Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS25 Adventurous & Inexpensive Point & Shoot
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS25 is a good waterproof camera for amateur photography enthusiasts and a great camera for kids. The tough, durable design can go underwater and take a beating. I have taken mine through rivers, flash floods, under waterfalls, through ocean waves, and dry deserts. I have even held it under the rapids while I arranged myself for a shot so I wouldn’t get swept away. Photos & Review by John Ozmore
Lumix DMC-TS25 – Small Power
This tiny little camera can take nice up close shots with great clarity. The automatic settings and presets are very easy to use. If you want those crisp shots of distant mountain landscapes you may want to make a different choice, but let’s face it, that gear gets expensive quick. You can find a few underwater tough cameras for around $150. For the price, this is a really great beginner camera and a lot of fun. If you have active kids this camera is ideal and may help distract them from getting in trouble. Just tell them to get a clear picture of a living insect and they should be busy for hours.
Lumix DMC-TS25 – Hiking Size Camera
I may be approaching forty, but I’m still a kid whenever I can be, and I love these tough little cameras. I end up on tiptoe to get many pictures and a heavy lens wouldn’t allow me to hold still long enough to catch small creatures in action, which are my favorite moments to capture. Quick movements will scare them off and the camera has to be steady if you want a crisp shot when taking pictures of insects and tiny things in the macro world of photography. A good lens allows some distance, but the weight can cause problems. If, for instance, you see the shadow of a dragonfly on a leaf above you and the only way to get enough height to raise your camera at the full extension of your arm and blindly hope you get a clear shot is to balance on tiptoes on a thin boulder at the edge of a creek and hold your breath. Of course, it doesn’t take that much effort in most cases to get a good shot. The only skill required is a thumb and finger, and an interest in the peculiar world around you when you look a little deeper.
Misplacing Camera Is The Biggest Problem
I have had the same white Panasonic DMC-TS25 for awhile now. I wanted it to get scratched up and used and show its scars proudly from its adventures. I have had a few underwater tough cameras that have had various misadventures and needed to be replaced. There are new models out now and I would be curious to try them, but the Panasonic Lumix underwater cameras have been great for my needs. For the pictures I like to take of small things, this camera has worked great. It requires a little practice, experimenting with the camera, and an understanding of insect behavior to keep from getting stung or bitten. Be careful. If they turn quickly or twitch a leg, leave them be. Insects and spiders usually let me know one way or another when they have had enough of the photo shoot. Praying mantis, on the other hand, require some patience.
Multi-Purpose Photography – Underwater To Starlight
The ability to take pictures underwater without fear of ruining your camera is endlessly fun. It’s a different looking world down there, and sometimes crawfish may take a more active role in their community and come after you with their claws raised. So heed the advice of Liam Neeson and, “Always mind your surroundings.” It has been fun experimenting with what this camera does. I usually end up on a preset low key under the creative controls and switch into AF macro to capture the little things, but there are plenty of options to try. I always avoid using a flash whenever possible. The starry sky option gives you 15, 30, and 60-second exposures for endless experimentation in different light levels. You can just prop the camera up with rocks and ingenuity, or you can use a tripod if you want to carry that damn thing around with you. The starry sky setting will drain your battery quick, so have a backup or two.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS25 Woes
The camera certainly has some drawbacks, and not everyone wants to get up close and personal with the smaller scale creatures or take spider-selfies (approach with caution). If it’s video footage you want, the low-resolution video hasn’t kept up with the new technology and it can be a bit grainy. When you replace the battery always make sure the camera is dry, and before closing the door make sure there is no dirt or debris around the battery door. If you forget the camera will remind you every single time after you open the door. So make sure to turn the camera on and get rid of the warning so you don’t miss a rare moment for a photograph having to clear it.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS25 Conclusion
My Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS25 has put up with a lot of abuse and experimentation. I have had a lot of fun adventures with this tough waterproof camera. The pictures presented have not been photoshopped or enhanced. Very few have even been cropped. Being able to have a camera in my pocket and ready to use at a moment’s notice, even while in the water, has been great. There are plenty of options now in the category of tough waterproof point and click cameras and the technology continues to get better, so have a look around and see what matches your needs. Some of the other brands and models have more options for attachments and upgrades with better video resolution, and the price will steadily incline with each option. So choose wisely, then get outside and go have fun.