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.
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.
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.