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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25

16.1-megapixel digital camera with 8X optical zoom (Blue)

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When life doesn't stop moving, a camera that can keep up
You're juggling kids, carpools, endless shopping lists and after school activities, so you need a camera that's easy to use on the run and snaps great photos of your family. Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FH25 packs some powerful features into a compact digital camera that fits easily into a handbag or pocket. It also shoots impressive 720p HD video when your kids do something that you've just got to share on YouTube™.

When life doesn't stop moving, a camera that can keep up
You're juggling kids, carpools, endless shopping lists and after school activities, so you need a camera that's easy to use on the run and snaps great photos of your family. Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FH25 packs some powerful features into a compact digital camera that fits easily into a handbag or pocket. It also shoots impressive 720p HD video when your kids do something that you've just got to share on YouTube™.

Flattering portraits of all your loved ones
The 'FH25's face detection function automatically detects any faces in your frame and optimizes the focus and exposure settings to give you stunning portraits. It prevents the blurry faces that can happen when a camera focuses on something in front of or behind the subject. The 'FH25 also keeps faces from appearing dark when shooting indoors or against a light source. It even detects up to 15 faces at a time, so you can snap a sharp photo of the whole soccer team. And the built-in optical image stabilization kicks in to compensate for any shake caused by an unsteady head, so you get clear, sharp photos even when you're zoomed in on your subject.

Clear, natural photos without motion-blur
Just because your days sometimes go by in a blur doesn't mean you have to settle for blurry photos. When you're shooting in auto mode, Intelligent Exposure prevents images from getting washed out from too much backlighting, and it brightens darkened areas in your frame. It'll also automatically adjusts the ISO (sensitivity) setting and shutter speed to best suit the movement and light conditions in your scene. So when the 'FH25 detects a subject in motion, it'll raise the ISO setting and increase the shutter speed to prevent motion blur. On the other hand, when your subject is still and no movement is detected, it uses a lower ISO setting to take beautiful, more natural-looking photos with less noise.

    • 16.1-megapixel (effective) CCD image sensor
    • 28mm wide-angle LEICA DC lens
    • records photos and video onto optional SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards
    • 8X optical zoom (4X digital zoom/32X total zoom)
    • 2-11/16" LCD screen
    Special Features:
    • high-definition movie mode (up to 720p resolution)
    • optical image stabilization minimizes blurring caused by a shaky hand
    • Intelligent Auto (iA) mode adjusts settings for you, including face detection and intelligent contrast control
    • face detection identifies up to 15 faces in your frame and adjusts focus and exposure for better portraits
    • focus tracking follows your subject anywhere in the frame
    • Intelligent Scene Selector automatically chooses the scene mode based on your shooting conditions, including scenery, portrait, macro, night portrait, night scenery, and sunset
    • Intelligent ISO Control detects movement and automatically adjusts the ISO and shutter speed to prevent blurring
    • Intelligent Exposure function prevents wash-out and brightens darkened areas in your frame
    Connections and Dimensions:

    What's in the Box:

    • Digital camera (blue)
    • NCA-YN101G Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.6 Volts/660 mAh)
    • Wrist strap
    • DE-A91 Battery Charger
    • 48" Audio/Video cable (has proprietary plug on one end and a mono RCA audio and an RCA composite video plug on the other)
    • 24" USB cable (with proprietary connector on one end and a USB-A connector on the other)
    • LUMIX CD-ROM Software
    • Basic Operating Instructions (Eng/Spa)
    • Installing Supplied Software booklet (English/French)
    • Product Registration Card
    • UL Note (DE-A91B)

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH25 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (1 Review)

    Fine point and shoot camera

    rrey from garland, tx on 1/22/2012

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    I took this camera on a vacation and put it through a good workout. It took good pictures in all lighting conditions. Most pics were taken in the Af mode but also experimented with scene modes. Good pictures overall. Functions were intuitive so i didn't have to open the manual on cd, which would have been a hassle. Videos looked good especially using the hd setting. I only wished the zoom was functional. Got at least 200 shots per charge.

    Pros: Easy to use with intuitve interface. Lots of features for the price. Good battery life. Compact size that fits in your pocket.

    Cons: Non-functional zoom when shooting video. Manual comes in a cd.


