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Panasonic Lumix FT25 Hands-On Quick Review

We take a look at the new Panasonic Lumix FT25 - a new entry level waterproof camera that is waterproof up to 7 metres. Updated Quick Review.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC FT25 Red (2)

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.

Panasonic Ft25 (1)

Key Features

  • 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
  • Dustproof

Panasonic Lumix FT5 Handling

Panasonic Lumix DMC FT25 Red (6)

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. 

Panasonic Lumix DMC FT25 Red (7)

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. 

Panasonic Lumix DMC FT25 Red (1)

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. 

Panasonic Lumix DMC FT25 Red (3)

Value For Money

The Panasonic Lumix FT25 is currently available for around £115, which makes it good value for money as entry level waterproof camera, with a good depth rating up to 7metres. Alternatives to look at include the Olympus Tough TG-630 (5m), for around £155, the Sony Cyber-shot TF1 (10m) for around £119, the Nikon Coolpix S31 (5m) for around £99, the Pentax Optio WG-10 (10m) for around £129, and the Fujifilm FinePix XP60 (6m) for around £125.

Panasonic Lumix FT25 Verdict

The 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 Pros

Compact and stylish
Good value for money
Optical image stabilisation
LED video light
7metre depth rating

Panasonic Lumix FT25 Cons

Only 720p video
Not as much grip as some waterproof cameras

Panasonic Lumix FT25 Specifications

Max Aperturef/3.9 - f/5.7
35mm equivalent25mm - 100mm
Optical Zoom4x
Image Sensor
Pixels16.1Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4608
Pixels (H)3456
Sensor TypeCCD
Sensor Size1/2.33
Sensor Size (width)6.16mm
Sensor Size (height)4.6mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor2.7in
Screen resolution230k
Touch ScreenNo
Min Focus5cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
  • Zoom macro
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/1300sec
Shutter speeds longest60sec
Bulb modeNo Data
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Scene modes
  • Multi Pattern
ISO sensitivity100 - 1600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Shade
  • Underwater
Exposure Comp+/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting1.3fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
Video FPS25fps
Stereo SoundNo
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationYes
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLithium-Ion
Battery Life (CIPA rating)250shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo Data

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