Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS25 16.1 MP Tough Digital Camera with 8x Intelligent Zoom (White) Reviews

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  1. 58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great camera, March 3, 2013
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    KN (Gilbert, AZ USA) –

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    I bought this camera to replace an older Panasonic that was lost. I bought the camera for its ruggedness and weather resistance. Too many times in the past I’ve had cameras that stopped working after one drop, or after getting a little wet. But the main thing I like about the Panasonics is their very fast shutter response. Like the film cameras, it takes a picture when you press the shutter button, not half a second later. That lag occures in too many newer digital cameras, making it difficult to take good pictures, especially of moving objects.

    One thing I don’t like about this camera, is that there’s a message about waterproof use every time you turn it on. You must click past this message before using the camera. If anybody knows how to disable this message, please let me know. I docked one star because this slows things down too much.

    Update: A commenter helpfully showed how to turn off the warning message. Now I can turn on the camera and take pictures pretty much immediately. This, along with the fast shutter response, makes it very to take shots quickly. I changed the rating to five stars. Note: I bought this camera for “all-weather” use. I don’t take underwater pictures so cannot comment on how watertight it is.

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  2. Mike Jacobs says:
    43 of 49 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Don’t know much about cameras but I like this one…, February 13, 2013
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    Mike Jacobs (Southeast Florida) –

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    UPDATE 2: Just noticed another issue. The flash sometimes causes a bit of reflection the color of my finger along the right side of the imate, evidently becuase my fingers are too close (to the flash). This isn’t an issue, I just move my fingers a bit. Good thing I preview work-pictures, though. I can’t tell you how much I am appreciating the water and dust-proofing in this SE Florida monsoon season! No change in the rating.

    UPDATE 1: Since purchasing I’ve used this quite a bit for work and personal photos. I still love the camera – I’ve been able to take pics in rain, around water and with a 4 year old hanging all over me without worrying about dust, water or dropping it. However, there are a couple of issues I haven’t seen in other reviews: (1) the lens is easily “dirtied” by a finger print when you take this out of your pocket (no cover), and (2) I have to be more careful about taking photos in the direction of the sun or I sometimes get a big glare-streak… don’t know why my other cameras didn’t have this problem but it sometimes requires two hands (one to block the sun). These issues have not changed my rating.

    ORIGINAL REVIEW: Lots of camera-geek analysis here, and from what I read Panasonic meets my criteria – fast cycle after shooting, wide angle, durable and mainstream (“reliable”) manufacturer. I mostly take photos for work, and any modern camera is satisfactory for family use.

    This has a wider angle than my Canon PowerShot, which I am replacing, and no moving parts. I can shoot in the rain and carry it in my shirt pocket, neither of which are feasible with the Canon. The unit is “closed” so that I won’t get construction dust or lint inside the lenses, which is why I need to replace my Canon.

    Other than that, it’s just a nice camera that I can get wet or drop, with all the usual bells and whistles (90% of which I’ll never use). The price:value ratio is very good for my needs.

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  3. 15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Works Well., June 23, 2013
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    DianeB

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    I took this camera to Mexico with us on vacation. The camera worked well and took some good pictures in and out of the water, as long as you used the normal optical zoom. My only complaint would be that the Intelligent zoom does not work very well, it’s a bit grainy, especially in low light and under water. Saying that it has an 8X zoom is a bit misleading, since it is not a true optical zoom. Had no problems with leakage and we snorkeled for a couple of hours. My husband has an older model that has manual modes and a lot more picture options. Next time I would go with a higher end model to have those options. This camera is very small which can make it a bit hard to hold on to and the movie mode button is so small it is hard to push, especially if you had larger fingers. All in all I like the camera, but some small changes could make it much better.

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