    Hands-on research

    Features and Specs

    LCD Screen Size 2.7"
    Adjustable-angle LCD No
    Wi-Fi No
    Touchscreen No
    Waterproof No
    GPS-enabled No
    Lens 35mm Equivalent 28-224mm
    Optical Zoom 8x
    Digital Zoom 4x
    Filter Diameter N/A
    Manual Focusing No
    Manual Exposure No
    Built-in Flash Yes
    HDMI Output No
    Internal Memory 70MB
    Memory Media SD/SDHC/SDXC
    Sensor Size 1/2.33 CCD
    Megapixels 16.1
    Image Stabilization Optical
    Highest Resolution 4608 x 3456
    4K Video No
    Video Resolution 1280 x 720
    Width (inches) 3-15/16
    Height (inches) 2-5/16
    Depth (inches) 1-1/8
    Weight With Battery (ounces) 5.28
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year

    Product Research

    Inputs and Outputs Notes
    Supplied Software


    Recording Media: The DMC-FH25 records images and movies onto its internal memory (approximately 70 MB), or on SD Memory Cards, SDHC, and SDXC cards. The camera is compatible with SD cards from 8 MB to 2 GB, SDHC cards from 4 GB to 32 GB, and SDXC cards from 48 GB to 64 GB. Pictures may be copied between the memory card and the built-in memory, if desired.

    Lens: This camera is equipped with a Leica DC Vario-Elmar lens. Its 5-40mm focal length is equivalent to 28mm to 224mm in 35mm film photography. The focusing distance is 1.64' (19.68") to infinity (Wide), 6.56' to infinity (Tele), and as close as 2" in Macro mode.

    Extended Optical/Digital Zoom: The 28-224mm focal length of the lens gives it an optical zoom of 8x. The camera's extended optical zoom can increase the zoom up to 18x, depending upon the picture size. In addition, the Intelligent Zoom is approximately 1.3x the optical or extended optical zoom, and the digital zoom extends the focal length of the optical, extended optical, or intelligent zoom by another 4x.

    Image Sensor: For optimal image quality, the camera uses a 1/2.33" CCD image sensor with approximately 16.6-million total pixels and 16.1-million effective pixels.

    Image Recording Format: The camera records still images in JPEG in 4:3, 3:2, and 16:9 aspect ratio. The camera can also record HD and SD movies in QuickTime Motion JPEG in 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratio. You can choose from the following resolutions for still images and movies:

    • Still Images:
      • 4:3 Aspect Ratio:
        • 4608 x 3456 (16M)
        • 3648 x 2736 (10M)
        • 2560 x 1920 (5M)
        • 2048 x 1536 (3M)
        • 640 x 480 (0.3M)
      • 3:2 Aspect Ratio:
        • 4608 x 3072 (14M)
      • 16:9 Aspect Ratio:
        • 4608 x 2592 (12M)
    • Movies:
      • HD: 1280 x 720 @ 24 fps (16:9)
      • VGA: 640 x 480 @ 30 fps (4:3)
      • QVGA: 320 x 240 @ 30 fps (4:3)

    Mega Optical Image Stabilizer: Mega O.I.S. technology helps solve the problem of unintentional hand movement that can result in blurry images, particularly with telephoto shots. The built-in Venus Engine VI controls the shifting of the blur-stopping lens for higher accuracy and correction effect. Mega O.I.S can be turned on or off manually, or is set to On in certain shooting modes.

    Battery: The FH25 is powered by the NCA-YN101G rechargeable Lithium-Ion battery (3.6 volts/660 mAh). A fully charged battery gives you approximately 125 minutes of recording time, or about 250 images. Playback time using the LCD monitor is approximately 200 minutes. The battery takes approximately 115 minutes to fully charge with the supplied DE-A91B battery charger. The optional DMW-BCK7PP battery can be used as a spare or replacement battery.

    Optional AC Adapter/DC Coupler: If you wish to operate the camera using ordinary household current, you will need the optional DMW-AC5PP AC adapter, along with the DMW-DCC10 DC coupler. The AC adapter cannot be used alone, as the DC Coupler provides a plug-in jack for the AC adapter. This is helpful if you have the camera connected to your computer or printer for a long time, or playing back photos in a slide show.

    LCD Monitor: The DMC-FH25 has a 2.7" TFT color LCD monitor featuring approximately 230,000 dots. It has approximately 100% field of view.

