A Brilliant Camera. A must Buy at this price.
by Vikram Shenoy on 2013-10-16
This camera was very highly rated by the world's top review sites when it was launched last year and at this price, it is a killer deal. Just to inform you, this camera has the same 12.1MP sensor from the FZ150, which was the world's best bridge camera of it's day, and this sensor does not suffer from the low ISO noise that Panasonic's later and more advanced camera's have. It has some very good features, but (as expected), slightly lags in some areas. So I am making a concise list based on my usage.
1. Compact design, and zoom is also compact.
2. Good construction- Nikon can take a lesson from Panasonic here in their battery doors. Everything seems fairly sturdy (see Cons however).
3. Good feature set- most notably, Intelligent Zoom (at 8/5MP), OIS, HDR.
4. A very good HDR, which is very quick in low light, and only takes a little time in high contrast situations. (Why is this useful?- Well, HDR is very useful in low light or ambient light photography if it works fast - you can get good ambient light shots as ISO100).
5. Very good OIS- it really works.
6. Very good and fast AF. It only struggles very low light/contrast situations.
7. Q-Menu and Main Menu easy to navigate and use (see Con however).
8. Noiseless pics till ISO200. Very natural color, and none of that brown hue that plagues Panasonics budget camera's and even the FZ60.
9. Effectively 4 Custom Settings possible (C1, and C2-1-4).
10. iAuto has a very useful option to disable flash, or enable auto flash, making it unusable with sensitive subjects like pets.
11. Flash metering is very good and rich exposures with depth can be had (I have not tried range, group shots etc, but it works up to 15ft with ISO100 through zoom (f6.3), so it should be okay.)
12. Very useful 24mm at the wide end. 16x (with 12MP) can be extended to higher levels by dropping to 8MP or 5MP. This is not a con, as we view our pictures on laptops with 1366*768p mostly, which is 1.3MP. So even 5MP is very good, and most professional DSLRs of a few years back, had 6MP.
12. IN CAMERA BATTERY CHARGING VIA ADAPTOR OR USB!! Yahoo!!!! Charging time is around 2hrs with fully discharged battery. Please remember to do a couple of recharge-discharge cycles on the new battery, it really improves battery life (number of shots per charge as well as life in years).
13. Monitor is of very good quality, and manual exposure is possible with it's help as it changes it's brightness as per the set exposure when the shutter button is half pressed (See Cons however).
14. Option to display 2 kinds of gridlines, while hiding the exposure jargon. This is hidden in the loooong menu, but still it's there, and it's useful if you want just the gridlines in the screen, and none of the other indicators.15.
15. Super Macro may not be possible, but using some of the tweaks like Exposure Compensation, one can get a super sharp picture with excellent background defocus. I have some of a bee on a flower, that is absolutely sharp.
1. Top command dial is the only flimsy feeling part. I saw a slight play in the first day itself. But it doesn't seem to be weak or anything. Maybe it's just prominent on a small dial like this.
2. Lens cover blades need to be kept away from children, the multi-blade shutters are delicate and can be damaged if a child pokes a finger into it. The lens cover shutters make a slight jingling noise when the camera is shaken slightly- so don't think something is broken.
3. Q-Menu and Main menu are not perfect, even though they are easy. Accessing color options, and metering needs a lot of scrolling through the main menu. This could have easily been part of the main menu. Come on Panasonic, what were you thinking?
4. Noise really starts to come from ISO400. But this is common to every camera in this range and the next higher ones too.
5. Setting Custom menus is easy, but not logical. One expects to open the Custom Menu and make changes to the settings, but instead, one needs to first set up the camera with the settings he/she wants, then enter the Custom Settings, and save the configuration. More often than not, this will need changes twice- once when saving the Custom Config, and then when getting back to what we were doing.
6. No Advanced Color Options like Color Saturation, Contrast, Sharpness etc. But it's not needed anyway. This camera produces incredible sharp, rich and contrasty pictures.
7. Average battery life. I managed about 170 shots first charge. This will go up, still it's a little low. But the good thing is USB in Camera Charging is possible.
8. Manual Exposure with Flash using the Monitor as a guide is not possible as the monitor does not alter it's brightness as per exposure when Flash is activated.
9. Limited aperture range- 5.6-6.3, but the shutter speeds vary very well, and you can make your own little combinations for this.
What I cannot say about-
1. Video- I don't shoot videos with still cameras.
2. Scene Modes- I seldom use them.
by Ishan Dixit on 2012-12-14
I was looking for a point and shoot with full manual modes to play with.Reviews of this model were very good and the price was 2k lesser than its main rival sony HX10V, so i ordered it.
