Both cameras get good customer reviews.
The Sony can be found for less money than the Panasonic.
The big name reviewers seldom review digital cameras in this price range.
I could not find any large sample photos from either camera.
But, customers seem to be satisfied with the image quality.
The FH25 has a 16meg sensor which makes me want to see a sample photo.
Typically, 16meg sensors produce more noise and the camera makers are more aggressive with the noise removal firmware which results in loss of fine detail.
I find that people who own DSLR cameras are very critical when selecting a point-and-shoot camera.
They expect too much from a camera that cost so little.
These small cameras do very well on bright sunny days, but very few of them can take good pictures in low light.
DSLR owners seem to be satisfied with the Canon S95 or S100.
But those cost around $400.