    Flash: The FH25 has a built-in flash with a range of approximately 1.97' to 19' in Wide Angle, and 3.28' to 10.4' in Telephoto. Available flash modes include:

    • Auto: The flash is automatically activated when the recording conditions make it necessary.
    • Auto/Red-eye Reduction: A pre-flash is activated before the main flash to reduce the red-eye phenomenon.
    • Forced Flash On: The flash is activated every time regardless of the recording conditions.
    • Forced Flash On/Red-eye Reduction: The flash is activated every time with a pre-flash to reduce red-eye effect.
    • Slow Sync/Red-eye Reduction: Same as Slow Sync, but with pre-flash to reduce red-eye effect.
    • Forced Flash Off: Flash is not activated regardless of the recording conditions.

    Shooting Modes: Using the top-mounted Mode Dial and the menu, the FH25 allows you to choose from the following shooting modes:

    • Intelligent Auto Mode: Optimum settings are made automatically. The camera identifies the scene and sets one of the following: i-Portrait, i-Scenery, i-Macro, i-Night Portrait, i-Night Scenery, or i-Sunset.
    • Normal: The camera allows you to make your own settings for zoom, flash, picture brightness, close-ups, or coloring.
    • My Scene: You can save the most frequently used scene mode under "My Scene".
    • Scene Mode: allows you to select from different scene modes using the menu. Available Scene Modes include:
      • Portrait: allows you to make the subject stand out from an unfocused background and adjust the exposure and the hue to achieve a healthy complexion on the subject
      • Soft Skin: use for taking pictures of people outdoors during the daytime; enables the texture of their skin to appear even softer than with Portrait mode
      • Transform: changes the appearance of the subject to improve skin appearance
      • Self Portrait: setting for taking pictures of yourself
      • Scenery: allows you to take a picture of a wide landscape
      • Panorama Assist: You can take pictures with connections suitable for creating panorama images
      • Sports: allows you to take pictures of a fast moving subject or sports scenes
      • Night Portrait: The subject can be recorded with brightness in real life by using the flash and the slow shutter speed; use of a tripod recommended
      • Night Scenery: for taking vivid pictures of a landscape at night; use of a tripod recommended
      • Food: for taking pictures of food with a natural hue without being affected by the ambient light in restaurants, etc.
      • Party: allows you to take a picture in a dim room (e.g. a wedding reception, a party, a banquet in a bar, etc.) clearly. The shutter speed or the exposure is automatically adjusted according to the brightness of the room.
      • Candlelight: brings out the atmosphere of a candlelit room
      • Baby1/Baby2: two selectable settings for taking pictures of a baby; you can use text stamp to show baby's name, birthday, or age
      • Pet: for photographing your pet; you can use text stamp to show pet's name or age
      • Sunset: for taking pictures of a sunset (red colors accentuated)
      • High Sensitivity: prevents blurring of subject in dark, indoor conditions
      • Hi-speed Burst: takes pictures of rapid movement or a decisive moment. Burst speed is approximately 4.4 pictures per second, up to 15 total pictures recordable to the built-in memory or 15-100 to a memory card.
      • Flash Burst: enables continuous recording in dim locations. Picture size is set to 3M (4:3), 2.5M (3:2) or 2M (16:9); maximum number of pictures: 5.
      • Starry Sky: takes clear pictures of starry skies or dark subjects (shutter speed can be set to 15, 30, or 60 seconds)
      • Fireworks: takes clear pictures of fireworks in the night sky
      • Beach: brings out the clear blues of the sky and sea without darkening subject
      • Snow: brings out the natural color of snow in ski slope and mountain scenes
      • Aerial Photo: takes pictures of the view from aircraft windows
      • Pin Hole: Picture is taken darker and with soft focus around the subjects
      • Film Grain: produces black and white pictures with grainy texture
      • High Dynamic: Records pictures with bright and dark regions of the scene expressed with suitable brightness when looking into the sun, at night, or in similar circumstances.
      • Photo Frame: superimposes a frame over the image
    • Motion Picture Mode: for taking motion pictures in HD or SD.

    Self Timer: The self timer is useful when you want to include yourself in the picture when recording still images. The delay time for single shots can be set to 10 seconds or 2 seconds. You can also use the self timer in Burst mode to take 3 pictures after the delay and in Flash Burst mode to take 5 pictures.

    Exposure Compensation: If you are shooting against a bright background or strong backlight, you may need to correct the exposure so that the subject doesn't come out too dark. You can set the adjustments from -2 to +2 in 1/3-step increments.

    Burst Mode: Pictures are taken continuously while the shutter button is pressed. In Normal Burst mode, approximately 1.4 pictures per second are taken, up to the remaining capacity of the built-in memory or memory card.