Regarding the camera, it is perfect point and shoot for a casual user who ocassionaly wants to try some manual shooting modes. It has a full manual mode to tweak all settings like exposure,ISO, aperture and shutter speed, also it has semi manual modes to experiment with. If you just want to point and shoot then automatic mode is there. Overall great camera
1 Excellent performance in good light in every condition (automatic mode rocks and always take the best pic).
2 Very good performance in low light if you tweak the settings.
3 Perfect flash performance if you slighty alter the exposure accordingly.
4 Fast autofocus.
5 Camera is very very easy to use and altering the settings is a cakewalk.
6 Decent battery life.
7 HDMI cable, 4 GB class 4 memory card and tripod included.
8 Zoom speed is perfect while shooting videos.
9 Excellent for night photography.
1 Average looks.
2 Automatic mode sometimes disappoints in low light, it boost up the ISO to insane levels and take average pics.
3 Mono sound recording.
4 Scene mode which is full of custom modes like scenery,HDR,sports, baby etc has some horrible presets. Scenery mode,potrait mode and HDR mode is total waste, the HDR performance of camera on automatic mode is far better than that on the HDR preset. Similer is the scenery mode and potrait mode but since auto mode is excellent in good light and you can always tweak settings in low light very easily( take 10 sec max only once to do the settings) so this disadvantage dosen;t matter.
Overall excellent product with only real disadvantage is its average performance on auto mode in low light ( remember sometimes it performs good and the performance is excellent with slight manual settings).
by S.Gurumanickam on 2014-01-23
The Best Point and Shoot camera on offer. I was looking for a really handy camera with lot of punches. Those dSLR-look-alike Bridge cameras become a handicap for their bulk at certain places when you go on tour. I wanted a handy with >15x optical zoom.
Flipkart was as always good for their prompt delivery (A 5-for for delivery).
The image quality is pretty good in every mode. Intelligent auto mode is fantastic. The images are sharp and crisp. After all quality should be our main criterion.
To tell you truth, I went into a showroom. I took actual photos with all the available cameras (in the price range 10K-16K). A few clicks, I ruled out Sony. All Sonys were costly and poor in quality. Same goes for Samsung too. Nikon had issues with optical image stability. It finally came down to Canon vs Panasonic.
I compared then in the net like dpreview, photographyblog and finally zeroed in on Panasonic Lumix TZ25. The best and the cheapest. Then I came to flipkart to order.
1. Great picture quality.
2. PASM mode. Not many point and shoot camera has these modes.
3. 16x zoom. with iZoom it can go upto 32x. (iZoom is not digital zoom).
4. Low noise in ISO 100 and 200. Very acceptable quality upto ISO 400.
5. Fast to boot & shoot as well as fast in-between shoots.
6. 15s Shutter speed! No other camera even in the higher range has this speed. I took many photos in the night with as little as 3-6s shutter speeds. Photos came out fantastic. Of course you will need a tripod.
7. Great optical image stability.
8. Good low light images. HDR works great.
9. Great value for Money.
1. Narrow 3.3-6.3 f stops. Of course many cameras suffer in this aspect.
3. Buttons for shoot-play mode change! It is a pain to change modes.
4. No separate battery charger.
5. Very slow battery charging. It takes almost full night to charge.
6. Burst mode limited to 4 clips only. Not really a burst mode.
Overall I am pleased to have selected this one over more costlier Canon SX series. At 10K even a greedy can't ask for more.
Really really good camera.
by Kuntal Sarkar on 2014-01-05
If you want to buy point and shoot camera then go only for it.I have gone through popular photography blogs and they recommended it among point and shoot category.I can say that they were true.
1)Image stabilization really works grate.
2)Image sensor is very good
3)Night photo is awesome and if you learn using shutter speed control then you can take picture even better.
4)Noise in picture is very less then other.
5)Intelligent auto mode is really recognize the scene.
6)Macro mode is superb.
Within this price you cannot expect a SLR and I am unable to find any major cons.
by Jeronimo I M Fernandes on 2015-07-08
I have this camera for a year now, i had not used it for 3 months and when i tried it now the camera is out of focus, can flipkart help me to get the same repaired.
by Pradeep Sarin on 2015-03-21
Older model but old is gold. The Leica lens is absolutely unbeatable in a point and shoot zoom.
Great for technical photos too since the macro zoom close focus distance goes down to about 2 cm.
