Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25 review: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Good design and controls; big screen and clear interface; quick-access button for the 'intelligent auto' mode.

The Bad Fine detail lacks bite; some scene modes work at lower resolution; focus tracking is slow to lock on.

The Bottom Line Panasonic makes some great 10-megapixel compacts, but seems to be struggling to get the best out of its 12-megapixel sensors -- the Lumix DMC-FS25, Lumix DMC-FX40 and Lumix DMC-FT1 all turn out slightly mushy detail. While the FS25 has a good lens and a great control layout, its picture quality is something of a letdown

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The Lumix DMC-FS25 is one of Panasonic's more affordable compact cameras, but you still get 12 megapixels, a 5x wideangle zoom and the company's usual barrage of 'intelligent' automation. With a big, 76mm (3-inch) screen, and a good control layout, it looks like a pretty decent deal at around £160.

Positives
Panasonic's compacts are really well made, but that's generally reflected in the price. The FS25 is an opportunity to get all the same technology in a slightly cheaper package. Even though the back of the camera is made of plastic rather than metal, it still feels like a good-quality compact.

We've no complaints here. There's not much barrel distortion, the detail's good right to the edges of the frame and there's very little chromatic aberration, too. The FS25's lens is a good deal better than most (click image to enlarge)

The large screen features bigger icons than you get on some other Lumix models -- something that's presumably designed to appeal more to beginners. This emphasis is reflected in the control layout, too, which is actually very efficient. The big screen doesn't leave much room on the back for buttons, so Panasonic's opted for a small joystick controller rather than the usual directional buttons. It works pretty well, too, as long as you remember that there's no central 'OK' action -- there's a separate button for that.

There's no mode dial, but a mode button instead. This calls up a menu in which you can swap between standard mode, 'intelligent auto' and the scene modes. It works in conjunction with an intelligent-auto button on the top of the camera. You can press this in whatever mode you're in at the time to swap over to fully automatic shooting, and then press it again to get back to where you were.

The 76mm screen doesn't leave much room for the controls, but they're great nonetheless

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25

Part Number: CNETPanasonic Lumix DMC-FS25

Typical Price: £160.00

See manufacturer website for availability.