    White Balance: You can choose from the following white balance modes:

    • Auto: automatically adjusts the white balance
    • Outdoor, Clear Sky: for recording outdoors on a bright day
    • Outdoor, Cloudy Sky: for recording outdoors under a cloudy sky
    • Outdoor, Shade: for recording outdoors in the shade
    • Incandescent: for recording under incandescent lighting
    • Set Manually: sets the white balance manually on a white object

    ISO Sensitivity: ISO sensitivity represents the sensitivity to light in values. If you set the ISO sensitivity higher, the camera becomes more suitable for recording in dark places. In the Intelligent ISO setting, the camera will automatically set the optimal ISO sensitivity, in a range up to 1600, according to the movement of the subject and the surrounding brightness. In the Preset ISO mode, you can select 100, 200, 400, 800, or 1600.

    Metering: The camera measures the most suitable exposure by judging the allocation of brightness on the whole screen automatically.

    Color Modes: You can use these modes to make your pictures softer or sharper, or change the colors for a special effect. Some color modes are only available when shooting in the Intelligent Auto Mode or Normal Picture Mode. Available color modes include Standard, Happy, Natural, Vivid, B/W, Sepia, Cool, and Warm.

    Auto Focus Mode: You can choose one of the following AF modes:

    • Face Detection: Camera automatically detects a person's face, adjusting the exposure and focus to fit the face, regardless of what portion of the picture it is in. (maximum of 15 areas)
    • AF Tracking: Focus can be adjusted to a specified subject, and follow the subject even if it moves.
    • 11-area Focusing: Up to 11 points for each AF area can be focused. This is effective when the subject isn't in the center of the screen.
    • 1-area Focusing: Camera focuses on the subject in AF area on the center of the screen. Position and size of AF area can be changed.

    Still Image Playback: You can manually display images one at a time, 12 at a time, or 30 images at a time.

    Playback Methods: There are four possible methods of playing back recorded pictures:

    • Normal Play: All the images are played back one-by-one.
    • Slide Show: Images can be played back in slide show fashion. You can set the duration between images at 1 sec, 2 sec, 3 sec, or 5 sec. You can also set on or off the repeat mode, music, and audio.
    • Filtering Play: Images are sorted into categories and played back. You can search images by Scene Mode, such as Portrait, Scenery, or Night Scenery, then play back the images in each category.
    • Calendar Playback: You can display pictures by recording date using the calendar playback function. If there are multiple pictures with the same recording date, the first picture recorded on that date is displayed.

    Playback Zoom: You can view the picture at the original size, or enlarge the picture to 2x, 4x, 8x, or 16x. Using the arrow buttons, you can move the position of the zoomed picture in the monitor.

    Auto Review: After an image is recorded, it will appear in the LCD screen for a preset number of seconds for reviewing. Auto Review lets you choose one of the following settings: Off, 1 second, 2 seconds, or Hold.

    Resizing Pictures: This function is useful if you want to reduce the file size of the picture in cases when it needs to be attached to an e-mail or uploaded to a website. Once an image is resized, you can choose to keep the original image. You can set up to 50 pictures to be resized at one time.

    Cropping Pictures: This function lets you trim unnecessary parts of the recorded picture. Motion pictures and pictures with text stamps cannot be trimmed.

    Auto Power Off: The camera is automatically turned off if it has not been used for a predetermined amount of time. The amount of time can be set to 2 minutes, 5 minutes, or 10 minutes.

    PictBridge Printing Capability: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer. PictBridge is the standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of brand.

    LUMIX Image Uploader: You can set up pictures and videos to be uploaded to image sharing sites, such as Facebook (photos only) and YouTube (videos only). Once you have selected the pictures or videos, the built-in LUMIX Image Uploader will automatically upload your files. This can be performed when connecting the camera to your PC, or by copying the upload tool to the memory card and inserting the card into your PC.

    Inputs and Outputs Notes

    AV Out/Digital: This proprietary jack allows you to connect the camera to your computer or a printer using the supplied USB cable. You can also connect the camera to a TV or other A/V device using the supplied audio/video cable.

    Supplied Software

    PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.0 (Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7): This software allows you to acquire pictures to the PC, and categorize the acquired pictures by their recording date or the model name of the camera used. You can also resize pictures and add effects.

