scene) and the results will surprise you.

Video quality good as well, but I hardly use that option, so I don't know how far you can push it.

Amazingly sharp macros from just an inch from target. You can use it to point and shoot, and you don't have to worry about your hand shaking a little after a few pints. Or you can set it manually. I still haven't figured out the full manual setting, but I havn't used too much time studying it either, I use my DSLR for those shots.

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Still impressed with picture quality, I have to change my review to 2 stars. I've learned, that the camera isn't tight which means dirt can get into the lens from the inside. My camera produces now pictures with two large black stains in the center, which makes the camera useless.
I mailed Panasonic and they replied: The camera is not tight, which means warranty wouldn't cover this problem, as the camera isn't defective.
So I have to chuck this camera and get a new one; NOT a Panasonic, sorry.
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