Great little camera with professional features and overall great picture and video quality.
by Vijay Soni on 2014-07-29
This is my second Panasonic travelling point and shoot camera. The first was DMC FH1. I wanted wide angle 24mm and with aperture, shutter priority and manual adjustment features, and I found these features in this Panasonic DMC TZ25. The overall picture quality is very good.However, in aperture priority mode, the aperture is only up to f/6.3, I wanted it up to f/22, but the shutter speed range is very good up to 1/4000. but still this is a great buy, good value for money.
And when you are buying from flipkart, you are buying with confidence, However, I would like to point out the shipping transit time. The camera after shipping reached Ahmedabad next day, but it was in transit within Ahmedabad for two days from one facility to another and on third day it was deliver, of course there was Sunday in between. I am not complaining though.
Used it a few times. Works good so far
by Mahesh RS on 2014-03-17
We used it to click a few (like 20-30) photographs. The images are fairly good. The controls are also well placed. We are not fans of some of the features, but, that's ok.
Try it. you may actually like this product.
PANASONIC lUMIX-DMC-TZ25---Review by recent user-It is highly sofisticated camera-'speciallyZ
by Aloke Chatterjee on 2014-01-28
zooming & other features.It is also built in Editing arrangement so that user can Re size photos to make it e.mail size. Overall it is a very good camera at modest price. I am fully satisfied.
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by Dwiji Guru on 2014-01-26
Just received the product y'day. First impressions: good features - sharp colours, quick response, easy to switch between video and photo modes, very useful mini HDMI port that works.
negatives - its heavy !
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by Paresh on 2014-09-20
Read through if you are not a high megapixel fan...
1.Sharp pics in good light for a basic P&S
2.Good low light performance
3.Good zoom/fast autofocus - optical image stabilzation works most of the times...
4.Nice metallic build
5.Provides a fair amount of manual options(considering a P&S) if you want to further improve your picture quality
6.Has a decent 3 inch screen,better than the standard 2.7 ones in other models for viewing
7.Most of the hardware buttons are comfortable for use compared to some of the super compact models which have tiny buttons(and are clumsy to handle)
8. Have comfortably clicked ~ 200 snaps (fair amount of them using flash) on a single charge.
Not a five star purely as the in camera battery charging is slow (260 mins) and purchashing a external charger/battery is around 3k (hence out of the question)
Decent and Versatile Camera
by Anjanakrishnan K on 2015-03-18
Decent pocketable PnS with good zoom range. Bought this as a gift for my father and he has no problems using it till date. The telephoto end isn't good for birding or sports (not that I expected it from a camera of this kind) but the flexibility it offers is a good thing to have. The newer models in the TZ series which are even more feature packed are unfortunately priced unreasonably high in India (same with the LX series). Luckily this comes at an acceptable pricepoint and the tradeoffs of being an older model is overshadowed by the value it provides.
very nice product.............
by Sayan Bhattacharya on 2014-01-02
1. Good image quality
2. fast focusing
3. good videos
4. variety of aspect ratios
1. only 10.5 MP in 3:2 aspect ratio.
2. slightly more noise in higher ISO s than other models (but manageable).
3. Built quality could be better.
Good P&S camera for a SLR user
by Amit on 2014-02-10
Being a SLR user for many years I am extremely picky about image quality. My gear comprises of the Canon 7D, Canon 10-22mm lens, Canon 400mm F5.6 L lens etc. For a long time I had been thinking about buying a small P&S camera which I could carry with me everywhere for those candid shots.
I read a lot of reviews, tried out many cameras but was not able to make up my mind. Finally I came across the Canon SX240 and liked it, but it was no longer available in the market :(. Then I chanced upon the Panasonic TZ25 and absolutely loved the specs - it was exactly what I was looking for. Most people think that having more "megapixels" makes a better camera, which is absolutely false. P&S cameras have tiny sensors, and cramming too many pixels doesn't help. A good lens is far more important than megapixels. Here is why I loved the TZ25:
- The TZ25 uses a Leica lens, which are known for outstanding optics
- 12 megapixels. For P&S sensors I would prefer having lower megapixels
- 16x zoom starting from 24mm. So you have a decent wide angle and telephoto range
- Great image quality. Was very happy seeing the colors and sharpness.
- Very compact. Can be strapped to your belt and carried everywhere.
- The in-camera panorama mode is outstanding!!!!. You start seeing the world from a totally different perspective.
- Has manual mode if you want to expand your photography (though limited options)
- Fast startup time
- A very decent price for the budget conscious photographer looking for a good P&S
- Haven't used it enough to point out any major flaws but listing some anyway
- You have to push a switch to go into playback mode, but you do get used to it soon
Overall this is one camera I would highly recommend, specially to SLR users looking for a reasonably priced but good carry around P&S.
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by BhaVik on 2016-06-24
Now i'm happy with support... Good ....
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