    Operating Environment for PHOTOfunSTUDIO 6.0:

    • PC: IBM PC/AT compatible having Intel Pentium III 500 MHz or higher (XP), Intel Pentium III 800 MHz or higher (Vista), Intel Pentium III 1 GHz or higher (Win 7)
    • OS:
      • Windows XP (32-bit): Professional or Home Editions (SP2/SP3)
      • Windows Vista (32-bit): Home Basic (SP1/SP2), Home Premium (SP1/SP2), Business (SP1/SP2), Ultimate (SP1/SP2)
      • Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit): Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate
    • Display: High color 16-bit or more (32-bit or more recommended). Desktop resolution of 1024 x 768 or more (1280 x 1024 pixels or more recommended)
    • Graphics Card: DirectX 9.0c for XP, DirectX 10 for Vista or Win 7; DirectDraw Overlay support PCI Express x 16 is recommended. Video memory of 256 MB or more recommended. Direct 3D accelerator enabled.
    • RAM: 512 MB or more if using Windows XP or Vista, 1 GB (32-bit) or 2 GB (64-bit) or more for Windows 7
    • Free Hard Disk Space: Ultra DMA-100 or higher; 450MB or more for installing software
    • Necessary Software:
      • DirectX 9.0c for XP; DirectX 10 for Vista and Windows 7
      • .NET framework 4.0
      • SQL Server Compact 3.5
      • Internet Explorer 6.0 or more
      • QuickTime Player 7.6.5 or more
    • Other Requirements: CD-ROM drive (required for installation), Compatible drive and media required for DVD writing, Windows-compatible sound device, USB Port, Mouse or other pointing device

    Super LoiLoScope (30 day full trial version): Super LoiLoScope is a video editing software that draws out the full power of your PC. You can use your music, picture and video files to create videos to share with your friends and family by burning it to a DVD, uploading it to websites, or simply share with your friends via email. Note: This will only install a shortcut to the trial version download site.

    Operating Environment for Super LoiLoScope:

    • OS: Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP (SP3 or higher)
    • CPU:
      • SD Videos: Intel ATOM 1.6 GHz or better, Intel Pentium 4 2 GHz or better
      • HD Quality Videos: Intel Core 2 Duo 2 GHz or better
    • Display:
      • SD Videos: Graphics card compatible with PixelShader 2.0 or later; NVIDIA GeForce 6000 series or better; ATI Radeon 9600 or better; Intel 945 or better
      • HD Quality Videos: Graphics card that support H.264 decoder; NVIDIA GeForce 8000 series or better (excluding 8800GTX, 8300); ATI Radeon HD2000 series or later (excluding 2900); Intel G45 or better
    • RAM: 1 GB or more for SD Videos; 2 GB or more for HD Quality Videos
    • Free Hard Disk Space: 1 GB or more for installing software
    • Drive: A compatible drive and media are required for CD/DVD writing
    • Sound: Windows-compatible sound device (Windows Vista or Windows 7 or higher is compatible with 5.1ch audio playback)
    • Interface: USB port (Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0)); various memory cards and readout devices, IEEE 1394 terminal
    • Other Requirements: Mouse or equivalent pointing device; Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5sp1 must be installed on your PC.

    QuickTime (Windows XP/Vista/7): This software allows you to playback still pictures with audio and motion pictures (QuickTime Motion JPEG format) recorded on a digital camera.

    • Included as standard in Macintosh OSs.
    • For Windows 98/98SE/Me/2000, download "QuickTime 6.5.2 for Windows" from the Apple website (URL included in manual) and install
    • Purchase Apple QuickTime Pro recommended for editing movies created with the camera.

    USB-connectible Environment: Compatible OS include:

    • Windows Millennium Edition
    • Windows 2000 Professional
    • Windows XP Home Edition, Professional
    • Windows Vista Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Ultimate
    • Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate
    • Mac OS 9.2.2
    • Mac OS X (10.1 to 10.6)


    Estimated Still Image Capacity: The number of recordable pictures:

    Picture Size Built-in Memory
    70 MB
    Memory Card
    2 GB 4 GB 16 GB
    4608 x 3456
    11 300 600 2450
    2560 x 1920
    26 650 1300 5300
    640 x 480
    410 10050 19940 81340

    Estimated Moving Image Capacity: The available recording time:

    Recording Quality Built-in Memory
    70 MB
    Memory Card
    2 GB 4 GB 16 GB
    1280 x 720
    --- 10 min 10 sec 20 min 30 sec 1 hr 23 min
    640 x 480
    --- 21 min 40 sec 43 min 10 sec 2 hrs 56 min
    320 x 240
    2 min 30 sec 1 hr 2 min 2 hrs 4 min 8 hrs 28 min

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