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The Panasonic Lumix FT25 is the 2013 update to the Panasonic Lumix FT20, and increases the cameras underwater depth rating from 5 metres to 7 metres, as well as adding a new underwater mode for improved colour reproduction. The camera features time-lapse shot and video creation as well as creative panorama. The FT25, also known as the TS25, is available in red, black, blue or white, and is the budget / entry level waterproof camera from Panasonic, sitting underneath the tough, full specification Panasonic Lumix FT5.
- 16.1 megapixel CCD sensor
- 4x optical zoom lens, 25-100mm equivalent
- Mega Optical Image Stabilisation
- 720p HD Video recording
- Sonic Speed AF
- Torch Light for video
- 2.7inch 230k dot screen
- ISO100 to ISO1600
- Waterproof: 7m
- Shockproof: 1.5m
- Freeze-proof -10 degrees C
Panasonic Lumix FT5 Handling
The Panasonic Lumix FT5 is compact and easily fits into pockets, and with a metal body it feels like it should withstand rough treatment. There is a raised bar on the front of the camera, along with a small dotted area on the rear to aid grip, however we'd also recommend the use of the provided wrist strap to avoid losing the camera. On the left of the camera is a textured plastic area that can help hold the camera steady.
The controls on the camera are clearly laid out with a top on/off button, shutter release and dedicated video record button. On the back is the zoom control, mode, playback, display, and Q. Menu buttons, as well as the four way controller with middle Menu/Set button. The Q. Menu gives quick access to the most common settings including: picture size, ISO, white balance, focus, burst mode, LCD brightness, and LED light. The screen is reasonably clear, but isn't very bright, unless you alter the brightness which will help viewing outdoors. The front LED light can be switched on to help when recording videos.
The menu system is easy to navigate with built in help, and the camera has a dedicated underwater mode, along with sweep panoramic, intelligent auto, and a number of scene modes. The battery and memory card slot has a double locking system to ensure there's no chance any water will get in, the camera is good a reminding you to make sure that it is firmly locked before use. Battery life is rated at 250 shots, which is fairly good for a camera with a compact battery.
Value For Money
Panasonic Lumix FT25 VerdictThe Panasonic Lumix FT25 is a compact and reasonably stylish waterproof digital camera with a good depth rating of 7metres. It includes a 25mm wide angle 4x optical zoom lens and optical image stabilisation, as well as an LED light for video recoring. As it is currently available in a number of colours for £115, and cheaper than a number of other waterproof cameras, the Panasonic Lumix FT25 looks like a good choice.
Panasonic Lumix FT25 ProsCompact and stylish
Good value for money
Optical image stabilisation
LED video light
7metre depth rating
Panasonic Lumix FT25 ConsOnly 720p video
Not as much grip as some waterproof cameras
Panasonic Lumix FT25 Specifications
|Max Aperture||f/3.9 - f/5.7|
|35mm equivalent||25mm - 100mm|
|CCD pixels||16.1Mp (Megapixels)|
|Sensor Size (width)||6.16mm|
|Sensor Size (height)||4.6mm|
|Shutter speeds shortest||1/1300sec|
|Shutter speeds longest||60sec|
|ISO sensitivity||100 - 1600|
|Optical Zoom with Video||Yes|
|Box Contents||No Data|