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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25: Ties shoes, makes tea

The wide-angle Panasonic FS25 boasts a whopping screen and an intelligent auto mode that does everything except make the tea, because it's a camera and knows about exposure but has no hands

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Richard Trenholm

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Say hello to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FS25, the latest in the new tranche of Lumix models just announced. It's a 12.1-megapixel point-and-shoot cameras that doesn't settle for mediocrity, with a massive screen and a wide-angle lens.

The lens has a satisfyingly broad 29mm wide-angle equivalent to a 35mm camera, extending out to a 5x optical zoom for longer shots. Panasonic's highly capable mega OIS system usually has two modes of image stabilisation, and now features an auto mode to select according to the zoom ratio being used.

Automatic mode is a big selling point on this model, with a handy iA button up top that switches the camera into doing-everything-for-you mode. This includes intelligent exposure, which suppresses blocked shadows and blown highlights, automatic backlight compensation, and fetching your slippers. Panasonic has also added a new autofocus tracking function, which allows you to lock focus on to a moving subject.

The Panasonic Lumix FS25 will be available in April in black or silver flavours for £220. For an eyeful of that enormous screen and a closer look at the simple controls, check out our photo gallery, or try the hot FX550 or face-recognising TZ6 and TZ7.

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Here we see the giant 76mm (3-inch) screen.
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The 29mm wide angle lens is, as always, built in partnership with Leica.
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The red button on the right is the handy one-touch iA, which sets the camera to adjust exposure, focus and white balance, and ties your shoelaces for you.

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