Panasonic Lumix FH27, FH25 8x zoom ultracompacts announced

Tiny cameras with a little extra zoom, these refreshed models add more of Panasonic's Intelligent features.

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LAS VEGAS--Panasonic updated its FH-series compacts today, announcing the Lumix DMC-FH27 and DMC-FH25. Both feature a wide-angle lens with an 8x zoom in a slim body.

The main difference between the two models is a touch-screen LCD and all that comes with it, including Touch AF (autofocus) and Touch Shutter for shooting simply by tapping on your subjects.

Panasonic also trickled down a few of its newer "Intelligent" features such as Intelligent Resolution that improves sharpness and clarity and added Intelligent Exposure (for improved detail in highlights and shadows) and Tracking AF to its Intelligent Auto (iA) automatic shooting mode.

Lumix DMC-FH27

  • 16 megapixels
  • 28mm-eqivalent wide-angle lens with 8x zoom
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 3-inch touch-screen LCD
  • 720p HD movie capture
  • Available in black, red, and silver
  • $229.99

Lumix DMC-FH25

  • 16 megapixels
  • 28mm-eqivalent wide-angle lens with 8x zoom
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 2.7-inch LCD
  • 720p HD movie capture
  • Available in black, red, blue, violet, and silver
  • $199.99

Editors' take: Last year's FH20 was a favorite of mine mainly because it was a very good value for its size, features, performance, and photo quality. If the FH27 and FH25 perform equally as well they should be solid camera choices. I wish it hadn't used a 16-megapixel sensor as an upsell, but it looks like that's something consumers are stuck with now.

 

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